How to apply

You’ll have to make a few important decisions when applying for a TEDx license. It’s the first step in deciding the kind of experience you’d like to shape for your event.

Pick your event type

TEDx events have different “types,” or event categories, and you’ll need to choose one when you apply for a license.

Learn more about all the different event types

Name your event

All TEDx event names follow the same convention: a name beginning with TEDx, followed by a location-based descriptor such as the name of your city, school, neighborhood, local landmark or street (e.g., TEDxRegentSt, TEDxBrickLane, TEDxRawaRiver).

Learn more about naming your event

Choose a tentative date for your event

You’ll want to keep two things in mind when picking the date of your event. First, does the date conflict with any other TEDx events in or close to your location? You can find out by searching for TEDx events in your area. Also, does the date give you enough time to plan the event, and does it give your speakers enough time to construct and rehearse their talks? You’ll need a minimum of three months to organize your event after your license is approved. Note that TEDx event plans take at least eight weeks to review and approve -- great events aren't built in a day!

Brainstorm some ideas for your program

We want to know more about what you’re interested in including in your event. TEDx events should be multidisciplinary and broad, to address a variety of topics. They should not focus all on one subject area. What are some topics, questions and ideas you’re itching to share with your audience?

Consider example speakers

Tell us more about what they’re doing that’s great, rather than who they are. Is there someone in your community who has an incredible idea or perspective you think the world should see? Is there a person you know of who is doing amazing work, but is largely unrecognized?

Think about which TED Talks you'd like to show

Our application asks which TED Talk videos you’d like to show at your TEDx event. You can change your mind later, but we’d like to know what kind of talks you want to share with your audience.

Important rules to remember

  • Spirit/purpose: Your event must maintain the spirit of TED itself: multidisciplinary, focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. TEDx events are not agenda or single-topic driven.
  • Location: TED allocates one location-based license series per applicant; you must live in the city for which you are applying for a license. Your TEDx event must happen in the city for which you received the license. TEDx events do not travel -- a TEDx license is valid for one city, and for one event.
  • Co-events: TEDx events are stand-alone events -- they may not be combined with or integrated into any pre-existing conference or event.
  • Co-branding: We do not allow co-branding - either connecting the TEDx logo/identity/name to the name of another organization, non-profit, corporation or other, or presenting your TEDx event as being organized by such entities.
  • See the full list of general rules.