TEDxLive is a license for TEDx events centered around streaming the talks and performances from an official TED Conference. Here, the world becomes TED’s audience.

If you're interested in organizing a TEDxLive 2024 event, please read through the guidelines below before applying for a license.

About this event type

The idea for TEDxLive grew out of a question we asked ourselves here at TED: What would happen if we made the TED Conference more open, more global, and its impact more immediate? What if we could ignite communities around the world to engage with – and build on – the TED Conference experience while it happened live?

A TEDxLive license allows organizers to host events where people in their community gather to watch the official TED Conference, through a webcast. TEDxLive events are a great choice for first-time organizers, as TED provides all the programming and includes the option for licensees to also feature live speakers and performers.

All TEDx rules apply to a TEDxLive license, with some exceptions. For all viewing party events that only feature content from the TED conference, licensees may invite more than 100 attendees. For most events that feature local speakers in addition to TED content, licensees can have up to 100 attendees, with the exception of licensees with 100+ qualification (whose teams can invite more than 100 attendees).

The following also applies to TEDxLive events:

Naming your event

If this is your first license, your TEDxLive event name will follow this convention: a name beginning with "TEDx," followed by the name of your city, school, neighborhood or organization, followed by the word "Live." Organizers who already have a standard license: use your existing event's name as the basis for your TEDxLive event name.


You may hold your TEDxLive event during the dates of the TED Conference or a scheduled window of time following the conference. In 2024, you'll be able to hold a TEDxLive event anytime from April 15 until May 5. The application deadline is March 25.

You can choose to screen any talks and performances from TED2024, or feature local talks and performances that you curate in addition to TED2024 content.


Your audience is simply the people from the area or community where you’re holding your TEDxLive event. Some may be previous attendees from another TEDx event you organized. Either way, we always recommend that organizers carefully curate their audience, and select a diverse group of people who can contribute meaningfully to the conversation.


Like all other in-person TEDx events, TEDxLive events can have up to 100 attendees. Only individuals who have attended an official TED conference can organize an event with more than 100 in-person attendees.

You may not host a virtual TEDxLive event in 2024.


The focus of your TEDxLive event is determined by the theme of the TED Conference, since you'll primarily be screening content from the conference. If you invite live speakers, you should feature a diversity of people from across several disciplines who primarily come from the local community you’re serving.

TED will also provide a customizable design kit for your team to use for your event.


You may charge up to $100 USD per ticket to attendees to cover your expenses.


You will be able to stream TED2024 content via livestream access through TED.com only. Please note that you will not be able to stream your TEDxLive event via YouTube, and our team will not unblock your event’s official YouTube channel for your event day.

If you have any questions, please let us know via tedx@ted.com.


Example events

During TEDxXiguan Live in 2016, audience members discussed climate change, gene editing, and what we can do to stop extreme poverty.
In 2017, TEDxBucharest Live included an "open mic" challenge where audience members could present an idea worth spreading.
TEDxHamamatsu Live screened talks from TED2017: The Future You.