Announcing the TEDxManhattan Challenge

This post was written by Diane Hatz and was originally published at the TEDx Manhattan site. GRACE Communications Foundation is a proud sponsor of TEDx Manhattan.

TEDxManhattan is pleased to launch the TEDxManhattan Challenge! We challenge you to work with a group of people in your community on a project related to sustainable food and farming. Start a garden at a senior center; start a farmers market; develop a cooking class at your child's school; create a Food Policy Council in your city; address food waste in your community.  Be creative!

Let us know what you're doing to change the way you eat in your community - the project deemed most impactful will win the opportunity to speak live on the 2014 TEDxManhattan stage. Our 2013 winner was Cheryl Kollin of Farm to Freezer.  


  • You can develop a new project or work on an existing one anywhere in the United States.  The judges will be looking for impact, not size.
  • You must work with other people in your community.  (You can define community as you see fit.)
  • Your project does not have to be completed by year-end, but you must have had some type of result from your work by that time.  
  • You must have a name for your project.

To Apply:

Fill out the online application. Applications must be received by October 1, 2013. 

Finalists will be chosen mid-October 2013,and will be required to send a follow-up report by November 5, 2013. The winner will be announced in early December, and will be given at least three minutes at the TEDxManhattan 2014 event, taking place March 1 at the TimesCenter in New York City. 

Note that under TED rules, only one person can speak from the stage. The winner will be responsible for transportation to and from the event.

Everyone who applies agrees to have their information on the TEDxManhattan website and gives TEDxManhattan permission to publicize/promote the projects underway.

For more information about TEDxManhattan, visit our site. Attendee registration will open in October 2013.