The idea of translating TED Talks came about by popular demand. Passionate viewers around the world started asking if they could translate talks in order to share them with friends and family. (Some were even sending us finished translations!) Recognizing a real need and opportunity, TED developed a system to allow volunteers to translate their favorite talks into any language.
The program launched in 2009, with 300 translations in 40 languages, created by 200 volunteer translators. Today, more than 150,000 translations have been published in 116 languages (and counting), created by more than 35,000 volunteers. The program also includes the transcription and translation of TEDxTalks, the translation of TED-Ed lessons and the translation of content distributed by worldwide partners who help grow TED’s global footprint.