Come to be entertained, leave ready to change the world.

September 13, 2019 (Yes, that’s Friday the 13th…) marks the return of TEDxPortsmouth to The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth. So please mark your calendar with a big red X for this year’s local TEDx!

What is TEDxPortsmouth?

You’ve heard of TED talks — TEDx refers to locally organized TED talk events held all across the globe. TEDxPortsmouth is a full day of short, inspiring talks from speakers in or connected to our community, including live performances, delicious local food and always great conversations. Coming soon: We’ll be revealing this year’s exciting TEDxPortsmouth theme and logo.

Got a great idea for a speaker? Nominate them today!

Do you know someone with a great story to tell? Are you that person? Click on the link below to nominate TEDxPortsmouth speakers! Auditions will be held at The Music Hall Loft in downtown Portsmouth on Monday, April 8th from 4 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 14th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We’ll also be sending out a formal audition signup soon.


Who is organizing TEDxPortsmouth 2019?

Our longtime leader Crystal Paradis has handed over the director’s position to two experienced TEDxPortsmouth organizers, Anna Goldsmith Stern and Amy Sterndale. Although Crystal left a sizable pair of shoes to fill, both Anna and Amy are overflowing with energy and ideas. We thought we’d let them tell you a little about their plans.

Q: What is it like to assume the leadership role of TEDxPortsmouth?

Anna: We often joke it takes a village to replace a Crystal. So that’s been our focus: assembling a team of dedicated, talented, passionate TEDxPortsmouth volunteers.

Q: What do you want to bring to the event?

Anna: This year we’ve added a “Community Outreach” team to TEDxPortsmouth with the goal of having a more diverse speaker lineup that reflects the inclusiveness of the entire TEDxPortsmouth community. We also want to bring more levity to the stage this year. While we won’t shy away from hard conversations, we are striving to bring a little more music, and a little more fun to the event with talks like 2018’s “Owl Prowl” talk by Emily Calhoun.

Q: What are you most excited about?

Amy: This is my favorite day of the year — a chance to celebrate great ideas coming from within our community at a day-long event. We’re thrilled to have already assembled a strong core of volunteers and sponsors that will help create an experience that lifts us from our daily grind. TEDxPortsmouth is a day of transformative ideas. We hope the audience leaves the day with mind-blowing stories they’ll remember for years to come.

Anna: I love the theme this year — when I first heard it, it gave me goosebumps. I can’t wait for the big reveal. Plus, I have just been so bowled over by the generosity of our sponsors, thanks in large part to our new sponsorship director, Erika Beer. In addition to many returning sponsors, including and Mulhern & Scott, DTC Lawyers, UNH, Saltwater, Manypenny Murphy Architecture, and Winter Holben Architecture + Design, we also have many enthusiastic new sponsors including Kennebunk Savings Bank, Heinemann, Petersen Engineering, Mad*Pow, Catchfire Creative, Eversource and DeStefano Architects. And because TEDx is a nonprofit it means all the dollars we raise go back into putting on an even more amazing event.

Your friends at TEDxPortsmouth HQ know that September 13th might seem like a distant point on the calendar, but we’re busy with our preparations, and we’re gearing up for a great day.

Stay tuned for more details going forward. To get involved with TEDxPortsmouth as a sponsor or as a volunteer, or just to learn more, visit us online at