TEDxLondon relies on a core team of volunteers and a wider group of volunteers on the day for each event. If you’re dedicated to the TEDx mission and want to give your time to create our events and build our community, we want to hear from you.
TED is the big brother in the family: it began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design came together, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a programme called TEDx. TEDx events are independently organised and surface ideas about communities. They are true to the TED mission, as non-profit organisations devoted to spreading ideas. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised. This video adds some colour to the explanation.
TEDxLondon is the version of TEDx dedicated to surfacing hidden stories of London and Londoners. It’s run entirely by volunteers who do it for the joy of it, fuelled by snacks and support and your ongoing feedback.
OPENx is an open auditions and training programme for young and emerging TEDx talent aged 16-25. Anyone who who wants to share their experiences, ideas and vision of a society they want to live in can apply sending us a video application, and successful candidates will be given coaching, talk workshops and eventually a chance to speak in the TEDxLondon. For more information and details, check out the OPENx page.
Yes! We’re not looking for professional speakers, and will be with you throughout the process providing expert coaching and support to help you prepare for your TEDx talk. And we know everyone gets nervous before getting up on the stage, which is why TED created a whole playlist on the topic.
Absolutely. Through OPENx we hope to find authentic voices who have an idea they want to share with the world. Our expert public speaking coaching and TEDx team will work with you shape that idea into a great TEDx talk for TEDxLondon event 1 July.
We understand everyone is busy and has other commitments, but unfortunately we do need you to be available in person for all the workshops and the few other key dates and events listed on the OPENx page. They all are invaluable opportunities to work on your talk, get personal coaching and mentoring as well as meet other participants, so definitely not dates to miss!