About TEDxVail

Founded in 2010, TEDxVail is a team of highly creative local and global citizen volunteers who put together independently organized TED events operated under a license from TED.                       We, community-minded team members, invest our time and share our expertise to bring TED to the Vail Valley through TEDxVail Xperiences.

TED, Technology, Entertainment & Design, is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

If a lecture is a cup of joe, then a TEDxTalk is a double shot of expresso. TEDxTalks are a way to condense ideas into compelling brief talks that spread worthy big ideas. We’ve discovered that these short talks can have a long lasting impact.

Space is an inspirational concept that allows you to dream big.’ – Peter Diamandis

Social Spaces are creative, interactive play spaces that are designed to awaken your senses, and provide another level to connect with others. You’ll find Social Spaces at all of our events and conferences.Ignite your inner changemaker by suggesting a social space Xperience you’ve been wanting to have in Vail Valley.

‘Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.’ – Helen Keller

Adventures are exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours and activities held throughout the year that extend the TEDxVail phenomenon beyond the single-day event. Adventures provide an environment that encourages you to have fascinating conversations with our speakers and innovators to give their ideas traction. Email us to find out about our upcoming Adventures, or suggest one you’d like us to organize with one of our speakers.

Our TEDxVail team creates independently organized TED events operated under a license from TED that brings people together to share an intimate TED-like experience. We are fully supported by community-minded volunteers who collaborate from around the globe including, Chicago, DC, Santa Fe, Atlanta, Boulder, Denver, Sun Valley, LA, Basalt, Boston, Avon, Eagle, Vail, and as far as Alaska.  Their continued support, regardless of time zone, is the cornerstone that makes our Xperiences possible. Thanks, Team!

Our mission is to bring the Vail Valley a series of interactive experiences, amplify exceptional ideas moving people to action.

TEDx events enable us to amplify intriguing ideas, provide a hands-on leadership lab with real results in Vail Valley, empower youth and promote sustainability of our shared environment.

Our annual TEDxVail is a dynamic, blend of TEDxTalks, art actions, Social Spaces, food, live performances, and Adventures. TEDxVailTalks are a collection of compelling Talks from community and global leaders, who will have been coached for a year before their delivery, sharing exceptional ideas that spark deep discussion. These interactive elements combine to inspire a collective impact in and from Vail Valley.

Events are similar to the annual conference, but on a smaller scale and held throughout the year. At our TEDxVail events, you’ll enjoy a combination of TEDTalks, livestreaming of the TED conferences and interactive activities.