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This event occurred on
July 28, 2009
2:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Boston, Massachusetts
United States

At the inaugural TEDxBoston event, we were inspired by ideas that are shaping the future of industries as diverse as education, energy, and elder care. We saw provocative demos of prototypes that will change the way we commute, care for those in need, and clean the air. We were amazed by products that diagnose diseases and pill caps that remind us to take our meds. We learned how reverse-mentorship and ArtScience culture labs are engaging the next generation of innovators who are reinventing how we work, eat, and have fun.

Other highlights included live music, local fare, and our favorites from the TED video archives. We learned how El Sistema USA, winner of the 2009 TED Prize, was beginning to flourish in Boston. And, we were treated to a remarkable finale with Benjamin Zander conducting the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in a breathtaking rendition of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

245 Summer Street
245 Summer Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02109
United States
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Organizing team


Boston, MA, United States
  • Danielle D. Duplin
  • Matt Saiia