November 15, 2016

San Francisco, CA, USA

#TEDatIBM

TED@IBM is a one-day, annual event that serves as a premier platform to explore the relationship between technology and humanity. It combines the power of TED’s mission and model with the depth and breadth of expertise from within IBM—and from IBM clients, partners, and friends—to explore bold ideas and unexpected insights through unique and often personal stories. Join us as we share these stories with the world.

2016 theme: Spark


We live in an era of great need and even greater creativity. From solitary artists to scientists, mothers, mathematicians, and business visionaries, people in every corner of the world are inventing intriguing solutions to our most pressing issues. These ideas are more powerful than ever thanks to the global reach of inexpensive technology. But whether tackling war and peace or the principles of machine learning, ingenuity starts with one thing: a spark. And regardless of where the spark takes root, this inspiration demands action to reach its greatest potential.

TED@IBM invites you to share your spark—consider this a call to action that could change just about everything.

As we plan for TED@IBM 2016, catch up on your favorite moments from previous TED@IBM events:

Whether you missed the 2015 event or just want to watch your favorite talks again, you can enjoy every exciting moment of TED@ IBM with video replays.

2015 speakers

Aaron Horowitz
The Teddy Bear that May Save Your Child

Chieko Asakawa
Let Me See the World

Eric Mibuari
Toward Financial Inclusion in Africa Using Mobile and Social Data

Jared Kleinert
2 Billion Under 20: Millennials

Jeannette Garcia
Not Your Grandpa's Plastic

Jerry M. Chow
A Quantum Leap for Life Science

Josh Luber
Sneakerhead Data and the Future of Online Commerce

Kala Fleming
Digital Aquifers in Africa (No Water, No Life)

Lisa Marie Johnston
Stomp & Groove

Lloyd A. Treinish
The Business of Weather

Maria Dubovitskaya
Your Data Is Currency, Now Protect It

Melanie Butcher
Empathy: The Inventor's Creed

Nir Eyal
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Robert Prill
The Collective Intelligence of Microbes

Shoel Perelman
How to Nurture Your Rebels

Vinith Misra
The Algorithms of Humor


Watch the talks from TED@IBM 2014

TED@IBM is a unique forum that invites creators and innovators to tell stories about how technology, data, and analytics impact our lives today, and how emerging trends will shape the world of tomorrow. Watch talks from the inaugural 2014 event to see how these pioneers are reimagining our world, and get ready for TED@IBM 2015.

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Robert Prill


Robert Prill

Robert Prill Robert Prill is a Computational Biologist at the IBM Almaden Research Center. He is an expert at combining genomic, phenotypic, and metadata into integrative analyses that evoke concepts from systems biology, machine learning, data science, and visualization. He received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2008. Currently, Robert leads an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists in the pursuit of microbial biomarkers for food safety.

Shoel Perelman


Shoel Perelman

Shoel Perelman Shoel Perelman is the Vice President of Development for IBM's Customer Engagement Solutions products. His development team, which spans the US, India, China, and Canada, brings to life innovations at the convergence of ecommerce, digital marketing, customer analytics, and merchandising optimization. Shoel previously served as the Development Director of IBM's Smarter Cities business where he partnered with IBM research to launch new software offerings that optimize traffic flows and water usage, as well as coordinate a city's public safety response. Shoel joined IBM in 2006 when IBM acquired Micromuse Inc. While working for Micromuse Inc., Shoel became an early pioneer in Business Service Management, an area in which he holds two patents.

Vinith Misra


Vinith Misra

Vinith Misra Vinith Misra is a research staff member in IBM's Watson Group. His research interests range from knowledge graph prediction and Lord of the Rings analytics to data-driven compression and information theoretic models for learning. He is a recipient of the Stanford Graduate Fellowship, the National Science and Defense Graduate Fellowship, and MIT's David Adler Memorial Thesis Prize. Misra is also part of Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2015 in Enterprise Technology. Additionally, since 2013 he has served as a technical consultant to the HBO series Silicon Valley. Vinith holds a PhD from Stanford's Information Systems Lab, and he holds both a BS and MS from MIT in Electrical Engineering.

