TED Vancouver Talent Search: Thursday, May 31

photo: TED.com

This spring and summer TED, the nonprofit dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading is holding special salons in 14 cities on six continents seeking to uncover new talents, voices and ideas the world needs to hear. Speakers for the 2013 TED conference will be selected from these Talent Search events. TED will hold the only Talent Search event in Canada in Vancouver on May 31st at the Roundhouse. 15 speakers will take the stage and give the talk of their lives in the hopes of making it to the TED mainstage in Long Beach California next winter.

Thursday, May 31st from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Session 1: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Session 2: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
  • Reception: 8:00 PM

Where: Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

photo: TED2012/flickr

TED Vancouver Talent Search Speakers:

Zoran Popovic – Professor and Director of Center for Game Science at University of Washington, and founder of Foldit, a gamewhich turns protein folding into a competitive sport.

Michael Green – Local Vancouver wood architect, who unveiled a tall wood tower for Vancouver along with an instruction manual for building wooden skyscrapers.

Shailja Patel – Internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwright, and activist.

Anica John – Senior Counsel at Bloom Energy, which is changing the way the world generates and consumes energy.

Hussein Fazal – CEO and co-founder at AdParlor, which studies why people click on certain pictures and the psychology behind clickthroughs.

Carin Bonda – Science writer, blogger, and filmmaker. Her work has appeared in print, radio, television and online at Discovery world HD, Discovery Canada, Shaw TV, City TV, National Geographic Wild, Jezebel, Forbes, The Guardian, The Daily Beast and more.

Paul Freedman – Has been designing, innovating, transporting (by bike), breaking, fixing, and customizing bike music systems and Pedal Powered Stage gear since 2002.

Kevin Scott – Owner and creative director at the interdisciplinary creative production studio, Röllerhaus Pictureworks & Design Co. He believes the future of cities have a lot to learn from mashupartists.

Logan Kugler – Entrepreneur and author, who has written for publications such as Advertising Age, BMW Magazine, Men’s Journal, PC World, and Success Magazine. His latest work is focused on breaking through the human race’s greatest barrier: Space.

Majede Najar – 16-year-old Iranian-Canadian student who will share her personal story on what it’s like to wear a hijab in Canada.

Firdaus Dhabhar – Professor of psychiatry and member of the Immunology Institute and Cancer Institute at Stanford University, whose laboratory works on the hard science of the mind-body connection. His latest work is on how the “good” side of stress biology should be better recognized and harnessed both in the personal setting and in clinical situations involving vaccination, surgery, and sometypes of cancer therapy.

FS Michaels – Author of Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything which won the 2011 NCTE George Orwell Award for outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse, and was named one of The Atlantic’s top 11 philosophy/psychology books of 2011.

Rupinder Bains – Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last year he is on a mission to put a face to the illness.

Cliff Schmidt – Founder and executive director of Literacy Bridge, a nonprofit organization that develops and deploys TalkingBook programs: the world’s first audio computer designed specifically for people without literacy skills living in some of the world’s poorest and hardest to reach communities.

Andrew Evans – He is a magician who is passionate about the combination of magic, wonder, and design. Currently a student at Stanford University’s Design Program.

Dave Montgomery – Geologist who won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 for his work on the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. His latest research looks at the relationship between science and religion, through a geologist’s lens.

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