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Program Special Events

Immersive evening events, interactive lunches, caffeine-fueled conversation breaks … at TED, we know the most important ideas are generated when people connect with each other. So we offer ever more ways to make sure they do.

Pre-conference Excursions

Pre-conference excursions

New this year: Get to know our new homes in Long Beach and Palm Springs by joining one of our pre-conference excursions. Visits to the aquarium, the state-of-the-art Long Beach Desalination Plant and the oil rigs that sit in Long Beach Harbour are some of the options in Long Beach, along with movie studio tours and a heli-tour of the Port of Long Beach. In Palm Springs, take a tour of the town and surroundings by Jeep. (Reservations required. Sign-ups begin mid-December.)

Tues., Feb. 3, 12:30-3PM

Locations vary

TED University

TED University

Attendees at TED are every bit as extraordinary as the speakers, and at TED University (TEDDIY in Palm Springs) they take the stage -- sharing hard-won knowledge in lectures that range from "How to negotiate a term sheet" to "Why family secrets should not be kept" to "How to break a board with your bare hands." This year, TED U takes on a new face, with a single-track format in the gorgeous Center Theatre (Long Beach) and Ballroom (Palm Springs). Two sessions with different speakers will allow everyone to meet at least 30 new people through their talks onstage.

Tues., Feb. 3, 4-5:30PM

Wed., Feb. 4, 8:30-10:30AM

Fri., Feb. 6, 8:30-10:15AM

The Center Theater, Long Beach

Riviera Hotel, Palm Springs

Evening parties

Evening parties

Gather the world's leading thinkers and doers, offer them four days of rapid-fire stimulation, then sit back and watch the fireworks. Beginning with the welcome gala on Tuesday evening, and continuing through the block party, the TED Prize gala and the grand party Friday night, our evening events create the backdrop where ideas percolate, connections are made, and inspiration grows. Parties are open to all attendees, and each features a fantastic spread, an open bar and a collection of creative curiosities that invariably get people talking.

Nightly, beginning Tues., Feb. 3

Locations vary

TED Fellows Lunch

TED Fellows Lunch (Long Beach)

New this year. This engaging and informative lunch, hosted by TED Community Director Tom Rielly, offers a chance to meet the 2009 TED Fellows. You'll learn more about our brand-new TED Fellows program and how you can participate. 150 tickets will be available at the TED Concierge Desk at the Terrace Theater.

Thurs., Feb. 5, 1-2PM

Location TBA

TED Prize Lunches

TED Prize lunches

These immensely popular lunches offer an opportunity to hear more from the 2009 TED Prize winners and get directly involved with their work. We invite everyone inspired to action by the TED Prize session to take part in these strategic lunches, and to step forward with the time or resources to help fulfill these world-changing wishes.

Fri., Feb. 6, 1-2PM

Locations TBA

Farewell Party

Farewell Party

Four extraordinary days come to a close at our farewell parties, festive outdoor celebrations with music and merriment. Connect with friends old and new, and recap the most memorable TED Moments.

Sat., Feb. 7, 1-3:30 PM

TBA, Long Beach

Poolside, Palm Springs