Ted (technology, entertainment and design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit sapling foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading. " ted was founded in 1984 as a one-off event. the annual conference began in 1990, in monterey, california. ted's early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its origins in the silicon valley. the ted main conference is held annually in long beach, and its companion tedactive is held in palm springs.