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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxVanderbiltUniversity, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxVanderbiltUniversity event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


2020-2021 TEDxVandy Update 

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Thank you to those who attended TEDxVanderbiltUniversity 2019! We have been approved to hold an event in 2020-2021. For those interested in being a TEDxVandy Speaker, please see below for our NEW Speaker Information Guide! 


 In the best interest of the Vanderbilt community, Student Leadership Development has made the decision to postpone the 6th annual TEDxVandy conference until Spring 2021. As a result, applications and auditions to speak at the 2021 conference will also be postponed until the Fall 2020 semester. We want to ensure that all interested speakers are able to participate in a quality selection process. Please be on the lookout for updates on the 2021 TEDxVanderbiltUniversity conference as we finalize the event date and open speaker applications this fall. If you have any questions regarding this decision or TEDxVandy in general, please do not hesitate to contact Krystal Clark, Director of Student Leadership Development at

We look forward to hearing your “ideas worth spreading”.
If you need a sounding board to see if your ideas could be developed into a TEDxVandy talk, please reach out using the email above and we’d love to set up a ZOOM chat with you.

Check out our NEW Speaker Information Guide! It will answer many of your questions about the application, audition, and development process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Krystal Clark at if you want to know more about this opportunity.