Hans is Professor of Global Health at Stockholm’s
Karolinska Institute and Director of the Gapminder
His current work focuses on dispelling common
myths about the so-called developing world, which
(he points out) is no longer worlds away from the
West. In fact, most of the third world is on the same
trajectory when it comes to health and prosperity.
Han’s presentations are grounded in solid statistics
(often drawn from United Nations data), illustrated by
the remarkable visualization software he developed.
The animations transform development statistics into
moving bubbles and flowing curves that make global
trends clear, intuitive and even playful.
It’s no wonder then that Hans Rosling’s talk at TED.
com is one of the most popular TEDTalks of all times.
Professor Kristina Höök is head of the successful
Mobile Life Centre in Kista. The centre is a close collaboration
with world-class researchers at Microsoft
Research, Nokia, Ericsson, TeliaSonera and Sony
Ericsson with the aim of developing the mobile interaction
of the future.
Professor Kristina Höök was chosen by the Strategic
Research Foundation as one of the future research
leaders of Sweden. She is a member of the Royal Society
of Engineering Sciences (IVA), has won prizes
for her research, and is listed as one of the most influential
women in the field of IT in Sweden.
Alexander is one of Sweden’s most famous designers
and has received considerable national and international
attention for his work. Alexander Lervik Design
is first and foremost dedicated to product design
and interior design. His designs vary from furniture,
textiles, glass and industrial design to the interior
design of restaurants, nightclubs (Sturecompagniet,
Whiteroom, Flustret, Push and V) and boutiques (NK
Shoe department and Rizzo).
Brighthandle, the door handle that communicates by
using a coloured light, is probably one of his bestloved
products. His ‘Rib’ Chair was awarded “Best
of the Best” in the 100% design fair in Rotterdam
2009, and was voted ‘Best in Show’ at the Stockholm
TEDxTAlk: 3DP – Illegal downloading of furniture!
Lervik’s theory about the new 3D print technology
is that it takes over the production of the furniture
business. Designers and producers find themselves
in the same dilemma as the music industry is facing
today – an illegal downloading of products.
Johan is a scientist at the forefront when it comes
to the challenges and solutions of attaining global
sustainability. He is Associate Professor in Natural
Resources Management at Stockholm University and
heads two well-recognized international research organizations:
the Stockholm Environment Institute and
the newly established Stockholm Resilience Centre.
He is a world authority on global water resources
and development and deeply involved in the role of
innovation in ecosystem management as a window
for poverty alleviation in the world.
Glimpse started out as a mobile digital photo studio
equipped with a mixture of sculptural and inspiring
outfits and a sound system with the sole purpose of
From the very beginning, the aim was to create an
interactive space for experiences where the cameras
act as catalysts and where the visitor becomes an
active part of the creative process.
Since 2003, Glimpse has participated in festivals and
exhibited its work in museums and gallery spaces.
While experimenting in the fields of photography, video
and installation art, Glimpse has always remained
faithful to three principles:
Interactivity: The visitor participates actively in the
Recycling: Most of the props, clothes, images and
films used in the process of creating new material are
what most of us consider to be ”trash”. (Wikipedia
definition: unwanted or undesired waste material.)
Playfulness: Approaching the creative process in a
relaxed and spontaneous way, leaving space for experimentation
in the present moment.
Glimpse is made up of Malou Bergman, Mattias Larson,
Alvaro Campo and Nadja Ekman.
Bruno Giussani is the European director of the TED
Conferences and the curator of TEDGlobal. As a
member of TED’s senior team, he participates in the
definition of TED’s strategy and in the management of
its activities. He is also a writer – his articles have appeared
in many media including the New York Times
and the Economist – and an entrepreneur who has
co-founded three Internet companies. He is based in
Petra Wadström was brought up in a creative environment.
At school, she studied science and then went
on to become a technical research assistant at the
Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. She also worked
in Basel, Switzerland, with Professor Arber, who later
became a Nobel Prize winner for DNA sequencing.
Petra continued her microbiological research and
also found time to study at art school for a few years.
Petra’s creative and curious mind has created art
exhibitions that have inspired people in Sweden and
Australia. And her drive to invent and find practical
solutions to problems has resulted in many products,
the latest of which is the prize-winning SOLVATTEN
(a water cleaning system for households).
She hopes that her creativity and innovation will inspire
others to find new solutions for the good of
Architect and designer Anders Wilhelmson is the
founder of Peepoople and is regarded as one of
Sweden’s most visionary intellectuals, advocating
progressive and thought-provoking views on urban
living and social issues.
Wilhelmson is a man who acts as big as he thinks. He
was recently commissioned to move an entire city in
the extreme north of Sweden. Now he has decided to
take on a no less daunting task – the growing sanitary
problems of an ever greater part of the world’s population
living in slums and shanty towns.
