Event types

When you apply for a license to organize a TEDx event, you'll be asked to choose an event type. TEDx event types are exactly what they sound like: different kinds of TEDx events. Every TEDx event falls under one of these categories, and while all events follow a very similar format, some different content, rules and audiences apply to each type of event.

The majority of TEDx organizers choose a standard event type. Please read below to see if your event should be licensed as another kind of event type.

The following event types are outlined in this section:

Standard event

This is the basic event type. It is subject to all of the standard rules, and applies to most events.

University event

Holding your event at a university? This event type is for those hosted at a college or university, and organized by current university administration staff, faculty or students.

Youth event

This is a TEDx event organized by, or catered toward, youth and/or kids.

Salon event

This is a small weekly or monthly event that keeps a TEDx community engaged between regularly scheduled TEDx events. In order to organize a Salon event, applicants must already have an existing standard license.

Simulcast event

This event is built around a simulcast of a single day of the TED conference, or a single-day TED event, such as TEDWomen. Live speakers can be part of a simulcast event as well. These events are a great choice for a first-time organizer.

Internal event

This is for corporations, organizations, government entities, non-profits or other institutions that want to organize an event under an institutional name. This event type, and the naming exception it grants, is approved only for internal, private, employees-only events.

TEDx in a Box event

Some communities may not have the resources and infrastructure to organize an event. In these cases, we deliver all the resources needed to organize a TEDx event, packaged in a portable box.

Library event

This event follows the same format as a standard event, except that it is hosted by librarians at a local library.

ED Event

ED events are TEDx events where educators, students, administrators and others gather to discuss the future of education.

Level 2

The TEDx Level 2 license is for organizers with at least two years in the program, and other requirements.

Confused about which event type to choose?
Email us at tedxapplications@ted.com