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Frequently Asked Questions

General

How is a TEDx event different from a TED conference?
Why was the TEDx program created?
Can a TEDx event focus on one specific subject or discipline?
Who owns the TEDxTalks?
What is a TEDxLive event?
When is TEDxYouthDay?
What is TEDxYouthDay?
Where can I find a list of TEDx events?
How do I purchase a ticket to a TEDx event?
How do I connect with an organizer of a TEDx event?


Applying

What are the criteria you look at when I apply for my license?
Why do I have to live in the same city as my event?
What are the criteria you look at when I apply for a new license, after my previous license has expired?
Do I have to have a separate license for each TEDx event I'd like to organize?
Can I hold more than one TEDx license at a time?
Can there be more then one TEDx event in a city?
Can I host a TEDxYouth event on a day other than TEDxYouthDay?
Can I organize a TEDx event that covers one specific topic?
Can I organize a "TEDMEDx" or "TEDxMED" event?
Why the 100-person attendee limit? (Why can't we make our event as big as we like?)
If my co-organizer has attended a TED conference, can I invite more than 100 attendees?
How do I attend a TED Conference?
Does attending a TEDx event qualify me to organize an event for more than 100 people?
Does attending TEDMED or INK qualify me to organize an event with more than 100 attendees?
How large can my TEDxLive event be?
How should I name my TEDx event?
Why can't I have the name I want?
Why do some TEDx events have regional names, when you say these names are not allowed?
Do you allow country/regional names?
Do you allow a vertical/topical name (e.g. "TEDxMarketing")?
How should I name my youth/kids TEDx event?


Planning

Can I organize an event that lasts longer than one day?
As the licensee, am I required to be the onstage host of my event?
I no longer want to host my TEDx event, but a team member wants to -- can I transfer my license?
Can I speak at my own TEDx Event?
Can TED connect me with speakers?
Can I invite speakers who haven't spoken at TED?
Will speaking at a TEDx conference jeopardize a speaker's chance of speaking at TED?
Why do we need to keep talks within 18 minutes?
Can I hold a panel discussion, debate or Q&A session?
Can my TEDx event have a "TEDx Prize"?
Can TEDx organizers create a "TEDx Fellows" program?
What should I do if my event conflicts with another event in the region?
What is the difference between a TEDx event page and a TED.com member profile?
Do I have to fill out my event profile?
When should I fill out my event profile?
How can I get my event featured in the TEDx Editor's Picks?
I can't update my TEDx event page -- who can help me?
Does TED financially support TEDx events?
How do I set up accounting and finances for my TEDx event?
Can my event be used to make money?
Can I use my event as a fundraiser?
Can I run my event through an existing nonprofit?
Can the proceeds of my event go toward a nonprofit cause?
Can I get paid for organizing a TEDx event?
Can I accept funding for my event from my speakers?
Should we pay our speakers?
Can I charge people to come to my event?
Can I charge people to come to my TEDxLive event?
How do I get my sponsors approved?
Can TEDx organizers place sponsors' logos on stage?
How do I become a member of the TEDx Google Group?
How do I get added to the TEDx Community Wiki? What about my team members?
How does my event get featured on the TEDx Blog? How do I contribute to the TEDx Blog?
Why do speakers have to sign a release form?
Why do I, the organizer, have to sign the speaker release form?
Can I edit the speaker release form?
Where do I send the speaker release forms?
Can my speakers use copyrighted materials in presentations?
Who do I contact with PR questions?
Can I create a press release for my TEDx event?
A local media outlet wants to interview Lara Stein or Chris Anderson -- who do I contact?
The domain name/Twitter handle/Facebook page name of my event is taken. What should I do?
Can I co-brand my TEDx event with other organizations, expos, conferences, festivals?
Does my logo have to contain my full event name, including the tagline?
Do I have to show TED Talks at my event?
What is the policy for using TED Talks?
Do I have to play the Chris Anderson introduction video at my TEDx event?
Where do I find the Chris Anderson introduction video?
I have high-definition screen/projector -- can I get HD TED Talks to show?
How many people can attend my event?
How do we access the MP4 files for subtitling?
What should we do if we receive more applications than we have seats to accommodate?
Do volunteers and production staff count toward my audience limit?
How many people can I have in simulcast rooms?
How do I livestream my event?


