The area’s leading creators, entrepreneurs, educators, artists, geeks, designers, scientists, leaders, thinkers and doers will gather in Detroit on Thursday, November 9th to share positive ideas for the world from Detroit.

Who is TED?

TED isn’t a who, it’s a what. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, three broad subject areas that are shaping our future. TEDxDetroit is an independently produced offspring of the annual TED gathering of big brains and cool creators. Learn more about the TED conference at To learn more about TEDxDetroit, keep reading or see the FAQ.

What’s with the X?

We are the X. The multipliers. The catalysts. The connectors. The amplifiers. We challenge the status quo. We come together to collaborate, to share fresh ideas and to find inspiration. We are optimistic about our future. We believe Detroit’s best days lie ahead. We are the people who are making it happen. We believe that is an idea worth spreading.

Why in Detroit?

Because we love Detroit. And we’re not alone. The creative arts and business startups thrive Detroit. Detroit is where the young, bright, creative and entrepreneurial are making it happen. Detroit is where the future takes shape. But don’t take our word for it: Read ForbesInc, The Guardian and The New York Times. This is the sixth year of TEDxDetroit.


WHAT:TEDxDetroit 2017
WHO:Creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, geeks, designers, thinkers and doers
WHERE:Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
WHEN:Thursday, November 9th, 2017, 6pm – 9pm
TICKETS:SOLD OUT. Sign up on the ticket waitlist. There will be no tickets available at the door.

Your Part

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDetroit, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDetroit event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.