Based on a community-wide decision, TED2020 will move from April 20-24 to July 26-30 — and will still be held in Vancouver, BC.
With the COVID-19 virus spreading across the planet, we’re facing many challenges and uncertainties, which is why we feel passionately that TED2020 matters more than ever. Knowing our original April dates would no longer work, we sought counsel and guidance from our vast community. Amidst our network of artists, entrepreneurs, innovators, creators, scientists and more, we also count experts in health and medicine among our ranks. After vetting all of the options, we offered registered attendees the choice to either postpone the event or hold a virtual version. The majority expressed a preference for a summer TED, so that’s the official plan.
We’ve spent the past year putting together a spectacular program designed to chart the future. Our speakers are extraordinary. You, our beloved community, are also incredible. Somehow, despite the global health crisis, we will use this moment to share insights, spark action and host meaningful discussions of the ideas that matter most in the world.
While we’re excited about July, we were also inspired by many of the surprising and delightful ideas for how to create a compelling and engaging digital event. With that, we’ve decided to hold a special virtual session of TED on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.
As the world becomes more global, we think the opportunity to create this version of TED will prove invaluable. Additionally — and we hope this isn’t the case — if we’re entering a period of widespread isolation, we hope to offer a meaningful counter experience on a topic of universal import.
As head of TED Chris Anderson noted in his letter to attendees: “Health and safety have been paramount to all of our decision-making, but I believe this is a moment when community matters like never before. Which is why I’m so grateful to have the understanding and support TED community as we ideated around how to continue to spark meaningful idea-sharing in spite of increasing isolation. It’s times such as these that I lean into the power, wisdom and collective spirit of this community.”