Closing

Can I create my own feedback form?
How should I handle the feedback form if my audience does not speak English?
How do I credit my photographer?
Why do our photos have to be released under Creative Commons?
I hit my maximum size limit on Flickr. What now?
Where can I post my TEDxTalk videos?
My speaker wants to put his talk on his website -- may he?
What should I do if YouTube is not available in my country?
Can I showcase clips of TEDxTalks?
Can I give TEDxTalks footage to a media outlet?
Can we thank a sponsor or our video production company in our videos?
Am I allowed to sell DVDs of my talks?
Are web live-cuts/live-edits acceptable for the TEDx YouTube Channel?
Why is there no sound on my YouTube video?
Do I need to subtitle my non-English talks to English?
How do I subtitle my non-English TEDxTalks?
What is your comments policy for YouTube?
How do I get my talks on the TEDxTalks website?
I can't find my language, country, or event how do I get those added to the TEDxTalks website?
How do I get my talk in the TEDxTalks Editor's Picks?
How do I get my talk on TED.com? What is the selection process for TED.com?
One of my TEDxTalks has been selected for review by TED.com -- what won't you accept?
One of my TEDxTalks has been selected for review by TED.com -- what do I need to send?



General

How is a TEDx event different from a TED conference?
TED conferences are organized and run directly by TED. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The goal of TEDx is to inspire a passion for spreading ideas in local communities from within.

Why was the TEDx program created?
TED launched the TEDx program to help individuals, schools, and organizations create and host their own local, unofficial, TED-style events, using a mix of TED video and live speakers -- and in doing so, release TED free to the world. Created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading," the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

Can a TEDx event focus on one specific subject or discipline?
No. TEDx events are multidisciplinary. An event may have a theme, but it must be broad enough to encompass many different disciplines, specialties and branches of knowledge.

Who owns the TEDxTalks?
The content of a TEDxTalk is owned by the speaker; the talk itself is collaboratively shared under a Creative Commons license.

What is a TEDxLive event?
A TEDxLive event is a TEDx event organized up to twice per year around the live stream of an official TED conference -- either TED in Long Beach or TEDGlobal in Edinburgh.

When is TEDxYouthDay?
Universal Children's Day is a yearly, UN-designated celebration on November 20. Because of time-shift issues and weekend challenges in various cultures and countries, we are encouraging organizers to host TEDxYouthDay events November 19th through November 21st.

What is TEDxYouthDay?
TEDxYouthDay is a series of TEDx events happening all around the world on November 20 -- Universal Children's Day. The events are designed to empower and inspire youth and kids. TEDx organizers across the globe will host events for (and by) young people. These events will vary widely in size, format and theme, but they will share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas and empowering young leaders.

Where can I find a list of TEDx events?
You can search past and upcoming events by name, date, and location on the TEDx program website.

How do I purchase a ticket to a TEDx event?
TEDx events are independently organized. You need to contact your local organizers. Please use search feature on the TEDx program website to find events in your area by name, date or location. Contact information, and information about tickets, is available on each event's individual page.

How do I connect with an organizer of a TEDx event?
Organizers can be directly contacted through the event's page on TED.com. On the right side of an event's page, find the "Send an email" link.


Applying

What are the criteria you look at when I apply for my license?
We look for passion to spread ideas and bring communities together. Anyone, anywhere in the world, is eligible for a license to organize a TEDx event. However, TED holds the following exceptions: Organizers under age 18 must be supervised by an adult; TED does not grant licenses to those associated with controversial or extremist organizations; TEDx events may not be used to promote spiritual or religious beliefs, commercial products or political agendas; and organizers may not affiliate the TEDx or TED brand with other conferences, or with commercial endeavors.

Why do I have to live in the same city as my event?
TEDx is a platform for bringing your local community together. We only grant licenses to applicants who live in the same city as their event because we want your TEDx event to inspire your community from within.

