Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The "D" in TED is "Design"

The TED conference, taking place February 9-13, 2010, is arguably the most famous, important, and amazing conference in the world.

All of the attendees at the TED conference are famous enough that they would be keynoters at any other conference. While listening to any given presentation the person in the seat next to you might be Bill Gates, comedian Sara Silverman, or author J.K. Rowling. The attendees as well as the presenters are some of the brightest, most powerful, and most productive people in the world. Many are billionaires and arrive at the conference in their own private jets. Some fly the jets themselves. Some designed the jets.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Designers presenting at this years TED conference include game designer, Jane McGonigal; interface designer, John Underkoffler; designer/illustrator, Marian Bantjes; architect, David Rockwell; web artist, Ze Frank, and others.

For those not famous enough to make the guest list or who can't afford the $6000 registration fee, the sessions are available for free online in high quality video. Click on the heading above to go to the TED conference online.

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