TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It began in 1984 as an annual conference devoted to Technology, Entertainment and Design -- hence TED -- but TED's reach, and its scope, have become ever broader since then. TEDTalks cover science, arts, politics, global issues, architecture, music and more. Speakers come from a wide variety of communities and disciplines -- people like Bill Clinton, Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
The TED Conference itself takes place in Long Beach each spring, with a simulcast event in Palm Springs. In 2009, we'll also host a summer conference in Oxford, UK, called TEDGlobal, as well as a conference in fall 2009 called TEDIndia, in Mysore, India. Anyone can apply to attend a TED Conference! If you want to come, apply for an invitation. More info here: