This invite-only gathering will bring together a group of global innovators, business executives, scientists, policymakers, next generation leaders, artists, activists and more who are determined to create a better future.

The 2023 Summit is about


When the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, the world was on track for a catastrophic 4-5°C of warming. Thanks to spectacular progress made since then, the expected warming has been cut in half.

But we remain in crisis, and have huge work to do to protect our planet and its people. So how do we come together and design a better future? The TED Countdown Summit will explore this crucial question by highlighting the state of climate progress, visualizing a better future, and exploring the solutions, tools and partnerships that will help us move forward.

your summit experience

A four-day stage program

Seven sessions of mainstage TED Talks, filled with thoroughly researched and thoughtfully curated climate talks from around the world. Themes range from the future of food, global logistics and mobility to new materials, circularity, policy and finance.

Breakthrough Sessions

Your opportunity to choose from an exhilarating lineup of workshops designed to help you dig deep and tackle specific problems while building new collaborations.

Interactive experiences

Head offsite and explore Detroit with local innovators to see how the city at the heart of the American car industry is grappling with building an inclusive, sustainable future.

Networking opportunities

From intimate dinners to community celebrations, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to mingle with other attendees and forge new connections.

TED Future Forum

The 2023 Summit will also be the launch of TED Future Forum – a Countdown initiative designed to challenge companies to step up with greater ambition, accelerate progress and share learnings.

Explore the program

See the schedule and learn more about the astonishing TED Countdown Summit program, including seven sessions of talks, opportunities to connect during interactive Breakthrough Sessions, dinners, parties and more.

Our Location

Michigan Central & 
Fillmore Detroit

The 2023 Countdown Summit will take place in Detroit, Michigan, the city at the heart of the American car industry that is grappling with building an inclusive, sustainable future.

Events will take place at both Michigan Central and the Fillmore Detroit. Michigan Central is a hub where experts, startups and community leaders come together to develop solutions and skills that address pressing societal challenges, including how to build a more accessible, sustainable future for all. The Fillmore is a historic building located in Detroit’s entertainment district. Originally opened in 1925 as a movie theater, this elegant venue – featuring a grand lobby and the original Fillmore chandeliers – has since been renovated to offer guests a unique special event experience.

Elegant tall building with people in garden in the front
People looking at projected map
Woman getting lanyard off wall
Woman smiling at conversation