TED 由美国私人非盈利基金会 Sapling Foundation 于1984年创建，来自三个领域的杰出人士讲述事业创想和反思、人生故事和感悟，演讲全部限定于18分钟以内。从1990年开始，TED发展为每年一度的 头脑风暴盛会。自2007年以来，现场视频汇总在TED.com 网站上，全球观众尽可分享700余段优秀讲演。如今，TED的议题延展到娱乐、慈善、环保、贫穷、创业等科学文化的各个领域，并从美国走向欧洲和亚洲。
TED 讲演人充满智慧和创意，拥有激情和道德，关注革新和进步，我们能看到 Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Google 创建人和众多诺贝尔奖获得者。2010年始，TED每年授予一位讲演人$100,000大奖，资助得奖人最大程度实现创想。
TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences curated by the American private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading”. Since 2007, the talks have been offered for free viewing online, under a Creative Commons license, through TED.com. More than 700 talks are currently available. As of April 2009, the talks have been viewed over 250 million times by more than 25 million people.
TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event, and the conference was held annually from 1990 in Monterey, California. TED’s early emphasis, was largely technology and design, consistent with a Silicon Valley center of gravity. The events are now held in Long Beach and Palm Springs in the U.S. as well as in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address an increasingly wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, the founders of Google and many Nobel Prize winners.TED’s current curator is the British former computer journalist and magazine publisher Chris Anderson.
From 2005 to 2009, three $100,000 TED Prizes were awarded annually to help its winners realize a chosen wish to change the world. From 2010, in a changed selection process, a single winner is chosen to ensure that TED can maximize its efforts in achieving the winner’s wish. Each winner unveils their wish at the main annual conference.