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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 TEDxMiddlebury, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxMiddlebury 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.

TEDxMiddlebury is run by a 10-member student board. Created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.”


TEDxMiddlebury was started in 2010 by Cloe Shasha. The organization has grown steadily each year and is run by a student board. If you are interested in volunteering or leading next year’s event, please email tedx@middlebury.edu.

Student Speaker Competition

Every year TEDxMiddlebury holds a Student Speaker Competition. We invite all students to enter in the competition. Students share a four minute speech of a topic which they are passionate about that is related to the year’s theme. A panel of faculty judges elect the winner, who will give a full, 18-minute presentation at the TEDxMiddlebury event.


Stay tuned for information on the 2024 event! 

The 2023 event for TEDxMiddlbury was held Saturday November 11, 2023. The theme was “Truth & Dare” and was about considering the binary and what can be done to venture beyond!

Guest Speakers:

  • Akshata Nayak
  • Phil Chodrow
  • Yuvraj Shah ‘26
  • Larry Hayes

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

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