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These 25 innovators joined the TED community in Long Beach, CA for TED2012: Full Spectrum.



Ayah Bdeir (Lebanon | US) - Engineer + artist
Lebanese artist, inventor and founder of littleBits, an open source system of pre-assembled circuits that snap together with magnets -- making learning about electronics fun, easy and creative.

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo (US) - Video sculptor
American video artist creating living video installation pieces of "miniature people" encased inside ordinary objects such as suitcases, blenders and more.

Laurel Braitman (US) - Science historian + writer
American historian and anthropologist of science studying the mental health of animals and what it means about humans. Her research, subject of her upcoming book Animal Madness, posits that animals suffer from mental illness too.

Asha de Vos (Sri Lanka) - Blue whale scientist
Sri Lankan cetologist, oceanographer, and Ph.D. student studying the unique and unusual population of non-migrating blue whales found only in the Northern Indian Ocean.

Zena el Khalil (Lebanon) - Artist + writer + cultural activist
Lebanese interdisciplinary artist building bridges through glitter, faith and compassion. A blogger and publisher, she is also the author of Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir.

Marc Fornes (France | US) - Computational architect
French computational architect experimenting with structure and form to produce wild, otherworldly forms for his objects, environments and buildings.

Gregory Gage (US) - DIY neuroscientist
DIY neuroscientist and co-founder of Backyard Brains, an organization teaching kids neuroscience through experiments with robotic control of ordinary cockroaches.

Jeffrey Gibson (US) - Artist
Contemporary Native American visual and installation artist whose abstract artworks dazzle with color and form.

E Roon Kang (Korea | US) - Graphic designer
Korean graphic designer and researcher, often employing computational techniques to his iconoclastic design works.

Michael Karnjanaprakorn (US) - Entrepreneurial educator
Co-founder of Skillshare, a community marketplace to learn anything from anyone, leading to the democratization of teaching.

Jimmy Lin (US) - Computational geneticist
Geneticist and founder of the Rare Genomics Institute, an organization that allows patients to crowdsource funds and genomes to accelerate research of their rare genetic diseases.

Christine Marie (US) - Shadow artist
American artist specializing in creating and directing immersive spectacles with large scale projected 3D shadows.

Lucy McRae (Australia | Netherlands) - Body architect
Australian Artist and "Body Architect," straddles the worlds of fashion, technology and the body to create unusual forms around the human body.

Oliver Medvedik (US) - Molecular biologist
Open source synthetic biologist and co-founder of Genspace, a first of its kind community biolab. He believes that synthetic biology and biotech education be made low-cost and accessible to all.

Jean-Baptiste Michel (France | Mauritius | US) - Cultural scientist
French Mauritian mathematician, biologist, and co-founder of Culturomics, using millions of books and terabytes of historical data to quantify the evolution of human culture.

Sanga Moses (Uganda) - Biochar innovator
Ugandan biochar inventor and entrepreneur making and selling clean cooking fuel from agricultural waste. He uses the proceeds to plant trees to combat deforestation.

Alex Odundo (Kenya) - Agricultural machinist
Kenyan agricultural machinist and inventor of the Sisal Decorticator, a machine turning raw sisal into fiber, and the Sisal Twiner, a machine turning the fiber into rope, which customers sell for income.

Damian Palin (Ireland | Singapore) - Bio-mineralogist
Irish research engineer currently based in Singapore developing a process which seeks to employ bacteria to biologically mine minerals out of the brine left over from the desalinization process.

Bre Pettis (US) - Maker
Inventor, maker, and founder of MakerBot Industries, a company producing the Thing-O-Matic, the first affordable 3D printer.

Sarah Parcak (US) - Space archaeologist
Archaeologist who uses high resolution and NASA satellite imagery to discover new archaeological sites and "long lost" cities in the pyramid fields, Nile Valley and Delta of Egypt, most of which remain undetected and unexavated.

Myshkin Ingawale (India) - Medical device innovator
Indian founder of BIosense Technologies, low-cost medical device company that has created a device that tests for anemia in pregnant women without drawing blood, using only light.

Carl Schoonover (US | France) - Neuroscience PhD student + writer
Neuroscience PhD student, researcher, author of the amazing illustrated book Portraits of the Mind, and co-founder of a writing forum for neuroscientists and writers.

Kyrsten Sinema (US) - Human rights activist
Arizona state senator, human rights activist, LGBT political leader, and political science PhD studying the Rwandan genocide.

Christina Warinner (US | Switzerland) - Archaeogeneticist
American archaeogeneticist studying the plaque on mummy’s teeth to determine how the human species evolved, including diet, diseases, environmental stressors and more.

Abigail Washburn (US | China) - Singer + banjo player + cultural activist
Singer, songwriter, clawhammer banjo player, and recording artist who tours the world performing in both English and Chinese. Preparing to study law and settle in Beijing, she left to sing and play.

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