We love Minneapolis.

TEDxMinneapolis is devoted to telling the grand Minneapolis story via the TEDx “Ideas Worth Spreading” platform. We host an event or two a year, and pull together all local yet global ideators, delicious local grub, fantastic craft and mini-still beverage, and impactful collaborators. All of these elements come together for a truly immersive, engaging, inspiring, and entertaining event. Join us.

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 TEDxMinneapolis, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxMinneapolis event, TEDTalks 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.

Join Us! Volunteering & Core Team Opportunities

Event RFPs: 

  • Scenic Design Installation: TEDx Minneapolis is opening a call-for-proposals to dress the stage for our flagship event on August 18th at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Final concepts are to accent speaker talks, speak to this year’s theme, and provide depth to our artistic vision. Proposals will be evaluated according to budget, feasibility of fabrication and timeline, and the elegance of design/aesthetic solutions according to the limitations of the venue and logistics. The winning proposal will then be realized in collaboration with the TEDxMinneapolis Production team, up to and during the event. Designers/artists are responsible for fabrication, load in, and load out of all installation elements of the set. Details for the 2018 event coming soon.
  • Call for Artists: The RFP is open to all Minneapolis artists working in any medium: studio, digital, sculpture, social practice, spoken/ written word, architecture, dance/choreography, sound/music and everything in between. The purpose of this is to showcase and promote the breadth of Minneapolis art. Details for the 2018 event coming soon.


Event Day Volunteering: We are always looking for great volunteers to join us on the days of and around our events.  They are great opportunities to see behind the scenes and get to know the core team.  Please submit to us via this form.

Core Team Volunteering: We also have a few roles available on our core team.  The Core Team is a highly engaged set of talented people that hold core roles and contribute to the program year-round.  They contribute their time (the Core Team is voluntary) and are at the heart of the TEDxMinneapolis experience.  Below are our current opportunities.  If you are interested, please submit your interest via this form along with a resume or link with more information about your background.  If we are interested, we’ll reach out to you and setup a time to chat to get to know each other a bit and talk about the opportunity.

Finance Director: The finance director manages our relationship with our fiscal agent, prepares and manages the budget, keeps track of accounts receivable and payable (including receipts, the checkbook, and the bank account), understands 501(c)(3) laws and tax requirements as it relates to grants and earned income, and manages invoices for both revenue and expenses.

Community Engagement Support: The community engagement team focuses on building relationships with community partners, media, public relations organizations, and manage our social media and PR assets. We’re looking for people to manage day of both inside the theater space and out in all of our experiences for each event.

Project Manager: The Project Manager acts as a mediator and middle-man between all other teams. They help coordinate meetings between team members and act as the general knowledge base for where event progress is at.

Food/Beverage Coordinator: The Food/Beverage Coordinator handles all logistics related to our dining experience for attendees.

Incoming Creative Lead: The Creative Lead manages all visual and experiential parts of the event and brand experience: website, event identity, and all creative partnerships. Given the complexity of the role, a distinct overlap period is meant so the incoming Creative Lead can shadow the current Creative Lead and train for ultimately taking over the role in 2019. Should have experience in design, art direction, and project management.

Production Artist: The Production Artist will work directly with the Creative Lead to create assets for event identities and internal organizational assets. Should be familiar with Adobe Creative Suite.

Slide Designers: The Slide Designers will be on-call resources that speakers can call on to enhance the visuals of their presentation. Should be familiar with the both various styles of graphic design and motion graphics, as well as Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint, and Keynote.

Speaker Curator (Science & Technology): The Speaker Curator (Science & Technology) conducts research and utilizes a strong network in the science and technology communities to identify, interview, and present speaker candidates for upcoming events.

Speaker Coach (Talk Development): The Speaker Coach (Talk Development) works alongside other members of the curation team to provide coaching and feedback to speakers. This team member focuses on clarifying the “idea worth spreading” and enhancing the structure and content of the talk.

Technology Coordinator: The Technology Coordinator manages the digital experience and front-of-house technical needs for the team, including the website, ticketing site, intranet sites, on-site printing, on-site WiFi experience, simulcast, and A/V needs outside of the theatre.

Other: We are always looking for people that feel they can make an impact on our team. Go ahead and drop us a note via the form and introduce yourself!

Event Day(s) Support: Volunteers support a range of activities on the day before, the day of, and the day after each event.

Advisory Circle

TEDxMinneapolis engages in an advisory circle on a routine basis to assist us with understanding the story of Minneapolis, engage in resources and networks, and assist us in becoming experts in our city’s narrative.

Laura Zabel – Executive Director | Springboard for the Arts

Ryan Kroening – Owner | Events by Lady K

Women’s Event Advisory:

Joy McBrien – Owner | Fair Anita

Melissa Kjolsing – Director | Minnesota Cup

Pamela York – Founder | Atasi Ventures, Director 

Core Team

The TEDxMinneapolis program is organized by an incredible core team of volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please fill out this form.

Dustin Huibregtse


By Day: Deloitte Consulting – Technology

Kam Kubesh

Lead - Partnerships

By Day: HjS Architects

Ariane Laxo

Lead - Attendee Experience

By Day: HGA

Megan Mrozek

Lead - Curation

By Day: American Red Cross

Justin Sims

Lead - Creative

By Day: JZS Design

Sammie Holden

Lead - Community Engagement

By Day: Fast Horse

Cassie Utt

Lead - Production

By Day: Monicat Data, Eaton

Amanda Carlson

Associate Curator

By Day: Venture Bank

Jasmine Russell

Associate Curator

By Day: Monicat Data

Max Robinson

Innovation Lab Curator

By Day: Optum

Alice Schwantes

Volunteer Experience Coordinator

By Day: doTERRA International

Hannah Novillo Erickson

Attendee Experience

By Day: Hennepin Theater Trust

Karl Knudsen

Attendee Experience

By Day: Target

Keith Mensah

Speaker Experience Coordinator

By Day: St. Paul Port Authority

Erin Rahman

Registration Coordinator

Shelby Schroeder

Food & Beverage Coordinator

Mary Kennedy

Interior Design & Furniture

By Day: HGA

Phillip Uttech

Lighting Design

Kayla Molkenthin

Lighting Design

By Day: HGA

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