TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
What Makes TED Talks So Effective? TED talks stand out from other forms of presentations as an effective medium to convey accurate easy-to-understand information to a target audience. The organizers of these events and talks aren’t in it for the money – they work passionately to spread ideas.
Since June 2006, TED Talks have been offered for free viewing online, under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Creative Commons license, through TED.com. As of December 2020 over 3,500 TED Talks are freely available on the website.
We ask that you keep talks within a time limit of 18 minutes to uphold TED’s celebrated format of concise and enlightening talks. This short talk model works, since it only demands the audience’s attention for a short period of time. In fact, some of our greatest TED Talks have been as short as 5 minutes long!
The most direct way to approach TED is through a nomination, either by someone else or yourself. When nominating yourself, TED requires a description of your “idea worth spreading” that your talk will focus on and links to videos of your previous speeches or presentations.
To show your interest in attending TED, all you have to do is apply. It’s open to anyone — from inventors to directors, philanthropists to painters, chemists to computer scientists, the long-established to the up-and-comers, the people who’ve been a part of the community for years to newcomers filled with enthusiasm.
Accuracy and transparency. At TED, we strive to present science in a way that is both compelling and 100% credible. Scientific claims by our speakers should be based on data that has survived scrutiny by experts in the field.
Who are the people who together watched TED talks over a billion times? Data from Alexa.com suggested that visitors who are young (18-24) and in graduate school are overrepresented in the TED site.
TED Talks require small amounts of time, are financially advantageous, and represent an excellent way to reach out to the members of society, thereby promoting active involvement in population health.
TED does not pay speakers. We do, of course, cover travel costs and provide excellent hotel accommodation — as well as a covetable pass to all five days of TED. Most speakers stay for the whole conference, soaking up the talks and connecting with other attendees.
The first six TED Talks were posted online on June 27, 2006. By September, they had reached more than one million views. TED Talks proved so popular that in 2007, TED’s website was relaunched around them, giving a global audience free access to some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and teachers.
TED Talks are Often Scripted and Memorized
In the process of practicing, most of the speech becomes memorized. In the moment of performance, the memorization doesn’t hinder the speakers authenticity. It simply allows them to deliver the speech they intended to deliver.
In truth, TED is nonpartisan and we do our best to post talks that will contribute to a productive conversation. …
Budget for the admission fee for the TED Talk.
If your application is accepted for a TED Talk Conference, you will need to pay the admission fee for attending the talk. The cost of attending depends on the membership type you selected when you applied. The base cost for attending a TED Talk is US$5,000.
These are the speakers who have delivered a talk featured on TED.com. Whether the talk was given at an official TED conference, at one of thousands of local, independently organized TEDx events, or on another stage altogether, these are the people who brought it to life.
To cite a TED Talk from the TED website in MLA, list the name of the speaker, the talk title, the site name TED, the month and year, and the URL. In an in-text citation, you can use a timestamp to highlight a specific quote where necessary. Speaker last name, First name. “Talk Title.” TED, Month Year, URL.
At TED, we strive to present information in a way that is both compelling and 100% credible. Claims by our speakers should be true to the best of the speaker’s understanding at the time, and should be based on information that has survived scrutiny by experts in the field.
As of July 1, 2019, TED is owned by TED Foundation, a tax exempt not for profit corporation (a 501(c)3 organization under US tax code).
February 23, 1984
You must be at least 13 years of age to create a TED Account. If you are under the age of 13, you may not create a TED.com account, but you are welcome to watch TED Talks and enjoy the site.