Between June and September, 2019, TED hosted an idea search event unlike any other.
Our mission: to ensure we're hearing big, bold ideas from every corner of the globe,
with the goal of inviting a select group to join us and speak during TED2020.
The theme of TED2020 is UNCHARTED. We were particularly looking for people who might give us
a clue as to where we're heading -- and how we'll get there.
We’re thrilled to share that 11 incredible speakers will be joining us. Stay tuned for the TED2020 speaker lineup!
The application process
- Round 1 applicants prepared and filmed a one-minute video summary of their compelling idea for the TED2020 stage in Vancouver.
- Videos and applications were submitted by May 29, 2019, for review by TED's curation team.
Curious to see some previous winners? Here are some talks from stand-out speakers discovered during past idea searches:
Tamekia MizLadi Smith,
Zak Ebrahim and
Questions? Send us a message.
Our idea selection process
This idea search was completely virtual, using video streaming to bring people from around the world to one place.
Round 1 application period is closed. If you applied, updates were sent in late June 2019.
If selected for Round 2, participants were invited to a virtual event where they talked more about the idea and participated in a Q&A with TED’s curators.
Those selected for Round 3 delivered a short talk based on the idea they'd pitched in Round 2. A small subset of those Round 3 participants will join us during TED2020.
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