TEDxLive is a new initiative to encourage communities around the world to organize events around the live webcast of an official TED Conference. A TEDxLive license is given to those approved to host simulcast events around offical TED conference webcasts. This year, TED makes webcast of the entire second day of TED2011 (Wednesday, March 2) available to TEDx organizers for free.
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Previous speakers include Bill Clinton, former US President; Steve Jobs, co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.; Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister; Al Gore, former US Vice President who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 and Larry Page, co-founder of Google.
For 2011, TED has assembled a cast of characters capable of stirring the imagination as never before. Explorers, storytellers, photographers, scientific pioneers, visionaries and provocateurs from all parts of the globe.
The speakers are as follow; Antonio Damasio (Neuroscientist), Deb Roy (Cognitive scientist), Maya Beiser (Cellist), Felisa Wolfe-Simon (Geobiochemist), Aaron O’Connell (Physicist), Julie Taymor (Director/Designer), Morgan Spurlock (Filmmaker), Bill Ford (Executive chair, Ford Motor Co.), Terrence McArdle + Ben Newhouse (Inventors), Indra Nooyi (Chair+CEO, PepsiCo), Bill Gates (Philanthropist), David Christian (Historian), Amina Az-Zubair (Development worker), Bruce Aylward (Epidemiologist), Salman Khan (Educator), Edith Widder (Deep-sea explorer), JR (Street artist), Jamie Oliver (Chef/Activist), and Antony (Musician/Visual Artist)
My favorite speakers are Felisa Wolfe-Simon (Geobiochemist) who studies about the sequence of events that shaped the evolution of the modern oceans’ phytoplankton and life itself, Edith Widder (Deep-sea explorer) who helps design and invent new submersible instruments and equipment to study bioluminescence and enable unobtrusive observation of deep-sea environments, and JR (Street artist) who works anonymously, exhibiting his giant images which you may have come across one of his works.