FAQs

Q1: What is TED?

TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Q2: What is TED Institute?

The TED Institute is an immersive program offering the world’s most dynamic corporations and foundations a transformative engagement platform that enhances their entire ecosystem: employees, partners and clients. 

The goal of the program is to inject TED’s inventive creative process for idea sourcing and sharing into a partner’s organisation. Drawing on the same rigorous regimen that has prepared speakers for the TED mainstage, the TED Institute collaborates with partners to identify original thinkers, inventors, and creators, and provides them with intensive one-on-one speaker coaching and talk development. The year-long partnership culminates in an event curated, produced and filmed by TED, featuring the organisation’s own speakers onstage.

The resulting library of valuable TED Talks has the power to spur innovation, transform organisations and encourage a new generation of leaders around the world.

Q3: What is TED@Westpac : The Future Legacy?

In December 2017, 15 speakers and two performers from across the Westpac community took the stage in Sydney, Australia before an audience of hundreds at an event co-produced by Westpac and TED. Over 2018, their talks will post online, sending ripples of their ideas around the world. This event is destined to unlock institutional knowledge, identify thought-leaders, and showcase the best ideas within the Westpac ecosystem.

Q4: How is TEDx different to the TED Institute?

TED@Westpac is not a TEDx event; it is fully curated by TED Institute. 
TEDx events are community-driven satellite conferences, organised under a free license and held in the same spirit of TED. Like TED, these events offer a diverse range of voices from many different disciplines. It's the same deal on a local scale – inspired speakers, thought-provoking videos and the valuable conversations these things provide.

Q5: Who else has partnered with TED?

Other organisations that have partnered with TED Institute include IBM, Intel, State Street, UPS and Boston Consulting Group.

Q6: Will TED@Westpac be made available after the event?

Yes, talks will be posted to TED.com after the event.