We know that innovative ideas and fresh approaches to challenging problems can be discovered inside visionary businesses around the world. The TED Institute partners with a select number of these organizations to help surface and share these ideas. Talks from past TED Institute events have opened up new channels of communication and inspired innovation across each organization. Learn more about TED Institute.
Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Hannah Bürckstümmer shows us how they're made -- and how they could change the way we power the world.
As quantum computing matures, it's going to bring unimaginable increases in computational power along with it -- and the systems we use to protect our data (and our democratic processes) will become even more vulnerable. But there's still time to plan against the impending data apocalypse, says encryption expert Vikram Sharma. Learn more about how he's fighting quantum with quantum: designing security devices and programs that use the power of quantum physics to defend against the most sophisticated attacks.
No one thinks twice about a woman wearing blue jeans in New York City -- but when Nobel laureate Malala wears them, it's a political act. Around the globe, individuality can be a crime, and clothing can be a form of protest. In a talk about the power of what we wear, Kaustav Dey examines how fashion gives us a nonverbal language of dissent and encourages us to embrace our authentic selves.
Driving in Johannesburg one day, Tapiwa Chiwewe noticed an enormous cloud of air pollution hanging over the city. He was curious and concerned but not an environmental expert -- so he did some research and discovered that nearly 14 percent of all deaths worldwide in 2012 were caused by household and ambient air pollution. With this knowledge and an urge to do something about it, Chiwewe and his colleagues developed a platform that uncovers trends in pollution and helps city planners make better decisions. "Sometimes just one fresh perspective, one new skill set, can make the conditions right for something remarkable to happen," Chiwewe says. "But you need to be bold enough to try."
How deep into the Earth can we go and still find life? Marine microbiologist Karen Lloyd introduces us to deep-subsurface microbes: tiny organisms that live buried meters deep in ocean mud and have been on Earth since way before animals. Learn more about these mysterious microbes, which refuse to grow in the lab and seem to have a fundamentally different relationship with time and energy than we do.
We've heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and Vietnam -- and that protectionism is the best way forward. But those jobs haven't disappeared for the reasons you may think, says border and logistics specialist Augie Picado. He gives us a reality check about what global trade really looks like and how shared production and open borders help us make higher quality products at lower costs.
TED@Westpac Sydney 2017
With a bold vision of the future, TED@Westpac examined the exponential possibilities that come from embracing innovation, celebrating diversity, and opening ourselves up to new ways of thinking.
TED@IBM San Francisco 2017
The fourth edition of TED@IBM pushed and prodded by asking the question "Why not?" Technologists, artists, and entrepreneurs expanded our worldview in search of new solutions to some of the world's biggest challenges.
TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany 2017
The inaugural TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany event featured a diverse group of leaders from science, technology, academia and society from across Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany community who have been at the forefront of breakthroughs and innovation.
TED@Tommy Amsterdam 2017
For the inaugural TED@Tommy event in Amsterdam, Tommy Hilfiger and the TED Institute partnered to unearth bold ideas around the theme "The courage to...". Exploring ideas around fashion, technology, parenting and more, speakers addressed a broad range of topics important to the fashion industry and beyond.
TED@BCG Milan 2017
In its fifth year, TED@BCG Milan took on the theme of "Break the Mold" by embracing new thinking, expanding their worldview on technology and global business with humanity at the center of each moment.
TED@UPS Atlanta 2017
Since 2015, TED has partnered with UPS to bring global experts on the forefront of innovation in business, logistics, design, and technology to the stage. TED@UPS — held on July 20, 2017, at SCADShow in Atlanta, Georgia — speakers and performers showed how daring human imagination can solve some of our most difficult problems.
TED@IBM San Francisco 2016
TED@IBM San Francisco explored ingenuity as a driving force in dreaming up solutions to our most pressing problems. Ignited by a simple spark, speakers shared how inspiration demands action if we are to reach our greatest potential.
TED@UPS Atlanta 2016
TED@UPS Atlanta unlocked the opportunities of the question “What if?” Daring to engage with the boundless future, speakers explored innovations in language, trade and technology to imagine a future full of possibilities for all.
TED@BCG Paris 2016
TED@BCG Paris embraced the concept of continuous change. To manage the growing complexities of this new normal, speakers sought inspiration from history and biology to describe creative, imaginative, unexpected ways ahead.
TED@StateStreet Boston 2015
TED@StateStreet Boston showcased the power of collaboration in the never-ending challenge to build a better world.
TED@IBM San Francisco 2015
TED@IBM San Francisco brought to light the often-overlooked. Examining social structures and sustainable approaches, TED@IBM explored the necessity of invention to build a better world.
TED@UPS Atlanta 2015
TED@UPS Atlanta put a spotlight on ideas, projects and insights that bolster the far-reaching consequences of advancing forward through obstacles.
TED@BCG London 2015
TED@BCG London brought together leaders from business, academic and civil society to stake out the forefront of change and transformation, and led us through the pursuit of growing onward and upward.
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