What is the TED Prize (and how can you win next year’s)?


What do a British chef, a Newcastle University professor and an anti-corruption activist have in common? They’re all winners of the TED Prize – a cash award, currently for $1,000,000, given annually to a forward-thinking individual with a fresh, bold vision for sparking global change to make the world a better place.

The Prize begins with a big wish – one that will motivate people around the world to get involved. Imagine an inspiring, high-impact idea that needs the support of a global community of activists, big thinkers and social entrepreneurs. Each TED Prize winner is a rare and powerful combination: someone who knows how to capture imaginations as well as how to make a measurable impact. From Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (2010) to Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud (2013) to our most recent Prize winner Charmian Gooch and her campaign against anonymous corporations, the TED Prize has helped to tackle child obesity, advance education, improve global health and inspire art around the world.

Note: we may just have announced Charmian’s win, but we’re already looking for our 2015 winner. The deadline for this year’s applications is March 31, so nominate yourself — or someone else you think might fit the bill. Anyone can win the TED Prize, including TED Fellows, speakers and community members. Here’s a guide to filling out the nomination form – and here some tips for writing a killer application. Good luck!