TED (conference)

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton at TED in 2007

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual conference that defines its mission as "ideas worth spreading". The lectures, also called TED Talks, cover a broad set of topics including science, arts and design, politics, education, culture, business, global issues, technology and development, and entertainment. Speakers have included such people as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Nobel laureates James D. Watson, Murray Gell-Mann, and Al Gore, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and Billy Graham.[1]

The TED staff is headquartered in New York City and Vancouver. The conference has been held in Monterey, California, since its founding, but as of 2009 is being held in Long Beach, California due to an increased number of attendees.[2] The TED conference also has a companion conference, TED Global, held in varying locations. The next event is TEDIndia which takes place in Mysore, India on 4 - 7, November, 2009.

More than 400 TED talks are provided for free viewing online. As of April 2009, talks had been viewed over 100 million times by more than 15 million people.[3][4]


Chris Anderson addresses TED in 2007

TED was founded by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks in 1984, and has been held annually since 1990. Wurman left after the 2002 conference; the event is now hosted by Chris Anderson and owned by his non-profit organization The Sapling Foundation,[5] devoted to "leveraging the power of ideas to change the world". In 2006, attendance cost $4,400 and was by invitation only.[6] The membership model was shifted in January of 2007 to an annual membership fee of $6,000, which includes attendance of the conference, club mailings, networking tools and conference DVDs.

Since June 2006, TED Talks have been made available online on[7] the TED website[8], youtube and iTunes

TED Speakers

TED Prize

The TED Prize was introduced in 2005. Each year, three individuals are each given $100,000 and granted a "wish to change the world", which they unveil at TED.

2005 [9] 2006 [10] 2007 [11] 2008 [12] 2009 [13]
Bono Larry Brilliant Bill Clinton Neil Turok Sylvia Earle
Edward Burtynsky Jehane Noujaim Edward O. Wilson Dave Eggers Jill Tarter
Robert Fischell Cameron Sinclair James Nachtwey Karen Armstrong José Antonio Abreu

See also


  1. ^ TED: Speakers Retrieved on 6 February 2009
  2. ^ Kim, Victoria (2008-01-16). "Long Beach to host influential TED conference". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  3. ^ Walters, Helen (2008-02-27). "Tapping Into TED". Business Week. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  4. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (2009-01-25), "Confessions of a TED Addict", The New York Times Magazine, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., p. 13, retrieved 2009-01-30  Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  5. ^ TED: The Sapling Foundation Retrieved on 7 February 2009
  6. ^ TED: Getting Invited (attendees)> Retrieved on 7 February 2009
  7. ^ Wired: Conference to Tackle Origins of Evil, Theories of Everything 26 February 2008
  8. ^ The New York Times: Giving Away Information, but Increasing Revenue 16 April 2007
  9. ^ "TED Prize 2005". TEDPrize.org. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  10. ^ "TED Prize 2006". TEDPrize.org. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  11. ^ "TED Prize 2007". TEDPrize.org. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  12. ^ "TED Prize 2008". TEDPrize.org. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  13. ^ "TED Prize 2009". TEDPrize.org. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 

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