What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started in 1984 as a four-day conference in California, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. Today, TED covers almost all topics by speakers from all disciplines and cultures. From science to business to global issues, TED is covered by over 100 languages, leaving footprint all over the world. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. 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; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED is driven by one simple goal: to make great ideas accessible to all.
What is TEDx?
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 video 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. At TEDx events, a screening of TED talk videos - or a combination of live presenters and TED Talk videos - sparks deep connection and conversation at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.