TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations).
“Inspired from TED, TEDxAUAthens is a local university TEDx event established in 2018, organized under the auspices of the Agricultural University of Athens, by a team of students- volunteers. The main purpose of TEDxAUAthens is to influence and motivate people from the local community. By evolving knowledge that our university promotes, we encourage creativity, innovation, art, science, sustainability, personal growth, social change. Our aim is to create an interactive ground where voices and ideas of “doers” and “inspirers” will be spread. We intrigue TEDxsters to reobserve and take a more conscious look at the world around us.”