About TEDxUofM

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 a general map for TEDx conferences, but each event is uniquely organized to fit the needs of the community.

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.

Annual Conference


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.




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.

Our salons during the 2017-2018 academic calendar year ranged from mental health to music. This year, we will have 4 salons, topics to be determined.



Adventures are just another way that we engage with the local community here at TEDxUofM. Adventures push students and community members out of their comfort zones to try something new and… well, adventurous!

Last year, our Adventurers got to learn Dabke, a form of Arabic folk dance, told stories about odd encounters at a story slam with Groundcover News writers, and explored the Ann Arbor graffiti scene.


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