Ideas worth spreading

TEDxUofT is an annual conference, designed to gather the brightest minds in the University of Toronto community to spark conversation and connection. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. We're building a platform of free knowledge and entertainment from the some of the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at our annual conference.


We offer an engaging cultural event to an exclusive community of brilliant and curious minds within the University of Toronto community.


We operate as an international online platform, with thousands of viewers tuning in worldwide seeking knowledge and inspiration.

Running the show

Every year, inspiring thinkers and creative performers share the stage in front of an audience of 1000+, both in attendance at the conference or tuning in from the livestream. Music, dance, art, technology - and above all, groundbreaking TEDx talks - blend into an immersive and focused environment. Experience the magic of storytelling.







Our speakers

Each year, we search for speakers at the forefront of innovation who will inform and inspire, surprise and delight. The breadth of content includes science, business, the arts, technology, global issues and many more, across all departments at the University of Toronto. Eighteen-minute talks and under are interspersed with shorter presentations, including music and performances.

Our audience

Ticket demand grows each year; last year selling out 500 seats in under 48 hours. For the upcoming 2016 conference in March, the event will hold 750 seats at the St. Lawrence theatre in Toronto.

The 2015 audience was particularly exceptional and participatory- getting the conference hashtag #TEDxUofT trending at least 2 hours nationally on Twitter.

So, what is 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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What is TEDx ?

X = independently organized

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.)