Archives: February 2010

On Boeing, Innovation, Competition, and Job Cuts

Posted by: Michael Arndt on February 19

What's that old saying, actions speak louder than words? Boeing Chairman and CEO James McNerney stepped onto the soapbox on Feb. 19 to decry the quality of U.S. education, warning...

Bill Gates Goes Nuclear

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 15

Last year, Bill Gates caused a stir by releasing mosquitoes into the audience at the TED conference. His aim: to bring to life the idea of malaria as a...

Introducing TED Fellow: Hugo van Vuuren

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 13

Hugo Van Vuuren graduated from Harvard, and is currently a fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Born and raised in South Africa, his work considers the...

Introducing TED Fellow: Ndubuisi Ekekwe

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 13

Ndubuisi Ekekwe holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees, including a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and an MBA from University of...

Introducing TED Fellow: Mitchell Joachim

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 13

A former architect at Gehry Partners, Mitchell Joachim works in ecological design and urbanism. He runs Terreform ONE, a New York-based non-profit design group which promotes green design in...

Introducing TED Fellow: Premesh Chandran

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 13

Premesh Chandran, 40, is a human rights activist and a writer who co-founded Malaysiakini.com, in 1999. Now the leading online publication in Malaysia, the site reaches over 300,000 readers per...

Introducing TED Fellow: Milena Boniolo

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 13

Milena Boniolo is a chemist and PhD student at the Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil. She is currently developing methods to detect emerging contaminants in the environment. How...

Introducing TED Fellow: Daniel Zoughbie

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 12

San Francisco native Daniel Zoughbie is the Founder, President and CEO of the Global Micro-Clinic Project, a U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to health care in the...

Jamie Oliver wins $100,000 TED Prize, calls for healthy food movement in schools

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 12

British chef Jamie Oliver was given the $100,000 TED Prize on Wednesday night, and you can now watch his impassioned plea for America (and the world) to embrace a healthy...

Sergey Brin on Google China at TED

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 12

Sergey Brin took the stage at TED this morning to answer one simple question, posed by curator Chris Anderson: what happened recently to Google in China? Brin, who kept his...

Introducing TED Fellow: Angelo Vermeulen

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 12

Angelo Vermeulen is a visual artist, filmmaker, biologist, author, activist, and DJ. In particular, his work incorporates elements from biology and sci-fi. He describes his recent project Biomodd as "a...

Introducing TED Fellow: Jennifer Indovina

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 12

With a background in management, marketing and engineering, Jennifer Indovina took the plunge to found her own company Tenrehte Technologies. The company designs and delivers Wi-Fi-enabled product platforms, hoping to...

Introducing TED Fellow: Gavin Sheppard

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 12

Gavin Sheppard is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Remix Project, an arts and cultural incubator working with at-risk youth in Toronto. 

Gavin is also a founding member of...

Introducing TED Fellow: Kellee Santiago

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 11

Kellee Santiago is president and co-founder of thatgamecompany, which landed a three game deal with Sony Computer Entertainment America to develop downloadable games for the Playstation Network. Her company's goal...

Introducing TED Fellow: Jessica Lee Green

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 11

Jessica Lee Green is assistant professor at the Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Oregon. At the talk she gave earlier this week, she outlined her...

Introducing TED Fellow: Benjamin P Gulak

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 11

Benjamin P Gulak is the chairman and founder of BPG Motors, even while he's still studying at MIT. The Canadian inventor and designer came up with the Uno, a vehicle...

Introducing TED Fellow: Cesar Harada

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 11

Cesar Harada is the coordinator of Open_Sailing, the open-source group developing the International Ocean Station. Having studied many different forms of design in many different areas of Europe, he is...

David Cameron at TED

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 11

British party politics took the stage at TED yesterday. Not in Long Beach, but in London, from where Conservative party leader David Cameron filmed a surprise segment. It was a...

Introducing TED Fellow: Saeed Taji Farouky

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 11

Saeed Taji Farouky is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer whose work focuses on issues of human rights and social justice. Born in the U.K. to Palestinian-Egyptian parents, he grew...

Introducing TED Fellow: Raffael Lomas

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 11

Israeli artist Raffael Lomas describes himself as a sculptor, but he's also a filmmaker, a photographer and a documentary maker. After the jump, check out the video he made as...

Thought experiments at TED

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 10

Perhaps it was the title of the track: Mindshift. But three of the speakers in the first session at TED all threw out a thought experiment at the gathered crowd....

Introducing TED Fellow: Susie Ibarra

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 10

New York City-based musician Susie Ibarra likes to defy stereotypes. As a composer and percussionist, she hails from the world of jazz, but has collaborated with numerous musicians from myriad...

Introducing TED Fellow: Sarah Jane Pell

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 10

Sarah Jane Pell describes herself as "an artist-researcher interested in new choreographies, technologies and philosophies related to human aquatic arts, and undersea habitation and occupation." As the Founder and Director...

Introducing TED Fellow: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 10

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy graduated from Smith College with a bachelor of arts in economics and government and then went on to complete two master’s degrees from Stanford...

Introducing TED Fellow: Robert Gupta

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 10

Robert Gupta made his solo violin debut in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He was eleven. Then, having received his master's degree from Yale, he joined the Los...

Introducing TED Fellow: Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 10

One day, Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi hopes to persuade the Nigerian government to invest in his aircraft manufacturing company. Abdullahi, who learned the rudiments of flying from the Internet, has spent...

Introducing TED Fellow: Perry Chen

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 10

Perry Chen
 is the co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter, an innovative online community site which allows people to offer goods and services in return for funding for a particular project....

Heroes and Villains at TED

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 09

The theme of this year's TED conference is "What The World Needs Now", and it's one that many of the speakers at this afternoon's "TED University" session took to heart....

Introducing TED Fellow: Durreen Shahnaz

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 09

Having begun her career working at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Durreen Shahnaz then moved to work at the World Bank in Washington. She then dabbled in the private sector, working...

Introducing TED Fellow: Manu Prakash

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 09

Having grown up in India, Manu Prakash studied computer science and engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, before heading to the United States and MIT, where he...

Introducing TED Fellow: Kate Nichols

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 09

Kate Nichols is a San Francisco-based painter who became fascinated with the concept of structural color—that is, "color that derives from a substance's geometric structure rather than its chemical composition."...

Introducing TED Fellow: Anita Doron

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 09

Filmmaker Anita Doron (pictured here on the set of one of her films, right) tells her own story rather more lyrically than I could. She was, she says, "born in...

Introducing the TED Fellows

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 09

Last year, Chris Anderson introduced a new lifeform to TED. The 25 so-called Fellows were young innovators from around the world, awarded the modern-day equivalent of Willie Wonka's golden ticket...

Calatrava Dances onto a New Stage

Posted by: Michael Arndt on February 02

Last May, Santiago Calatrava unveiled his revised plans for a train station at the site of the World Trade Center in New York. It won't be completed until 2012, if...

Advice—and a Pop Quiz—from Chef Charlie Trotter

Posted by: Michael Arndt on February 01

If celebrity chef Charlie Trotter loves anything as much as fine dining, it's parlor games. I got to crash a class trip to his flagship restaurant in Chicago by a...

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