2016 TED Prize for global change agents.(USD 1Million prize for an inspiring project)

Nomination Deadline: March 31st 2015

Each year, TED award the TED Prize to a leader with a bold, innovative vision for sparking global change. The TED Prize winner receives $1,000,000 — and support from the TED community’s wide range of resources and expertise — to make their dream become a reality.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

The Prize begins with a big wish—a wish to inspire thinkers and doers across the globe.


  • Bono’s the ONE Campaign (’05 recipient) to
  • Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (’10 recipient) and
  • JR’s Inside Out Project (’11 recipient)
  • The TED Prize has helped to combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education, and inspire art around the world.

Nominate an individual — or yourself — to envision and execute a high-impact project that can spur global change. The TED Prize winner will have an ambitious wish — and the vision, pragmatism and leadership to turn it into reality.

  • Every self-nomination will include a proposal for a world-changing and achievable wish.
  • When nominating an individual, the nominator is welcome to approach the nominee about drafting a potential wish.


Key dates

January: TED Prize nominations open
March 31: TED Prize nominations close
April 1 – June 1: Review period
June 1 – July 19: Finalists identified and additional data collected
July 20 – July 24: Finalist phone interview period
July 25 – September 30: Review period (cont’d)
October – December: Winner determined and wish strategy commences
March 2016: TED Prize wish announced during TED Conference

Nomination review process

The TED Prize team will review all nominations from all sources in order to:

  • Narrow applicants down to 100 applications
  • Research and collectively review the final 100 applications
  • Further narrow the list to 30-40 TED Prize finalists

When nominating an individual, the nominator is welcome to approach the nominee about drafting a potential wish. If a nominee is strong, and no wish is included, the TED Prize team will reach out to them directly during the short-listing process.

TED will reach out to nominees directly if their applications progress to the finalist stage, to request the following:

  • Details of their TED Prize wish
  • Details of their execution plan
  • Details of the team involved
  • Details of a one-year deliverable plan

Finally, the winner is selected by a jury drawn from leading members of the TED community.

The winner of the 2016 TED Prize will be revealed when they announce their wish from the TED2016 stage in Vancouver, BC.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 TED Prize

Nominate yourself

Nominate an Individual


  1. Dear Sir,
    I’m interested by the 2016 TED prize for Global change agents. Can I have application pack and process to apply for? I’m francophone but I can manage my English. Can I have more details about this contest?

    While waiting,

    Kind regards


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