June 16, 2017
Starting 9:00 AM
Splendid Palace
Riga, Latvia


About the concept

Listen to feel, think and create!

Isn’t it interesting, that human’s mouth is created with an option to be closed, but the ears are not? However, a human has learned to do the opposite. Today, closing our ears and shutting down our awareness of everything we don’t want to hear, is easier than ever.

We filter out content and friends on social networks, limit ourselves from diverse opinions, news and tastes and choose to listen to only what is already in line with our beliefs.

It seems that we’ll never have enough of learning to speak. Persuasion, argumentation, the art of presentation… But how about the art of listening?

When we speak, we disclose and repeat only what we already know. Whereas listening can bring us something unprecedented. And it would be just the first level of listening. Next, is to feel, think and create something new. In other words, when the ears are open — mind and heart are too.

Therefore, this year as well, TEDxRiga presents stories and people, which are worth a listen. Listen to arrive on a new level of feeling, thinking and creating!


x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxRiga, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxRiga event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Our speakers

Stay tuned as we reveal the speaker lineup gradually


What can I expect at TEDxRiga?

You should plan the whole day to enjoy TEDxRiga. We will have 4 awesome sessions from 9 AM up until 6 PM. You’re free to leave and return to venue at any time, but please mind that entering the main hall is allowed in between the talks only.

While TEDxRiga tends to be about listening to the talks, we create a cool atmosphere around networking, meeting new people and sharing ideas in between the sessions. Various activities will be available, and the Wi-Fi too!

Absolutely! The speakers love networking as much as you do, and will be present during the day. You will also have a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the speakers from our previous four conferences.

There will be drinks served to conclude the event, so don’t leave early. The final networking session is the most fun!

Event schedule

Friday, June 16, 2017

Registration & Breakfast

  goodmorning, badges, breakfast, coffee
Make sure you arrive early to get your TEDxRiga badge and say hi to everybody before entering the main hall. Note, that during the talks entrance is prohibited. We will also serve coffee and light breakfast in the morning. So there are no excuses for you to skip!


Make sure you get one while they last

Venue location