About TED

Some History

TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker “ideas worth spreading” talks were released online. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been re-engineered around TED Talks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world’s most inspiring voices. The 10 most popular TED talks of all time have a stunning 200 million views altogether.

Some Facts

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Having started as a four-day conference in California 27 years ago, TED has grown to support those world changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available free of charge at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and the former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include:

TED.com where new TEDTalks are posted daily,
TED Conversations which enables conversations among TED fans,
– the Open Translation Project which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide,
– TEDx which offers individuals or groups a way to host conferences.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action.