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Theme: High-level Ideas

This event occurred on
April 28, 2013
4:00pm - 8:00pm XJT
(UTC +6hrs)
Mount Everest, SA

At TEDxEverest we want to highlight TEDx talks on global issues like sustainability, people who have shown exceptional persistence, and we will highlTEDxEverest was held in May 2013, and highlighted TEDx talks on global issues like sustainability, people who have shown exceptional persistence, as well as some of the issues that are important to those living in mountain regions in the world. We showed pre-recorded TEDxEverest talks in addition to live speakers. Additionally, several TEDx organizers sent in the best TEDx talks from their events for viewing on the mountain.

Held on the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s first ascent of the tallest peak, TEDxEverest was exceptional not only due to its extreme location at over 6400 meters (21,000 feet) elevation but also for those in attendance: expedition leaders, sherpas and climbers, all of whom have a special reason why they are atop the highest mountain in the world. During TEDxEverest we interviewed some of these individuals and will share the videos on this page.

Advanced Base Camp
North Col
Mount Everest, SA
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Sebastian Seung

Sebastian recently authored a book, Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Who We Are, released in February 2012. Currently he teaches at MIT and leads a team working on an online Citizen science project named EyeWire. It is human-based computation game about tracing neurons in the retina. The game was developed by MIT and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research.

Valerie Parkinson

Valerie is one of the very few woman expedition leaders. “I have been doing this for 25 years. I have been leading treks. I love being with the groups. I have always wanted to have a go at Everest. I have done trekking peaks up to 6400m before but Manaslu was my first 8000m peak and maybe if this is the last time I am going to try an 8000m peak than it has to be Everest. While it was a though climb, where I lost some digits of my toes, I got to the South Summit at 8751m on 19 May 2009.”

Sonam Bhote

Climbing Sherpa Sonam Bhote was born in a small hamlet called ‘Sandakphu’ Nepal. On 15th of May 2006, Bhote not only scaled the top of the Mt. Everest for the first time in his life but he also launched the English Poetry Book titled, “Bards’ Sketches”. The main intention behind launching a book on top of the World was to prove to the world that, Sherpas and Tibetans who are basically regarded as Mountaineer and High Altitude Porter that, besides climbing they also possess caliber in literature.

Ivan Vallejo

Iván Vallejo is a renowned mountaineer from Ecuador. On May 1, 2008, he finished his “Desafio 14″ — a personal quest for reaching the summit of all 14 mountains above 8,000m, without the use of supplemental oxygen. Ivan has now launched “Somos Ecuador”, a climbing team from his home country that is attempting to summit Mount Everest — as a team — without the use of oxygen.

Peter Westerveld

Peter Westerveld developed a method to make desertified areas green and fertile again for both people and animals, called contour-trenching. This proven technique is an integral solution for the enormous problems of deforestation, erosion, desertification and climate disruption. One of Peter’s goals is to reforest the Kilimanjaro area so there will be snow on the mountain again, using cloud formation. This TEDx talk has been suggested by TEDxAmsterdam.

Jean Béliveau

Jean Béliveau has walked an amazing 75,000 kilometers across the globe to raise awareness for peace and children. The 56-year-old Jean Beliveau completed his 11-year global trek and recently returned to his native Montreal. This TEDx talk has been suggested by TEDxWaterloo.

Dr. David Eagleman

Dr. Eagleman holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of scientific expertise include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. This TEDx talk has been suggested by TEDxStockholm and was recorded at TEDxHouston.

Sujeev Shakya

Sujeev Shakya dabbles between his various avatars. His book Unleashing Nepal – Past, Present and Future of the Economy (Penguin India, 2009) has become a ready reckoner for people who wants to understand Nepal. He writes and speaks on business, economy, management and leadership.This TEDx talk has been suggested by TEDxKathmandu.

Organizing team


New York, NY, United States


Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Galen Mook