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TEDx Talk Content

Speaker content guidelines:

  • All talks should comply with TEDx Content Guidelines outlined below.
  • If a talk does not follow the Content Guidelines, organizers have the discretion to withhold the talk. They must inform both TED staff and the speaker(s) that they have made this decision, along with their reasoning.
  • If a talk does not follow the Content Guidelines and the organizer chooses to upload the talk, TEDx reserves the right to add an editorial flag describing how the talk falls outside the guidelines or to decline its publication.

1. No pseudoscience:

  • TED and TEDx are platforms for showcasing and explaining genuine advances in science that are backed by research. The consequences of pseudoscience can be severe, and speakers should not misuse scientific language to make unsubstantiated claims.

2. Talks are thoughtful, not divisive:

  • No talks with an inflammatory political or religious agenda, nor polarizing “us vs them” language.
  • We seek to build consensus and provide outside-the-box thinking, not to revisit familiar, un-resolvable disputes on these topics.

3. No commercial agenda:

  • Speakers cannot promote their own products, books, or businesses, or those of a company which employs them. Talks can only feature technology, product demos, or books that inform an idea presented in a talk.

4. Copyright:

  • The content of every talk must be in compliance with copyright law.
  • Speakers must inform you beforehand of any third-party material that will be used in their presentations and seek written permissions to copyrighted materials when applicable.
  • TED cannot assist with this process nor act as a consultant on individual cases.