Before you start

So you want to organize a TEDx event?

We’re thrilled to have you! TEDx is a community of thousands of organizers across the world.

Being a TEDx organizer is an incredible experience but it will take work, dedication and a lot of your time. So if you’re thinking about organizing a TEDx event, it’s important to make sure you’re ready to dive in and make the commitment.

What is a TEDx event?

A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks are shared with a community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. Learn more about TEDx events


If you want to organize a TEDx event, you’ll need to apply for a free TEDx license; there is no application or member fee to become an organizer. No one is eligible to organize an event without being granted a license by TED.

There are a few things to know before applying:

  • TEDx events are truly volunteer endeavors - no one from the organizing team may be paid and speakers may never pay, or be paid, to share their ideas at a TEDx event.
  • Organizers may not affiliate the TEDx or TED brand with other conferences, non-profits, NGOs, corporations or commercial endeavors.
  • We value and welcome young organizers but if you’re under 18 years old you must be supervised by an adult and they must be included on your application form as a co-organizer.
  • TEDx events may not be used to promote spiritual or religious beliefs, commercial products or any kind of political agenda.
  • TED doesn’t grant licenses to individuals associated with controversial or extremist organizations.
  • The only license that is fee-based is our TEDx Business license.

Check out our rules for more info

Please note that TED reserves the right to revoke any TEDx license at any time. Renewal to organize a second TEDx event is not guaranteed.

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