Announcing the finalists in TED’s Full Spectrum auditions

Posted by: Emily McManus

Last month we announced our first-ever TED auditions, to explore the theme of TED2012: Full Spectrum. The challenge to the TED community: Make a one-minute video that describes your idea worth sharing — and how you’d share it with the world.

We received hundreds of submissions from around the world in our short timeframe, and narrowed our finalists down to a group of 17, with a wide range of formats and styles. Watching through these hundreds of one-minute videos was intriguing, hilarious, occasionally very moving. Most of all, it was inspiring to see how many people are thinking deeply about great ideas and how to share them.

It’s thrilling to announce the list of 17 Full Spectrum audition finalists. They’ll be presenting their auditions on May 24 in New York City, and we’ll be livestreaming the event worldwide. Congratulations to these finalists:

Chris Plough
Virgil Wong
Jess Hobbs
Dr. Jane Rigby and Dr. Amber Straughn
Cesar Kuriyama
James McBennett
Reggie Watts
Kevin Carroll
Joe Sabia
Onyx Ashanti
Eric Singer
LeeAnn Renninger & Tania Luna
Jared Ficklin
Erik Wahl
Lior Zoref
Beth Urech
Joshua Walters

Follow many of these finalists on Twitter >>

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  • commented on May 10 2011

    Congratulations to Erik Wahl. The world will be amazed by him. He’s one of those speakers that finishes but your imagination doesn’t. I had the opportunity to invite to speak at our most recent convention in Las Vegas and people till today are still talking about his work. All it takes is to watch an Erik Wahl perform to know that there is a God out there because only he could make an Erik Wahl. Simply amazing.

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  • commented on May 10 2011

    What a delightful mix of people and topics! Good job on your selections, that must have been a difficult task.

    However… not one teacher? The University Researcher is close, I suppose. Perhaps no teachers applied (too busy?). Perhaps the people chosen are much more colorful (interesting?) than a school teacher. There are a great many TED presentations that have to do with learning in some way. But it might be fun, different, enlightening to hear from a school teacher. Maybe later?

    Thank you, TED folks, for all you have done. My life has certainly been changed because of you.


    • Virgil Wong commented on May 10 2011

      Hi, Grant. I’ve been a teacher at The New School’s Masters in Media Studies program for the past 11 years, and my Full Spectrum talk on May 24th will touch a little on the educational component of my medical avatar project.

      Also, Dan Meyer, a math teacher, gave this terrific TED talk last year:

      Both my parents are teachers, so I share your appreciation of their unique insights!

      Warm regards,
      Virgil Wong

  • commented on May 10 2011

    Wow! There are some pretty exciting presentations in this list. The two I’m most excited for: Virgil Wong and the medical Avatars; and Cesar Kuriyama’s 6-minute video of 1-year in his life.

    With Love and Gratitude,


  • Arif Vakil commented on May 9 2011

    *phew* what a contest. What a contest! Congrats to all the winners! Looking forward to see you all at TED!

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