What is a TEDx event?

If you are someone who has a natural curiosity about the world around you, you’ve likely heard of, seen, and enjoyed TED Talks for a while now. Though it’s also likely that you don’t know much about where TED Talks come from, what their purpose is, and what it means when an event is called “TEDx.” 

To start off with, TED is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, and Design and their slogan, “ideas worth spreading” speaks to the media company’s mission. TED originally began as a conference in 1984. Since then, an annual conference has been held starting in 1990 and the words “TED Talks” probably bring up very specific concepts in mind - short talks, lasting from 10 - 20 minutes that focus on concepts ranging from science to culture to humanities and more that are often told very very well.  

Likely, you’ve been asked to watch TED Talks at a conference, in a classroom, or at a training in order to instill both inspiration and a deeper knowledge on the topic of discussion. Since the first conference, TED Talks have become a global phenomenon with talks taking place in over 100 languages and taking the internet by storm with millions of views and shares. In fact, one of the most viewed TED Talks (Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?) has over 49 million views on TED’s website alone.  

With the popularity of TED growing, so did the opportunities for more people to get engaged. In 2009 the world saw the creation of TEDx, a new format to allow local and independently organized events all around the world. TEDx was created to further TED’s mission by allowing communities to host TED-like events in cities, countries, at colleges, and more with support from fellow organizers and experts.  

According to TED’s website: “The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.” At TEDx events organizers utilize a combination of TED Talks videos, live talks, and live performers in order to foster conversation and connections within a community.  

We at TEDxMcMinnville are extremely excited to bring this event to our community. Following in the footsteps of other Oregon cities such as TEDxPortlandTEDxBend, and TEDxSalem, we know that a TEDxMcMinnville can help facilitate conversations and reveal big ideas throughout McMinnville, Yamhill County, the Willamette Valley, and more.  

Want to learn more? There are plenty of ways to get involved. Learn about volunteering, sponsorship, when and where to get tickets and more on our website: TEDxMcMinnville.com