What is TED?

Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Sarah Silverman, Steve Jobs, Shashi Tharoor and Shah Rukh Khan. Where can one find them all under one roof? At TED that’s where! TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design; and is a nonprofit organisation that aims to build a community of inquisitive and inspired thinkers from all walks to life, engaging in ideas with a global audience. What started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, has now grown to support its mission with a spectrum of initiatives on a variety of platforms. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading minds to speak for about 18 minutes. A majority of these talks are then made available at TED.com.

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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of TED’s motto, TEDx events bring to you, “Ideas worth spreading.” What do we mean by ideas? Ideas that are thought of by you and I. Ideas irrespective of them being small or revolutionary. Ideas that are unique, regardless of what they are about or who is thinking them. All that matters is the one who has the courage to commemorate them to global citizens of today, and the global citizens who have the zeal to listen and be part of the journey to a better world. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that draw people together to share a TED experience. At a TEDx event, TED talk videos along with live speakers, ignite a valuable discussion on all things current, especially issues regarding specific communities or even national matters. TEDx conferences and events invite speakers from all age groups, from students to retired officers to even someone’s grandma! TEDx welcomes all to share their perspectives or life stories and incidents on a broadband topic, without any discrimination and aims for diversification. The TED Conference provides baseline guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are a distinct and self-organised event. (Subject to rules and regulations.)