May 18 — July 10

Program Overview

We’ve converted a weeklong, in-person conference into an eight-week virtual extravaganza, all held in the company of your fellow TEDsters.

Weekly schedule

Mon, Tues, Wed

12pm ET (4pm GMT)

A series of 45-minute live interviews, talks and debates on the theme, BUILD BACK BETTER. Help shape the real-time conversation with your questions and comments.


8pm ET (12am GMT)

A longer MAINSTAGE TED session packed with unexpected moments, performances, TED Fellows and visual treats as well as a core of provocative talks and interviews.


11am-5pm ET (3-9pm GMT)

An all-day a la carte Community Day where we’ll offer a beautiful array of choices including Discovery Sessions, speaker meetups and more...

TED2020 Speakers

Here are some of the speakers you can look forward to seeing (more being announced soon)

Jad Abumrad

RadioLab founder

Christina Agapakis

Synthetic biology adventurer

Uri Alon


Refik Anadol

Digital arts maestro

Xiye Bastida

Climate justice activist

Swizz Beatz

Hip-hop artist, producer

Georges C. Benjamin

Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Brené Brown

Vulnerability researcher, storyteller

Will Cathcart

Head of WhatsApp


Artist, activist

Shari Davis

Democracy activist

Jamie Dimon

Global banker

Abigail Disney

Filmmaker, activist

Kiran Gandhi

Activist, musician

Bill Gates

Technologist, philanthropist

Kristalina Georgieva

Head of the International Monetary Fund

Jane Goodall

Primatologist, environmentalist

Al Gore

Climate advocate

David Gruber

Marine biologist, explorer-photographer

Mandë Holford

Biomedical researcher

Ann Marie Houghtailing

Storyteller, teacher

Tracy Edwards

Sailor, writer

Adeola Fayehun


Sarah Friar

CEO of Nextdoor

Isata Kanneh-Mason


Sheku Kanneh-Mason


Titus Kaphar


Ali Kashani

Roboticist, entrepreneur

Neal Katyal

Supreme Court litigator

Emily King

Singer, songwriter

Yann LeCun

AI pioneer

Michael Levin

Cellular explorer

Philip Lubin


Shantell Martin


Mariana Mazzucato

Policy influencer

Marcelo Mena


Joia Mukherjee

Medical doctor, professor

Jacqueline Novogratz

Moral leader

Andrew Pelling

Biohacker, scientist

Dan Schulman

CEO and President of PayPal

Bob Schneider

Singer, songwriter

Barry Schwartz


Achim Steiner

Sustainability champion

Audrey Tang

Taiwan’s digital minister for social innovation

Dallas Taylor

Sound designer, podcaster

Nigel Topping

Climate action champion

Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle

Planetary researcher

Ariel Waldman

Antarctic explorer, NASA advisor

Rufus Wainwright

Singer, songwriter, composer

Julia Watson

Designer, author

Kiah Williams

Cofounder of SIRUM

Russell Wilson

Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks

Andrew Youn

Social entrepreneur

Eric Yuan

Software developer

Discovery Sessions

Some of the deep dive Discovery Sessions you can expect to sign up for:

Reimagining the future
with author, academic and futurist, Juan Enriquez
Interdependence, a key to human experience
with business leader Lorna Davis
How contagion spreads and why it stops
with infectious disease scientist, Adam Kucharski
Awaken your inner musician
with community organizer, Michelle Moghtader and multi-instrumentalist, Jeremy Thal
Understanding mother trees
with ecologist, Suzanne Simard
Indoor recess and Restorative play
with improv master, Anthony Veneziale
How to cut carbon and get happier
with happiness researcher, Elizabeth Dunn and environmental sustainability researcher, Jiaying Zhao
Monthly climate conversations
with political strategist, Tom Rivett-Carnac and social entrepreneur, Lindsay Levin
Psychedelics for mental health
with psychedelics researcher, Rick Doblin
Expression in color and form
with artist, Melissa Mahoney
Antarctica, the unprecedented frontier
with polar explorer, Ben Saunders
Emotional intelligence: Overrated or underrated
with organizational psychologist, Adam Grant
Make your own bitters
with bartenders extraordinaire, Lauren Mote and Jonathan Chovancek
The TED Puzzle Club
with TED's own puzzle master, Alex Rosenthal
Monthly journaling practice
with software developer, Erine Gray
Applied empathy
with author, Michael Ventura
How to communicate effectively in a time of crisis
with TED speaker coach, Briar Goldberg
The design of human connection
with Creativity Catalyst Keith Yamashita
Design studio
with humanitarian design activist and author Emily Pilloton

And more...

Special program for the young people in your life

TED2020 members receive special access to the TED-Ed Student Talks program which helps students all over the world discover, develop and share their ideas in the form of TED-style talks. Kids and grandkids (ages 8‑18) of TEDsters can participate in a series of interactive sessions led by the TED-Ed team and culminating in the delivery of each participant's very own big idea.

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