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Although they all share common elements, TEDx events vary widely in size and scope. Already, there are a number of examples to draw on when designing your event: events held in backyards and in large theaters, with attendance ranging from a small group of colleagues to a general-public crowd of hundreds.

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In this section, you'll find guidelines and best practices for designing your event, from selecting a venue to choosing live speakers to inviting guests. The first step is selecting your venue -- this decision will shape all of the decisions that follow.

  • Creating your TEDx event's logo: We've created a unified system for TEDx logos, so they all retain the same look and feel.
  • Selecting a venue: You'll want to select a venue that matches the audience you're building your event for. Will you invite a group of work colleagues? Or a larger, public audience?
  • Creating the program: The stage program you develop is the heart of your event.
  • Curating Speakers: Curating the speaker program for your event.
  • Inviting guests: Curating your attendees is just as important as curating your event's on-stage content: Your guests have the power to carry "ideas worth spreading" out into the world.
  • Playing TEDTalks: All TEDx events must include pre-recorded TEDTalks.
  • Inviting + preparing speakers: Having live speakers at your event is not required, but they add powerful, unforgettable, unique moments to your event.
  • Great presentation design: Encourage your speakers to follow these tips so the powerful ideas behind their presentations sing.
  • Managing multimedia: Getting the technical details of your event set in advance will save time, give speakers confidence in their presentations -- and make sure everyone can give a fantastic talk.
  • Recording talks: If your TEDx event will feature live talks, you must capture them on video.
  • Great stage design: Great stage design is critical to how your live talks turn out, both for your live audience and for those who view your videos on the web.
  • The job of the onstage host: The onstage host -- your emcee -- is responsible for introducing all of your original content, keeping your program on schedule and representing the vision for your event.
  • Translating + transcribing talks: Get your talks transcribed and translated into other languages.
  • Greening your event: Follow these suggestions to keep the environmental impact of your event as low as possible.

Tips from the TEDx community

Experienced TEDx organizers are sharing their knowledge about TEDx event planning on the TEDx Wiki (licensees only), in an organizer-run TEDx webinar series and more. Learn more »