TED Speakers are the thought-leaders who have created great things through crowdsourcing and collaboration. At TED 2014, Skype enabled these individuals to co-create their next chapter in music, architecture, education etc.

Skype at TED2014

TED2014 - Frank Bell Meet Brooklyn musician Frank Bell as he prepares for TED 2014

Frank Bell is a gifted singer/songwriter carving out a career as a recording artist — but current music industry conditions make that a tough road. Get to know him and his music as he gears up to join musicians and TED luminaries like Amanda Palmer and Imogen Heap on a special TED2014 panel via Skype.
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TED2014 - Sugata and Friends Sugata and Friends: Reports From The Future Of Learning

TED prizewinner Sugata Mitra brings together a panel of educational innovators—and, via Skype, their students and teachers. They’ll discuss how technology is helping to rapidly democratize education, and will share their predictions for the future.
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TED2014 – Creative Crowdfunding Creative Crowdfunding: How The Crowd Can Help Artists Emerge and Thrive

In her quest to circumvent the business-as-usual obstacles of the music industry, Recording artist Amanda Palmer discovered a vital weapon: her fans. Join her and a gamut of creative professionals as they share ideas about how crowdsourcing and crowdfunding can help artists unleash new forms of creativity through re-negotiating the connections they share with their fans.
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TED2014 – Remotes Remotes: Working Where Few Dare To Travel

We’re rarely ever truly disconnected from anyone or anything anymore—so what is it like to live and work in some of the most remote locations imaginable? Join astronaut Chris Hadfield, explorer Ben Saunders, and a group of truly remote workers as they make sense of living in extraordinary locations and how it changes their perceptions of our place in the world.
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TED2014 - Revolution Revolution: The Role Of Social Media In Transforming Ideas And Movements

Filmmaker and activist Jehane Noujaim heads up a collection of revolutionaries from the front lines of Egypt and beyond. They’ll explore the role of social media and the increasingly fluid dissemination of ideas and insights in sparking and sustaining change in the world—and discuss how these new dynamics will affect the next chapter of activism.
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TED2014 - The New Finish Live The New Finish Line: Sports Move Forward

With each generation, our athletes get stronger, faster, and more reckless. What’s driving this trajectory, and where will it end? Sports Illustrated reporter David Epstein asks these questions to a mix of pro and Olympic-caliber athletes over Skype—and uncovers where the answers might lead.
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TED2014 - Magic Magic: Illusion and innovation

Does technology have limits? Perhaps not, when magic comes into play. Watch tech innovator and stage illusionist Marco Tempest perform a centuries-old trick via Skype, then reveal insights that link illusion and the nature of technology.
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TED2014 - Musician Frank Bell Musician Frank Bell at TED2014

Go behind the scenes with Brooklyn musician Frank Bell as he uses Skype to participate in a panel at TED2014 on crowdfunding, joining musician Amanda Palmer, writer Neil Gaiman and Kickstarter’s co-founder Yancey Strickler.
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Skype at TEDGlobal 2013

The Open Translation Project began with a grassroots spirit and the enthusiasm of people to share TED Talks with friends and relatives who didn’t speak English. Today, more than 10,000 translators are working together to translate TED Talks into 98 languages and counting. Skype bridged the gap between the translators and the TED Speakers to break communication barriers, both linguistically and geographically.

Watch the world explore a variety of topics from autonomous drones to internet culture with the TED Found in Translation Sessions:

TEDGlobal 2013 – June Cohen June Cohen

June Cohen is Executive Producer of TED Media. She focuses on how to extend TED in fresh directions, particularly those that help spread ideas such as the Open Translation Project. In this Found in Translation Session, June and a global panel of TED Translators explore what it means to connect with other translators…
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TEDGlobal 2013 – An Xiao Mina An Xiao Mina

An Xiao Mina is a writer, technologist and researcher who studies how internet culture and humor address political issues around the world. On the TEDGlobal 2013 stage, she shares with us what led her to an unusual specialty…
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TEDGlobal 2013 – Teddy Cruz Teddy Cruz

As urban areas have exploded, a dramatic stratification is taking place. While some parts of cities have become playgrounds for the privileged, others have become home to the poor and marginalized. Often these two very different ways of life exist in close proximity, says Teddy Cruz on the TEDGlobal 2013 stage…
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TEDGlobal 2013 – Hetain Patel Hetain Patel

In his compelling stage works, Hetain Patel uses powerful imagery and storytelling to examine questions of identity. As a child, Patel wanted to be Bruce Lee; later, he wanted to be more like his father, with a different kind of bravery. From this question, his new show Be Like Water examines shifting identities of all kinds…
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TEDGlobal 2013 – Pico Iyer Pico Iyer

In this Found in Translation Session, Pico leads a discussion on whether foreignness exists. He notes that with expanded technology, more interaction and increased mixing of languages, it’s getting more and more difficult to find a place that is truly foreign. But is the world growing homogeneously or is it in fact as full…
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TEDGlobal 2013 – Daniel Suarez Daniel Suarez

Technology thriller author, most recently of the book Kill Decision, Daniel Suarez took to the stage with this powerful call to action: “We need an international legal framework for robotic weapons, and we need it before there is a devastating attack or incident which causes nations to rush to adopt weapons…”
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TEDGlobal 2013 – Erik Hersman Erik Hersman

Erik Hersman nurtures the creativity springing from the African tech community, and helps spread its innovations throughout the world. As he says: “The constant bridging of worlds (African and American) started at such a young age that it has become embedded in my character. I find it easy to switch between cultures…”
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