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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Upcoming TED Conferences

TED2020: Uncharted
TED2020: Uncharted
April 20-24, 2020
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Recent past TED Conferences

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 Standard Vanguard
Price $250,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000
Term (in years) 5 1 1 1
Conference, meals, events x x x x
TED Live on-demand access 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    
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    
Onsite meeting room access x      
Membership auto-renewal x      
Tax receipt at year end x x x x
Fair market value $15,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Tax-deductible* $235,000 $22,000 $7,000 $2,000

*Consult your tax professional


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 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.
  • 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
  • Early access: Get admitted early to the theater to access the best seats for all sessions.
  • Recognition: Receive acknowledgment in the conference program guide and on TED.com.
  • Extended transfer/carryover deadlines: Get more flexibility with regard to transfers and carryover deadlines. (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.
  • VIP hotel assistance: Gain access to a limited quantity of hotel rooms and explore personalized options through our Patron Concierge service.
  • Patron Concierge: Dedicated to providing assistance with all conference-related enquiries throughout the year.
  • Meeting rooms: Patrons may reserve private meeting rooms on the third floor of the conference venue.
  • 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.)
  • 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:

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

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 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 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.
  • 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
  • Early access: Get admitted early to the theater to access the best seats for all sessions.
  • Recognition: Receive acknowledgment in the conference program guide and on TED.com.
  • Extended transfer/carryover deadlines: 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 books via Amazon Kindle or physical books. More about the TED Book Club

Tax deductibility:

As TED is owned by the TED Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, US and in the UK. $22,000 of the TED Donor fee may be tax-deductible; fair market value is US $3,000.

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 Standard membership

Price: US $10,000

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.
  • 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:

As TED is owned by the TED Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, US and in the UK. $7,000 of the TED Conference fee may be tax-deductible; fair market value is US $3,000.

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 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 seating and high demand, conferences sell out very quickly.

Benefits:

  • Same as Standard membership (as listed above)

Tax deductibility:

As TED is owned by the TED Foundation, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation registered in the state of New York, US and in the UK. $2,000 of the TED Conference Vanguard fee may be tax-deductible; fair market value is US $3,000.

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.