So, how many TED talks are there? And how did the TED conference get to this point?
On this page, you'll find all the key TED talk statistics for 2023.
- How many TED talks are there?
- How many TEDx talks are there?
- How many TEDx events have been held?
- When was TED founded?
- Who started TED talks?
- What was the first ever TED talk?
- What were the first TED Talks ever published online?
- Who attends TED conferences?
- How many people attend TED conference?
- When was the first ever TEDWomen conference?
- Who is the youngest TED speaker?
- What’s the most popular TED talk?
- What are the 10 most popular TED talks?
- Who had the longest standing ovation in TED Talk?
- When did TEDx talks start?
- Who is the youngest TEDx speaker?
TED Talk Statistics (Top Picks)
- 4,225 TED talks have been published online as of March 2023.
- TED YouTube channel has reached more than 22.7 million subscribers and 2.5 billion views to date.
- The main TED conference attracts about 1200 attendants annually.
- 83 speakers gave TED talks in 2022.
- Molly Wright, who delivered a TED talk How Every Child Can Thrive by Five at the age of seven, has become the youngest TED speaker in 2021.
- 193,421 TEDx talks have been published online as of March 2023.
- 3076 TEDx events were organized in 2022.
- Do Schools Kill Creativity? is the most popular TED talk of all time.
How many TED talks are there?
There are 4,225 TED talks as of March 2023. TED YouTube channel was launched on Dec 6th, 2006, and since then have reached 22.7M subscribers and more than 2.5 billion views.
The average length of a TED talk is 18 minutes, with some talks being as short as five minutes and others lasting for over an hour. TED talks are available in 115 languages, making them accessible to a global audience.
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How many TEDx talks are there?
There are 193,421 TEDx talks as of March 2023. TEDx events have seen significant growth since their inception in 2009. TEDx YouTube channel was launched on Jun 23rd, 2009, and since then have reached 37.8M subscribers. The TEDx talks have been viewed over 7 billion times.
How many TEDx events have been held?
41,954 TEDx events were held since 2009. These events range from small gatherings to large conferences and cover a wide range of topics and themes. TEDx events are designed to provide a platform for local voices and perspectives and to help spark conversations and collaborations that can lead to positive change in communities around the world.
3076 TEDx events were organized in 2022. There are still fewer events than it was at the pre-covid time. During the pandemic, some events were canceled and many were hosted online. However, most TEDx events are now back to the live stages.
Despite the pandemic, there were still more than 3000 TEDx events hosted around the world every year.
Here’s a full breakdown of how many TEDx events were held over the last five years.
When was TED founded?
TED was founded in February 1984 as a conference that brought together experts from a variety of fields to share their ideas and insights.
Since then, the TED conference has grown into a global phenomenon, hosting conferences and events around the world, and featuring talks on a wide range of topics from science and technology to entertainment and design.
Who started TED talks?
TED Talks were started by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks. The first TED conference was held in Monterey, California on February 23, 1984.
It featured talks from a diverse group of speakers, including scientists, artists, business leaders, and musicians. Over the years TED talks expanded to more TED conferences, TEDx events around the world, and other TED programs.
What was the first ever TED talk?
The first TED conference featured a variety of talks, including the first ever TED talk by Nicholas Negroponte 5 Predictions, the first ever TED talk by Mickey Schulhof demonstrating the use of compact disc digital audio, and the first ever TED talk by Benoit Mandelbrot on how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry.
In 2010, Benoit Mandelbrot gave his second TED talk Fractals and the Art of Roughness continuing the topic he started on TED1984.
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What were the first TED Talks ever published online?
The first TED talks ever were published online on June 27, 2006, and included Averting the Climate Crisis TED talk by Al Gore, The Best Stats You've Ever Seen TED talk by Hans Rosling, Greening the Ghetto TED talk by Majora Carter, Do Schools Kill Creativity? TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, Simplicity Sells TED talk by David Pogue.
Within three months, they had garnered over one million views. The popularity of these first TED talks prompted TED to relaunch its website in 2007 making them available to a global audience at no cost. As a result, people gained free access to the insights and wisdom of the remarkable leaders, visionaries, and educators of our time.
Who attends TED conferences?
TED conferences are attended by a diverse group of people from all over the world who are interested in ideas and innovation. Attendees typically include entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, artists, designers, activists, and other thought leaders from a wide range of disciplines and industries.
