This Year's Theme: Connection

Whether it’s making them, breaking them, discovering them or searching for them, connections have shaped, and continue to shape, the world we live in. With the rapid advancements in technology, our world is more connected than it has ever been – physically, emotionally, digitally, scientifically and even metaphorically. Or is it?

Watch this year’s spectacular speakers on our Talks page, more added daily.

View this year’s spectacular speaker line-up below.


About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGlasgow, where x = independently organised TED event. At our TEDxGlasgow events, live speakers come together to spark deep discussion and connect. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.

Glasgow is a city of contrasts, from dire mortality rates to a recognised future city. So what better city to use the TEDx platform to bring Scotland together.

Latest TEDx Talks

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  • Unbroken – speaking the unspeakable

    Madeleine Black

    “I remember wishing they would kill me to make it all end.”
    It takes courage to speak the unspeakable. But for many years, Madeleine Black felt too afraid and too ashamed to utter a word of what happened to her.
    Violently attacked at the age of thirteen, her story is one of pain – but also of recovery, strength, and forgiveness.

  • Kicking the plastic habit

    Laura Young

    When you throw something away, where is ‘away’?
    From straws and takeaway forks to coffee cups and cling film, around 40% of the plastics we use are single-use and a mammoth 91% of all plastic isn’t recycled.
    It’s no wonder the world is choking on it.
    Alarmed by the scale of the problem, Laura Young decided to kick her plastic habit and work towards a zero-waste lifestyle. In this entertaining talk, she shares how she went from plastic abuser to conscious consumer.

  • Global Feminism: Leaving no one behind in the Women’s Movement

    Annie Lennox

    Over the last 100 years, despite the fact that women’s rights have come a long way, there are still massive inequalities experienced by millions of girls and women across the globe. The facts are that 1 in 3 women have suffered physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime. The list is much longer…

    Women and girls endure injustice, disempowerment, misogyny, rape, violence and human rights abuses on an appalling scale everywhere.

    To challenge and change these deep-rooted injustices, Annie Lennox believes we need to stand as a community of Global Feminists.

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  • TEDx Volunteering – it’s impactful!
  • Positive impact for our digital future
  • Designing Glasgow City for all

Take a look at a few highlights from 2019