Frequently Asked Questions
How is a TEDx event different from a TED conference?
TED conferences are organized and run directly by TED. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The goal of TEDx is to inspire a passion for spreading ideas in local communities from within.
Why was the TEDx program created?
TED launched the TEDx program to help individuals, schools, and organizations create and host their own local, unofficial, TED-style events, using a mix of TED video and live speakers — and in doing so, release TED free to the world. Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
Can a TEDx event focus on one specific subject or discipline?
No. TEDx events are multidisciplinary. An event may have a theme, but it must be broad enough to encompass many different disciplines, specialties and branches of knowledge.
When is TEDxYouthDay?
Universal Children’s Day is a yearly, UN-designated celebration on November 20. Because of time-shift issues and weekend challenges in various cultures and countries, we are encouraging organizers to host TEDxYouthDay events November 19th through November 21st.
What is TEDxYouthDay?
TEDxYouthDay is a series of TEDx events happening all around the world on November 20 — Universal Children’s Day. The events are designed to empower and inspire youth and kids. TEDx organizers across the globe will host events for (and by) young people. These events will vary widely in size, format and theme, but they will share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas and empowering young leaders.
Where can I find a list of TEDx events?
You can search past and upcoming events by name, date, and location on the TEDx program website.
How do I purchase a ticket to a TEDx event?
TEDx events are independently organized. You need to contact your local organizers. Please use search feature on the TEDx program website to find events in your area by name, date or location. Contact information, and information about tickets, is available on each event’s individual page.
What are the criteria you look at when I apply for my license?
We look for passion to spread ideas and bring communities together. Anyone, anywhere in the world, is eligible for a license to organize a TEDx event. However, TED holds the following exceptions: Organizers under age 18 must be supervised by an adult; TED does not grant licenses to those associated with controversial or extremist organizations; TEDx events may not be used to promote spiritual or religious beliefs, commercial products or political agendas; and organizers may not affiliate the TEDx or TED brand with other conferences, or with commercial endeavors.
Why do I have to live in the same city as my event?
TEDx is a platform for bringing your local community together. We only grant licenses to applicants who live in the same city as their event because we want your TEDx event to inspire your community from within.
What are the criteria you look at when I apply for a new license, after my previous license has expired?
We look at your previous TEDx event as part of the reapplication process. Did you complete all of the requirements on the post-event checklist? Did the you set the appropriate expectations with your attendees and community? Did you make every effort to follow the spirit and rules of TEDx? Was your event a good neighbor to other regional TEDx events? We also look at attendee feedback and your TEDx event page on TED.com — so make sure those are completed before re-applying.
Do I have to have a separate license for each TEDx event I’d like to organize?
Yes. If you have held your TEDx event and would like to host another, renew your license. Each issued TEDx license is only valid for one event.
Can I hold more than one TEDx license at a time?
You may only hold one regular license at a time. However, you may hold a TEDxLive and TEDxYouth license while organizing a “Standard” event.
Can there be more then one TEDx event in a city?
Yes. There are 24 different TEDx events in New York City alone! We encourage organizers to collaborate and connect with other organizers in their region.
Can I organize a TEDx event that covers one specific topic?
No. TED conferences are multi-disciplinary, with broad themes to help bring together the unique and unexpected connections. If you want your event to have a theme, you must make sure that your speakers approach it from varying specialties or branches of knowledge.
Why the 100-person attendee limit? (Why can’t we make our event as big as we like?)
In order to truly understand the TED conference structure and its nuances, it is important that the primary licensee has attended a TED conference. We are giving a part of the TED brand away for free. This is an inflexible rule because it is the only way TED can manage compliance and quality on a global scale.
If my co-organizer has attended a TED conference, can I invite more than 100 attendees?
No. The primary licensee has to have attended an official TED conference in order to host an event for more than 100 attendees.
How do I attend a TED Conference?
Attendance at a TED conference is by both application and invitation. We read every application, and actively seek out leading thinkers and doers across a wide range of fields.
Does attending a TEDx event qualify me to organize an event for more than 100 people?
No. The primary licensee has to have had attended an official TED conference in order to host an event for more than 100 attendees.
Does attending TEDMED or INK qualify me to organize an event with more than 100 attendees?
No. Only attending TEDGlobal, TEDActive, or TED qualifies you to host a TEDx event with more than 100 attendees.
How large can my TEDxLive event be?
If your TEDxLive event only consists of watching the live stream of the TED conference (no live speakers), your event may be any size. If you are producing any original content, or inviting live speaker and performers, then the normal TEDx size rules and guidelines apply. If a TEDxLive event is your first event, you may not allow more than 100 people to attend.
How should I name my TEDx 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 or organization.
Why can’t I have the name I want?
All TEDx event names follow the same convention: a name beginning with TEDx, followed by a location such a city, school or neighborhood. Prior to applying, you need to check to see if the name you want is available. Some names — such as major cities — are reserved to distribute at the discretion of TEDx staff. We do co-brand TEDx events with colleges and universities. In the case of corporate events (which are held internally, not open or promoted to the public) we may co-brand. More on that here.
Why do some TEDx events have regional names, when you say these names are not allowed?
TEDx events with a regional names have been grandfathered in. As the program grows, it is essential that TEDx names are specific geographical names. Regional, state, province and county names are too broad.
Do you allow a vertical/topical name (e.g. “TEDxMarketing”)?
No. All TEDx event names must be based on the locations of those events. We do not grant names based on themes or topics and never grant names for entire countries. Names should reflect the city, town, street, or building that the event is being held in.