What is TEDx Buffalo?

Since 2011, TEDxBuffalo has taken place each October, giving distinguished community members a chance to share their “Ideas Worth Spreading”. TEDxBuffalo is an independently licensed TEDx event that follows the guidelines put in place by the TED conference 20 years ago.

Using TED’s unique 18-minute time limit, we are able to provide the audience with numerous talks on a variety of topics that are sure to inspire and educate. TEDxBuffalo strives to bring fresh faces with breathtaking ideas and projects to the stage in front of over 500 people in attendance and countless more watching live online.

What makes a good idea for a talk?

Like a good magazine article, your idea can be new or surprising, or challenge a belief your audience already has. Or it can be a great basic idea with a compelling new argument behind it. An idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.

Do I need to be an expert on my topic?

You do not need to be the world’s foremost expert on the topic, but you do have to be an expert. Please remember that the audience relies on you to give accurate information, so whatever you say in your talk, please fact-check — especially facts you may take for granted: statistics, historical anecdotes, scientific stats. If you’re drawing an example from a discipline that is not your main area of knowledge, use research from widely accepted and peer-reviewed sources, and, if at all possible, consult with experts directly.



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