Ideas worth spreading.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 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. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

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About TEDx

x = independently organized event

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 a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


TEDxCUNY was formed in July 2013 out of the strong belief that a public academic institution as large and as diverse as the City University of New York not only deserved, but needed a platform for spreading ideas and discussion. The team received its license on July 26th, 2014 and has since become an annual CUNY event gathering students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and the broader public for a day of idea-sharing.

Organizational Structure  

With CUNY’s 530,000+ students enrolled in 24 institutions, TEDxCUNY is representationally the largest TEDx University event in the country. It is also the first public university TEDx conference in New York City, as well as the first TEDx event in the country to represent multiple campuses.

TEDxCUNY is held once a year. To address the challenge of representing 530,000+ students, TEDxCUNY created a Campus Liaison network. TEDxCUNY operates as the umbrella organization that supports CUNY-wide idea sharing. Campus Liaisons, who lead TEDxCUNY chapters on their own campus, can choose to hold TEDxCUNYSalon events, which are mini-TEDx conferences with themes and speakers tailored to that campus community. TEDxCUNY’s goal is for each campus or college within the university system to have a team of students responsible for TEDxCUNY’s outreach and operation on that campus. Currently, the organization has 8 Campus Liaison teams, and outreach coordinators are actively pursuing partnerships with the remaining 16. TEDxCUNY Salon Events are held throughout the fall and spring semester.

TEDxCUNY has held four annual conferences. On November 16, 2014, TEDxCUNY held our first conference, "Access." Our second main event, "Borders and Belonging," took place on November 20th, 2015. "Circuits," the third conference, was held at the New York Hall of Science on March 10th, 2017. The most recent conference, themed "Wild Card," occurred on March 10th, 2018. Our Campus Liaison teams, running our TEDxCUNYSalons, have held a number of other campus-specific events throughout the years at City College, Baruch college, John Jay College, Hunter College, College of Staten Island, and Brooklyn College.