Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions have been asked since TEDxIndianapolis launched in 2012. Below we share a few of the most commonly asked questions and the answers to them. If you’re looking for additional information, please contact us here.

What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown into a global platform for identifying and spreading world-changing ideas. The annual TED Conference and TEDGlobal Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak about their Big Ideas for up to 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available for free at TED.com and through TED distribution partners.

What is a TEDx 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, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussions and connections in a small group.

Independently organized TED events are branded TEDx, with the “x” indicating that the event is independent. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program; however, individual TEDx events are all self-organized—but also subject to certain rules and regulations.

What makes a TED or TEDx event unique from other similar conferences?
Unlike other conferences, TED is a learning experience more akin to interval training on a treadmill or elliptical. You can expect deep-dive sessions featuring interdisciplinary speakers, followed by extended breaks that allow you to take in all the inspiration and insight while connecting with other attendees. This cycle repeats itself throughout the day.

Who organizes TEDxIndianapolis?
All TEDx events are organized by volunteers. In Indianapolis, the volunteer backbone committee includes members of a number of Presenting Sponsor organizations and others involved in the TED and Indianapolis communities. The day-of event is organized by a variety of committees that work year-round to plan and execute a great experience. Committees include programming, event experience, marketing, logistics, sponsorship, stage design, a/v and documentation, and volunteers.

Who attends a TEDxIndianapolis event?
Participants will be an eclectic mix of people—all different ages, from different walks of life, and from across the Midwest region and beyond. You’re sure to meet innovative thinkers, doers, and leaders throughout the day.

What do speakers cover?
With Big Ideas related to each year’s themes, speakers cover lots of topics including healthcare, business innovation, design, education, cultural diversity, technology, music, literature, and much more.

What will I take away from a TEDxIndianapolis event?
Here’s the real question: what do you want to take away? If you’re not sure, here are some examples: You can take away ideas and inspiration to apply to your personal or professional interests; new connections you can draw on for future endeavors; opportunities and potential partners for continuing to make Indianapolis a world-class city; a quote or thought that makes you see something completely anew; a moment of happiness that results from engaging in a creative activity; or just the satisfaction of being part of an inspired experience with hundreds of other like-minded Hoosiers. The opportunities are practically endless.

How are speakers selected?
TEDxIndianapolis works to offer world-class programming with local, national, and international speakers–some are approached by the committee and others, local speakers, submit Big Ideas which are reviewed and selected for participation. The programming committee expends a great deal of effort developing potential speaker lists that fall into a variety of categories, locations, and styles. The ultimate goal is to provide diversity of original, thought-provoking ideas to our community.

How do I purchase group tickets? 

While there is not a price discount for group tickets, we are glad to make the registration process easy for you. Contact info@tedxindianapolis.com if you want to register more than 7 people from a company, school or organization.