Partner FAQ

Everything you need to know about partnering with TEDxHonolulu…

What is TED?

TED is a global foundation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then, its scope has become ever broader. With its two annual conferences, video website, initiatives and community projects, TED is now a media platform and a global movement focused on meaningful change through the power of ideas.

What is TEDx?

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, Ideas Worth Spreading. The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events — a screening of TEDTalks videos or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos — spark deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

Did you know?

TEDx Organizers are not hosting events for political reasons, monetary reward or personal gain. They are doing so because they truly believe in the power of ideas to change the world. TEDx events are open source, local and community-driven events that inspire innovation, thought leadership and visionary insight. A TEDx license is free to obtain.

How does it work?

At the center of the TED organization is the TEDTalk. In 18 minutes or less, TED speakers share their Idea Worth Spreading. It can be an idea to change the world, an idea to educate, or to inspire. TEDx speakers share talks in this same spirit. These talks are then recorded, edited and uploaded to the TEDx website. There are no panels, breakout sessions or multiple tracks at TEDx events.

Why become a TEDx Partner?

As a TEDx Partner, you will have the opportunity to engage in an authentic dialogue with an elusive yet valuable audience: passionate, open-minded people in our community. TED encourages you to join in a collaborative relationship with the TEDxHonolulu community by supporting our events.  As a TEDx Partner in support of TEDxHonolulu, you will have an opportunity to test your ideas for the future, and be challenged to positively impact our community and the planet in new ways.

By supporting us, you join the global TEDx community, and benefit from TEDxHonolulu’s individually tailored, local flavor. Becoming a TEDxHonolulu Partner means you share in our vision of spreading ideas that are intended to change the world for the better.

What does that mean to you as a Partner?

TEDx events are individually organized, and TEDxHonolulu is one of several TEDx events happening throughout Hawai‘i (TEDxMaui, TEDxYouth@Punahou, TEDxManoa, TEDxHilo, etc.) Each TEDx event has their own name and organizational team, unrelated to each other. TED encourages local TEDx organizers to meet, communicate, collaborate and share best regional practices.

All TEDx events follow guidelines for content and formatting established by TED. For more partner information see:

What’s unique about supporting a TEDx event?

TEDx events do not charge more than $100 USD per ticket. In order for TEDx Organizers to host a quality event, they need your support. In order to host a TEDx event with more than 100 attendees, the Primary Licensee needs to have attended an official TED conference. This creates a level of quality control for larger TEDx events. This is an evolving process, and TED is always looking for your thoughts. (If you have suggestions or feedback for TED please email

No partner can speak from the main stage of a TEDx event. Possibly the biggest faux pas of any TEDx event organizer is allowing their Partners to pitch from stage, or in any way influence editorial programming decisions. TED has the right to revoke their license should this happen.

TEDx events and their Partners may not use social media to promote their partnership. From time to time, Partners DO demo a new product at TED, and can at a TEDx event only if the product is truly innovative, and is being seen by the world for the first time.

TED asks these presenters to not mention a company on stage, but to focus on the new innovation being presented.

At TEDx events, TED does encourage interactive concepts like innovation alleys — areas outside of the main stage that show cool new ideas and products.

Please consider supporting an idea like this at your local TEDx event if you have a new and innovative product you are launching, and would like to showcase it.

How are partners recognized at TEDxHonolulu?

  • Logo/website link on partner page
  • Logo on partner page in conference printed program
  • Logo on rotating slides during event breaks
  • Exhibit table at main event
  • Logo placement on show video clips
  • Invitation to stage after lunch for recognition/photo

As a TEDxHonolulu Partner, you should come to our event not only to present new ideas, but also to learn from TEDx, and our community. Curate an opportunity for our community of thinkers, dreamers and visionaries to engage in a subject that is meaningful to you.

If you have additional questions on local partnership opportunities with TEDxHonolulu, TEDxHonoluluSalon or TEDxHonoluluED events please email:

Thank You for your support of local Ideas Worth Spreading.