What are the criteria you look at when I apply for a new license, after my previous license has expired?
We look at your previous TEDx event as part of the reapplication process. Did you complete all of the requirements on the post-event checklist? Did you set the appropriate expectations with your attendees and community? Did you make every effort to follow the spirit and rules of TEDx? Was your event a good neighbor to other regional TEDx events? We also look at attendee feedback and your TEDx event page on TED.com -- so make sure those are completed before re-applying.

Do I have to have a separate license for each TEDx event I'd like to organize?
Yes. If you have held your TEDx event and would like to host another, renew your license. Each issued TEDx license is only valid for one event.

Can I hold more than one TEDx license at a time?
You may only hold one regular license at a time. However, you may hold a TEDxLive and TEDxYouth license while organizing a "Standard" event.

Can there be more then one TEDx event in a city?
Yes. There are 24 different TEDx events in New York City alone! We encourage organizers to collaborate and connect with other organizers in their region.

Can I host a TEDxYouth event on a day other than TEDxYouthDay?
Yes. You may organize a Youth Event any time of the year.

Can I organize a TEDx event that covers one specific topic?
No. TED conferences are multi-disciplinary, with broad themes to help bring together the unique and unexpected connections. If you want your event to have a theme, you must make sure that your speakers approach it from varying specialties or branches of knowledge.

Can I organize a "TEDMEDx" or "TEDxMED" event?
No. TEDMED is a separate organization from TED. It operates under a license from TED.

Why the 100-person attendee limit? (Why can't we make our event as big as we like?)
In order to truly understand the TED conference structure and its nuances, it is important that the primary licensee has attended a TED conference. We are giving a part of the TED brand away for free. This is an inflexible rule because it is the only way TED can manage compliance and quality on a global scale.

If my co-organizer has attended a TED conference, can I invite more than 100 attendees?
No. The primary licensee has to have attended an official TED conference in order to host an event for more than 100 attendees.

How do I attend a TED Conference?
Attendance at a TED conference is by both application and invitation. We read every application, and actively seek out leading thinkers and doers across a wide range of fields.

Does attending a TEDx event qualify me to organize an event for more than 100 people?
No. The primary licensee has to have had attended an official TED conference in order to host an event for more than 100 attendees.

Does attending TEDMED or INK qualify me to organize an event with more than 100 attendees?
No. Only attending TEDGlobal, TEDActive, or TED qualifies you to host a TEDx event with more than 100 attendees.

How large can my TEDxLive event be?
If your TEDxLive event only consists of watching the live stream of the TED conference (no live speakers), your event may be any size. If you are producing any original content, or inviting live speaker and performers, then the normal TEDx size rules and guidelines apply. If a TEDxLive event is your first event, you may not allow more than 100 people to attend.

How should I name my TEDx event?
All TEDx event names follow the same convention: a name beginning with TEDx, followed by a location-based descriptor such as the name of your city, school, neighborhood or organization.

Why can't I have the name I want?
All TEDx event names follow the same convention: a name beginning with TEDx, followed by a location such a city, school or neighborhood. Prior to applying, you need to check to see if the name you want is available. Some names -- such as major cities -- are reserved to distribute at the discretion of TEDx staff. We do co-brand TEDx events with colleges and universities. In the case of corporate events (which are held internally, not open or promoted to the public) we may co-brand. More on that here.

Why do some TEDx events have regional names, when you say these names are not allowed?
TEDx events with a regional names have been grandfathered in. As the program grows, it is essential that TEDx names are specific geographical names. Regional, state, province and county names are too broad.

Do you allow country/regional names?
No. Naming is based on local communities. Currently, names based on large regions or countries are not allowed.

Do you allow a vertical/topical name (e.g. "TEDxMarketing")?
No. All TEDx event names must be based on the locations of those events. We do not grant names based on themes or topics and never grant names for entire countries. Names should reflect the city, town, street, or building that the event is being held in.

How should I name my youth/kids TEDx event?
TEDx events for kids and youth follow the following naming convention: TEDxYouth@[school name or city name]


Planning

Can I organize an event that lasts longer than one day?
No. All TEDx events must be one day or shorter.

