TED conference or don't want to cough up the $6,000 conference membership fee? Well, we have good news for you. Starting 2009, TED will offer a live webcast as part of its associate membership program.Can't make it to the
Experiencing the conference, which has always been by invitation only, will be much easier too with the new $995 price tag - if you're willing to participate virtually.
With the motto "Ideas worth spreading' TED has appealed to the powerful and famous for years. TED citizens from Hollywood, celebrities like Robin Williams, Goldie Hawn, and Cameron Diaz mingle with Web celebs that include Steve Wozniak, Larry Page and Sergey Brin in an attempt to collaborate on a broad range of issues.
Last Friday, TED organizers opened up the Associate Membership Program, offering a virtual front row seat for $995. The annual membership fee includes a Web stream of the Palm Springs and Long Beach conferences, and comes with a variety of other perks including books, CDs, and DVDs.
With 2009 being TED's 25th anniversary, the theme will be "The Great Unveiling." Instead of looking back, everyone on the program will be premiering something: "a thrilling discovery, a revolutionary idea, a powerful invention, a spectacular piece of art, or a first-time performance."