TED Talks

TED Talks is our flagship video series of talks and performances, filmed at TED conferences, independent TEDx events and on other stages worldwide. They feature the world's leading thinkers and doers, sharing their work in 18 minutes or less.

TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share ideas from the small Monterey, California, TED Conference. Under the slogan "ideas worth spreading," videos of six conference talks were released online in June 2006, with more to follow. The talks started to attract a global audience that grew into the millions -- in a reaction so enthusiastic that the entire TED website was reengineered around TED Talks the following year.

At the end of 2006, TED Talks had been watched 2 million times; by the end of 2009, that number jumped to 200 million, establishing TED as an important platform. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed one billion times.

A few facts about TED Talks you may not know:

  • Most TED Talks are edited, lightly but carefully. We typically remove the first few sentences of warm-up chatter, and excessive ums and uhs -- but we won't distort the speaker's meaning with an edit.
  • It takes one of our veteran video editors about a full day to edit an 18-minute TED Talk.
  • Almost every TED Talk hosted here has full subtitles and a magical clickable time-coded transcript.
  • While some of your favorite TED Talks were shot with multiple cameras -- up to 9 -- others are filmed very simply. Next time you watch, count the different shots.