What is TED?
TED is an annual event in which the most outstanding thinkers and global leaders share ideas on how to change the world in a captivating and passionate way.
“TED” is an acronym that stands for technology, entertainment and design, three fields which, together, are shaping the future. However, nowadays, the “TED” event goes far beyond those 3 areas, having as a goal spreading disruptive and impactful ideas of any discipline.
The profile of a TED event attendee (CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists etc.) is almost as exceptional as the one of the people who have shared their experiences on stage, a group that includes speakers such as Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Ken Robinson, Simon Sinek, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Bono, Sheryl Sandberg, Amanda Palmer, etc.
The first TED event was held in Monterrey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson, with the Sapling Foundation, took over from Richard Saul Wurman, the founder of TED. In the last years TED has expanded its impact internationally through different programs and conferences, like TED Global, TED.com, the TED Prize and of course, TEDx, among others.