TEDxTokyo 2009

TEDxTokyo 2009

TEDxTokyo Celebrates Ideas Worth Spreading at May 22 Launch Event

TEDxTokyo’s launch event at Miraikan, Tokyo had a noble start, a flash of magic, and the assembled minds and passions of over two hundred global thought leaders from more than twenty countries. Thousands more followed the event online via the live stream or tracked the proceedings through Twitter.

In the spirit of the main TED conference, TEDxTokyo 2009 challenged some of the world’s most prolific thinkers and doers to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. They delivered! HRH Princess Takamado’s eloquent and heartfelt keynote set the mood for twenty speakers from Japan and elsewhere to share their compelling visions and stories.

3500+ people watched our live feeds, experiencing all the action onstage for every session.
‘TEDxTokyo’ claimed the #2 (Twitter account), #5 (YouTube account), and #6 (Flickr account) spots on Google

500+ tweeters followed our live bloggers in English and Japanese. All the buzz made “#TEDxTokyo” the #3 Twitter trend globally.

327+ photographs were captured and uploaded throughout the day.

34 interviews with speakers, organizers and attendees were uploaded right after each speaker session. These helped boost the TEDxTokyo channel to the 22nd-most-subscribed channel that month.

View all of the TEDxTokyo 2009 talk videos here


Renée Byer Documentary Photojournalist, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Mark Dytham International Design Mavens, Pecha Kucha Night Originators
Ricco DeBlank Hotelier, Customer Service Visionary, Human Resource and Training Authority
Barry Eisler Novelist, Former CIA Operative, Recovering Lawyer
Tia Johnston Brown Global Development Specialist, Youth Empowerment Catalyst
William P. J. (Bill) Hall Market Research Consultant, International Economist, Corporate Citizen
Yuji Hirayama World Champion Rock Climber, Hard Bouldering Master
Tetsuya Kaida Mobility Concept Futurist, Natural Materials Advocate
Bruce Livingstone Entrepreneur, Musician, Photographer
Chandran Nair Sustainability Advisor, Internationalist, Relational Business Expert
Gunter Pauli Sustainability Expert, Innovation Accelerator, Global Educator
David Rock Neuroscience Expert, Author, Global Coach
Sherry Strong Food Philosopher, Nutritional Strategist, Food Coach
Edward Suzuki Architect, Amateur Scientist, Athlete
Shinichi Takemura Cultural Anthropologist, Media Producer, Social Activist
Marco Tempest Techno-Illusionist, Adventurer, Scientist
Mario Tokoro Computer Scientist, Creativity Researcher, Learning Theorist
Amy Moyers-Knopp and Miho Walker Living Dreams Core Team
Bill Werlin Executive, Environmental Preservationist, International Education Proponent
Anthony Willoughby Explorer, Entrepreneur, Team Builder