TED’s mission of “Ideas Worth Spreading” now reaches far beyond the yearly conferences, encompassing a variety of projects and initiatives that leverage the power of ideas to change the world.
TED began, in 1984, as an event focused on technology, entertainment and design. Today, the event is broader, presenting ideas worth spreading in any discipline. The format is fast-paced: 50+ talks over the course of four days, plus extraordinary exhibits, and immersive evening events that spark conversation among the remarkable people gathered.
TED2013: Our original annual conference in California remains the marquee event, with 1800 attendees who are leaders in every field. Entry to the conference is competitive, and excitement runs high among both regular and new attendees. As with every TED event, the program is packed with both speakers and social events over the course of the four days in Long Beach, CA.
TEDActive: TEDActive happens in parallel with TED. It’s an intimate simulcast experience designed for the curious, creative and passionate—those who want to go beyond watching TEDTalks to impact the world around them. Attendees of this conference form lasting bonds and create projects that go well past the last night’s dinner. It’s also a gathering place for some of the people most invested in TED: TED.com translators, TEDx event organizers and TED Prize champions.
TEDGlobal: TEDGlobal is based on the original TED program, but with an international flair. Held every July in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDGlobal absorbs and reflects the historical setting: a place for great thinkers to examine the big questions of the day. Speakers and attendees come from all areas of the world, and this global scope is evident in the talks as well. It’s as fast-paced as TED — an intense emotional and intellectual journey — but smaller in scale at 800 attendees, a size many attendees find more intimate and powerful.
Ideas, it seems are the new rock’n’roll. And TED is its Woodstock.