Salvatore Iaconesi:
What happened when I open-sourced my brain cancer

TEDMED 2013 · 10:52 · Filmed Jun 2013
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When artist Salvatore Iaconesi was diagnosed with brain cancer, he refused to be a passive patient — which, he points out, means "one who waits." So he hacked his brain scans, posted them online, and invited a global community to pitch in on a "cure." This sometimes meant medical advice, and it sometimes meant art, music, emotional support — from more than half a million people.

Open-source engineer and artist
An artist, hacker and interaction designer, Salvatore Iaconesi embarked on a bold open-source project in 2012. Subject: his own brain cancer Full bio
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