We are Pittsburgh’s platform for showcasing the ideas, individuals and innovations that are redefining the Steel City. Pittsburgh is best known for the steel forged on the banks of its three rivers. Bridges and a blue-collar work ethic have come to define our region.


Although present day Pittsburgh is devoid of iron furnaces and steels mills, our reputation for hard work remains. We’ve replaced the relics of the industrial revolution with corporate headquarters, co-working spaces, art galleries and idea labs.


We are in the midst of a city wide renaissance. Thanks to the efforts of our city’s incredible network of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and humanitarians, the innovation taking place in our backyard are once again laying the foundation for the future of our city and country.


In 2013, TEDxGrandviewAve, led by Kacey Wherley, started out to celebrate the people of Pittsburgh who dared to create and pushed to the edge of innovation. After two years of success, the good people at TED headquarters gave us some good news: TEDxGrandviewAve could become TEDxPittsburgh. Our first official event as #TEDxPGH (Bridges: Ideas that Connect the Region) took place in May 2015.


TEDxPittsburgh is run by IdeasPGH, a not-for-profit organization.



The annual TED Conference has given rise to multiple, local initiatives aimed at sharing transformative ideas. That’s where TEDx comes in.
TEDx is an independently organized, community based version of the larger TED-experience.  Planned and coordinated by an all volunteer team, TEDx showcases transformative and thought-provoking ideas on the local level.


At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations).



TED is a nonprofit organization and acronym. It’s a movement devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading in ‘T’echnology, ‘E’ntertainment and ‘D’esign.
Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.


Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.