As the licensee, am I required to be the onstage host of my event?
No. As a TEDx licensee, you are not responsible for being the onstage host. For many of you, however, being the onstage host may be of interest. Keep in mind that on the day of your event, there will be many things you will need to tend to -- e.g., directing the caterers, helping with registration, managing your speakers.

I no longer want to host my TEDx event, but a team member wants to -- can I transfer my license?
No. TEDx licenses are non-transferable. If you'd like your team member to take over your license, email tedx@ted.com with the request. We will cancel your license, and ask your team member to re-apply for a licence for your TEDx event name.

Can I speak at my own TEDx Event?
No. However, you may present an introduction to your event, or act as the the onstage host.

Can TED connect me with speakers?
TED does not share speakers' information. Finding and approaching speakers is the responsibility of the organizer.

Can I invite speakers who haven't spoken at TED?
We encourage you to invite people who haven't spoken at TED. There are many individuals in your community with fantastic ideas that deserve a platform like your TEDx event.

Will speaking at a TEDx conference jeopardize a speaker's chance of speaking at TED?
Please assure your speakers that presenting a talk at TEDx will only increase their chances of being invited to speak at an official TED coference.

Why do we need to keep talks within 18 minutes?
We ask that you keep talks within a time limit of 18 minutes to stay within TED's celebrated format of concise and enlightening talks.

Can I hold a panel discussion, debate or Q&A session?
No. Panel discussions, debates, or Q&A sessions are not a part of the TED framework and are therefore not a supported TEDx format. The onstage host may ask a speaker one or two brief questions after his or her talk. If you would still like to hold a panel discussion, it would need to be completely separate from your TEDx event.

Can my TEDx event have a "TEDx Prize"?
TEDx organizers can create prize-like programs as long as they do not call these programs the "TEDx Prize," as this would cause confusion with the official TED Prize. We recommend names such as "TEDx Challenge," or "Ideas Worth Doing Challenge." If you have questions, contact us.

Can TEDx organizers create a "TEDx Fellows" program?
TEDx licensees can create a fellowship program as long as it is not branded "TEDx Fellows." We recommend licensees call their program something along the lines of "TEDx Inspirators" -- young inspirational visionaries changing the world we live in.

What should I do if my event conflicts with another event in the region?
If your event conflicts with another event in your city/region, it is your responsibility to reach out to the other local organizer and discuss, compromise and resolve. This is your community. It is your responsibility to collaborate and do what is best.

What is the difference between a TEDx event page and a TED.com member profile?
Your TED.com member profile is your personal profile which allows you to comment on TED Talks, manage your conference registration and update your TEDx event page. Your TEDx event page is the externally facing profile of your event -- visible to anyone who visits TED.com -- and can include photos, videos, and information for guests.

Do I have to fill out my event profile?
Yes. Your event page is an important way for the entire TED community to learn about your event, both before and after it is held. The TEDx team reviews the event page during the licesne renewal application process.

When should I fill out my event profile?
You can begin filling out your page the moment you are approved with a license. Make sure it is up to date especially in the weeks before your event -- and with your photos and videos afterward.

How can I get my event featured in the TEDx Editor's Picks?
Events that represent the range of TEDx formats and locations are chosen to be featured. Decisions are based on factors such as the number and quality of photos provided, and the amount of information about what happened at the event. To be featured, email this information to tedxeditor@ted.com.

I can't update my TEDx event page -- who can help me?
For technical assistance, email tedx@ted.com.

Does TED financially support TEDx events?
No. TED Conferences and TEDx do not financially support any events. All funding is obtained independently by the event's organizer.

How do I set up accounting and finances for my TEDx event?
Rules differ from country to country, so the way you set up your event's finances and accounting system depends on where you live. You may set up a nonprofit. If you do so, do not call it anything related to TED, TEDx or TEDx[name]. You need to pick a separate name for your nonprofit. (You can also consider running your TEDx event through an existing non profit.)

Can my event be used to make money?
No. TEDx event may not be used to turn a profit. All proceeds from your TEDx event must go into your TEDx event. If you have excess funding afterward, invest it in your next TEDx event, in a third world TEDx event, or consider donating it to a school so that it can host a TEDx event.

