What is a TEDx event?

Imagine a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking video and mind-blowing conversation. By organizing a TEDx event, you can create a unique gathering in your community that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform.

A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all of them have features in common.

TED's format

A suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that is idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.

TED Talk videos

Every TEDx event either shows only TED Talk videos to its audience, or shows both TED Talk videos and live speakers from the community. For events less than half a day in length, two TED Talks from TED.com are required to be shown. For longer events, 25% of the total number of talks must be official TED Talk videos.

Diversity of topics

All TEDx events present multiple issues and a diversity of voices from many disciplines. After all, what’s the fun without a little variety?

Community-driven and bias-free content

A TEDx event is organized by volunteers from the local community, and just like TED events, it lacks any commercial, religious or political agenda. Its goal is to spark conversation, connection and community.

Examples to follow

While planning your TEDx event, you’ll have a library of videos for inspiration and a global community to help guide you. But in the meantime, here are a couple of TEDx events to check out:

TEDxUCDavis is an entirely student-run event centered at the University of California, Davis. TEDxUCDavis gives students, faculty and locals a platform for sharing new ideas, and is dedicated to showcasing the diversity and innovation of its community. After four years of consistent growth, TEDxUCDavis has transformed from a 100-person event to this years anticipated audience of over 1,000.

In 2009, the first TEDxKibera event was held in Kibera, Nairobi, one of the largest slums in Africa. First hosted by Acumen Fellow Suraj Sudhakar, the event sparked other TEDx events in squatter cities, including Karanja, Silanga and Kangemi. TEDxKibera is at the forefront of TEDx-in-a-Box, an initiative that supports members of undeveloped and underserved communities to organize a TEDx event by providing the basic gear they need in a suitcase.

What a TEDx event is not… 

  • A TEDx event isn’t an industry or marketing conference. It isn’t limited to one topic or field. It isn’t used to sell something.
  • A TEDx event is not organized by or for special-interest political, religious or commercial groups.
  • A TEDx event cannot be used to raise money, not even for a charity.
  • A TEDx event cannot partner with another conference or event.
  • A TEDx event can’t be co-branded with an institution except under specific license types – for a college or university, or for internal events (for corporations and organizations).
  • A TEDx event is not a platform for professional speakers, such as motivational speakers and professional life coaches. Its purpose is to give a wide platform to those who don’t often have one.
  • A TEDx event is not focused solely on entrepreneurship, business or technology. Diversity of topics is key!