TEDGlobal 2013 Kicks Off – Asks People to “Think Again”

Over 900 participants arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland for four-day program featuring 79 talks, performances, and innovative demonstrations

TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, kicked off its annual TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference, themed “Think Again,” is one of the organization’s two annual events (the other takes place in North America). It features innovators, global leaders, artists and scientists from around the globe who take the stage for talks, performances, and demonstrations.

“Every year TEDGlobal ignites an exciting conversation about the issues that matter most in the world,” says TED’s European Director Bruno Giussani. “This year’s theme reflects the fact that some radical rethinking is needed right now. We really want people to reexamine critical policy, social and economic issues, and to be aware of scientific advances and technologies that are changing the way we work and interact.”

The TEDGlobal 2013 conference will host 900 attendees from 62 countries at the Edinburgh International Conference Center. Scientists, inventors, policy leaders, entrepreneurs and artists will deliver more than 70 main-stage talks and performances – as well as more than a dozen TED University talks given by attendees themselves.

Speakers will cover a wide, eclectic spectrum of topics, including the aftermath of the financial crisis, spinal cord treatment breakthroughs, cities of the future, drones, poetry, the neuroscience of sleep, and the rise of Africa. At the conference, a number of innovative technologies will also be unveiled for the first time.

TEDGlobal 2013 Speakers and Performers Include:

Session 1: Moments of Truth

John Kenny, Carnyx player
George Papandreou, Former Prime Minister of Greece
Steve Howard, Corporate innovator
George Monbiot, Author and campaigner
Manal Al-Sharif, Women’s rights activist
Tariq Harb, Classic guitar virtuoso
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Public policy thinker

Session 2: Those Flying Things

Raffaello D’Andrea, Autonomous systems visionary
Lian Pin Koh, Drones ecologist
Andreas Raptopoulos, Airborne logistics activist
Daniel Suarez, Sci-fi author
Elizaveta, Musical alchemist
Greg Asner, Airborne ecologist

Session 3: Exquisite Enigmatic Us

Hetain Patel, Visual artist
Russell Foster, Circadian neuroscientist
Elizabeth Loftus, False memories scholar
Sandra Aamodt, Neuroscientist and science writer
Kelly McGonigal, Science-help psychologist
Natasha Bedingfield, Singer, songwriter

Session 4: Money Talks

Chrystia Freeland, Plutocracy chronicler
Annette Heuser, Rating agency reformer
Toby Eccles, Social investment visionary
Didier Sornette, Risk economist
Apollo Robbins, Gentleman thief
Mariana Mazzucato, Innovation economist

Session 5: Listening to Nature

Bernie Krause, Natural sounds legend
Marla Spivak, Bees scholar
Sonia Shah, Science writer
Greg Gage, Neuroscientist
Yaron Herman, Jazz pianist
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Neuroscientist
Carin Bondar, Wild sex biologist

Session 6: World on Its Head

Nassim Assefi, Doctor, novelist, Guest Host
Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Creativity Officer, Guest Host
Teddy Cruz, Architect and urbanist
Holly Morris, Explorer and filmmaker
Juan Pardinas,Economic policy innovator
Trita Parsi, Historian
Dina El Wedidi, Singer
Tania Bruguera, Performance artist
Lesley Hazleton, Accidental theologist
May El-Khalil, Founder of the Beirut Marathon

Session 7: Regeneration

Molly Stevens, Biomaterials researcher
Siddharthan Chandran, Regenerative neurologist
Gregoire Courtine, Spinal cord researcher
Mark Kendall, Biomedical engineer
Fabian Oefner, Photographer
Le Trio Joubran, Oud trio

Session 8: State of the Nations

Renata Salecl, Democracy thinker
Eric X. Li, Investor and political scientist
Shereen El Feki, Arab sexuality expert
Johan Rockstrom, Sustainability expert
Lissie, Singer and songwriter
Benjamin Barber, Political theorist

Session 9: Forces of Change

Adrian Hong, Advisor, strategist, Guest Host
Erik Hersman, Blogger, technologist, Guest Host
Dambisa Moyo, Global economist
Charles Robertson, Emerging-markets economist
Toby Shapshak, Technology writer
Just a Band, Funk band
Mustafa Abushagur, Former Prime Minister-Elect of Libya
Joseph Kim, North Korean refugee

Session 10: Imagined Beauty

Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Cloudspotter
Uri Alon, Systems biologist
Arthur Benjamin, Mathemagician
Alexa Meade, Visual artist
Stephen Burt, Poetry critic
Andras Forgacs, Bioprinting entrepreneur
Pico Iyer, Global author
Jamie Cullum, Jazz-pop singer

Session 11: Tech Impact

An Xiao Mina, Creative technologist
Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi inventor
Anant Agarwal, Education innovator
Abha Dawesar, Novelist
Tim Exile, Electromusician
Alessandro Acquisti, Privacy economist

Session 12: All Together Now

Michael Sandel, Political philosopher
Charmian Gooch, Anti-corruption activist
Michael Porter, Business strategist
RuthAnne, Singer and songwriter
Salvatore Iaconesi, Open-source engineer and artist
Br. David Steindl-Rast, Monk

Throughout the conference, TED’s award-winning video team will begin editing talks to share with the world for free on TED.com, where videos have already well surpassed a billion views. Talks from the TEDGlobal 2013 conference will begin to appear on TED.com during the conference and throughout the coming year.

Learn More: http://blog.ted.com/

A number of innovative brands and companies have partnered with TED to share ideas and foster an atmosphere of collaboration and conversation at TEDGlobal 2013. This year’s partners include ABB, ARUP, Autodesk, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Deutsche Telekom, Fondation Lombard Odier, frog, Getty Images, Intel, InterContinental Hotels Group, Knight Foundation, Novartis, O2, PR Newswire, Renault Nissan, Shell, Skype, State Street, Steelcase, and Walmart.

Under the TEDLive membership, the conference will be streamed live to paid members around the globe. TEDGlobal will also be webcast to more than 135 independently organized TEDx events worldwide.

Learn More: http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2013/

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place next spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.