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A One of a Kind Celebration

In 2017 New Zealand celebrates the 60th anniversary of Scott Base, one of the oldest research facilities located in the international territory of Antarctica. To mark the occasion, Antarctica New Zealand hosted a first-of-its-kind event on ice, broadcast around the world: TEDxScottBase. 

TEDx events are independently organised around the globe, and represent a diversity of views on a variety of issues. Although all TEDx events are distinct, they share a commitment to common values and ‘ideas worth spreading’. TEDxScottBase was unique amongst the TEDx canon - a national celebration, held on international soil, with collaborators from around the world. Its aim was to bring the very best ‘ideas worth spreading’ not only to the Antarctic, but to the world. 

From Scott Base, Antarctica to the World

Scott Base is mandated by the New Zealand Government and is charged with carrying out New Zealand's activities in Antarctica supporting world-leading science and environmental protection. With an ambitious line up of speakers in the most isolated place on earth, TEDxScottBase is like no other event. Speakers were hand-picked by the team and had to pass a vigorous Government screening process. 

Only those who were already in Antarctica undertaking or supporting scientific research missions were able to attend the live event on Sunday 15th January 2017.

Instead of bringing guests to Antarctica, TEDxScottBase was relayed to the world in a unique cutting-edge fashion. Not only was the event broadcast in its entirety around the globe, but live viewing events led by TEDxScottBase Hosts were held worldwide, in more than 60 locations, representing every continent on the planet. 


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading,TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxScottBase, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxScottBase 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-organised.


TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organised events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.