TEDxLive event resources

So you’re hosting a TEDxLive event… get excited! A TEDxLive event is a great way to bring your community together through a live broadcast of an official TED Conference. Get ready to immerse yourself in new ideas, challenging topics, and probing questions — all in real time.

Why TEDxLive events are so fun

  • A worldwide movement: When you host a TEDxLive event, you join a host of other events across the globe tuning in to the same broadcast.
  • A ticket inside TED: With TEDxLive no big travel plans or hotels are necessary to get a first-hand look at TED Talks before they even make it to TED.com.
  • Location, location, location: TEDxLive events often make use of non-traditional venues for their viewing parties. Cafes, bookstores, movie theaters, and living rooms have all served as TEDxLive locales, and bring a sense of fun to the event.

Things to remember

Allow tickets (even though they’re free).

A viewing party is different than a standard event, but this doesn’t mean it’s any less worthwhile. Offering tickets can reinforce this idea and help audience members pencil the event into their calendar.

Make it fun. Make it relaxed

Couches, bean bags, good food are all encouraged. Think relaxed living room, not boardroom.


You might be in a different timezone than the TED Conference, so you might want to be creative about how you screen the conference. For example, you could screen an afternoon session following the morning’s official livestream, or host an all-night TEDxLive party.


Since TEDxLive events are mostly about screening a webcast, you may want to partner with a venue that could host the event. Cultural centers, theaters, universities, or co-working spaces are all great venues to approach.

Webcast Requirements

Operating Systems
  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • iOS
  • Select Android versions
Minimum hardware requirements
  • Windows: Intel Pentium 4 2.33GHz processor (or equivalent) with 128MB of RAM and 64MB of video RAM
  • Mac: PowerPC G5 1.8GHz or faster processor or Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor with 256MB of RAM and 64MB of video RAM
  • Linux: Intel Pentium 4 2.33GHz processor (or equivalent) with 128MB of RAM and 64MB of video RAM
  • iOS: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen or later, iPad mini, iOS 4.3 or later
Internet connectivity

We will offer multiple streams during the live webcast to ensure the widest support for our audience. Our video player will automatically detect your available network speed (bandwidth) and offer the highest quality option for you. The following streams and their required network speed (bandwidth) will offered:

  • High quality: (Recommended for those who will be showing the webcast on a projection screen or large monitor.) Requires that your network connection be able to sustain a connection of 1.5 Mbps.(Megabits per second)
  • Medium quality: Requires 800 Kbps (Kilobits per second)
  • Basic quality: Requires 400 Kbps
  • Low quality: Requires 200 Kbps

Use speedtest.net to test your network connection speed to determine which quality you are capable of receiving. Try it a few times and average the speed. Pay attention to the Download speed.