Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Doors open at 4:15 PM
Sessions from 5:00 PM

Unicorn Theatre
147 Tooley Street
London, SE1 2HZ, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7645 0500
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TED Salon
Program Guide

Exploring Possibilities


For additional information and questions please contact Andrea Bebber

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If creativity is a collaborative exploration of possibilities, then it can be said that science, technology, and design are its enablers. TED, together with its partners frog and Intel, invite you to participate in the seventh TEDSalon in London, to hear stories of technology turning ideas into action, science expanding our understanding, design opening new directions, and even more possibilities. They will be shared by a dozen speakers. The TEDSalon will also be an opportunity to continue the conversation with other TEDsters, and to follow up on our recent TEDGlobal 2012.


Bruno Giussani, European director, TED


4:15 pm Doors Open

5:00—6:15 pm First Session

6:15—7:15 pm Networking Break (drinks & snacks)

7:15—8:45 pm Second Session

8:45—9:30 pm Drinks & Networking


First Session

Challenging Efficiency
E Roon Kang, Graphic designer

Beyond Jobs
Wingham Rowan, Policy entrepreneur

Writing a Constitution
Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Political scientist

Performance / Music
Sabina Rakcheyeva, Violinist

A New Way to Detect Pancreatic Cancer
Jack Andraka, Student

Why Bother Leaving The House?
Ben Saunders, Polar explorer

Second Session

The Truth in the Real-Time Web
Markham Nolan, Managing editor, Storyful

Hybrid Tomorrows
Parag Khanna, Global theorist

The Science and Art of Neuro-Enhancement
Molly Crockett, Neuroscientist

Tim Exile, Electromusician

Engineering Mosquitoes
Hadyn Parry, Biologist and CEO, Oxitec

The Metaphysical Chicken
Rachel Armstrong, Living architecture researcher


Jack Andraka

A New Way to Detect Pancreatic Cancer

Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka recently won the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair -- the world's largest high school science competition -- for his development of a new, cheap and accurate test for detecting pancreatic cancer. Poor screening is one reason for the low survival rate of pancreatic cancer patients. Andraka devised an ingenious method using carbon nanotubes.

Rachel Armstrong
Living architecture researcher

The Metaphysical Chicken

Rachel designs sustainable solutions using new technologies. She is a pioneer of synthetic biology - the rational engineering of living systems - and smart chemistry. Her research forces us to reevaluate how we think about cities, and raises questions about sustainable development and design. She is a TED Senior Fellow and the author of the TEDBook "Living Architecture".

Molly Crockett

The Science and Art of Neuro-Enhancement

Molly studies the neurobiology of morality, altruism, and economic decision making. She believes that understanding the brain can enable us to design environments that promote cooperation instead of selfishness. After studying at UCLA and Cambridge, she now collaborates with economists at the University of Zurich and neuroscientists at University College London.

Tim Exile


A producer and performer of electronic music, Tim trained as a classic violinist before beginning experimenting with electronics. He programs his own performance and improvisation tools, based on the Reaktor software, to expand on the live DJ format. Two years ago he toured North America with another TED performer adept at exploring the future of music: Imogen Heap. timexile.com

E Roon Kang
Graphic designer

Challenging Efficiency

Roon lives in New York, where he operates an interdisciplinary design studio, Math Practice. He studies, evaluates and criticizes complex systems and what he calls the "pointlessness of the pursuit of efficiency". He recently collaborated on designing MIT Media Lab's new algorithmic visual identity. His work has been exhibited in a wide range of venues, including MoMA. He is a TED Fellow.

Parag Khanna
Global theorist

Hybrid Tomorrows

In their TEDBook "Hybrid Reality", Parag and Ayesha Khanna explore human-technology co-evolution -- and how it could create new and unexpected lifestyles and social and political structures. Parag's writings, informed by constant travelling and field research (he's just returned from North Korea), challenge the standard wisdom about the globalized world.

