TED Conference

Held annually on the West Coast of North America, the TED Conference is at the heart of TED. More than a thousand people attend this five-day conference about Technology, Entertainment and Design -- as well as science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. More than 70 speakers appear on the main stage to give 18-minute talks and shorter presentations, including music, performance and comedy.

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Truth and Dare
March 16–20, 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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A limited number of Donor memberships are available: US$17,000

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TED Conference membership comparison table

TEDActive TED TED Donor TED Patron
Price $4,250 $8,500 $17,000 $150,000
Term (in years) 1 1 1 5
Conference, meals, events x x x x
TED Book Club x x x x
Online social network x x x x
Early access seating x x
Standby seating x x
Onsite private event x x
Recognition in program guide x x
Recognition on TED.com x x
Flexible registration policies x x
Purchase 1 companion ticket/year at conference rate x
VIP hotel assistance x
Special hotel room allocation x
Invite to private speaker event x
Onsite meeting room access x
Membership auto-renewal x
Web access to full conference x
Tax receipt at year end x x x x
Fair market value $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $12,500
Tax-deductible $1,750* $6,000* $14,500* $112,500*

*Consult your tax professional


TED Conference Standard membership

Price: $8,500

Requirements: If you'd like to attend a TED Conference, you must apply for membership. Due to limited seating and high demand, conferences sell out very quickly.

Benefits:

  • Attending the TED Conference
  • Online social networking: Create a profile page and join the year-round TED Conference private social network. Interact with other members and get matched with the 10 people you need to meet onsite.
  • Conference video archive: Relive every moment of the conference through a password-protected web video archive, which is made available soon after the conference.
  • TED Book Club: Enroll free in the TED Book Club, which sends an inspired selection of two or three books every few months, via Amazon Kindle or physical books. More about the TED Book Club

Tax deductibility:

As TED is owned by the Sapling Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, $6,000 of the TED Conference fee may be tax-deductible; fair market value is $2,500. Please consult your tax professional to find out how much is deductible. We issue tax receipts at the end of each calendar year.

Please see our Registration policies for terms and details.


TED Conference Donor membership

We offer this special membership category of TED Donor for those who wish to further support TED's goals with a larger annual contribution.

Price: $17,000

Requirements: If you'd like to be a Donor, you must apply for membership to the TED Conference.

Benefits:

  • Attending the TED Conference
  • Online social networking: Create a profile page and join the year-round TED Conference private social network. Interact with other members and get matched with the 10 people you need to meet onsite.
  • Conference video archive: Relive every moment of the conference through a password-protected web video archive, which is made available soon after the conference.
  • Early access: Get admitted early to the theater to access the best seats for all sessions.
  • Standby seating: Gain access to a few seats reserved for late arrival (up to 10 minutes into a session).
  • A special dinner: Receive an invitation to a festive private dinner at the conference with speakers and other conference luminaries.
  • Recognition: Receive acknowledgment in the conference program guide and on TED.com.
  • More transfer/carryover options: Get more flexibility with regard to Transfers and carryover options. (See our Registration policies.)
  • Early renewals: Get an opportunity to apply early to renew your membership.
  • TED Book Club: Enroll free in the TED Book Club, which sends an inspired selection of two or three books every few months, via Amazon Kindle or physical books. More about the TED Book Club

Tax deductibility:

As TED is owned by the Sapling Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, $14,500 of the TED Donor fee may be tax-deductible; fair market value is $2,500. Please consult your tax professional to find out how much is deductible. We issue tax receipts at the end of each calendar year.
Please see our Registration policies page for terms and details.


TED Conference Patron membership

A special 5-year membership category of TED Patron is available for those who wish to further support TED's goals with a more substantial annual contribution.

Price: $150,000

Requirements: If you'd like to be a Patron, you must apply for membership to the TED Conference.

Benefits:

  • Attending the TED Conference
  • Online social networking: Create a profile page and join the year-round TED Conference private social network. Interact with other members and get matched with the 10 people you need to meet onsite.
  • Conference video archive: Relive every moment of the conference through a password-protected web video archive, which is made available soon after the conference.
  • Early access: Get admitted early to the theater to access the best seats for all sessions.
  • Standby seating: Gain access to a few seats reserved for late arrival (up to 10 minutes into a session).
  • Recognition: Receive acknowledgment in the conference program guide and on TED.com.
  • More transfer/carryover options: Get more flexibility with regard to Transfers and carryover options. (See our Registration policies.)
  • Automatic renewal: Your membership automatically renews annually each year for 5 years -- without further payment required -- regardless of any membership price increases.
  • Patron concierge: Our Patron concierge gives you access to a limited quantity of hotel rooms at the time of registration, and provides other services before and during the conference.
  • Meeting rooms: Patrons may reserve private meeting rooms on the third floor of the conference venue.
  • A special dinner: Receive an invitation to a festive private dinner at the conference with speakers and other conference luminaries.
  • Purchase membership for a guest: Receive the right to purchase a TED Conference membership (at the prevailing rate) for one guest per year, any time up to four weeks before the conference. (The guest is subject to TED's approval.)
  • Speaker reception: Receive an invitation to the exclusive speaker reception.
  • TED Book Club: Enroll free in the TED Book Club, which sends an inspired selection of two or three books every few months, via Amazon Kindle or physical books. More about the TED Book Club

Tax deductibility:

As TED is owned by the Sapling Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, $112,500 of the TED Patron fee may be tax-deductible; fair market value is $12,500. Please consult your tax professional to find out how much is deductible. We issue tax receipts at the end of each calendar year.

Please see our Registration policies page for terms and details.


TED Book Club

The TED Book Club sends an inspired selection of two or three books every few months, via Amazon Kindle or physical books. The Kindle option includes bonus selections available only electronically. The Kindle Reader app is available for Mac and PC, iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows smartphones in addition to the Kindle itself.

When you register for the TED or TEDActive conference or the TEDGlobal conference at the Donor level, you are automatically enrolled in the TED Book Club. Once your registration to the conference is complete you will begin to receive mailings from the TED Book Club. Unfortunately we can not provide retroactive mailings.

Mailing schedule 2014/15
  • June 2014
  • September 2014
  • December 2014
  • February 2015

The TED Book Club is a completely separate program from TED Books and is run independently.

For any questions regarding missing books, canceling your enrollment or changing your mailing address please e-mail bookclub@ted.com.