The biggest ideas and best stories from around Ypsilanti.

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

Our 2018 event is over, but check out the videos of our speakers and our excellent local media coverage.

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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.”

Meet our Speakers

10 short, impactful talks are planned from speakers in and around Ypsilanti.

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.