TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, three broad subject areas that are shaping our future. Today, TED covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives: besides the two major events held each year (TED and TEDActive) there are different media initiatives such as TED.com, TED Conversations and the Open Translation Project. TED has also established the annual TED Prize and the TED Fellows program.


In the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program helps communities, organizations and individuals produce TED-style events at the local level.

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks 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. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).


TEDxYouth events, organized for and by young people, present a combination of live speakers and TEDTalks to audiences around the world. These events vary widely in size, format, and theme, but they share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas and empowering young leaders.

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