TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in
California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.
At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.
Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall,
Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Two major TED events are held each year:
The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference,
TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations,
enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and
interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.