Wilhelmson’s idea is to wrap up this problem in a
bio-degradable, self-sanitising and odour-free bag,
affordable even to the very poorest. A solution that is
much simpler, easier and cost-effective, and can be
implemented more rapidly than the infrastructural investments
dependent on complex institutional change
that until now have dominated the policy agenda. A
solution with the power to provide 2.6 billion people
with their own toilet. But the benefits of Wilhelmson’s
innovation don’t stop there. It also means more dignity,
self-esteem and status for the individual. And after
use, the bag can be used as fertilizer. In this way, the
perspective shifts from a gigantic problem to a valuable
social and economic resource.
Listen to how all this is within reach today.
How to provide toilets for the 2.6 billion people who
need them. Every 15 seconds a child dies due to
poor sanitation. This makes it one of the biggest challenges
facing our planet. But thanks to a simple innovation,
there might be a solution. Listen to Anders
Wilhelmson’s vision about how to bring better sanitation
to billions of people at minimal cost.
Martin Forsling is an entrepreneurial company builder
in the technology, media and entertainment industries.
He co-founded – and as CEO, profitably grew – the
Swedish e-business Axon IT from scratch to 140 employees.
Martin was also on the board of the French
listed company Valtech SA as it grew from 300 to
1000 employees and he has been on the board of
10+ start-ups in the fields of technology, media and
Martin has been a leader his whole career, with a focus
on networking, setting up new operations, building
teams and coaching them for growth.
He has a true interest in developing user-friendly technology,
and his main experience comes from mobile,
gaming and Internet end user services. He holds an
MBA from the London Business School and a Masters
in Computer Science from the Royal Institute of
Technology in Stockholm.
Augmented Reality: Ghost in the machine
New technology gives us visions about the future, but
it often takes many years until these ideas provide us
with useful everyday products and services. In this
speech, Martin proposes that the long awaited augmented
reality is no longer science fiction, but will deliver
what it promises. This is exemplified by a current
project in the world of computer gaming.
Christina Öhman manages the strategic development
and innovation at the Interactive Institute, and has
over 20 years’ experience in design and innovation
covering a range of sectors including architecture,
design, IT, usability, communication and marketing.
In 2002, Christina joined the Interactive Institute and
has since continued to focus her efforts on developing
new design and strategic opportunities within
applied research as a Studio Director charged with
establishing and running the Power Studio. She has
successfully developed her area over a four-year period,
achieving internationally recognized results in
design, energy and IT.
She was the head manager for the ground breaking
Static! project which aimed at exploring new ways
of supporting energy awareness and behavioural
changes by design. She is internationally recognized
in this area with several official assignments for companies
and organizations such as the Swedish Energy
Agency, Accenture, NCC, Ericsson, the Swedish
Institute and the Swedish Knowledge Foundation.
Key words: Sustainable design, sustainable development,
environmental communication, service design
and energy awareness.
is about to hand in a PhD thesis on verifiable electronic
voting, has two previous degrees in information
technology and runs the independent Swedish publishing
house Recito with a view to change the world.
Verifiable elections: electronic voting done
So far electronic voting equipment has given us little
more than a headache but David Bismark presents
research into verifiable elections that will give the voter
the power to check that her vote has been counted
and that the final tally is correct. Imagine knowing for
sure your vote counted. Imagine having something
close to mathematical proof that the final tally in Afghanistan,
Iran and the USA reflects the will of the
Edna Eriksson works as a consultant in the areas of
diversity, gender, human rights and equality. She has
worked for the Swedish government at the Ministry of
Labour and at the Ministry of Culture. She was also
a member of the Swedish board All Different – All
Equal. Today she is a member of the board against
discrimination, a new governmental agency.
Edna also has a journalist background and has been
active in several non-governmental organizations.
She likes music and was once a professional disc
Diversity 2.0 – What you see is NOT what you get
has turned the accepted conditions and past norms
of drum playing up-side-down. He is fascinated by
the melodic function of solo fiddle performers of
Swedish folk music, and this forms the basis for his
playing. His goal is not to play something that fits in
with folk music, but rather to play something that undoubtedly
IS folk music. He achieves this by studying
solo fiddle players and applying every minute detail to
his percussion playing.
An important question within his work is how central
aspects of melody, such as hierarchical form
and phrasing, melodic contour, ornamentation, etc.
can be represented percussion playing on a drum
kit where precise pitch transitions are not possible.
Other important questions concern how to capture
the rhythmic and metrical flexibility and ambiguity of
Swedish traditional fiddle music on an instrument in
which the rhythmic expression is precise and explicit.
In his work, Petter explores the artistic possibilities
in this translation based on the idea that this is really
solo percussion music.
Learn more at www.rhythmofsweden.com.