TED Names Fellows and Senior Fellows for 2013
TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, announced the newest class of 21 new TED Fellows and 12 TED Senior Fellows. This diverse group of innovators, representing 18 countries and multiple disciplines, will join the global TED community at TED2013 in Long Beach, CA, to catapult their work to the international stage.
The TED2013 Fellows and Senior Fellows include an electrical engineer who created a macroscopic invisibility cloak for visible light; a sound artist and composer who strives to reclaim ownership of sound; and a medical device innovator whose company tests for anemia in pregnant women using light, without drawing blood.
Now in its fourth year, the TED Fellows program hand-picks courageous, accomplished young innovators from around the world to raise international awareness of their work, which ranges widely from open science to new media art to social entrepreneurship. By bringing Fellows to the TED stage. The program helps amplify the impact of their initiatives and supports their quest to affect the world in the most positive way. To date, the program has honored more than 300 Fellows from more than 75 countries from thousands of applications around the world.
"The TED Fellows program has given an international stage to people and to stories we might never have otherwise heard," said Tom Rielly, director of the program. "For example, Max Little created technology that detects Parkinson's disease through audio tests on ordinary phone calls. He used the platform offered by TEDGlobal to grow his sample database against which he compares voice samples from zero to 17,000 in half the time expected. Whether it is a medical device innovator, a data visualization scientist redefining their field or an astrobiologist studying exoplanets, being part of TED offers Fellows a groundswell of support for their world-changing work."
The program seeks individuals aged 21 to 45 (though anyone over 18 is eligible) who show remarkable achievement in their fields of endeavor. It targets applicants from Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, but welcomes candidates from anywhere.
About the TED Fellows program
The TED Fellows program hand-picks courageous, accomplished young innovators from around the world to raise international awareness of their work. Among many diverse accomplishments, TED Fellows have developed a technology to detect Parkinson's disease through phone calls, used bacteria to "grow" their own clothing and launched an app that helps people around the world crowdsource crisis information.
Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program offers full participation in the TED2013 conference, a three-day pre-conference of workshops and activities, ongoing professional coaching and mentoring through the SupporTED program and active participation in the TED community through the Fellows network, TED Fellows blog and TEDx events. The program is made possible by the visionary support of the Bezos family, the Harnisch Foundation, the Dhanam Foundation, the Arcus Foundation and numerous private donors.
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, and their talks are then made available for 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 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.