General Information

about TED and TEDx

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include, 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 has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TEDx is about the people, places and new ideas transforming communities across the globe. It's about the volunteer organizers putting in hours to create unforgettable experiences in unforgettable spaces; the speakers sharing their big ideas on stage; and about the worldwide network of TED fans watching and sharing TEDx Talks online. The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize these events in their communities.

Where in the world can you find TEDx? More than 10,000 TEDx events have been held in over 167 countries. You'll find TEDx experiences inspiring people from the base camp of Everest to the Great Wall of China; from the Green School in Bali to one of the largest slums in Africa and from rural America to the tip of Antarctica. 
Have a look at this great infographic.



TEDxDHBWMannheim is an event that celebrates intellectual curiosity in a city full of ideas and great minds. At TEDxDHBWMannheim we’re passionate about nourishing ideas and innovations. Mannheim itself already offers a unique atmosphere, which connects tradition and innovation. TEDxDHBWMannheim uses this enormous potential to offer a lively and brain teasing experience for every participant.