Can I use my event as a fundraiser?
We ask that you do not use TEDx events to raise money for any causes or charities. All money must go into production costs of the TEDx event itself.

Can I run my event through an existing nonprofit?
Yes. However, rules around this differ from country to country, and you may not use your event as a fundraiser for that non-profit.

Can the proceeds of my event go toward a nonprofit cause?
No. TEDx events cannot be used towards fundraising. All the money raised needs to go directly toward the production costs of your TEDx event.

Can I get paid for organizing a TEDx event?
No. The license holder of a TEDx event may not derive a salary or be paid for his or her work organizing an event. All TEDx events are organized independently and voluntarily for passion of ideas worth spreading. However, this does not apply to vendors working on an event.

Can I accept funding for my event from my speakers?
No. You are never allowed to accept money from someone that will be speaking on stage. If you choose to accept funding from a scheduled speaker you absolutely must cancel his or her presentation."

Should we pay our speakers?
TED does not pay its speakers, and we ask that you do the same. However, we encourage reimbursing your speakers for their airfare and hotel (if applicable).

Can I charge people to come to my event?
In the spirit of TED's mission of "Ideas Worth Spreading," we encourage that your event be free to those who attend. We approve charging nominal admission on a case-by-case basis. Any fees charged should go directly toward the production cost of the event. If you are seeking approval to charge for your event, email tedx@ted.com. The price of a ticket for your event may not exceed $100 per attendee.

Can I charge people to come to my TEDxLive event?
No. You may not charge an attendance fee for your TEDxLive event. You can, however, seek sponsorship funds for your event, follow the sponsorship rules.

How do I get my sponsors approved?
Fill in this Google form with the list of sponsors you would like to submit for approval.

Can TEDx organizers place sponsors' logos on stage?
Yes -- as long at it is a brief slide or couple of PPT slides, where they are just thanking their sponsors.

How do I become a member of the TEDx Google Group?
The TEDx Google Group is reserved for TEDx organizers only. There is a link to the Google Group on your license approval email. To gain access, apply for membership on the TEDx Licensees Google Group page saying you who are and what event you run, and you will receive an email giving you access.

How do I get added to the TEDx Community Wiki? What about my team members?
You should have received an invite to the Wiki about one week after your event was approved (check your spam folder). If you never received this email, email tedxbranding@ted.com for an invite. To have team members added to the Wiki, email their name and email address to tedxbranding@ted.com.

How does my event get featured on the TEDx Blog? How do I contribute to the TEDx Blog?
Events are selected by the TEDx editorial team for features on the TEDx blog. The team is looking for stories that highlight the great work TEDx is doing in communities around the world and the inventive ideas that come out of TEDx events. For example, you might share the story behind an art piece or performance at your event (like this installation at TEDxKC), or photos of an exceptionally beautiful location (like this speaker's story of her journey to TEDxLeh), or a collaboration between two people who met at your event. We feature great talks and follow-up interviews with speakers, so you are also welcome to recommend a talk or speaker from your event. Stories that do not make it onto the blog may still be featured on Facebook or Twitter. Please email your stories to tedxstories@ted.com or submit them on tumblr at http://blog.tedx.com/submit. We look forward to reading them!

Why do speakers have to sign a release form?
We ask TEDx hosts to upload the videos of their talks on YouTube so that anyone can view their talk. We use the release form as a mutual understanding that the recorded talk will be used only to spread their idea and not for commercial reasons. As an organizer, you should keep the release form. We will ask for it directly from an organizer if a talk is selected for TED.com.

Why do I, the organizer, have to sign the speaker release form?
As the organizer, you are responsible for the footage and making sure that the videos follow the rules of TEDx.

Can I edit the speaker release form?
Do not change or edit the speaker release form. Edits to the speaker release form will jeopardize the talk's chances of being featured on TED.com.

Where do I send the speaker release forms?
As an organizer, you should keep the release form. We will ask for it directly from you if a talk from your event is selected for TED.com.

Can my speakers use copyrighted materials in presentations?
You and your speakers are ultimately responsible for securing the rights to all presentation materials. You will be allowed to upload any content that was shown on stage to the TEDx YouTube Channel. However, YouTube does not allow the use of any copyrighted music and will dissallow the upload of any videos containing those materials. Also, we cannot consider any talk containing copyrighted materials for publication on TED.com.

