About TEDxNewYork

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 myopic little holes and ask ourselves: Wait, why do we do this again?

TEDxNewYork is a conference dedicated to big questions, to shaking us out of apathy, to giving us pause and helping us realize two things: The world is endlessly interesting, and there are people who are working tirelessly to make it better.

This event will showcase the work of 20 leaders through 18-minute talks in the style of the TED conference. Together with an audience of passionate people from across the city, TEDxNewYork will be a place for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

New Yorkers can learn from each other, and so too can the world learn from New York. The recorded videos from the event will live on in digital form (or until the Internet runs out) to spread the ideas from TEDxNewYork.

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 »