About

In a city like New York, it’s easy to take the same route every day, eat the same turkey sandwich, talk to the same ten people. Every once in a while we have to stick our heads out of our little holes and ask ourselves: Wait, why do we do this again?

TEDxNewYork is a one-day conference that lets you take a step back from your everyday work to ask big questions. We hope to shake you out of apathy, give you pause, and help you see two things: The world is endlessly interesting, and there are people working tirelessly to make it better.

Stacey Sutton speaks at TEDxNewYork - Grand, Central. November 1, 2014, Weylin B. Seymour Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton

Stacey Sutton speaks at TEDxNewYork - Grand, Central. November 1, 2014, Weylin B. Seymour Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton

TEDxNewYork 2016, "Down the Rabbit Hole," will be held at the SVA Theatre on September 10, 2016 -- featuring a slate of rising and recognized New York brilliance sharing ideas across topics and industries. Sign up to be notified when applications open, and receive other news and updates.


About the Team

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Thu-Huong Ha is the cofounder and co-executive producer of TEDxNewYork. She writes about books and culture for Quartz, and works with academics and industry leaders to help them give more accessible talks. In another life she was the context editor at TED and a Fulbright grantee in Aksaray, Turkey. She's also the author of the 2007 YA novel Hail Caesar. She likes to eat and learn, at times in tandem.

David Webber is the cofounder and co-executive producer of TEDxNewYork. Since founding TEDxNewYork and leading strategy for TED's 50,000 video library of independently produced talks, he has curated speakers at executive events for 21st Century Fox, Sky, and News Corp, and coaches Columbia Business School professors on speaking skills. Talks he's produced have been viewed 30 million times.


TEDxNewYork 2014

The inaugural TEDxNewYork event was founded by Thu-Huong Ha, Adam Kroopnick, and David Webber, and took place on November 1, 2014 at Weylin B. Seymour’s in Williamsburg, NY. The event showcased the work of city leaders through 18-minute talks in the style of the TED conference, exploring topics like: the nature of numbers, the future of multimedia storytelling, the problem with cancer research, and how to give a talk about nothing. Watch the talks from 2014.

TEDxNewYork - Grand, Central. November 1, 2014, Weylin B. Seymour Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Emily Pidgeon

TEDxNewYork - Grand, Central. November 1, 2014, Weylin B. Seymour Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Emily Pidgeon

Social spaces at TEDxNewYork - Grand, Central. November 1, 2014, Weylin B. Seymour Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton

Social spaces at TEDxNewYork - Grand, Central. November 1, 2014, Weylin B. Seymour Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to the mission: ideas worth spreading. Started as a conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende, and Gordon Brown.

On TED.com, talks from the conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talk videos. A new talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix, and many websites.

Our initiatives include: the TEDx program, which gives free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities; the annual TED Prize, which grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world; the Fellows program, which helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community; and TED-Ed, which creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators for use in classroom instruction or independent learning. Learn more about TED »


About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At such an event, TED Talks and live speakers combine to spark deep conversation. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where “x” notes that the event is independently organized. The main TED staff provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but these events are self-organized. Learn more about TEDx »

TEDxSydney 2014 at Sydney Opera House on April 26, 2014. Photo: Jennifer Polixenni Brankin.

TEDxSydney 2014 at Sydney Opera House on April 26, 2014. Photo: Jennifer Polixenni Brankin.