Being passionate about community building and about expanding our comfort zone, a group of soulful volunteers (= our team), decided to organize a powerful event that brings people together, opens up discussions, debates issues in our community and creates the path towards Change. TEDx is the simple way of storytelling organized by a fabulous team that believes in the power of ideas for a better future.


Our primary motivation is to build and organize an active and vigorous community. We believe that, thanks to TEDxUdvarhely and its inspiring, motivational and encouraging discussions and debates, we can achieve change in the community – with the members of this community.

In the spirit of the local, self-organized TEDx events we are convinced that ideas worth spreading take us to a better future. And we are sure that inspiring stories are around us, we just need to create the finest instruments and forums to spread these. TEDxUdvarhely is such an instrument and forum, that can widespread the values we, our community possesses.

Truth and dare

How much does truth worth in a world, where bit by bit the reality content of every spoken and written word can be called into question? Where the same reality is perceived and interpreted in four different ways by three people. Where the border between the freedom of expression and the practice of allegations is getting narrower and narrower, and fewer and fewer people understand that having the right to say something doesn’t mean that it’s an obligation to say it. What can be pronounced in this world, and what shouldn’t be withheld under any circumstances? Where does bravery begin: when we say out loud something in a crowd or when we whisper the exact opposite quietly?

Truth and dare: maybe old fashioned and trivial expressions that nowadays are hard to interpret, because they evoke a bygone era. But no matter how much the world has changed (in the past one year, ten years, one hundred years – feel free to choose), those who are responsible for the constant change of the world, are unchanged: truthful and brave. Regardless of how old they are, where they live, or what their activities are.

Truth or Dare – changing a bit the famous board game. In this game, the participants must choose whether to tell the truth OR do something brave. But we decided to change things a little bit. And instead of OR, we prefer AND. Because we think that honesty and courage don’t exclude each other, on the contrary. Together they are strong and they can make a change.

Meet our speakers

Our invited speakers fit into the spirit of ”Truth and Dare” with their stories. They weren’t afraid when the truth had to be told, and weren’t scared when actions were needed. They inspired many people not to settle for semi-compromises and fake solutions, but to dream big. And now we ask them to bring that inspiration to our community as well.

We are the team

The members of the TEDxUdvarhely organizing team are people for whom the simple BEING is not enough. They want MORE. For themselves and the community as well. Meeting point for different stories, with vivid histories and captivating ideas. In this hectic mixture we came together for one mutual GOAL: to stimulate thinking and interest.

TEDxUdvarhely is initiated and coordinated by local volunteers, so the organizational work is realized not on an institutional, but community level.

Szakács Paál István

Pálfi Kinga

Ferencz Szilvia

Körössy Andrea

Balog Zsuzsa

Márton Áron

Berkeczi Zsolt

Borbély Erika

Kállai Emmánuel

Szőcs Blanka

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives.

The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

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"In my opinion, thanks to the TEDxUdvarhely license our town “levels up”."

Regarding my qualification I have a degree in economics and since 2017 I manage the Harghita Business Center startup incubator. Before that, I spent ten vigorous and magical years in the jungle of the American and Asian stock exchanges.

In my opinion, thanks to the TEDxUdvarhely license our town “levels up” and catches up with those cities of the world that can progress and build their future perhaps even because of these kinds of community events. I’m very proud to be a part of this team, although this might be the greatest challenge of my life so far.

Look, for a moment into the eyes of a little child. Immerse into the eyes of your beloved one. Can you see the miracle?

Each and every one of us is a source of unicity and greatness. We all are something exceptional that we can give the world. These people gathered into one team to give their best: the trust that we can organize a unique TEDx event. I am proud to be a part of this team, to do the work with these guys.

We became a great, committed team in no time! I really hope that we will be able to hand over the essence of this project, to share the inspiration created by stories and ideas, that will urge progress and change for every participant.

"I believe in sharing valuable thoughts, I believe that sometimes we must cross our own boundaries in order to recharge with new, constructive ideas."

I’m so excited that I can be a member of the organizing team of TEDxUdvarhely. I’m confident that we will put together an event that gives a new perspective of the world, that inspires, points forward, offers new knowledge and possibilities, because now and then everyone needs a little inspiration. Those who joined the cause are people who interpret this new task not as a problem, but as a challenge.

We became a great, committed team in no time! I hope that we will be able to hand over the essence of this project, to share the inspiration created by stories and ideas, that will urge progress and change for every participant.

Everyone has a story.

And every story deserves to be told if it makes even one person step outside the box, act, oppose or compromise. For me TEDx represents open-mindedness and empathy – those stories that deserve to be told and are capable of inducing change.

Székelyudvarhely is being called and experienced in many ways – some say it’s the mother town, for others it’s the college town or simply their hometown. Either way, TEDxUdvarhely is a main chapter in the town’s own story and it’s worth being a part of it.

I studied Hungarian literature, then before I realized I obtained a degree in tourism, then I became a designer.

I love my job, and this is not just a courtesy statement, I really enjoy what I’m doing. Ideas become reality and “the message, the feeling and the information” reach the audience/you thanks to my work. Regarding TEDxUdvarhely I consider myself very lucky because it is my task to create the visuals of the event based on the team’s ideas. When I met TEDx for the first time I felt quite lost both personally and professionally. So many motivational talks that inspire you! It’s a huge thing that our town can put together such an event and I’m so delighted to be a part of it.

"I love IT because it forces you to THINK! My favorite quote is "Don't learn to code. Learn to think!"

As a co-leader of a web-developer team, I enjoy new challenges and projects that are based on well-known brands. TEDx is such a project, that represents to me a source of knowledge, and I always find new and new talks that grab my attention, broaden my interests and first of all inspires me.

Being a part of the organizing team is a great adventure, a new professional level of which I wouldn’t even dare to dream not so long ago. With my developing team, we try to give our best, and we use the most recent and finest standards for our work.

"I learned from one of the TED videos that my way of tying my shoes is totally wrong."

It may sound like a cliché, but nowadays it is really hard to find reliable sources in this jungle called the internet.

You need a lot of browsing and a huge amount of critical thinking to be able to draw an authentic conclusion from all those partial data. I like TED videos because while I watch them I can turn off this inner scepticism. And I can trust the presented information whether it’s about learning something new or just having fun.
By the way, here’s the link:
How to tie your shoes

"As I walk my path I often ask myself “Where to?”, “Which way?”"

TEDx proved to be a great partner in answering these questions and giving indications, therefore TEDx talks gradually became parts of my everyday life. They give me inspiration and motivation on a personal and professional level too. “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity” (Rupert Meldenius) – this is what I believe in.

"TED is one of the best things on the internet."

I made remarkable progress thanks to it. It feels great to return the favor through this wonderful community.

"Being passionate about people I always challenged myself building communities with open-minded fellows."

Communication and project management are my superpower and I’m firmly convinced about the fact that projects worth being developed from grassroot. Movements, challenges are important to me, and so is social responsibility as well.

Knowing that I cannot change the direction of the wind I support the idea of adjusting the sails in the direction of the wind. In my daily life, I take effort on simplicity, knowing that less is always more and the best things in life aren’t things.