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The world is changing fast. Fresh thinking can be found in every direction, in emerging geographies as well as in the western hemisphere. Prepare to have your world turned upside down: Join us in Rio to explore the realities of tomorrow.

After seven years traveling the world, TEDGlobal is headed "South!"

TEDGlobal 2014 is setting up shop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, from which we'll present a week-long speaker program with a focus on the Global South's rise in influence and power -- plus relevant stories from the rest of the world. Look for 3- to 18-minute talks, music and performance, plus tech demos, exhibits and parties. Apply to attend »

Speaker lineup sneak peek

These are the first 40 confirmed:

Grimanesa Amoros, Peruvian interdisciplinary artist
Marie Arana, Biographer of Simón Bolívar
Alejandro Aravena, Chilean architect
Séverine Autesserre, Congo scholar
Tasso Azevedo, Brazilian forest conservationist
Rodrigo Baggio, Brazilian digital inclusionist
Khalida Brohi, Pakistani equality activist
Circle of Sound, World music duo
Teresa Corção, Chef and campaigner
Melissa Fleming, UNHCR spokesperson
Wendy Freedman, Astronomer
Misha Glenny, Journalist
Glenn Greenwald, Journalist
Isabel Hoffmann, Clean food activist
Syed Karim, Satellite datacaster
Vincent Moon, Nomadic filmmaker
Kimberley Motley, Afghanistan's only foreign litigator
Robert Muggah, Global urban thinker
Vik Muniz, Brazilian artist and activist
Ethan Nadelmann, Global drug policy specialist
Jimmy Nelson, Last tribes photographer
Miguel Nicolelis, Brain interface pioneer
José Padilha, Filmmaker, director of Elite Squad
Mark Plotkin, Amazonian ethnobotanist
Navi Radjou, Jugaad thinker
Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk
Ricardo Semler, Visionary entrepreneur
José Miguel Sokoloff, Colombia anti-guerrilla creative
Steve Song, Africa connectivity tinkerer
Jorge Soto, Cancer detection technologist
Danay Suárez, Cuban singer/songwriter
Robert Swan, Antarctic explorer
Fred Swaniker, African leadership entrepreneur
Ilona Szabó de Carvalho, Drug policy expert
Bruno Torturra, Livestreaming activist
Zeynep Tufekci, Technosociologist
Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas, Favela painters
Joanna Wheeler, Violence researcher
Oren Yakobovich, Human rights activist
Tashka Yawanawa, Amazonian chief

For a taste of the modern city of Rio — both its hopes and its challenges — watch a TED Talk from Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes: "The 4 commandments of cities" »

Explore a playlist of TED Talks from Latin American speakers »

Registration for TEDGlobal 2014 is open. Apply to attend »

TEDGlobal 2014 program
  • Sunday, 5 October
    Pre-conference tours and activities
  • Monday, 6 October
    TED Fellows talks (11:30am–1pm; 2:45–4:15pm)
    Receptions and welcome event
  • Tuesday, 7 October
    TED University (9–10:30am)
    Mainstage program begins  with Session 1 at 11:30am
    Three mainstage sessions run from 11:30am to 6:45pm
    Opening party
  • Wednesday, 8 October
    Four mainstage sessions run from 9:30am to 6:45pm)
    Open night and dinner parties
  • Thursday, 9 October
    Morning activities and workshops
    Three mainstage sessions run from 11:30am to 6:45pm
    Grand party
  • Friday, 10 October
    Two mainstage sessions run from 9:30am to 1pm
    Farewell party
The TEDGlobal 2014 experience includes:
  • A stage program featuring TED's famous 18-minute talks, plus music, comedy, dance, short talks, video and other surprises.
  • TED Fellows Talks, where you'll hear about projects and visions of the next generation of world-changers.
  • TED University, where TEDsters share their own expertise
  • Evening events, art exhibits, tech demos and other immersive experiences
  • Caffeine-fueled conversation breaks between sessions
  • The TED Gift Bag
  • Online tools for connecting with other attendees, before and after the conference
  • Options for post-conference tours around South America