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.

Now Accepting Speaker Applications

Who should apply to TEDxDePaulUniversity?
TEDxDePaulUniversity is currently seeking speakers and performers from across the DePaul community – including faculty, staff, students and alumni – who will challenge thoughts and inspire ideas through a series of engaging talks that relate to this year's theme "Fast Forward."
When is the deadline to apply to be a speaker?
Speaker applications for the April 12 event at the School of Music’s new Holtschneider Performance Center are being accepted until November 19 at noon (CT). After a committee reviews applications, the selected speakers will be notified on or before December 20.