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APRIL 10–14, 2018 · VANCOUVER
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Buckle up. It's wild out there!

Some days it truly feels that the world has gone mad. But behind the neck-snapping political and social shifts we're seeing, the pace of technological, biomedical and scientific progress continues to accelerate. Truly jaw-dropping demonstrations of tech power are emerging almost every day. And they are likely to play a huge role in the story of the coming years.

All of this is genuinely amazing, tapping into every sense of that word — from shockingly disturbing to thrillingly hopeful. It looks to us as if it's time to collectively breathe deep and prepare for a remarkable new era as politics, globalization, technology, the future of work, and what it even means to be human are all reinvented before our eyes. Forget fake news! We want to offer up the real news.

So for TED2018, we'll be tapping into the resources of an expanded curatorial group and going all-out to bring you visibility into the key developments driving this future, from jaw-dropping AI to glorious new forms of creativity to courageous advocates of radical social change. We'll include critics and skeptics, but also the quiet heroes driving ideas we can rally around. And through it all, we'll seek an exciting and insightful way forward.

Membership options and benefits

The TED community actively seeks new members who are leaders in their field and who can make a strong contribution. We review each application in detail, and look forward to reading yours. TED2018 will be an event not to be missed! Questions? Send us a note to registration@ted.com.

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Conference video archive
Recognition in the program
Early theater access
Patron concierge services
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Limited availability

  • Conference attendance
  • Online networking access
  • Conference video archive
Young, early career, never attended TED.
US $5,000
Learn more
Sold Out


  • Conference attendance
  • Online networking access
  • Conference video archive
US $10,000
Learn more
Sold Out


  • Conference attendance
  • Online networking access
  • Conference video archive
  • Recognition in the program
  • Early theater access

5 year membership

  • Conference attendance
  • Online networking access
  • Conference video archive
  • Recognition in the program
  • Early theater access
  • Patron concierge services

A week of ideas and connections

Here's what you can expect from your week at TED2018 in Vancouver.


A lineup of tours and experiences are available to browse, from bucket-list experiences to deep dives into local issues ... or simply arrive early to enjoy Vancouver in the spring.


10 april 2018

The first day of TED2018 begins with the brilliance of the TED Fellows Talks from up-and-coming world-changers. In the evening, the mainstage talk program kicks off, followed by a gala welcome party.


11 april 2018

Three sessions of mainstage talks, capped off with the awarding of the 2018 TED Prize. The evening's Open Night allows you to plan your own dinner parties.


12 april 2018

Between speaker sessions, explore the Loop outside the theater, with exhibits, cafés and spaces for conversation. In the evening, join an intimate dinner with a curated guest list, around a topic of mutual interest.


13 april 2018

More mainstage talks, more workshops and activities, and ever more opportunities to connect over lunches and breaks. In the evening, kick up your heels at our Grand Party.


14 april 2018

The climax of the week's speaker program, Saturday's mainstage session will celebrate and sum up the week. Afterward, join a family-style picnic with your fellow TEDsters.

Your conference experience

Here's what you can expect at TED2018:

A five-day stage program
Eleven sessions of TED's famous 18-minute talks, plus TED Fellows Talks and other surprises
Comfortable simulcast spaces
Watch, tweet, blog ... and connect around powerful ideas
Dinners and parties
From gala dance parties to inspired conversations over dinner, many ways to connect around ideas
TED gift bag
Hand-picked by TED and our partners
Our award-winning app for meeting other attendees
Workshops and activities
Explore new interests and check a few things off your bucket list


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Our location: Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver Convention Centre offers both scale and intimacy. At its heart is a soaring space where TED's stage designers have created a custom theater designed to maximize the impact of talks, permitting multiple configurations for sitting, listening and connecting with the speaker — a bold rethinking of the conference experience.

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