Austin is a bustling hub for innovation; a place where ideas incubate, mingle, ignite and lead the world forward. It is this pulse and hum that forms the heart of TEDxAustin, which became an official TEDx licensee in 2009. Our first three events, Play Big, Right Now, and Beyond Measure inspired big thinkers to learn from one another, connect and make real change. As we bring this year’s event to the stage, we continue to be awed by the remarkable individuals in our community who contribute in ways that are truly FearLess. Please join us on Twitter and Facebook, where you’ll find an active and engaged, interesting and interested community who truly create “Ideas Worth Spreading.” See you there!
The Story of TED
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It is best thought of as a global community welcoming deep-thinking people from across disciplines and cultures to seek deep understanding. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.
TED began in 1984 as a conference bringing together thought leaders from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has broadened into a clearinghouse for free knowledge and a community in which the world’s greatest thinkers and most curious souls can gather to engage with one another.
The annual springtime TED Conference is at the heart of TED. There are no breakout groups, and the more than thousand attendees all experience the same talks on science, business, arts and the issues that challenge our world. Over four days, fifty speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter presentations, including music, performance and comedy. Everyone shares the same experience, connected through the knowledge itself. TED is where big thinkers emerge from the trenches we dig for a living and ascend to a 30,000-foot view where we can see an astonishing, intricate and interconnected whole.
More TED Initiatives
program gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, connecting like-minded individuals within their immediate community to speakers and partners who tell unique, dynamic stories and offer perspectives to which the global community may not otherwise have access.
began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker “Ideas Worth Spreading,” talks are released online, regularly attracting a global audience in the millions. The entire TED website has been reengineered around TEDTalks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world’s most inspiring voices.
The TED Prize
is designed to leverage the TED Community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and the granting of “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, the wish is unveiled at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. Throughout the life of the prize, wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.
helps world-changing innovators from around the globe become part of the TED community. With its help, innovators amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED Fellows, TEDGlobal Fellows, and TED Senior Fellows are drawn from many disciplines that reflect the diversity of TED’s members: technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, the humanities, the arts, NGOs, business and more.
The TED Open Translation Project
brings TEDTalks beyond the English-speaking world by offering subtitles, interactive transcripts and the ability for any talk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. Beginning with just 100 volunteer translators, the community is now thousands strong and has completed more than 21,000 translations. The project radically enhances the accessibility for the hearing-impaired, those who speak English as a second language, search engines (which can now index the full transcript of a talk), and non-English speakers worldwide.