TED Conference

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

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TED2019: Bigger than us
TED2019: Bigger than us
April 15-19, 2019
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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TED2018: The Age of Amazement
TED2018: The Age of Amazement
April 10-14, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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TED Conference membership comparison table

All prices in US Dollars.
  Patron Donor 2020 + 2021 Standard Vanguard 2020 only Standard
Price $250,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000 $5,000
Term (in years) 5 2 2 2 1
8-week virtual program x x x x x
Community interaction x x x x x
Discovery Sessions x x x x x
Exclusive access for 2021* 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 x
Tax-deductible $235,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000 $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:

  • Attending the TED2020 virtual eight week conference
  • Guaranteed participation in all of the following events, with no additional cost: TEDMonterey in June 2021, TEDWomen in December 2021 or Countdown in October 2021.
  • 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
  • TED Book Club: Enroll free in the TED Book Club, which sends an inspired selection of books via Amazon Kindle or physical books. More about the TED Book Club

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:

  • Attending the TED2020 virtual eight week conference
  • Guaranteed participation in all of the following events, with special pricing: TEDMonterey in June 2021, TEDWomen in December 2021 or Countdown in October 2021.
  • 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
  • TED Book Club: Enroll free in the TED Book Club, which sends an inspired selection of books via Amazon Kindle or physical books. More about the TED Book Club

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.


TED2020 plus 2021 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:

  • Attending the TED2020 virtual eight week conference
  • Guaranteed participation in one of the following events, with special pricing: TEDMonterey in June 2021, TEDWomen in December 2021 or Countdown in October 2021.
  • 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
  • TED Book Club: Enroll free in the TED Book Club, which sends an inspired selection of books via Amazon Kindle or physical books. More about the TED Book Club

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.


TED2020 conference only Standard membership

Price: US $5,000

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:

  • Attending the TED2020 virtual eight week conference
  • 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 $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.