TED Announces Speaker Program for TEDGlobal 2012 Conference, "Radical Openness"
- Four-day stage program in Edinburgh, Scotland, to feature 70+ talks, performances and tech demos
NEW YORK, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, announces today its speaker program for TEDGlobal 2012, the organization's flagship Europe-based conference. Held annually in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDGlobal will run from June 25 through June 29, and feature a range of inspired thinkers from around the globe. This year's theme is "Radical Openness."
"We've designed our program this year to reflect – and explore – the radically open world we live in today," said TED European Director and TEDGlobal curator Bruno Giussani. "Radical Openness will look at both the openness made possible by the internet and digital technology, as well as radical and open thinking writ large. TEDGlobal 2012's speakers will show us that all bets are off when it comes to what openness, collaboration and mutual understanding in an ultra-connected world mean for human potential."
TEDGlobal's ground-breaking speakers will range from a scientist whose iconoclastic approach led to cancer treatment breakthroughs, to a criminologist who studies future crimes – that is, crimes that haven't been invented yet; from the MIT inventor of a camera that sees around corners, to a diva who creates live music using body gestures; from a neuroscientist imaging thousands of brains at work, to the military commander thinking about the global commons.
The TEDGlobal 2012 confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):
Boaz Almog, Superconductivity scholar
Michael Anti, Chinese blogger
Vicki Arroyo, Expert on climate mitigation
Massimo Banzi, Physical computing maker
Mina Bissell, Cancerologist and biologist
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Neuroscientist
Andrew Blum, Internet infrastructure traveller
Rachel Botsman, Collaborative consumption author
Hannah Brock, Guzheng player
Heather Brooke, Author
Keith Chen, Behavioural economist
Robin Chase, Founder, BuzzCar
Leslie Chang, Author
Gabriella Coleman, Digital anthropologist
Amu Cuddy, Psychologist
Raghu Dixit, Musician
Kirby Ferguson, Filmmaker
Pankaj Ghemawat, Globalization expert
Marc Goodman, Future criminologist
Antony Gormley, Sculptor
Macy Gray, Singer
Michael Hansmeyer, Computational architect
Neil Harbisson, Cyborg artist
Imogen Heap, Music diva
Margaret Heffernan, Management author
Kathy Hinde, Bird piano inventor
Ellen Jorgensen, Open biology advocate
Mohsin Saeed Khan, Medical doctor
Daphne Koller, Education innovator
Ivan Krastev, Political scientist
Hassine Labaied, Wind power innovator
Robert Legato, Visual effects creator
Beau Lotto, Neuroscientist
John Maeda, Designer
Becci Manson, Photo retoucher
Jason McCue, Lawyer
Jane McDonigal, Game designer
Wayne McGregor, Choreographer
Robyn Meredith, Author and anchor
Matt Mills/Tamara Roukaerts, Augmented reality designers
Read Montague, Neuroscientist
Catarina Mota, Open material expert
Daria Musk, Web music sensation
Beth Noveck, OpenGov advocate
Robert Neuwirth, Stealth economist
Natasha Paremski, Pianist
Vikram Patel, Psychiatrist
Sanjay Pradhan, Economist
Eddie Obeng, Educator
Amy O'Tool, Student
Ramesh Raskar, Femtophotographer
Preston Reed, Percussive guitarist
Usman Riaz, Percussive guitarist
Elyn Saks, Mental health lawyer
Shyam Sankar, Computer scientist
Andreas Schleicher, Education expert
Shimon Schocken, Computer scientist
Gerard Senehi, Experimentalist, mentalist
Maurizio Seracini, Art diagnostician
Clay Shirky, Networks scholar
Jason Silva, Tech filmmaker
Sarah Slean, Singer
Laura Snyder, Science historian
Susan Solomon, Stem cell advocate
Malte Spitz, Green politician and data activist
James Stavridis, Admiral, Supreme commander NATO
Deyan Sudjic, Cities thinker
Don Tapscott, Futurist
Marco Tempest, Illusionist
Jonathan Trent, NASA scientist
Karen Thompson Walker, Author
Ruby Wax, Comedian and mental-health advocate
John Wilbanks, Data commons proponent
Two of the conference's sessions will be guest-hosted by neuroscientist Sarah Caddick and globalization expert Parag Khanna. Further speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The detailed program and more information can be found online here: http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2012/.
850 people from over 40 countries are expected to attend. Around the world, people can watch the conference with a TED Live membership, the annual membership that offers access to a private live webstream of both the TED conference in California and TEDGlobal. The TED Live webcast comes complete with a digital platform to communicate in real time with fellow members. Other TED Live membership benefits include one year of TED Books (short eBooks by TED speakers and Fellows) and an Amazon Kindle Fire to view them on. Learn more here.
TEDGlobal 2012 conference is very nearly sold out. To apply for one of the last places, visit http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2012/.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.
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