Who do I contact with PR questions?
All press and press releases must be routed through for approval by TEDxPR@groupsjr.com

Can I create a press release for my TEDx event?
All press and press releases must be routed through for approval by Melody Serafino.

A local media outlet wants to interview Lara Stein or Chris Anderson -- who do I contact?
Route requests for interviews with TED staff to TEDxPR@groupsjr.com

The domain name/Twitter handle/Facebook page name of my event is taken. What should I do?
For Facebook and Twitter, directly contact the owner of the account, explain who you are and ask that they transfer the account to you. If they do not cooperate, contact the TEDx Branding Manager at tedxbranding@ted.com who will help to facilitate a transfer. For URLs, ask members of your community and team if they have purchased the URL. If not, directly contact the URL's owner (try a WHOIS lookup to obtain their contact information) and ask that they transfer the URL to you. If they are unresponsive, contact the Branding Manager who will attempt to facilitate a transfer.

Can I co-brand my TEDx event with other organizations, expos, conferences, festivals?
No. Standard events must be stand-alone events. Co-branding is only allowed for Corporate Events held exclusively for employees.

Does my logo have to contain my full event name, including the tagline?
Yes. Your stage logo must have your full event name (no abbreviations) such as TEDxTokyo or TEDxYouth@Aviero, including the "x=independently organized event" tagline. For cut-outs and physical displays, you do not need to include the "x=independently organized event" tagline. It is important to note that you may only use your specific event logo and may not use the "TED" or generic "TEDx" logo at any time, including on stage.

Do I have to show TED Talks at my event?
Yes. At least 25% of your stage content must be from TED Talks on TED.com. If you have 8 live speakers, you would need to show at least 2 TED Talks. (The Chris Anderson introduction video is not considered a TEDTalk.)

What is the policy for using TED Talks?
All TEDx events must include pre-recorded TED Talks. 25% or more of the stage content for your event must come from TED.com. (This content includes TEDMED talks, TEDxTalks featured on TED.com, and talks from the "Best of the Web" series.) The introduction video, while required, does not count as a TEDTalk.

Do I have to play the Chris Anderson introduction video at my TEDx event?
Yes. A short, official video introduction featuring TED Curator Chris Anderson must be played at the beginning of your event. Playing this video is not optional; the purpose of the video is to make sure that your audience understands what TEDx is, and the difference between it and TED. The video can be found here.

Where do I find the Chris Anderson introduction video?
A high-resolution version of the introduction video can be found here.

I have high-definition screen/projector -- can I get HD TED Talks to show?
The videos available on TED.com for download are the best quality we have available. Not all TED Talks were originally shot in HD. The high quality SD versions of talks have been shown at cinema-quality screens at many TEDx events.

How many people can attend my event?
If this is your first TEDx event and you have not attended a TED conference before, you are restricted to a maximum of 100 people attending your event. This is one of our core, unbreakable rules. TEDx was founded with the mission of inspiring local communities and holding a TEDx event means that your primary responsibility is to focus as intensely as possible on your immediate community. We know that, in many communities, hosting 100 people is an easy task and keeping within this limit will not prove to be a problem. We also know that in other communities, restricting your event to 100 people will be very difficult indeed. In all circumstances, however, we need to know that you, the organizer, are able to adhere to our guidelines and work toward our goals before we can consider granting you permission to stage larger events in the future. If this restriction on the number of attendees proves impossible to achieve, then TEDx may not be the appropriate platform for meeting your objectives. We do not make exceptions to this rule and failure to comply may result in the loss of your license.

How do we access the MP4 files for subtitling?
Subtitle files are available to TEDx organizers by request. Full directions on how to play your videos with subtitles are located here.

What should we do if we receive more applications than we have seats to accommodate?
You can webstream your event or hold meetups to watch your event offsite.

Do volunteers and production staff count toward my audience limit?
If you have not attended a TED Conference, and this is your first event, the total number of people at your event cannot exceed 100. This includes volunteers, attendees, speakers, as well as your tech and production team.

