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What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.


Our Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

In fact, everything we do — from our TED Talk videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.


What is TEDx?

The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED. Learn about TEDx event types.


When and where will TEDxCharlotte 2017 take place?

The TEDxCharlotte Steering Committee is working to confirm a venue and date. Once we have this information, we will share it.


How many TEDxCharlotte conferences have there been thus far?

At the close of 2017, we marked out 7th successful event.


I would like to speak or perform at TEDxCharlotte – how can I apply?

You can apply for an audition by filling out our Audition Application Form.  We will reach out in the Spring of 2016 to notify you if you have been selected for an audition.


I would like to help organize this year’s conference – how do I get involved?

Our organizing committee is filled. However, we will be searching for volunteers to help out on the day of our 2016 conference. You can learn more on our Volunteer Page or apply by filling out our Volunteer Application.


Can anyone attend TEDxCharlotte as a member of the audience?

Anyone is welcome to attend TEDxCharlotte.  We do not require an application to attend, just watch for ticket availability and purchase your ticket.  The best way to know how when tickets are available is to join our Mailing List.  You can also read our Attend Page to learn more about our ticketing FAQs.


Where can I buy a ticket to attend?

Once tickets go on sale (usually the first week in June) there will be a link on the homepage. We will also notify our Mailing List.


Why is there a fee to attend TEDxCharlotte?

TEDxCharlotte is a community organization. Our event is run solely by a team of dedicated volunteers, and money collected from ticket fees is allocated back to the conference to support costs for venue, operations, food, after party & satellite events.


How much does the ticket cost for TEDxCharlotte?

We keep the cost as low as possible with ticket prices of just $50.  This is a very low fee for the whole day (including lunch) and is subsidized by our generous sponsors.


I purchased a ticket. Can I bring a guest to the conference with me?

Everyone interested in attending the conference as a member of our audience must purchase a ticket.


I didn’t purchase a ticket before it was sold out. Can I join a waiting list?

Once tickets are sold out a wait list will be available through our ticketing platform.  We limit the number on the waitlist to give realistic expectations.  There are times when attendees contact us that they are not able to attend, when that happens we will contact the first eligible person on the wait list.


Are there other ways for me to get involved with this year’s conference?

Absolutely! There are a number of other ways for you to get involved with TEDxCharlotte 2016, such as volunteering, attending a satellite event and more!


How long is the event?

The conference is a full day, followed by an after party in the evening.  Please plan on staying for the whole day to minimize movement during talks and provide a courteous atmosphere for all of our speakers.


I am a member of the media. How do I obtain a media pass?

There are a limited number of media passes available for the day’s events. For any inquiries, please contact Winn Maddrey, 704-905-2912 or winnmaddrey@me.com.


How can my company get involved as a partner or sponsor of TEDxCharlotte?

We’d love to talk about a possible partnership.  Please contact Winn Maddrey with all partnership inquiries. Winn can be contacted at 704-905-2912 or winnmaddrey@me.com.


Who runs TEDxCharlotte?

TEDxCharotte is planned, organized and executed by a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers.  You can “meet” them at our About page.


Other questions?

Contact info@tedxcharlotte.com with any questions and we’ll get back to you.