TED is a non-profit organization, a platform for ‘ideas worth spreading’. Started in 1984 as a four-day conference in California where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. For the annual TED Conferences the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to speak in the form of short, powerful Talks (eighteen minutes or less). Many of these Talks are then made available, free of charge, at TED.com. TED speakers were a.o. Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com (where new TED Talks are posted daily), the Open Translation Project (which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide), and the educational initiative TED-Ed.
TED has established the annual TED Prize (where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action), TEDx (which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world), and the TED Fellows program (helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities).