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The proud, the few: the 2013 TED Fellows

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May

TED2013’s tagline is: “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” And this year’s class of TED Fellows will be representing all three. The TED Fellows program brings together young innovators from around the globe, all with insightful, bold ideas that have the potential to influence our world. In addition to attending TED2013, the Fellows will go to a preconference boot camp full of advice for spreading their ideas far and wide, and get mentoring from the larger TED community.

The TED Fellows program received more than 1200 applications this year, which made selecting this class no easy task. After the jump, meet the twenty 2013 TED Fellows and the twelve Senior Fellows, chosen from amongst last year’s incredible class.

TED2013 Fellows

 Alicia Eggert (USA) - Interdisciplinary artist
American interdisciplinary artist whose work primarily takes the form of kinetic, electronic and interactive sculpture. The piece above is made out of 30 clocks whose hands align to spell out the word “Eternity.”

Antonio Torres (Mexico) – Architect + naturalist
Mexican artist, architect and co-founder of The Bittertang Farm, a small design farm that explores expressions and sensations through media and architecture.

Baile Zhang (China | Singapore) – Electrical engineer
Chinese electrical engineer and physicist who has created the first macroscopic invisibility cloak.

Ben Burke (USA) – Writer, performer + designer
American interdisciplinary artist, puppeteer, junkyard tinkerer and co-founder of Apocalypse Puppet Theater and the Stars & Garters Theater Company.

Christine Sun Kim (USA) – Sound artist + composer
Korean-American artist and educator who uses the medium of sound through technology to investigate and rationalize her relationship with the auditory. Her work is all the more fascinating considering that she is deaf.

Cyrus Kaibru (Kenya) – Found object artist
Kenyan self-taught painter and sculptor who primarily uses junk materials to make his works, including the striking eyewear above.

David Lang (USA) – Maker + writer
American co-founder of OpenROV, a community of DIY ocean explorers and developers of low-cost, open-source underwater robots.

Jinha Lee (South Korea) – Inventor + interaction researcher
South Korean inventor and interaction researcher who explores new ways to leverage physical space and objects to interface with the digital world.

Kibwe Tavares (UK) – Filmmaker + architect
British filmmaker and co-founder of Factory Fifteen, a film and animation studio exploring new methods of visual storytelling.

Kitra Cahana (Canada) – Photographer
Canadian photographer who has spent the past three years researching and documenting nomadic youth identities in the United States.

Louisa Preston (UK) – Astrobiologist
British astrobiologist and planetary geologist studying life in Earth’s most extreme environments, hoping to someday find life on Mars.

Miriah Meyer (USA) – Science visualization designer
American designer who creates interactive visualization systems that help scientists make sense of complex data.

Mohammad Herzallah (Palestine)- Neuroscientist
Founder of the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative, working to create an infrastructure for neuroscience research and to train the next generation of neuroscientists in Palestine.

Negin Farsad (USA | Iran) – Comedian + filmmaker
Iranian-American stand-up comedian and filmmaker currently working on “The Muslims are Coming!”, a film that follows Muslim-American comedians on the road as they perform, meet locals and counter Islamophobia.

Paul Wicks (UK) – Medical architect
British medical entrepreneur and lead scientist for PatientsLikeMe, an online community allowing people living with medical conditions to track their illnesses, share their experiences and contribute to research.

Renee Hlozek (South Africa| | USA) – Cosmologist
South African cosmologist working to better understand the initial conditions of the universe – the tiny fluctuations that grew to be the large structures we see today, such as galaxies.

Ryan Holladay (USA) – Musical artist
American artist and co-founder of BLUEBRAIN, a music and technology duo creating site-specific sound installations, interactive concerts and GPS-based compositions for sites across the country

Safwat Saleem (Pakistan | USA) – Graphic designer + satirist
Pakistani graphic designer, filmmaker and artist who uses humor to tell stories of people (and creatures) who have the odds stacked against them.

Shivani Siroya (USA | India) – Mobile finance entrepreneur
Indian-American founder and CEO of InVenture, a mobile technology company creating a text-messaging platform that provides credit scores and accounting tools to anyone with a mobile phone.

Tunde Jegede (Nigeria | UK) – Composer
UK-based composer, producer, cellist and kora (African harp) player who fuses Western classical music with African traditions.

2013 TED Senior Fellows

Julie Freeman (UK) – Artist
UK based artist combining science, technology, and natural systems, in order to create work that questions how we translate nature.

Ayah Bdeir (Lebanon | US) – Engineer + artist
Lebanese artist, inventor and founder of littleBits, an open-source system of pre-assembled circuits that snap together with magnets — making learning about electronics fun, easy and creative.

Asha de Vos (Sri Lanka) – Blue whale scientist
Sri Lankan cetologist, oceanographer, and Ph.D candidate studying the unique and unusual population of non-migrating blue whales found only in the Northern Indian Ocean

Camille Seaman (US) – Polar photographer
Native American photographer whose work captures the harsh beauty of remote Arctic landscapes.

Genevieve von Petzinger (Canada) – Cave art researcher
Canadian doctoral candidate studying ancient geometric signs from the Ice Age.

Lucianne Walkowicz (US) – Stellar astronomer
Postdoctoral fellow studying the effects of stellar activity on exoplanets with the Kepler Mission.

Greg Gage (US) – DIY neuroscientist
DIY neuroscientist and co-founder of Backyard Brains, an organization teaching kids neuroscience through experiments with robotic control of ordinary cockroaches.

Kaustuv de Biswas (India | US) – Digital community builder
Indian design entrepreneur building Sunglass, a cloud-based 3D platform that enables artists and engineers to build things together, regardless of location or device.

Boniface Mwangi (Kenya) – Photo activist
Kenyan photojournalist and founder of Picha Mtaani, a youth-led national reconciliation initiative in Kenya, and Pawa254, a collaborative space for creatives in Nairobi.

Myshkin Ingawale (India) – Medical device innovator
Founder of Biosense Technologies, an Indian medical device company that has created a low-cost instrument that tests for anemia using light, without the need to draw blood.

Angelo Vermeulen (Belgium) – Artist + scientist
Visual artist, biologist, space researcher and community organiser who creates large-scale collaborative art installations. Currently crew commander of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars simulation in Hawaii.

Lars Jan (US) – Director + media artist
Founder of Early Morning Opera, a genre-bending art lab creating works that chart constellations of ideas using technically innovative live performance, as well as through traditional and emerging media.