What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, 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.

What is TEDx?

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 video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.

What is TEDxUofM?

TEDxUofM is a university-wide initiative to galvanize the community for an event like no other; filled with inspiration, discovery, and excitement. Borrowing the template from the world-renowned TED conference, TEDxUofM aims to bring a TED-like experience to the University of Michigan. Our vision is to showcase the most fascinating thinkers and doers, the “leaders and best” in Michigan terms, for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that will spark new ideas and opportunities across all disciplines.


Borrowing the template from the world-renowned TED conference, the annual TEDxUofM conference showcases many of the most fascinating University-affiliated thinkers and doers for a stimulating day of presentations, entertainment, art, and discussion.

Our eighth annual TEDxUofM conference will take place on Wednesday February Eighth, 2017. You can register here!. If you can't wait until February to hear some great talks, check out some from 2016 here!


To some, the theme is what ties everything together- the speakers, the conference, even the attendees. Our theme for the 2017 conference this winter will be Dreamers and Distruptors! Our previous themes have been:

2016 - Subject to Change

2015 - Constructive Interference.

2014 - Against the Grain.

2013 - untapped_

2012 - Inform/Transform.

2011 - Encouraging Crazy Ideas

2010 - Do You Realize?


Our salons during the 2015-2016 academic calendar year ranged from entertainment and media in society to what it means to be human. Our salons during the 2016-2017 academic calendar year will range from Addiction to Homelessness and Suicide.

What are TEDxSalons? Found in libraries, cafes, restaurants, music clubs, living rooms, and at kitchen tables across the globe, Salon events are truly community affairs: small gatherings where attendees can eat, discuss, brainstorm, and connect in a more intimate atmosphere than a standard TEDx event.

If you're interested in attending an event, please email us at attendees@TEDxUofM.com.