First TEDxYale to present ‘ideas worth spreading’

Communication — as exemplified by Yale graduate Samuel Morse's invention of the Morse code — is the theme of this video trailer for TEDxYale, to be held on campus on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Speeches, performances and videos on the theme “A Twist of Fate” will be featured at TEDxYale 2012, which will take place 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, corner of Grove and Prospect streets.

TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design — is a non-profit organization with the motto “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support “world-changing ideas,” with TED events taking place at venues around the globe. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. The best TED talks are then posted at

At TEDxYale 2012, an independently organized event licensed by TED, a diverse group of Yale students, faculty, and alumni will share their vision for the world with an audience of 400 students. Speakers will include Yale philosophy professor Thomas Pogge; former visiting professor Enrique Norten, founder of the firm Ten Arquitectos; and alumni Matthew Brimer and Brad Hargreaves, co-founders of General Assembly.

“In the spirit of TED, we have invited innovators and pioneers from throughout the Yale community to inspire both Yale and the world towards new action,” said Miles Grimshaw ‘13, co-curator of TEDxYale 2012.  The full list of speakers for TEDxYale follows.

TEDxYale recently released a video trailer for the event. The director, Emmy Pickett, said, “I made the trailer with several concepts in mind starting with what TED is all about: communication. It is set to Morse code which was developed by Samuel Morse, a Yale graduate.”

See the trailer here       

TEDxYale is open to students only. To attend the event, students must register at A complete schedule is available on the website.

TEDxYale speakers

David Bolinsky

Founding partner & medical director of XVIVO Scientific Animation
Medical Illustrator at Yale ‘80-’83

Matthew Brimer

Founding partner at General Assembly
Yale ‘09

Danjela Bule

Yale ‘14

Keith Chen

Economics professor at Yale School of Management

Vikram Mansharamani

Global equity investor and lecturer at Yale University
Yale ‘96

Matthew Claudel

Writer, illustrator and designer
Yale ‘13

Julian Domo

Music producer
Yale ‘11

John Ellis

Principal at Ellis41 Consulting
Yale ‘76

Marina Filiba

International director of the I Am Challenge
Yale ‘15

Sam Fox

Runner for
Yale ‘09

Aaron Hakim

Project leader, Yale’s International Genetically Engineered Machines Team
Yale ‘13

Brad Hargreaves

Founding partner at General Assembly
Yale ‘09

Garth Harries   

Professor at the Yale School of Management

Kenta Koga

Yale ‘14

Priyamvada Natarajan

Professor of astronomy and physics at Yale

Enrique Norton    

Founder of TEN Arquitectos

Sarah Parcak

Space archaeologist
Yale ‘01

Thomas Pogge

Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale

Rebecca Ringle

Professional singer
Yale School of Music

Brad Rosen

Law & computer science professor
Yale ‘04

Wazhma Sadat

Founder of Kamyab Afghanistan

Yale ‘14

Nicholas Simmons-Stern

Cognitive researcher

Yale ‘12

Gilad Taney

Co-founder and adviser of Climate Voices

Annette Tillemann-Dick

Education innovator, advocate and mother
Yale ‘74 and Yale Div ‘79

Yael Zinkow

Yale ‘12

Bob Casey

Founder& COO of YouRenew

Yale ‘10

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