TED conferences are designed to foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary atmosphere, where attendees can share their insights and perspectives, learn from each other, and explore new ideas and approaches to addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges.
How many people attend TED conference?
About 1200 people attend TED conference and over 70 speakers give TED talks annually at the main event in Vancouver, Canada.
The number of people who attend the TED conference varies from year to year.
In April 2022, 83 speakers gave TED talks at TED2022.
Other TED events, such as TEDGlobal and TEDWomen, attract smaller audiences of several hundred people.
Additionally, TEDx events can range in size from a few dozen attendees to several hundred.
When was the first ever TEDWomen conference?
The first ever TEDWomen conference was held on December 7-8, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The conference was a collaboration between TED and the Paley Center for Media and highlighted speakers and performers who shared their insights and perspectives on topics related to women and girls.
The theme of the conference was "Reshaping the Future." The speakers included activists, entrepreneurs, game-changing inventors, extraordinary individuals, artists, and other thought leaders who embrace gender equality and empower women and girls around the world.
The TEDWomen events have helped to raise awareness about the challenges facing women and girls around the world, and have inspired many people to take action to create positive change.
Who is the youngest TED speaker?
The youngest TED speaker is Molly Wright. She was seven years old and was joined onstage by one-year-old Ari when she gave a TED talk How Every Child Can Thrive by Five in July 2021.
What’s the most popular TED talk?
The most popular TED talk is Do Schools Kill Creativity? by Sir Ken Robinson. It was delivered at TED2006 in February 2006 in Monterey, California, has been viewed over 74 million times on the TED website alone, and has been translated into more than 64 languages.
In his talk, Sir Ken argues that traditional education systems stifle creativity and innovation and that a more personalized and flexible approach to learning is needed to help students develop their full potential. The popularity of Robinson's talk has helped to spark a global conversation about the future of education and the role of creativity in society.
What are the 10 most popular TED talks?
The 10 most popular ted talks of all time are:
Do Schools Kill Creativity? TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson with 74M views.
Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are TED talk by Amy Cuddy with 67M views.
Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator TED talk by Tim Urban with 66M views.
How Great Leaders Inspire Action TED talk by Simon Sinek with 61M views.
The Power of Vulnerability TED talk by Brené Brown with 60M views.
How to Speak so that People Want to Listen TED talk by Julian Treasure with 53M views.
My Philosophy for a Happy Life TED talk by Sam Berns with 46M views.
The Next Outbreak? We're Not Ready TED talk by Bill Gates with 44M views.
What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness TED talk by Robert Waldinger with 44M views.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Orgasm TED talk by Mary Roach with 40M views.
Who had the longest standing ovation in TED Talk?
The longest standing ovation in a TED Talk was given to Bryan Stevenson for his talk titled We Need to Talk About an Injustice at the TED2012 conference. Bryan's talk addressed issues of racial inequality and the need for criminal justice reform. It has since become one of the popular talks on the TED website, with over 8 million views.
When did TEDx talks start?
The first TEDx event TEDxUSC was held on March 23, 2009, in San Francisco and had 1,200 attendees. Since then, thousands of TEDx events have been held around the world.
The first TEDx event organizer was Krisztina 'Z' Holly, a Hungarian American innovator and entrepreneur.
The TEDx events were created to expand the reach and impact of TED Talks by allowing local communities to organize their own events and curate talks on topics that are relevant to their communities. TEDx events are licensed by TED and are required to follow certain guidelines to ensure that they adhere to the standards of TED Talks.
Who is the youngest TEDx speaker?
Kiara Kaur, a 5-year-old Indian-American girl, has become the world's youngest TEDx speaker. She gave a TEDx talk Unboxing Curiosity at TEDxRankalaLake in November 2021.
The popularity of TED and TEDx talks has led to a significant impact on society. The ideas and concepts discussed in these talks have led to social and cultural changes. Many organizations have used TED talks to train their employees, and some have even organized TEDx events for their staff.
The TED talks statistics are impressive, with millions of people tuning in to watch talks online and thousands of events held around the world each year.
With the continued growth of TED events, we can expect to see even more transformative ideas and concepts in the future.
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Marina Barayeva is an international speaker and coach who helps women entrepreneurs become recognized experts and confidently sell their services. She is also a TEDx speaker, has presented to audiences in Asia and North America, and has been featured in such media as ArtPeople, CCTV, China Radio International, and others.