Melanie Butcher


Melanie Butcher

Melanie Butcher Melanie Butcher is a serial entrepreneur. She has created and helped to create many small companies, serving as consultant, developer, development manager, product manager and many more. In all of these roles, including her current one as Program Director of the IBM Commerce UX Design Studio, she strives to make design and user interaction natural parts of the development process. She enjoys creating products and doing everything associated with understanding users and their problems with the goal of ensuring that usability goes hand-in-hand with enterprise applications. Melanie studied at Boston University and has been creating cloud-based applications since 1997.

Lloyd A. Treinish


Lloyd A. Treinish

Lloyd A. Treinish Lloyd A. Treinish leads the global environmental science team at IBM Research. In his role at the Industry Solutions Department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, he oversees research and development as well as operations with clients of IBM laboratories in New York, Brazil, India, Ireland, China and Australia. He pioneered scientifically based services for environmentally sensitive business operations, including issues related to weather, water, energy, climate and sustainability. Lloyd is considered the father of Deep Thunder, which has enabled the practical use of advanced modelling for weather-sensitive decision making. He has authored more than 60 technical articles and has been issued five patents.

Maria Dubovitskaya


Dr. Maria Dubovitskaya

Maria Dubovitskaya Dr. Maria Dubovitskaya is a research staff member at IBM Research - Zurich working on designing cryptographic protocols for privacy protection and applying them in practice. Maria holds a Ph.D. in cryptography and privacy from ETH Zurich. Besides her daily job she is involved in outreach activities such as the IBM EXITE (Exploring Interest in Technology and Engineering) program promoting science and tech education for school girls. Maria is one of the founders and is a co-leader of IBM Technical Excellence Council R/CIS, an IBM Academy of Technology Affiliate, and she is the recipient of the Anita Borg Change Agent Award in 2012.

Chieko Asakawa


Dr. Chieko Asakawa

Chieko Asakawa Dr. Chieko Asakawa is an IBM Fellow who has been instrumental in furthering accessibility research and development for the past three decades. By challenging traditional thinking on how the visually impaired use technology, Dr. Asakawa’s leadership generated a series of pioneering technologies that significantly contributed to advancing Web accessibility. This includes groundbreaking work in digital Braille and a voice browser. The government of Japan awarded the 2013 Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon to Dr. Asakawa for her outstanding contributions to accessibility research, including the development of a voice browser for the visually impaired. Today, with Carnegie Mellon University, she is working on how accessibility technologies can play a key role in the real world to help create opportunities for more people to actively participate in the society.

Josh Luber


Josh Luber

Josh Luber Josh Luber is the founder and CEO of Campless, a "sneakerhead data" company, which tracks the secondary market for sneaker sales—a $6 billion global industry. Mr. Luber founded Campless while working as a consultant at IBM as part of the GBS organization SCIP and is currently based in Philadelphia. Campless, which has been referred to as the “Kelly Blue Book for sneakers,” has been featured by media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, London Financial Times and CNN Money. Prior to IBM, Mr. Luber founded and operated three different startups after a brief stint as a bankruptcy attorney at Alston & Bird in Atlanta.

Aaron Horowitz


Aaron Horowitz

Aaron Horowitz Aaron Horowitz is a maker; from sculptures to business, he is fascinated with the process of taking an idea from concept to reality. He is passionate about creating interfaces that drive a shift towards ubiquitous computing. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Sproutel, the creator of Jerry the Bear, a smart toy and learning companion for health and wellness education. He holds a degree in Mechatronics and User Interaction Design from Northwestern University and sits on the national advisory board of Design for America. When unplugged, Mr. Horowitz is likely either carving stone or surfing.

