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TED-Ed Weekend: Students share their ideas at TED HQ

By Cynthia Silva on April 9, 2018 in News + Updates, TED-Ed Clubs


Are you a student with an idea worth spreading?

TED-Ed Weekend is just like the annual TED conference, except for one thing: all of the speakers on stage are students.

TED-Ed Weekend events are special gatherings that bring together participants from TED-Ed Clubs worldwide for a chance to take over TED Headquarters in New York City. Every year, TED dedicates the stage to the world’s youth for inspiring performances, hands-on workshops, and riveting TED Talks delivered by members of TED-Ed Clubs.

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If I could describe the TED-Ed experience in one word – exhilarating.

To learn more about the impact of TED-Ed Weekend, watch how students describe the experience of coming together from TED-Ed Clubs around the world to share ideas:


Cool, an event series celebrating TED-Ed Clubs! What should we expect?
The TED-Ed Weekend event features an amazing lineup of youth speakers from around the globe. The 2018 TED-Ed Weekend event will take place on November 17-18. In addition to experiencing great talks delivered on stage at TED Headquarters, attendees will get a chance to connect with experts, learn valuable new skills, explore ideas that matter, join hands-on media and animation workshops, and form lasting friendships within the global TED community.

How were the speakers selected?
The TED-Ed Team receives many video submissions of talks given by TED-Ed Club Members. After watching all of the videos, we invite some Club Members to give their talks on the big red circle at TED Headquarters in New York City.

Awesome! Who can attend?
We built a theater in our office (crazy, right?) but it still has a limited number of seats. There’s a maximum of 5 students from each TED-Ed Club who can attend. This limit does not include chaperones.

Who can be a chaperone? How many students can one chaperone supervise?
An adult Club Leader, Club Advisor, or parent may be the chaperone for up to 5 students (as long as the chaperone is 21 years+ of age). If students have been accepted, parents will receive more specifics regarding chaperones and guidelines for attendance of the event.

How do we get to New York City? Where do we stay?
TED-Ed Weekends are all-day events and free to attend. However, we cannot provide transportation to and from TED Headquarters in NYC, or lodging for attendees.

Sounds like an amazing opportunity. Can students fundraise to cover transportation and lodging costs for TED-Ed Weekend attendees?
Definitely! Students may need to fundraise to cover travel and lodging costs for TED-Ed Weekend attendees. (The all-day event itself is free to attend, and lunch is provided.) We encourage you to reach out to your principal or school board for advice on funding student opportunities such as TED-Ed Weekends. In addition, DonorsChoose can be a good way to gather fundraising dollars for student enrichment opportunities.

Wonderful! How do I apply?
Ask your Club Leader! They should have received an email with the application link to send out to their Club Members. (If not, they can email TED-Ed at to get the application sent to them.) Applications will be accepted through the end of May 2018.

I’m not in a TED-Ed Club. How can I participate?
There are a couple of ways to participate if you aren’t in a Club. We will be livestreaming the event and providing ways to interact online with the live event. If you’re interested in joining online, sign up here. If you want to join in person for next year’s event, start a Club!

To learn more about how TED-Ed celebrates and amplifies student voices, or to start your own TED-Ed Club, go to