TED (conference)


TED (conference)

TED (Technology Entertainment Design) is an annual conference that defines its mission as "ideas worth spreading". The lectures, also called TED talks, cover a broad set of topics including science, arts and design, politics, culture, business, global issues, technology and development, and entertainment. Speakers come from a similarly wide variety of communities and disciplines [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers Speakers] ] [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers/atoz Speakers A-Z list] ] and have included such people as former U.S. president Bill Clinton, [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers/view/id/82 TED | Speakers | Bill Clinton] ] Nobel laureates James D. Watson [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers/view/id/36 TED Speakers James Watson: Biologist, Nobel laureate] ] , Murray Gell-Mann, [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/194 TED Speakers Murray Gell-Mann: Physicist, Nobel laureate] ] Al Gore, internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers/view/id/37 TED Speakers Jimmy Wales: Founder of Wikipedia] ] notable architect and urbanism critic James Howard Kunstler, [ [http://youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ZeXnmDZMQ YouTube - James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia ] ] and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers/view/id/109 Speakers Sergey Brin and Larry Page: Co-founders of Google] ]

The TED staff is headquartered in New York City and Vancouver, Canada. The conference has been held in Monterey, California, U.S. since its founding, but as of 2009 will be held in Long Beach, California. The TED Conference also has a companion conference, TED Global, held in varying locations.

Over 300 TED talks are provided for free viewing online. As of June 2008, over 15 million people viewed more than 50 million talks. [ [http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/next/archives/2008/02/tapping_into_te.html Tapping Into TED by Helen Walters] ] [ [http://blog.ted.com/2008/06/50_million_tedt.php 50 million TEDTalks viewed on TEDBlog] ]

History

TED was founded by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks in 1984, and has been held annually since 1990. Wurman left after the 2002 conference; the event is now hosted by Chris Anderson and owned by his non-profit organization The Sapling Foundation, [ [http://test.ted.com/about/saplingfoundation/index.cfm About TED - The Sapling Foundation] ] devoted to "leveraging the power of ideas to change the world". In 2006, attendance cost $4,400 and was by invitation only. [ [http://www.ted.com/about/invitations About the Conferences > Getting Invited (attendees)] ] The membership model was shifted in January of 2007 to an annual membership fee of $6,000, which includes attendance of the conference, club mailings, networking tools and conference DVDs.

Since 2007 TED talks have been made available in an increasing number of locations including;
* The TED website
* The Miro open source television system
* YouTube under the username [http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TEDtalksDirector TEDtalksDirector]
* iTunes as both an audio and a video podcast.
* Adobe Media Player

TED Prize

The TED Prize was introduced in 2005. Each year, three individuals are each given $100,000 and granted a "wish to change the world", which they unveil at TED.

In 2005, the inaugural winners were Bono, [ [http://ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=bono Bono's talk at TED] ] Edward Burtynsky [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/56?key=r_wright Edward Burtynsky's talk at TED] ] on behalf of sustainability blog Worldchanging, and Robert Fischell. [ [http://ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=r_fischell Robert Fischell's talk at TED] ] Bono's wish resulted in more than one million people signing up to join the ONE Campaign to eradicate poverty.

2006 winners included Larry Brilliant, [ [http://www.ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=l_brilliant Larry Brilliant's talk at TED] ] Jehane Noujaim, and Cameron Sinclair.

In March 2007, the prize was awarded to Bill Clinton, [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/85 Bill Clinton's talk at TED] ] Edward O. Wilson, [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/83 Edward O. Wilson's talk at TED] ] and James Nachtwey. [ [http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/84 James Nachtwey's talk at TED] ]

The winners for 2008 were Neil Turok, Dave Eggers, and Karen Armstrong. [

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References

ee also

*Big Think

External links

* [http://www.ted.com TED.com: Official website]
* [http://blog.ted.com TEDBlog: Official blog]
* [http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TEDtalksDirector Official TED YouTube channel]
* [http://www.ted.com/talks/rss TEDTalks video podcast]
* [http://www.tedfilm.com TED: The Future We Will Create: Documentary Film about TED] :* imdb title|1002695|The Future We Will Create


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