About TEDxDePaulUniversity

TEDxDePaulUniversity is independently organized through a license provided by TED, the idea-generating nonprofit organization. Now in its fourth year, the DePaul event unites our community for a half-day of idea-driven programming and promotes our faculty, staff, student and alumni thought leaders through the world-famous TEDx platform. Through the theme “Fast Forward” our speakers from across the DePaul community will aim to challenge thoughts and inspire ideas through a series of engaging talks and presentations. READ MORE…
Imagine an improved future.
Stand up to the challenges of today.
Design a better tomorrow.

By The Numbers


Surveyed attendees would attend again

1 Million+

Views on YouTube


Seats in new Gannon Concert Hall


Attendees called the talks “inspirational,” “thought-provoking,” “necessary,” “innovative,” “transformative,” “inclusive ”and “motivational.”
“I felt empowered and inspired to be more of the person that is unafraid to dare.” ∼ TEDx 2018 Attendee.
“I admired the energy in the room, the focus of the presenters, and the value of the information.” ∼ TEDx 2017 Attendee.
How many 2019 speakers are there?
Enthusiasm for the annual TEDxDePaulUniversity event continues to grow with a record-breaking 139 speaker applications submitted for this year’s event – a 22 percent increase from the previous year. After careful deliberation, the TEDx selection committee chose nine speakers who will curate thought-provoking talks around the theme “Fast Forward.”
Who are this year's speakers?
As activists, youth mentors, company founders and champions of the arts, mental healthcare and the environment, the speakers are a diverse group of DePaul faculty, staff, students and alumni. Each speaker's talk or performance is rooted in their areas of research or personal interests and promises to provoke stimulating conversation within the community.