What is a Salon Event?

A Salon Event is a small TEDx event organized by TEDxCUNY Chapters on various campuses. TED talks are viewed, a few live speakers can speak, and scintillating conversations are encouraged between the talks. These events are a chance to bring your campus together around a more specific theme that suits your community. It's an opportunity to talk about topics that will engage the students around you through the TED and TEDx platform.

When will the campus Salon Events be held?

Campus liasons are permitted to choose the date and time of their Salons. We ask only that they do not fall too closely to our annual conference. As defined by the TEDx Salon license, Salon Events cannot be longer than two “sessions,” which are 90 ­minute periods. In other words, your Salon Event cannot be longer than three hours.

Who can attend Salon Events?

Anyone interested can attend Salon Events, however the maximum audience size permitted by the salon license is 100 people. “Salons are intended for smaller groups, which sparks a more productive discussion” (TED Website). Remember, the Salon Events are to encourage conversation and the sharing of ideas on campus; the event should revolve around audience discussion and the relationship between the talk content and your campus community.

Who can speak at the Salon Events?

At the Salon Events, live speakers are optional: organizers must show TED or TEDx videos, and can choose to only show videos without any live speakers. with a maximum of four live speakers permitted. Considering the success of live speakers at previous TEDxCUNYSalon events, we encourage organizers to host live speakers. Organizers can choose anyone affiliated with their campus to speak at their Salon event.  

Where can I find more information about Salon events on my campus? How do I know if a Campus Chapter exists on my campus?

Please see the links on the left for active TEDxCUNY chapters, and the contact information for each Chapter Organizer. If your campus is not listed, please visit our "start a campus chapter" page here.