TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. In 1984, the TED conference began in California as a way to highlight the convergence of the technology, entertainment, and design industries. Luminaries of these industries were invited to speak, and an exclusive group were invited to attend. Today, TED is a worldwide, well-known platform for ideas worth spreading, now highlighting innovative ideas in more than 100 languages from many disciplines—including science, business, and global concerns. For the public benefit, TED talks are recorded live. They are freely available at TED.com and on digital streaming channels such as Netflix and YouTube.
TEDx is a strictly licensed program of locally-organized TED events in cities around the world, patterned on the success of the TED conference. Since its beginning in 2009, over 8000 TEDx events have been held in more than 130 countries. In short, TEDx is part of a grassroots revolution in global education! It is made possible by local organizers, often volunteers, who passionately desire to engage and activate their communities. Like the main TED conference, which continues today, TEDx brings some of the most fascinating contemporary thinkers and doers to the stage. Like the TED talks, TEDx talks are recorded and made available freely on the TEDx YouTube channel.