The biggest ideas and best stories from around Ypsilanti. Apply to be a speaker.

TEDxYDL is an independently organized event created in TED’s spirit of spreading ideas.




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Megan Foldenauer
Artist & Medical Illustrator

“I’m constantly balancing between what I know scientifically and what I am seeing with my artist brain.”





Derrick Jackson
Police Officer & Social Worker

“There’s a fundamental problem with focusing on crime when we need to understand the root causes.”

Apply to Speak

We are looking for 8-10 local speakers to address this year’s theme: Mobility.
Deadline extended until Sunday, August 5

Watch Videos

Hear from the speakers who have taken the stage at two previous TEDxYDL events.


Who’s presenting TEDxYDL? Learn about our three nonprofit partners and how to become a sponsor.

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxYDL, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxYDL event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

What is TEDxYDL?
Now in its third year, TEDxYDL celebrates the biggest ideas, stories, and change-makers of the Ypsilanti area. The event is spearheaded by the Ypsilanti District Library (YDL) with the support of nonprofit partners including Eastern Michigan University and—new in 2018—Riverside Arts Center.