TED@IBM
TED@IBM
TED@IBM

TED@IBM was a first-of-its-kind, one-day event that will serve as a premier knowledge-sharing platform, built for the business community in the new global economy. Our teams will use the power of TED’s mission and model combined with the depth and breadth of IBM’s expertise and that of our clients, partners, and friends to explore bold ideas, unexpected insights, and unique personal stories.

Now we are sharing these stories with the world.

Preview the future with talks from TED@IBM

Preview the future with talks from TED@IBM

On September 23, 2014, 14 creators and visionaries took the stage for TED@IBM, sharing stories about how the trends and technology of today will evolve to shape the world of tomorrow. Watch the talks to see how these pioneers reimagine our world.

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Reimagining Our World

What will our world look like? In 10 years? In 50? We see a world full of promise—for greater community, prosperity, and innovative solutions to problems big and small. Today our planet already generates unprecedented amounts of data. How can we use this in new ways while protecting our ideas of privacy? What will we create from and with global networks of consumers, workers, citizens, students, and patients? How will we engage with an emerging global culture, defined not by age or by geography, but by people determined to change the practices of business and society? And as the world changes, so too does the very nature of our work and our definitions of success.

This conference will celebrate the thinkers who are changing our world one powerful idea at a time.



Our speakers

Gianluca Ambrosetti
Solving the Energy Crisis One Sunflower at a Time

Kare Anderson
The Web of Humanity: Becoming an Opportunity Maker

Brad Bird
Dreaming Loves Company: Tomorrow's Cinema

Monika Blaumueller
The Next Revolution in Humanitarian Aid

Erick Brethenoux
Emotional Analytics: Revealing the "Je ne Sais Quoi"

Lisa Seacat DeLuca
An Inventor's Vision of the Future

Susan Etlinger
Critical Thinking: The Killer App for Big Data

Jon Iwata
Welcome Remarks

Bryan Kramer
Why Sharing Is Reimagining Our Future

Tan Le
Reimagining How the Human Brain Is Observed

Charlene Li
Giving up Control: Leadership in the Digital Era

Florian Pinel
The Future of Food: Cognitive Cooking

Inhi Cho Suh
Enhanced Care — a Million Data Points at a Time

Marie Wallace
Privacy by Design: Humanizing Analytics

Kareem Yusuf
A Question of Tone


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Dr. Gianluca Ambrosetti bio


Gianluca Ambrosetti

Dr. Gianluca Ambrosetti is the Head of Research for Airlight Energy, a Swiss-based supplier of innovative technology for the large-scale production of electricity using solar power and for energy storage. Dr. Ambrosetti holds a PhD in physics/nanotechnology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and an MSc in theoretical physics from the University of Bologna. He joined Airlight Energy in 2011 and is responsible for the development of the high-concentration solar photovoltaic system (HCPVT) currently being developed with IBM Research. In his free time he plays professional saxophone following in the footsteps of his famous jazz musician father.

Kare Anderson bio


Kare Anderson

Kare Anderson specializes in behavioral research-based ways to become more deeply connected and widely quoted. She’s an Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter, now columnist for Forbes and Huffington Post. Her diverse set of clients includes Salesforce, Novartis and The Skoll Foundation. She’s a founding board member of Annie’s Homegrown, and sits on several advisory boards including Watermark, Raynforest, TEDx Marin and Gloopt. Ms. Anderson is the author of Mutuality Matters, Moving from Me to We, Getting What You Want, Walk Your Talk, and Resolving Conflict Sooner.

Brad Bird bio


Brad Bird

Brad Bird is currently directing “Tomorrowland,” starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson, for release by Walt Disney Pictures on May 22, 2015. Mr. Bird also co-wrote the screenplay with Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. Mr. Bird most recently directed the worldwide hit “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” the fourth installment of the Tom Cruise-starring franchise, and has won Oscars for writing and directing the Academy® Award-winning Pixar Animation Studios films “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles.” His feature directorial debut was the critically acclaimed “The Iron Giant,” distributed by Warner Bros, which won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature. Mr. Bird also served as executive consultant on The Simpsons and King of the Hill, the two longest running and most celebrated animated series on television.

Monika Blaumueller bio


Monika Blaumueller

Monika Blaumueller is a consultant at IBM, focusing on integrated solutions to transform healthcare delivery. Her Distributed Curriculum Model for restructuring healthcare education was endorsed by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services and was sent by the State Department to 57 international posts. She was also named an honorary member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Supercourse Faculty for her contributions to the continuing education of healthcare practitioners in Africa and Asia.

Erick Brethenoux bio


Erick Brethenoux

Erick Brethenoux leads the strategy and vision for IBM Business Analytics Division, with responsibility for determining and unifying the synergies and messages within IBM Software Group for Analytics. He leads the Customer Analytics, Decision Management and Analytics Inside initiatives across IBM software, hardware, services and research organizations. Mr. Brethenoux has published extensively in the domains of artificial intelligence systems, system sciences, applied mathematics, complex systems and cybernetics. He has held various academic positions at the University of Delaware and the Polytechnic School of Africa in Gabon.

