Conferences

Every year, TED hosts conferences to bring together a group of expert thinkers and doers across a wide range of fields to help share new ideas. We’re joined by prominent academics, educators, researchers, philanthropists, environmentalists, scientists, technologists, artists, activists and more. If you’d like to come to a conference, you’ll need to apply to attend. We read every application, and actively seek out new members.

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Upcoming conferences

TEDWomen: What Now?
TEDWomen: What Now?
December 1-3, 2021
Palm Springs, CA

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TED2022
TED2022: A New Era
April 10-14, 2022
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Recent past conferences

The Countdown Summit
The Countdown Summit
October 12-15, 2021
Edinburgh, Scotland

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TEDMonterey: The Case for Optimism
TEDMonterey
August 1-4, 2021
Monterey, CA

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TEDWomen 2020: Fearless
TEDWomen 2020: Fearless
November 12, 2020
Held online via TED's event platform

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Initiatives funded by a TED Conference membership

The mighty TEDx community: TEDx events cause ripples of change around the world. Last year, there were more than 3,600 TEDx events in places like Tehran, Beijing and Reykjavik. Costs of this program include ongoing training and seminars for hosts, and outreach to new communities, among other ambitious goals to support this passionate global community. Learn more about TEDx


TED-Ed: Our award-winning series of free animated educational videos -- and much more, including a free teacher training program and the rapidly expanding TED-Ed Clubs movement, spreading critical-thinking skills in classrooms around the world for free. Learn more about TED-Ed


The Audacious Project: A new model to support big ideas for global change, each year The Audacious Project invites change agents to dream big, selects their most ambitious ideas and presents them at the annual TED Conference, asking donors and supporters to come together to launch them. With its inaugural class, TED raised more than $400 million to make them a reality. Learn more about The Audacious Project


TED Fellows: Our incredible community of young world-changers has leveraged TED connections and resources to pursue astonishing careers in tech, the arts, social justice and much more. Over the years, TEDsters’ passionate support has allowed us to build this program into a recognized leader in developing talented young leaders. Learn more about TED Fellows


TED Translators: TED videos -- TED Talks, TEDx talks, TED-Ed lessons and more -- are subtitled in more than 100 languages, thanks to generous volunteer translators supported by a small team. Going forward, we will reach out to more language communities, constantly improve our software tools and training, and make talks accessible to ever more people. Learn more about TED Translators


Free TED Talks online: Producing, editing and online distribution of our daily TED Talk costs money -- and in the coming year, we have ambitious plans to share even more talks per day, in multiple languages, and to build more tools to help you connect with the next TED Talk that might change your life. Learn more about TED Talks


Speaking at TED Conferences

Each TED and TEDGlobal conference features more than 50 of the world's most innovative and influential speakers. If you know someone who belongs on the TED stage, or if you belong there yourself, we want to hear from you!
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Past TEDs

TED began as a small conference in Monterey, California. That single conference is now multiple annual or bi-annual events — TED, TEDSummit and TEDWomen — as well as occasional deep-dive conferences and events such as TEDGlobal, TEDYouth and TEDIndia.
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