TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Each year the TED conference invites some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share what they are most passionate about in 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, three broad subject areas that are shaping our future. Today, TED conferences cover a broad range of topics in more than 100 languages. TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, and Sal Khan.
In the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).
TEDxYouth events, organized for and/or by young people, present a combination of live speakers and TED Talks videos. These events vary widely in size, format and theme, but they share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas and empowering young leaders.