Lisa Seacat DeLuca bio


Lisa Seacat DeLuca

Lisa Seacat DeLuca is a mobile software engineer specializing in hybrid mobile development for IBM’s Open Technology and Cloud Performance organization. She is a committer in the Apache Cordova open source community and is always looking for opportunities to integrate mobile with cloud. Ms. DeLuca is a self-published author of a children's book, “A Robot Story,” teaching kids how to count to ten in binary. In 2014, she was named one of Network World's 50 Most Fascinating People in the World of Technology and is the first woman in IBM history to reach the 100th plateau achievement level, having filed more than 370 patent applications.

Susan Etlinger bio


Susan Etlinger

Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst with Altimeter Group, where she focuses on data and analytics. She conducts independent research and advises global organizations and technology innovators on strategic data initiatives. Ms. Etlinger is on the board of The Big Boulder Initiative, an industry organization dedicated to promoting the successful and ethical use of social data. She is regularly interviewed and asked to speak on data strategy and best practices, and has been quoted in media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and the BBC.

Jon Iwata bio


Jon Iwata

Jon Iwata leads IBM's marketing, communications and citizenship organization. This global team is responsible for the marketing of IBM’s product and services portfolio, digital commerce, market intelligence, communications, and stewardship of the IBM brand. Mr. Iwata and his team led the development of IBM’s Smarter Planet strategy and the marketing and communication of Watson, the cognitive computing system that defeated the two best human contestants in the game show Jeopardy! He is also chairman of the IBM Strategy Team, which focuses on the company's long-term strategic issues and opportunities, and is a member of the IBM Operating Team, responsible for day-to-day marketplace execution.

Bryan Kramer bio


Bryan Kramer

Bryan Kramer is a Social Business Strategist and CEO of PureMatter where he’s led his agency to consistent growth over the last 10 years, earning a spot as one of Silicon Valley’s fastest growing private companies by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Mr. Kramer is the author of the bestselling book Human to Human #H2H. He has extensive experience in brand marketing with a focus on integrated communications and strategic business planning. As a social media strategist Mr. Kramer is followed by more than 200k combined social media followers and was named a Top 25 Influencer to Follow by Forbes.

Tan Le bio


Tan le
Tan Le is Founder & CEO of EMOTIV, a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG). Emotiv Insight, the company’s latest product, was recently awarded a coveted Edison Awards for Lifestyle & Social Impact 2014. Ms. Le is the recipient of numerous awards including the Australia’s Global Innovation Award in 2014, National Geographic Emerging Explorer 2013, Advance Global Australian Award for ICT in 2012, AutoVision Innovations Award and Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. She has been featured in Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes' 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011.

Charlene Li bio


Charlene Li

Charlene Li is CEO and Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, and author of The New York Times bestseller Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, best-selling book Groundswell, named one of 2008's best business books. She is one of the foremost experts on social media, and a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media and marketing. Fast Company recognized Ms. Li as one of the 100 most creative people in business in 2010, and one of the most influential women in technology in 2009. You can follow her blog at charleneli.com/blog.

Florian Pinel bio


Florian Pinel

Florian Pinel is a Senior Software Engineer in the Watson Life department of the IBM Watson Group. He received an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris in France, and a Culinary Arts diploma from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. His current research interests are Computational Creativity and Cognitive Computing, and he is the lead architect of the Chef Watson project. After several years working weekends in high-end restaurants, he now spends his free time with his family, traveling, and creating original recipes for his food blog, foodperestroika.com.

Inhi Cho Suh bio


Inhi Suh

Inhi Cho Suh is the Vice President of Big Data Integration and Governance for IBM Software Group. She is a thought leader in the information management, big data and analytics marketplace. She is responsible for the product portfolio and business direction of the division which is comprised of data management, information governance, information integration, master data management, data security, data privacy, and emerging capabilities such as Hadoop, stream computing, and context computing. She spends significant time with clients to identify ways IBM can help them manage today's ever-growing explosion of information.

Marie Wallace bio


Marie Wallace

Marie Wallace is currently Analytics Strategist for IBM, having spent more than a decade in the research and development division building content, semantic and social analytics technologies which today underpin such solutions as IBM Watson. In recent years Ms. Wallace’s primary focus has been on the analysis of people networks to deliver smarter, personalized and contextualized solutions for individuals and organizations. She is a globally recognized thought leader, with an active social media presence and popular blog, AllThingsAnalytics.com.

Kareem Yusuf bio


Kareem Yusuf

Dr. Kareem Yusuf is responsible for software development and SaaS operations for the ExperienceOne customer engagement solution set in IBM, a core element of IBM's Smarter Commerce initiative. Dr. Yusuf has been with IBM for 16 years, joining IBM’s software development lab in Hursley, U.K. after completing a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. Outside his day-to-day duties, Dr. Yusuf maintains an active interest in all things technical, with a particular interest in digital media and programming languages. He is the author of “Enterprise Messaging Using JMS and IBM WebSphere.”