TEDx Organizer Guide

Planning and designing a TEDx event is a big endeavor. The good news is we have a comprehensive guide to help you along the way. Our organizer guide provides general instructions and best practices from TED's experience hosting conferences and sharing ideas since 1984. This guide is highly recommended for both new and veteran organizers. At every stage of event planning, it should be your first stop.

Volunteers + staff

If you’re going to organize a great event, you’ll want to recruit a great team. Your staff and volunteers are the most important people you’ll need to make sure your event is a success.

Venues + spaces

The place where you hold your event is a critical component of its success, so making sure it’s the right space is important.

Speakers + program

How do you find and invest in “ideas worth spreading” anyway? We’ll walk you through this critical undertaking in the planning process, step by step.

Branding + promotions

Promoting your event in a smart and effective way can drive up your attendance, and draw even more attention to the big ideas and conversations happening at your TEDx event.

Audience + experience

The individuals you invite to your TEDx event are both your audience and your community – they’re the people you're sharing big ideas with.

Sponsors + finances

Creating and managing a budget for your TEDx event can be a challenge. Most events will cost at least some money, so you’ll want to know how much you need, and how to get it.

Video + photography

Video and production can be a heavy lift (literally). From picking the right equipment to editing your recorded video, it takes a lot of work — and attention to detail — to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Post-event + renewal

After your event, the last thing you want to do is more work. But completing your post-event duties is an essential first step on the path to hosting your next TEDx event.