TEDx presentations last just 18 minutes: long enough to say something of significance, but short enough to hold everyone’s attention and to be easily watched over the Internet. An additional benefit of the speeches at TEDx is that the presentations will be made available online following the conference on our website, on the TEDx YouTube Channel and on TED.com, where some talks have been attracting audiences in the hundreds of thousands or even millions. All talks will be recorded at TV production quality.
This forum may reach a vast audience on the web. TED will select some TEDx talks to be released online and most are viewed by at least 100,000 people, and some by several million. Indeed, in aggregate, TED Talks have been viewed more than 100 million times worldwide. This exposure has transformed the careers of many TED presenters and performers, either by introducing them to larger audiences or recasting them in a new and thoughtful light.
TED has never paid speakers to appear, but has always committed to creating an experience that’s tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides, and as a TEDx event we plan to do the same.