"Saturday was the most surreal experience of my life … I have been wanting to attend a TEDx event for so long and as if by magic it has happened.
The event was amazing! I found all the speakers highly interesting and very inspirational. As for the venue, it was perfect—with its amazing architecture and beautiful roof terrace. All the staff were very welcoming and really are an asset to TEDxAveiro. I would happily come back to Aveiro just to attend the next event.” —Richard Brace

"Saturday was the most surreal experience of my life … I have been wanting to attend a TEDx event for so long and as if by magic it has happened.

The event was amazing! I found all the speakers highly interesting and very inspirational. As for the venue, it was perfect—with its amazing architecture and beautiful roof terrace. All the staff were very welcoming and really are an asset to TEDxAveiro. I would happily come back to Aveiro just to attend the next event.” —Richard Brace

State of the x: TEDx event numbers for May

TEDx events by the numbers: May

  • 206 TEDx events happened around the world
  • 178 cities hosted one or more TEDx event
  • 70 countries hosted one or more TEDx event (added Angola, Somalia and Cote d’Ivoire)

TEDx events by the numbers: All time

  • 4,254 events have happened around the world
  • 1,200 cities around the world have hosted one or more TEDx event
  • 133 countries have hosted one or more TEDx event

TEDxYouth@Aveiro Turned “Inside Out”

Before TEDxYouth@Aveiro, a TEDxYouthDay event, we decided to run an Inside Out Project, inspired by TED Prize winner JR’s wish. 

One month ago, a wall on the Cathedral of Aveiro became covered with photos of members of the TEDxYouth@Aveiro planning team. More than 30 pupils that took part in the organization of this year’s TEDxYouth@Aveiro were challenged to convey a message with a different facial expression. They took photos of each other and pasted the posters up on the wall of the Cathedral of Aveiro. They turned a gray November day in Aveiro into a cheerful one with smiles:

Written by Natasa Golosin, Organizer of TEDxYouth@Aveiro.

TEDx communities turned “Inside Out”

In the past few months, there’s been a tremendous response from the TEDx community to 2011 TED Prize winner JR’s Inside Out Project.

Launched at TED2011, Inside Out is a global participatory art project to transform messages of personal identity into public art. Thus far over 40,000 individuals from all corners of the globe have used the project to take a stand and to share their personal stories with the world. 

From Tokyo to Athens, Karachi to Lisbon, TEDx communities have been part of this movement, using the platform to talk about issues of importance to them. Some highlights: 

TEDx Karachi called attention to the issue of discrimination against minority communities in Pakistan.

Through their group action, TEDxAveiro called attention to the unknown faces and stories of the city.

TEDxLisboa used Inside Out to shared the stories of senior citizens in their city.



TEDxAcademy focused their action on the truth that is seen in the eyes of immigrant children in the city.



TEDxHomer shared the stories of its sea captains, honoring them as the heart of their community’s economic life.

TEDxAmoskeagMillyard used their group action to challenge people’s assumptions about their neighbors, to bring together their community.



There are dozens more actions being planned around the world from Amman to Berlin, Belgrade and Dubai. 

Learn more about starting an action on the Inside Out website. If you are a TEDx community and would like to start an action, reach out to Anna Verghese of the TED Prize team at anna@ted.com.