Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is TEDxArendal?

Please see our About page to learn more about TEDxArendal.

I have seen TED talks on YouTube – is this the same thing?

Yes and no. The TEDx license lets us run the event independently from the TED organization, but the main idea is the same. There will be TED talks about a wide variety of topics. In addition to our excellent talks, there is also the TEDxExperience, which you can read about here!

Why does the event last a full 12 hours?

Because our guest survey shows us that our guests want a 12-hour event. This way, you get to work a bit in the morning and empty your mailbox before you clear your head and open your mind to new knowledge.

The event is packed with exciting experiences and inspiring TED talks, and you won’t be bored!

After our last speaker, you are invited to our TEDxArendal afterparty – where you can dance, have fun and socialize until midnight.

I am looking for the full program and time schedule

Yes, this is normal at regular conferences. However, TEDxArendal is not a normal conference, and our event does not have a published program.

When you bought your ticket, you were sent to this page when looking for the program, and we confidently say: we won’t tell you!

TEDxArendal is a 12-hour event, and we invite you to stay the full 12 hours. You can check out our social media or our speaker page to see who is coming.

When does the event start?

The event starts at 12:00 and ends at 24:00 on November 3rd.

Those who are travelling with our buses or ferries do not have to stress about arrival times; just make sure to be on time at the point of pick-up given to you by email.

If you are not going by bus or boat, please arrive at 12:00 at Pusnes.

What speakers do you have this year?

Each year, we have a wide variety of speakers, and this year is no different. Please see our speaker page for a full overview of this year’s speakers. You can click the different speakers to get a small bio and some tidbits about their idea that is worth spreading!

TEDxArendal 2023 at Pusnes, Skilsø, Tromøya

Why are we not at the Arendal Kulturhus?

This year, we moved the event to the industrial workshops at Pusnes Mekaniske Verksted. Arendal is celebrating its 300-year anniversary at the same time that TEDxArendal is celebrating its 10th year, so moving the event feels right and gives a unique setting for this year’s TEDxArendal.

Will it be cold at Pusnes in November?

Yes and no. Outside might be cold. And it might be raining, so dress for the season.

We will heat up the main venue to 21 degrees, but the floor is concrete and could be cold, so wear good shoes; no high heels. You can hang your coat in the wardrobe area (the wardrobe is not guarded, but our guests are well-behaved adults).

The Food Court will be heated up to 16 degrees. It is a perfect temperature with your coat on.

How are we supposed to eat when we are so far away from the city?

There will be food options on-site. One warm meal is included in the ticket, and if you want more there will be the possibility to buy food and snacks during the event, in our fabulous Food Court.

There will also be a huge bar as well as a separate coffee bar inside the main venue hall.

How do I get to Pusnes?

You can use the ferry shuttle we provide or travel on your own initiative.

All ticket holders will get an email from us on October 20 with the option to choose transport. If you buy your ticket after this, you can book transport during the purchase process. To take the ferry, you must get to the Arendal city centre (Tyholmen) on your own accord.

We urge you to leave your car at home. There is only a limited number of parking available.

Check your ticket link for the option to edit ticket details.