How many people can I have in simulcast rooms?
A maximum of 100 attendees per simulcast room. Simulcast rooms should not be at the same location as your TEDx event. The simulcast locations follow the same restrictions on attendance. However, there is no limit to number of simulcast locations you can have.

How do I webcast my event?
We recommend Livestream's services on the sponsor marketplace. On the Livestream website, there are a number of resources available to help you set up a webcast for the first time. Remember, you may not archive your webcast after the event. A webcast is not a substitute for recording your event on video.


Closing

Can I create my own feedback form?
No. Unless you are creating a feedback form in a language not yet available, we ask that you use the general TEDx feedback form. This helps evaluate the events independently. We are happy to share the results with organizers upon request.

How should I handle the feedback form if my audience does not speak English?
If a majority of your attendees speak a language other than English, send an email to tedxpostevent@ted.com requesting a translated survey. If we have the survey in that language, we will send it to you. If we do not have the form translated into your language, we will send you a copy of the survey in English for you to translate before sending it to your attendees.

How do I credit my photographer?
You can credit your photographer as a member of your team on your website, or on your TEDx event page as an individual or a student group, but not as a company. You should also credit your photographer in the metadata or captions of your photography. You are never allowed to place a watermark on the photos themselves.

Why do our photos have to be released under Creative Commons?
In the spirit of TED, all TED videos are released under a Creative Commons "Attribution - Noncommercial - NonDerivative" license. We ask the same of the creative work from TEDx events.

I hit my maximum size limit on Flickr. What now?
Flickr offers one terabyte of free photo storage space for each user account. This is normally sufficient for most of our TEDx events, even organizers with multiple events.

Where can I post my TEDxTalk videos?
TEDxTalk videos must live exclusively on the official TEDxTalks YouTube Page or TEDxYouth YouTube Page. You may not upload to Vimeo. However, we encourage you to spread your video by embedding the YouTube player on any site. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis for Colleges and University events hosting their own channel, and events in countries with restricted internet access. TEDx also has a presence on Tudou in China.

My speaker wants to put his talk on his website -- may he?
Yes, but they may only embed directly from the official TEDxTalks YouTube page and may not upload a separate cut of the talk.

What should I do if YouTube is not available in my country?
Exceptions can be made for countries that restrict internet access. TEDx has a presence on Tudou for China. If you are in need of special accomadations, contact tedxpostevent@ted.com.

Can I showcase clips of TEDxTalks?
Provided the speaker and organizer agrees and everybody is properly credited, documentary filmmakers may show a 20 second clip from a TEDxTalk within their films. If you would like to use footage for any other purpose, the clips may be no longer than 8 seconds.

Can I give TEDxTalks footage to a media outlet?
All press and press releases must be routed through for approval by our head of public relations, Melody Serafino. Please contact Melody Serafino at Group SJR.

Can we thank a sponsor or our video production company in our videos?

Sponsor logos on your videos: Sponsor logos may only be shown on one slide at the beginning and end of each video. This slide must be 3 seconds long at maximum and adhere to our official sponsorship slide template.

There may only be a single slide in your video to feature all of your sponsor logos. Sponsor logos may not appear anywhere else in the video. If you have multiple sponsors you must feature all of your sponsor logos on the one slide. Never superimpose your event logo or a sponsor logo over the speaker's talk or slides. Never feature rolling credits.

Slides related to sponsors must appear in the following sequence:

  • General event intro graphics (optional)
  • Your TEDx event logo (Required)
  • Sponsor pre-roll card (cannot exceed 3 seconds)
  • Talk (Required)
  • Sponsor pre-roll card (cannot exceed 3 seconds)
  • Post-roll card (optional)

The pre- and post-roll sponsor logo slides you display in your videos should use the layout of these templates (versions for 4:3 and 16:9 provided). If you are unable to edit these image files, recreate the layout in your image/slide editor of choice.

If you are featuring multiple sponsor logos, send a still image of your slide to tedxpostevent@ted.com for approval. Sponsor logos must appear smaller than your TEDx event's logo.

Am I allowed to sell DVDs of my talks?
No. You are never allowed to distribute your talks for profit. You are allowed to distibute your talks to individuals in any format you choose, as long they are free.

