As most of you (should) know, TED 2009 is happening this week at Long Beach. I am absolutely loving that I have all the free time in the world to be following the minute by minute coverage and since I know not everyone has the luxury to sit around and follow TED all day, I thought I would share some of the highlights and the best coverage with you in case you have a spare minute or hour to check in yourself.
The First Video Posted!
On Wednesday, Bill Gates gave a fantastic presentation in which he offered two potential answers to the following two important questions:
How do we stop a deadly disease that's spread by mosquitoes?
- How do you make a teacher great?
... and yes, he does release a jar of mosquitoes into the crowd!
Announcing the TED Fellows
Wednesday was also the announcement of the TED Fellows program, which "is designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage." They are looking for 50 remarkable individuals who have done remarkable things to attend one of the TED conferences, all expenses paid. If you are amazing (which I'm sure you are), I encourage you to please check out the program.
TED Prize Wishes Unveiled
Then last night, the TED Prize was given out to three incredible individuals. What is the TED Prize?
"The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, they unveil their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact."
While their videos aren't posted yet, the winners and their wishes are below. You can also hear more about the needs, the plan or the individual or you can offer help by clicking on their names below.
Sylvia Earle: “I wish you would use all means at your disposal -- films! expeditions! the web! more! -- to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.”
Jill Tarter: “I wish that you would empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic company.”
- Jose Abreu: “I wish you would help create and document a special training program for at least 50 gifted young musicians, passionate for their art and for social justice, and dedicated to developing El Sistema in the US and in other countries.”
Although there are only two days left in the conference, there is sure to be many more incredible things to come and you check out some of the below links for some great coverage:
Start at the TED 2009: The Great Unveiling home page for live coverage.
Loic Le Meur has some great interviews with Tim O'Reilly, Seth Godin and more.
- You can get second-by-second coverage on the TED Tweet Grid or if the TweetGrid is too much for you, my favourite Twitter reporters have been:
And if you'd like to check out some past TED talks, check out my old Top 10 favourites (this list will be updated VERY soon!) or go on to the TED website yourself for an archive of 378 videos, which is also updated with a new video daily.