and why are there people who organize it for free?

First of all, let me explain to you what TED really is. I found a very good article on the page of wikipedia.org: TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a media organization which posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”. TED was founded in February 1984 as a conference, which has been held annually since 1990. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins, but it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural, and academic topics. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Since June 2006, TED Talks have been offered for free viewing online, under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Creative Commons license , through TED.com.

Yeah, but what is TEDx?
TED talks became more and more popular. Not only stars as celebreties or politicians shared the stage, suddenly doctors, professors or educated people in any direction could imagine to share their knowledge or story on stage. TEDx is the further development and logical next step of TED and its philosophy “Ideas worth spreading”. It takes place in cities and towns to reach more people because of its closeness. Teams, like we are, acquire speakers, do the marketing for the event, build the stage setup, search for sponsors… make everything possible which is needed to get high quality speakers on stage and inspire or inform the audience. Here you can see, who is member of the TEDxDornbirn Team

Ok, so back to the why?
Well, the slogan “Ideas worth spreading” is the reason, we are working for TEDxDornbirn. We want to co-create our environment called “Ländle” in the best possible and reasonable way. We love making projects grow that make sense and we built up with our own hands and brains. Watching the speakers performing on stage at the day, the event takes place, is one of the best feelings ever. There are many more reasons everyone should invest power in events like that.

by Moritz Kempf