Markham Nolan
Managing editor, Storyful

The Truth in the Real-Time Web

Markham calls himself a "literary mercenary", and his main responsibility is to sift through news and information to see what's true and what's not. In the era of the ubiquitous and immediate cell phone/twitter/youtube news, how do we verify and validate a piece of information arriving, say, from a region at war? As the managing editor of Storyful, that's a question he has to answer daily.

Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir
Political scientist

Writing a Constitution

An adjunct professor at the University of Iceland, Silja is a co-drafter of the country's new Constitution, which was written after Iceland experienced a dramatic financial meltdown in 2008. The process involved a committee of 25 people, and a constant suggestion-and-feedback loop with the population through online platforms. Her current research focuses on Icelandic security and foreign policy.

Hadyn Parry
Hadyn Parry, CEO, Oxitec

Engineering Mosquitoes

Hadyn's team at British biotech company Oxitec have developed technologies to tackle the mosquitoes that spread dengue fever and other diseases. The approach involves genetically modifying mosquitoes in order to make them effectively sterile. It is an application of GM techniques that has the opposite outcome of that adopted for GM crops, which seek instead to add advantages to the modified crop.

Sabina Rakcheyeva

Performance / Music

Born in Baku, at the crossroads of East and West, and based in London, Sabina is passionate about fusion of Eastern and Western music and has performed her improvisations on traditional Azerbaijani Mugham to critical acclaim. For other projects she has collaborated with dancers, poets, painters and architects. She was the first Azerbaijani to be accepted to New York's prestigious Juilliard School.

Wingham Rowan
Policy entrepreneur

Beyond Jobs

Wingham is the founder of social business Slivers-of-Time, which operates innovative online markets for micro-working, community micro-volunteering and timebanking. His books explore how new markets can create new economic opportunities and how this can be accelerated dramatically by public policy.

Ben Saunders
Polar explorer

Why Bother Leaving The House?

Ben is a record-breaking polar explorer. In 2004 he became the third in history to ski solo to the North Pole. No one has been able to repeat the journey since. A pioneer in one of the most demanding fields of human endeavour, he is currently preparing for a new ambitious expedition: 4 months, 1800 miles, retracing, with two colleagues, Captain Scott’s ill-fated return journey to the South Pole on foot.

TED is a global nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become much broader, to include the whole spectrum of human ingenuity and creativity. Along with two annual events -- the TED Conference in the US each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Europe each summer -- TED includes occasional TED Salons hosted by its executives, the award-winning TED.com video site (offering hundreds of free TEDtalks subtitled in dozens of languages), the TEDPrize, the TED Fellowship, channels on YouTube and iTunes, collaboration with television broadcasters, TED Conversations, TED Books, as well as hundreds of independent, community-organized TEDx events taking place all over the world.

frog works with the world’s leading companies, helping them to design, engineer, and bring to market meaningful products and services. With an interdisciplinary team of more than 1,000 designers, strategists, and software engineers, frog delivers connected experiences that span multiple technologies, platforms, and media. frog works across a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer electronics, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, automotive, media, entertainment, education, finance, retail, and fashion. Clients include Disney, GE, HP, Intel, Microsoft, MTV, Qualcomm, Siemens, and many other Fortune 500 brands. Founded in 1969, frog is headquartered in San Francisco, with locations in Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, Bangalore, Johannesburg, Kiev, Milan, Munich, New York, Seattle, Shanghai, and Vinnytsya. frog is a company of the Aricent Group, a global innovation and technology services firm.

Over the last decade, Intel has evolved from a company that largely serves the PC industry, to a company that increasingly provides the vital intelligence inside all things computing. In fact, one-third of Intel’s revenue is associated with products beyond the PC. Hardware and software products by Intel and subsidiaries such as McAfee power the majority of the world’s data centers, connect hundreds of millions of cellular handsets and help secure and protect computers, mobile devices and corporate and government IT systems. Intel technologies are also inside intelligent systems, such as in automobiles, automated factories and medical devices. Through these products and services, Intel aims to deliver engaging, consistent and secure experiences across all Internet-connected devices, whether in the home, car, office or pocket. To this end, the company applies its unique technology and manufacturing strengths, global reach and brand, along with its substantial ongoing investments in R&D and its extensive worldwide business ecosystem.