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Gallery: Scenes from the start of TED2013

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May

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The day has finally arrived. TED2013, “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered,” kicked off today with attendees pouring into the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in California. At 1:15pm, the conference officially started with two sessions of talks from the TED Fellows, young innovators from across the globe with exciting work to share. And tonight, there’s a special session called “Inside TED,” where we reveal the inner workings of our office and the exciting directions TED plans to go from here.

In this gallery, find images from the first day of TED2013, taken by James Duncan Davidson, Michael Brands and Ryan Lash.

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A social space at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, just waiting to be filled with attendees.

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Over the weekend, speaker Yu “Jordy” Fu set up her sculpture of cut paper—called “Cloud”—in the entrance to TED2013.

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Now, the sculpture is beautifully lit.

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Self-assembling toys from TED Fellow Skylar Tibbitts, who’ll be debuting a new technology in TED University session 1.

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Over the weekend, staff sets up Target’s social space called “A Mind for Design” — an ode to brainwaves.

The lounge, now fully assembled, has already become a favorite break spot for conference-goers.

The lounge, now fully assembled, has already become a favorite break spot for conference-goers.