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.)


Ideas Worth Spreading

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, 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 speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

2019 Team

We are a team of excited volunteers in the Mahoning Valley who are bringing Ideas Worth Spreading to life in 2019 (and beyond). We honor and celebrate our region’s rich, diverse ingenuity across many disciplines. At our TEDx events, we plan to shine a light on forward-thinkers; game-changing concepts; artists and creatives who can show us new ways of being in the world. We are seeking out local luminaries as well as ingenious internationals to help shatter the glass ceiling of our minds. It is our hope that you will be awestruck with the talent, energy and accomplishments of those who participate in our events. It is our privilege to get to know and inspire you. Thank you for being a part of our TEDx community!

What to Expect


Two live sessions of speakers promise to awe and inspire you.


TEDx events create the perfect space for reflection and discovery


Interaction with the speakers and our partners in the lobby.

2019 was truly top notch! Thanks to all the hard-working volunteers, team and organizers, partners and of course… the speakers and attendees! 

Our team is already thinking about next year! YOU can be a part of the excitement.

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for 2020


What an ah-mazzzzing experience. TEDxYoungstown is “ahead of the curve” in every sense of the phrase.

Lolita Walker

2019 TEDxYoungstown Speaker