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Inspired by the world around them—from nature to tech, to fine art and big data—our speakers believe in the power of design. They are deeply passionate about making everything we touch beautiful and functional, and—above all—life-changing.

 
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John Maeda

Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, educator, and investor whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked...

Neri Oxman

MIT Professor at the Crossroads of Art, Science, and Technology

Neri Oxman combines breakthroughs in materials science (such as 3D printing) with design principles found in nature. Imagine a skyscraper made with concrete that can breathe and grow and “think,” or a...

David Butler

Co-Author of Design to Grow | Former VP, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Coca-Cola | Chief Growth Officer at Kids II

David Butler first joined Coca-Cola to revolutionize the company’s approach to design—not just how things look, but a holistic, systems-based approach to create growth across the business, through des...

Skylar Tibbits

TED Fellow | Speaker on 4D Printing | Author of Self-Assembly Lab

Skylar Tibbits is on the cutting edge of 4D technology. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, the future of how we make things is being mapped out—and the implications are enormous. Imagine, as just one ex...

Candy Chang

Urban Space Artist Behind the "Before I Die" Walls

World-renowned artist and urban designer Candy Chang engages communities to share everything from their greatest hopes to their deepest anxieties in public. The Atlantic calls her artwork Before I Die...

Tom Wujec

World Renowned Expert on Innovation, Chief Disruptor at Autodesk

New disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To renowned innovator Tom Wujec, this massive revolution to the model of process isn’t...

Sarah Prevette

Innovation Speaker, Founder of Future Design School

“Fall in love with the problem you’re solving—not the solution,” says entrepreneur Sarah Prevette. The founder of Sprouter and BetaKit and co-star of Quit Your Day Job, a new reality show about entrep...

Dr. Helen Papagiannis

Augmented Reality Speaker and Author of Augmented Human

Dr. Helen Papagiannis is a world-leading expert in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). The author of Augmented Human (forthcoming this summer)—the first non-technical, accessible book on AR—she revea...

Jer Thorp

Data Artist | Former NYT Data Artist in Residence

When Twitter, Microsoft, and Facebook need an expert to analyze their data, who do they turn to? The answer is Jer Thorp—the most respected Data Artist in America (what he does goes far beyond analysi...

John Underkoffler

Digital Interface Designer Who Worked on "Minority Report" and "Iron Man"

John Underkoffler is a designer whose present-day work is shaping the way our future will look. A digital interface expert whose inventions bridge the gap between Hollywood fantasy and real-world inno...

Jay Shuster

Production Designer at Pixar Animation Studios

Jay Shuster has worked on some of the world’s most beloved films, including Cars, WALLE, and two of the Star Wars movies. On stage, Shuster shares his journey from childhood obsession with planes, tr...

Jessica Green

TED Senior Fellow | Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder of Phylagen

How can we create sustainable cities and healthier buildings—including classrooms, hospitals, offices, and homes—by studying microbes? TED Senior Fellow Jessica Green explains how in visually rich tal...

Roger Martin

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School

A champion of innovation, cross-disciplinary study, and learning-by-doing, Roger Martin is one of the most respected business minds in the world today. A highly regarded author (his newest is Getting ...

Catarina Mota

TEDGlobal Fellow, Maker, and Open Source Advocate

TEDGlobal Fellow Catarina Mota is a maker and open-source advocate and the co-founder of Open Materials. She encourages the making of things using smart materials: ink that conducts electricity; a win...

Mitchell Joachim

TED Fellow and Urban Designer

Architect and designer Mitchell Joachim tackles the urban issues redefining our built environments and cities: his work boldly reassesses the way humans live together in the 21st Century. In mind-bend...

Natalie Jeremijenko

One of America's Brightest Young Innovators

One of America’s brightest digital pioneers, Natalie Jeremijenko has been named one of the Top 100 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review, and one of the Top 40 most influential designers by I....

Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder of Apple Computers

Considered by most to be the real “brains” behind Apple, Steve Wozniak is not just a first class engineer with three decades of world-famous credentials, he’s also a really nice guy. Personally invest...

Kavita Shukla

Founder & CEO of Fenugreen

Kavita Shukla is the groundbreaking social entrepreneur behind FreshPaper, a biodegradable paper that creates a brilliant solution to the global issue of food waste. FreshPaper landed Shukla on three ...

Anab Jain

Innovation Speaker, Founder & Director of Superflux

Designer, entrepreneur, TED Fellow, futurescaper: Anab Jain wears many hats, and brings them all together at her multidisciplinary design studio, Superflux. Based in London and India, Superflux is bot...

Emily Spivack

Author of Worn Stories

In her NYT bestseller Worn Stories, Emily Spivack collects over 60 clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers that investigate the deep, surprising connections we hav...