Speaker Terms and Conditions


Speakers at TEDxDartmouth agree to be bound by and comply with the following terms and conditions. All confirmed speakers will be required to sign a contract agreeing to these policies. Please note that these policies apply to all independent TEDx events operating under license from TED and are not exclusive to TEDxDartmouth.


Payment: TEDx events may never pay speakers. No one can pay to be included in the program. Speakers at TEDx events cannot sponsor any part of the event, in-kind or otherwise.

Duration: No talk can exceed 18 minutes in length.

Presentations: Every talk's content must be in compliance with copyright law. Speakers must inform TEDxDartmouth beforehand of any third-party material that will be used in their presentations and seek written permissions to copyrighted materials when applicable.

No commercial agenda: Speakers should not promote their own products, books, or businesses or those of a company which employs them. Speakers are allowed to discuss the relevance or importance of their work in the context of an "idea worth spreading." Notable exceptions include a powerful product demo or ideas from a speaker's book.

Avoid pseudoscience: TED and TEDx are platforms for showcasing and explaining genuine advances in science and technology, and it's important we retain the respect of the scientific community. Speakers should avoid the misuse of scientific language to make unsubstantiated claims.

No political or religious agenda: No talks should be given with the intent of promoting an inflammatory political or religious agenda, nor for polarizing “us vs them” language. Talks can still explore the importance of political issues without promoting a "correct view" or explicitly targeting other groups. Keep in mind that we seek to provide outside-the-box thinking and create a more open-minded global community, not revisit familiar, unresolvable disputes on these topics.

Speaker products: Speakers' books can be part of the selection at a TEDx event bookstore, but they cannot sell books or other items individually. Speakers at TEDx events can sign their books, but only as part of a larger book sale, and bookstore presence.

Photo and Video Release: 

TEDxDartmouth 2019 (“TEDxDartmouth”) will be recording all the presentations at the TEDxDartmouth event to be held on April 13, 2019 (the “Event”). TEDxDartmouth is operated under license of TED Conferences LLC (“TED”). Beyond the Event, the goal of both TED and TEDxDartmouth, is to spread great ideas, by making these presentations freely and widely available to a global audience.

This release (the “Release”) will serve as our agreement concerning your participation at the Event.  In consideration for the platform provided to you, and in support of the goal of “ideas worth spreading,” you grant TEDxDartmouth, TED, and other entities — e.g., broadcasters — as TEDxDartmouth or TED may designate from time to time (collectively, the “TED Parties”) the right to record, stream, film and photograph your presentation at the Event (the “Presentation”) and to distribute, broadcast, edit, translate (as discussed below) or otherwise disseminate it, without any further approval from you, in whole or in part, throughout the world, in perpetuity, in any and all media now known or hereafter developed.  This grant to the TED Parties includes, but is not limited to, the right to use the Presentation either alone or together with supporting information, such as your name, voice, photograph, likeness and biographical data (collectively, “Supporting Information”). 

Examples of permitted uses of the Presentation and Supporting Information include displaying the Presentation on a livestream, the TEDx YouTube channel, or on TED’s website, TED.com; broadcasting the Presentation on television; and distributing the Presentation on DVDs, mobile phones, films, and other video distribution channels, such as iTunes.

TEDxDartmouth and TED encourage intelligent public debate around each presentation.  Accordingly, your Presentation may be distributed under a “Creative Commons” license, which allows each distributed presentation to be re-published in non-commercial, non-derivative works, as long as appropriate credit is given and the presentation is not edited or distorted.  By signing this Release, you acknowledge and agree that you do not object to the distribution of the Presentation by the TED Parties under a Creative Commons license.

TEDxDartmouth shall not reimburse the speaker for any expenses, provide any payment or honorarium for speaking at TED, or engage in any type of sponsorship relationship whatsoever with the speaker. 

TEDxDartmouth and TED place a great emphasis on reaching a global audience. To achieve this goal, your Presentation may be translated into any language.  Translators follow the guidelines established through TED’s Open Translation Project. By signing this release, you acknowledge and agree that you do not object to having your Presentation and Supporting Information translated in this way.

In addition, you understand and agree that: (i) TEDxDartmouth and TED aren’t obligated to use the Presentation or Supporting Information in any way; (ii) you won’t receive any form of payment in connection with the use of the Presentation and/or Supporting Information; and (iii) you may not revoke the rights granted in this Release.

You affirm that: (i) you have the full power and authority to grant the rights and releases set forth in this Release; (ii) you are the sole author of the Presentation; (iii) you own all rights to the Presentation, including, but not limited to, all copyrights and trademark rights; (iv) you will advise TEDxDartmouth in writing of all third-party material contained in the Presentation (to which you have not secured all necessary rights); and (v) use of the Presentation as permitted by this Release will not violate the rights of any third party. 

If any third party claims that the use of the Presentation violates its rights, you agree to cooperate fully with TEDxDartmouth and TED to defend against or otherwise respond to such claim.

This Release contains the entire understanding between you and TEDxDartmouth regarding the Presentation and/or Supporting Information and may not be modified except in a writing signed by both of us.

This Release shall be exclusively governed by New York law without regard to choice-of-law principles.  Any dispute concerning the Presentation and/or Supporting Information, or arising out of or relating to this Release, shall be resolved in the courts of the State of New York.