What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Three major TED events occur each year:
- TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada
- TEDActive, in Whistler, BC occurs simultaneously with the one in Vancouver
- TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in various locations (The last TEDGlobal Conference took place at Rio de Janeiro in 2014. Presently, there are not any upcoming TEDGlobal Conferences scheduled.)
The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have occurred , with talks from these events produced into TED Talks videos.
The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world.
The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.
What is TEDx?
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.