Jeannette Garcia


Jamie Garcia

Jeannette Garcia Dr. Jeannette Garcia focuses her research on designing new polymers through sustainable methods and targeting recyclable materials with mechanical and thermal properties in previously unattainable combinations. Dr. Garcia’s team completed work on a new class of polymers, which can potentially be used as printable materials (3D printing), structural composites, cargo carriers, adhesives and sealants. She is also interested in chemistries for improving the environment and human health. Her team used discarded drink bottles to create starting materials for high-performance materials. Additionally, her team designed a low cost, portable detection system for toxic heavy metals in drinking water. Dr. Garcia also researches energy storage applications for high-capacity automotive batteries.

Eric Mibuari


Eric Mibuari

Eric Mibuari Eric Mibuari is the team lead of the Financial Services Innovation group at IBM’s Africa Research Lab in Nairobi, Kenya. His team of scientists and software engineers is working on innovations to propagate access to financial services across the continent and beyond. Ongoing projects are focused on mobile money, mobile commerce and mobile credit in partnership with financial institutions and telecom firms. Mr. Mibuari holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His previous experience includes roles in software engineering in the US and in the biotech industry in France.

Jared Kleinert


Jared Kleinert

Jared Kleinert Jared Kleinert is co-author of 2 Billion Under 20 and the founder of Kleinert Ventures, a marketing consulting firm that helps thought leaders and companies around the world market to millennials, as well as recruit and retain top millennial talent. Mr. Kleinert was previously an early team member at the enterprise software startup 15Five and edtech startup Learnist. He also successfully started (and spectacularly failed at) two startups of his own at the ages of 15 and 16. At 17, he was named the "Definition of Social Entrepreneur" by Forbes and has since appeared in Fast Company, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Huffington Post and other media outlets.

Nir Eyal


Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal Nir Eyal writes, consults and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir “the Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir is a contributing writer for TechCrunch, Inc. and Psychology Today.

Lisa Marie Johnston


Lisa Marie Johnston

Lisa Marie Johnston Lisa Marie Johnston, affectionately referred to as "LMJ," is a singer/songwriter from Oakland, California. She blends country, Americana and blues into a unique style she calls "stomp and groove.” LMJ represents a new breed of independent artists as a fully self-managed working musician, a self-funded recording artist and a self-published songwriter. She has made music with many Bay Area musicians including Arion Salazar from Third Eye Blind. She released her first EP titled This Is Me on her indie label Stomp and Groove Records in 2011, and then another titled The Reto Sessions Volume 1&2 in May 2015. LMJ has a new collection of recordings produced by Matt Winegar coming out in Fall 2015.

Jerry M. Chow


Dr. Jerry M. Chow

Jerry M. Chow Dr. Jerry M. Chow is the Manager of the Experimental Quantum Computing group at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center and the primary investigator of the IBM team for the IARPA sponsored Multi-Qubit Coherent Operations project. His technical expertise is in the area of design, measurement and integration of superconducting quantum devices. Dr. Chow graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in physics and an M.S. degree in applied mathematics from Harvard and subsequently an MS and a PhD in physics from Yale. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his work on implementing the first quantum processor with superconducting qubits.

Kala Fleming


Dr. Kala Fleming

Kala Fleming Dr. Kala Fleming is a scientist and thought leader on water management. She leads a team of scientists at IBM Research – Africa that focuses on delivering smarter planet solutions for water, agriculture and healthcare. She is a trusted advisor who works with government and the private sector in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to develop data-driven strategies for water availability with particular emphasis on small-scale farmer productivity and urban sustainability. Over the last 10 years, she has worked with underserved communities in the US, Caribbean and West Africa as a consultant providing training, advice and policy solutions focused on evolving more progressive communities.

Caretha Coleman


Caretha Coleman

Caretha Coleman Caretha Coleman is Chairman of the Board of Dignity Health, a $16 billion healthcare system whose mission focuses on the delivery of quality healthcare to the underserved. As a principal of Coleman Consulting, she focused on working with start-ups and early-stage ventures on strategy development, executive coaching and organizational effectiveness. As a believer in philanthropy and an active leader in the community, Caretha's volunteer efforts and professional affiliations are numerous. She most recently was named as one of the Bay Area’s most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times and a 2015 Outstanding Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

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.”