Are web live-cuts/live-edits acceptable for the TEDx YouTube Channel?
Yes. You may post it to the youtube channel. But you must save the original footage if you would like to be considered for TED.com -- do not save only the live-cuts.

Why is there no sound on my YouTube video?
YouTube probably removed or disabled the sounds because of music copyright infringement. It's the responsibility of the organizer to get rights and clearances for all images, music and film used in a presentation or video.

Do I need to subtitle my non-English talks to English?
You are not required to translate or subtitle your talks in English, but are encouraged to do so if you would like your talk to be considered for TED.com. Feel free to reach out the Open Translation Project volunteer translators if you are looking for team members to help with this project.

How do I subtitle my non-English TEDxTalks?
You can subtitle your talks directly in YouTube. Once your talk is uploaded to our channel, go to the invidual video page. If you are signed in, you will see a "Captions and Subtitles" button above your video. Here you can upload a caption file, containing your transcription. More information can be found here.

What is your comments policy for YouTube?
TED.com encourages debate and discussion around the key issues of our day. TED and TEDx is seeking to foster a grown-up conversation about ideas that matter. Please engage in a reasoned exchange of ideas, avoiding flaming, name-calling, obscenities and insults. Humor, of course, is welcome. ;-) TED reserves the right to remove any comments or content from the site, for any reason and without prior warning. We ask however that organizers do not remove comments from videos posted on the TEDxYouTube Channel, and contact the channel administrator if you would like a comment addressed.

How do I get my talks on the TEDxTalks website?
We will put your videos onto the TEDxTalks website on the work-day after your videos have been uploaded to YouTube.

I can't find my language, country, or event how do I get those added to the TEDxTalks website?
If you cannot find a language, country, or event, and are sure that we have representative videos from those fields, please email webber@ted.com with a request to have those added.

How do I get my talk in the TEDxTalks Editor's Picks?
TEDx staff review every video and select the best ones for the TEDxTalks Editor's Picks. These videos must bring unique perspectives, present great ideas, and be thought-provoking and well-presented. Having a video selected  for TEDxTalks Editor's Picks does not guarantee selection for TED.com. The best way to get your talk selected is to rehearse your speakers well, showcase new ideas, and produce high-quality videos with multiple camera angles and quality editing.

How do I get my talk on TED.com? What is the selection process for TED.com?
Less than 1% of talks actually get published on TED.com. While we encourage you to strive for the TED level of quality, your first mission should be toward spreading ideas in your local community. That being said, there are a few key things that we look for:

  • Speaker preparation and content are the most crucial elements. We look for engaging, charismatic speakers whose talks expose new ideas that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to a broad, international audience.
  • Video shot from three angles. While this is not required, it is recommended for TED.com consideration.
  • Good quality audio. If we cannot hear your speaker well enough, we simply can't consider their talk.

TEDx staff review videos from all events, so it's important to send your short list of favorite talks. The best talks are recommended to a larger editorial review board made up of staff from the TED.com and TEDx teams. If a talk is chosen for TED.com, we'll ask you to send in the unedited tapes for us to re-cut. All talks on TED.com are edited by our in-house team.

One of my TEDxTalks has been selected for review by TED.com -- what won't you accept?
The TED team edits every video on TED.com - we cannot accept livecuts from the webcast or certain file types. Please make sure you save every camera's original footage.

One of my TEDxTalks has been selected for review by TED.com -- what do I need to send?
We must edit all materials that go onto TED.com in-house. So, if your talk is selected, we will request the use of all your materials. These include the footage from all cameras, including audience shots. We prefer raw, unedited footage which you can provide to us on physical media, such as tapes, hard drives, etc.; or you can send it to us electronically, by uploading all materials to our FTP server. We can only accept the following specs for digitized material:

  • HD QUICKTIME FILE: 1080/24P or 720/24P @ Apple Pro Res 4:2:2 codec
  • SD QUICKTIME FILE: NTSC or PAL @ Apple Pro Res 4:2:2 codec

The speaker's original slide presentation, any video/media used during the presentation, and the speaker release form may be sent via email.