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. Over 70 speakers appear on the main stage to give 18-minute talks and shorter presentations, including music, performance and comedy.

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TED2022
TED2022
April 10-14, 2022
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Recent past TED Conference

TED2020: Uncharted
TED2020: Uncharted
May 18- July 10, 2020
Held virtually

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A note about TED2020 Conference memberships

For TED2020 most memberships came with the added benefit of guaranteed participation in one or all of the following events with special pricing (depending on level of membership): TEDMonterey in August 2021, the Countdown Summit in October 2021 or TEDWomen in December 2021.
If you have questions about your benefits, reach out to conferences@ted.com.



TED Conference membership comparison table

All prices in US Dollars.
  Patron Donor Standard Vanguard
Price $250,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000
Term (in years) 5 1 1 1
Community interaction x x x x
Deep-dive workshops and experiences x x x x
Recognition in the program x x    
Additional special programming x x    
Donor concierge services x x    
Patron concierge services x      
Purchase 1 companion ticket/year at conference rate x      
Tax receipt at year end x x x x
Tax-deductible $235,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000

*Exclusive access for 2021: See individual membership descriptions for 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 contribution.

Price: US $250,000

Requirements: If you'd like to be a Patron, you must apply for membership to the TED Conference. Please email conferences@ted.com for details.

Benefits:

  • Patron Concierge: Dedicated to providing assistance with all conference-related needs throughout the year.
  • Recognition: Receive acknowledgment in the conference program.
  • Purchase membership for a guest: Option to bring one guest per year at the prevailing membership rate, any time up to four weeks before the conference (subject to TED's approval).
  • Automatic renewal: Your membership automatically renews annually during the five years -- without further payment required -- regardless of any membership price increases.
  • Extended transfer/carryover deadlines: Get more flexibility with regard to transfers and carryover deadlines. (See our Registration policies.)
  • Online social networking: Use TEDConnect to access a full attendee and speaker list, and get suggestions for who you should meet. Stay connected with other attendees before, during and after the conference.
  • TED Live on-demand access: Revisit your favorite talks and sessions from the conference with the TED Live on-demand video archive More about TED Live

Tax deductibility:

TED is owned by the TED Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, US. $235,000 of the TED Patron fee may be tax-deductible; fair market value is US $15,000.

Please consult your tax professional. We issue tax receipts at the end of each calendar year.

See our Registration policies page 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: US $25,000

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

Benefits:

  • Recognition: Receive acknowledgment in the conference program.
  • Extended transfer/carryover deadlines: Get more flexibility with transfers and carryover options. (See our Registration policies.)
  • Early renewals: Get an opportunity to apply early to renew your membership.
  • Online social networking: Use TEDConnect to access a full attendee and speaker list, and get suggestions for who you should meet. Stay connected with other attendees before, during and after the conference.
  • TED Live on-demand access: Revisit your favorite talks and sessions from the conference with the TED Live on-demand video archive More about TED Live

Tax deductibility:

TED is owned by the TED Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, US.

For TED2020 only, the entire membership fee of $25,000 may be eligible for tax deduction as a charitable donation.

Please consult your tax professional. We issue tax receipts at the end of each calendar year. If you registered before December 31, 2019 and wish to have your tax receipt reissued, please contact us.
See our Registration policies page for terms and details.


TED Conference Standard membership

Price: US $10,000

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

Benefits:

  • Online social networking: Use TEDConnect to access a full attendee and speaker list, and get suggestions for who you should meet. Stay connected with other attendees before, during and after the conference.
  • TED Live on-demand access: Revisit your favorite talks and sessions from the conference with the TED Live on-demand video archive More about TED Live

Tax deductibility:

TED is owned by the TED Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, US.

For TED2020 only, the entire membership fee of $10,000 may be eligible for tax deduction as a charitable donation.

Please consult your tax professional. We issue tax receipts at the end of each calendar year. If you registered before December 31, 2019 and wish to have your tax receipt reissued, please contact us.

See our Registration policies for terms and details.


TED Conference Vanguard membership

Our Vanguard membership invites early-career individuals who have never been to TED to attend the conference at a heavily subsidized price. Vanguard applications are subject to especially stringent review and approval process; not all Vanguard applicants will be selected, as passes for this membership type are very limited in number.

Vanguard members enjoy all the same privileges and access as Standard members. We encourage Vanguard members to apply for Standard TED membership after their first year.

Price: US $5,000

Eligibility: The Vanguard membership is open to:

  • Early career, first-time TED conference attendees. We welcome anyone to apply, but focus on early career professionals whose careers are at a tipping point.
  • Professionals in the fine and performing artists, educators, activists, technologists, entrepreneurs and leaders at NGOs, scientists, medical and legal innovators and thinkers.

Important notes on eligibility:

  • We actively seek applicants from all parts of the globe
  • Applications from professionals in traditional for-profit industries (i.e. Investment banking, venture capital, finance) will not be considered for Vanguard membership, however will be considered for Standard membership.
  • Vanguard membership is only applicable for one TED conference. Previous Vanguard attendees will not be considered for future Vanguard membership.
  • Vanguard membership is not available as a companion pass for spouses, partners or family members of existing TED community members.

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

Benefits:

  • Same as Standard membership (as listed above)

Tax deductibility:

TED is owned by the TED Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, US.

For TED2020 only, the entire membership fee of $5,000 may be eligible for tax deduction as a charitable donation.

Please consult your tax professional. We issue tax receipts at the end of each calendar year. If you registered before December 31, 2019 and wish to have your tax receipt reissued, please contact us.

See our Registration policies for terms and details.