An additional benefit of speaking at TED is that your presentation may become a TEDTalk, part of our beautifully produced, broadcast-quality video podcast series. Offered free to the public, TEDTalks have proven extraordinarily effective at spreading ideas.
TED does not pay speakers. We do, of course, cover travel costs and provide excellent hotel accommodation -- as well as a covetable pass to all four days of TED. Most speakers stay for all four days of the conference, soaking up the inspiration, and connecting with other fascinating attendees, who range from rocket scientists to concert pianists. Other TED goodies include the famous gift bag, the TED Book Club, a beautiful Program Guide with a full page devoted to each full-length speaker, and a virtual-DVD stream of the conference soon afterward. We're committed to creating an experience that's tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides.