TED (short for Technology, Entertainment, Design), started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from these three worlds. The TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, gathered more than a thousand people at its last event and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy.
Over the years, TED has spawned some extensions:
• TEDGlobal is TED’s twin conference. It was held in Oxford, UK, in 2005, and then in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2007. TEDGlobal is now held annually in Oxford, starting July 2009. The themes of the global conference are slightly more international in nature, but the full TED format is maintained.
• TEDIndia will be held in November 2009 in Mysore, India, celebrating and exploring the beckoning future of South Asia.
• The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, they unveil their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.
• TEDTalks is an 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 reengineered around TEDTalks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world’s most inspiring voices.
• The TED Open Translation Project brings TEDTalks beyond the English-speaking world by offering subtitles, interactive transcripts and the ability for any talk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED’s website provides the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. For enyone interested, more than 400 TEDTalks are available at: