5 ways TEDx teams are getting creative with Instagram

Real life Instagram at TEDxAmRing

Real life Instagram at TEDxAmRing

Instagram is about more than photos of breakfast or vacations at the beach. At TEDx events all over the world, attendees, speakers, teams, and community members are using the social platform to connect with their cities, interact with one another, and create new memories. Below, 5 great ways TEDx teams are using Instagram worldwide:

TEDxFortWayne’s Instagram photo gallery

To encourage TEDxFortWayne attendees to connect with their city, the team behind the event made use of the event’s theme, Ignite, to create a contest asking TEDx’ers to document what “ignites” them about their town — in photos. Participants took snaps of Fort Wayne and uploaded them to social media with the hashtag #TEDxFW. The team at TEDxFortWayne highlighted all entries on the TEDxFortWayne Instagram account and then chose a selection of outstanding images to be printed and displayed at a local art gallery. Read more about the contest here>>

TEDxVienna’s Instagram Challenges
Masters of Instagram, TEDxVienna holds regular challenges to engage their community and encourage follower interaction. Their latest challenge, centered around the hashtag #manyfacesof, was a lighthearted and fun provocation to photograph inanimate objects that look as if they are making a face — as seen above. Check out their Instagram here>>

TEDxGowanus’s InstaMeet
In the lead-up to their inaugural event, the team behind TEDxGowanus in Gowanus, Brooklyn drummed up interest via InstaMeet. For the uninitiated, an InstaMeet is an organized gathering of Instagram users, allowing mingling, photographing, and the snapshot sharing. The TEDxGownus InstaMeet included a guided tour of the history of the Gowanus neighborhood with visits to some of its most visually-intriguing sites. Read more about the InstaMeet here>>

TEDxYouth@Lincoln’s Tour de Instagram

In preparation for their 2013 event, the team at TEDxYouth@Lincoln encouraged TEDx’ers to discover the “X factor” of their city via Instagram. Their “Upload the X” competition asked the youth of Lincoln to photograph Xs in the city — whether in architecture, nature, or otherwise — and upload them to Instagram, with the most compelling pictures earning the photographer a free ticket to the event. Read more about the contest here>>

TEDxPortland’s photo app
For their 2014 event, the team at TEDxPortland developed a custom app to put their signature design on attendees’ snapshots from the event and in the community. The event’s theme was “Perfect” and with the TEDxPortland Perfect app, users could decorate their photos with the theme design and upload instantly to Instagram. See a selection of the “Perfect” snapshots here>>



  1. Amazing article! tedX is fantastic

  2. Sunit Jain

    Those Instagram boxes used in the first picture, can anyone tell me about where I can get that made?
    And how much would that cost. Is there anyone who makes it and sells it at any ecommerce site (India)?

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