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Please have a (digital) copy of your ticket with you. If you bough a student ticket, you will need to show your student ID at the entrance when your barcode is being scanned.


We have 14 speakers who are 100% ready to give the best of themselves on stage. From the 4th industrial revolution, over dentistry and design thinking, all the way to a chilling personal story. Have a sneak peek here.


Just like in 2018, this year’s event takes place in the Arenberg, in the center of Antwerp. Try carpooling or parking your car on one of the P+R’s around town. From there, take a bus/tram to the Central Station (15 min walk) or the Stadspark tram stop.


The auditorium doors open at 9:00, the perfect moment to pick your favourite spot (free seating). The first talk starts at 10:00 sharp. Be aware that entry to the auditorium is only allowed between two talks. The venue itself is accessible from 8:30, so please plan ample time to pass the ticketing desk to pickup your wristband, bring your coat to the cloakroom, and have a coffee to wake up your brain.

Food and Drinks

Throughout the day, coffee, tea, and water are available free of charge. Soft drinks are available at your own expense, and alcoholic drinks are not served until after the last talk. For this year, we’ve carefully selected another food story, for your vegetarian lunch.

Conversation Starter

TEDxAntwerp is a networking event. During the breaks, we offer the possibility to meet new and interesting people through Conversation Starter. Sign up, and we’ll help you find the most interesting fellow participants.


Like every year, we’ll have engaging workshops during the event. This year’s workshops are organized by UAntwerpen and Awesome Antwerp among others. We’ll reveal new workshops soon!

Join us

Join the TEDxAntwerp community! Did you know you can get involved through different ways for our event? You can help organise our events and volunteer on the day. Klik here to give one day to TED!

Why TEDxAntwerp

We believe that the world we live in is malleable. Not only by large corporations and governments, but increasingly so by individuals. Thanks to technology, impactful change is more democratically accessible than ever. What is often lacking is the insight of the civic malleability, its dynamics, and the skill-set to get the process started. At TEDxAntwerp we want to demonstrate that everyone can make a change and we want to inspire our audience by bringing people that have put action to their ideas on stage. By showing that even very local changes can solve both local and global problems, we aim to inspire our community to make change happen.

We believe that this malleability should be accessible to all and it is up to each person to decide what needs to be changed and how. The technology is already becoming very accessible: what is lacking is affordable and democratic access to the mind- and skill-set. Democratizing this mind- and skill-set is crucial to both solving the unsolvable problems and to empowering a society that is inherently resilient. The smartest city is the one city that enables its citizens to tackle the problems they face, irrespective of the prevailing technology.
To make sure the message reaches a diverse audience, we guarantee that access to a seat is democratic in price, but also inclusive in all aspects. Special tickets are given to stakeholders who need to hear a certain speaker, but also to people who would otherwise never get in touch with the mind-set of such an event. The audience is a reflection of the city as the city is a reflection of its citizens.
TEDxAntwerp supports the audience in all three levels: fascinate them with inspiring stories, get them in touch with ways to build their own mind-set and skill-set to make impact, and finally bring them in touch with stakeholders to hopefully start projects.

As TEDxAntwerp, we want to touch topics that are relevant to everyone in Antwerp. We live in a diverse city on the intersection of trade, science, technology, culture, and arts. Antwerp has challenges that are unique to the city, but also attracts great creative and entrepreneurial energy, which enriches the solution-space for these challenges.
TEDxAntwerp is not about themes, moreover, every year the theme is: how can we use technology, design, and entertainment to solve the challenges that our city faces? How can the people solving these challenges inspire others? How can we get inspired people in touch with the right skill- and mind-set?

Speak Differently
As TEDxAntwerp we decided to approach things differently. Not only do we make sure that our speakers are diverse and relevant, but we truly believe that almost everybody has a story worth listening to. Together with the speaker, we find their story and build the confidence to bring it on stage. This takes time and effort, but the end result is a genuine TEDx-talk. Enriching our city with vocal agents of change ensures that not only the citizens of Antwerp can get inspired, but also become ambassadors for Antwerp and attract people inspired by the mind-set of the city and thus increase the human capital of our city.

Deepak Mehta & Jeroen Toelen