TEDx in the developing world

The TEDx platform should be available to everyone, regardless of resources or economic status. Through the work of passionate leaders and organizers, TEDx events in the developing world have brought global perspective and a sense of possibility to underserved communities.

In the spirit of making TEDx accessible to all, we’ve created TEDx initiatives that are devoted to cultivating successful events in the developing world:

TEDxChange Scholarship

The TEDxChange Scholarship covers the cost of bringing TEDx organizers to TEDActive and TEDGlobal.

TEDx stories from the developing world


Even in this smaller event held in the middle of a slum, in a shanty church building, surrounded by the dirt and grime of Kibera ... there was still great inspiration, and great ideas.
Wilfred Mworia

In a shanty church in Nairobi, there was TEDxKibera – a celebration of people and new ideas.

Acumen fellow and TEDxKibera organizer Suraj Sudhakar first introduced TED to the youth of Kibera by showing them TED Talks. After seeing the impact of these talks, he knew a TEDx event was the next step, so they could play a part in the global TEDx community.

Suraj's vision for his TEDx event was to spark discussion in the community on themes other than HIV/AIDS and poverty – but topics uniquely associated with Kibera.

Live speakers included Tonee Ndungu of the Kenya Wazimba Youth Foundation, Otieno Gomba, founder of Ghetto Art, a studio for Kibera's artists, and software developer and tech blogger Wilfred Mworia.


The educated men in the community supported the event and praised it as a big positive change led by the daughter of the village.
Masarat Daud, organizer

Masarat Daud, the founder of 8-Day Academy, a literacy program in India, was determined to bring TEDx to her hometown of Fatehpur, a tiny village in the Shekhavati region of central India. Despite opposition from village elders, a swine flu outbreak, and a dozen logistical challenges, TEDxShekhavati attracted over 1,000 attendees.

"Some of the men in this cabinet decided that TEDxShekhavati was a threat to the village culture and should not be allowed. They also found it un-Islamic for a girl to be single-handedly organizing this, for her to be on stage in front of many people and to be talking," said Daud.

She featured speakers from various small villages and towns of India with incredible stories: Samar Singh Jodha, who spoke on the importance of exploring unusual careers and supporting talent; Aman Nath, who spoke about preserving the heritage of Shekhavati; and Amrita Choudhary, who praised the courage of the ordinary woman.