1 Ziyah Gafic takes intimate portraits of people determined to carry on with their lives in the face of fraternal war. Born in Sarajevo, Gafic has covered the impact of violence in the aftermath of war in such countries as Bosni, Palestine and Israel, Kurdistan, and Afghanistan.
2 Gafic systematically photographs items removed from the mass graves of the Yugoslav war. Stark portraits of spoons, watches, toothbrushes, and loved ones’ Polaroids offer
a permanent testimony to the individuals murdered in the genocide. “Photography’s about empathy,” Gafic said. “I’m merely a tool.”
3 Alexander McLean, a Senior Fellow, is the Founder of African Prisons Project, an organization working to improve the lives of people living in African prisons through healthcare, education, access to justice and community reintegration.
4 McLean works to identify, develop, and equip prisoners and prison staff around Africa as agents of change. He believes there are people in prison today who will go on to transform nations. He is passionate about making prisons more humane and rehabilitative.
5 Shubhendu Sharma is a reforestation expert on a mission to bring back natural forests. His company, Afforestt, offers a way to plant maintenance-free, wild and highly biodiverse forests using specialized afforestation methodology from Japan, research and cutting-edge technologies.
6 Bora Yoon is a Korean-American vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer who weaves immersive audiovisual soundscapes using digital devices, voice, and a huge variety of found objects and instruments from a number of cultures and centuries.
7 Artist, designer, and perpetual tourist, Jorge Mañes Rubio, explores invisible or forgotten places – Chinese cities submerged by the Three Gorges Dam Project, a little-known Pacific island paradise destroyed by mining – creating artworks that reimagine and revive these sites as attention-worthy destinations.
8 American software developer Erine Gray is interested in alleviating unnecessary suffering as quickly as possible. His latest product, Aunt Bertha, is a platform that helps people in need instantly find social services, both governmental and private, including food banks, health care, housing, and educational programs.
9 Shohini Ghose is a quantum physicist and educator, who examines how the laws of quantum mechanics might be harnessed to develop next-generation computers and protocols like teleportation. She is also the Director for Wilfrid Laurier University Center for Women in Science.
10 Sergei Lupashin is a Swiss-based aerial robotics engineer developing the Fotokite, an easy-to-use, widely accessible flying robotic camera that enables immediate, safe, intuitive access to bird's-eye perspectives for the world in front of you.
11 He hopes to produce an effective flying camera for journalists and firefighters to deploy under dangerous or sensitive conditions.
12 Lupashin, whose previous work has included unmanned aerial vehicles and autonomous cars, aims to have a consumer product on shelves by the end of 2014.
13 One of his aerial photos taken during a horrible flood in Pakistan
14 He put that shocking image with this classic painting.
15 Sarah Parcak (L) is a space archaeologist specializing in the use of satellite imagery to map and model ancient civilizations, primarily in Egypt. Her work focuses on the use of NASA and commercial satellite imagery to map, locate, and protect ancient sites.
16 This is conservation biologist Steve Boyes, who works to protect Africa's last-remaining wilderness areas from degradation, logging, and mining through research and exploration, awareness campaigns, and community-based conservation initiatives. In 2009, he launched Wild Bird Trust to protect native parrots and wetland birds and to combat the African wild-caught bird trade.
17 David Sengeh, a doctoral student at the MIT Media Lab, invents next-generation, low-cost, wearable mechanical interfaces that improve prosthetic comfort for amputees in the developing world.
18 His inventions feature magnetic resonance imaging, computer-aided prosthetic design, and 3D printing technologies. Simply amazing!
19 Eric Berlow is an ecologist, networks scientist, and data storyteller and is a co-founder of Vibrant Data, Inc., which is currently building a cloud-based tool to enable anyone to collaboratively explore and understand complex networks.
20 Russian photographer Uldus Bakhtiozina asks ordinary people she meets in her travels to model for elaborately staged, costumed, surreal portraits full of color, whimsy, and drama. She is also known for her provocative self-portraits and exploration of identity issues, particularly around Russian masculinity.
21 Laurel Braitman is a writer and historian of science, interested in what makes us human, how we sometimes lose our minds and the different ways we can find them again.
22 Laurel studies about animal mental and emotional illness. Her first book, Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, is coming out in June with Simon & Schuster.
23 Eman Mohammed is a Palestinian photojournalist documenting war in the Gaza Strip and life in its aftermath, exploring many facets of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – including the formation of Palestinian resistance groups and the lives of women in the region.
24 One of Eman Mohamed's photographs - She strives to show the story of Gaza.
25 Paleopathologist Kathryn Hunt – After finding out she had an aggressive ovarian cancer, her illness led to a passion to pursue the underserved niche of palaeo-oncology – the study of cancer in antiquity, which could change the way we understand the development of the disease.
26 Will Potter, an American investigative journalist, covers the animal rights and environmental movements and post-9/11 civil liberties. Currently he is examining how whistleblowers and nonviolent protesters are being treated as “terrorists.”
27 Potter's reporting has overturned criminal prosecutions and has been praised in Congressional reports and monitored by the Bureau of Counterterrorism. His book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, was awarded a Kirkus Star for "remarkable merit."
28 Kitra Cahana is a Canadian vagabond photojournalist and conceptual artist who has spent the past three years researching and documenting nomadic youth identities in the United States. She is one of National Geographic's youngest contributing photographers.
29 Taiwanese-American artist Shih Chieh Huang transforms the mundane detritus of our lives – household appliances, lights, computer parts, toys – into surreal, animated "living organisms.
30 Inspired by the real-life evolutionary adaptations of creatures living in inhospitable conditions, Huang creates analogous ecosystems and populates installations with "organic" creatures made from found objects.
31 Tupperware serves as a skeletal framework, a guitar tuner is rewired to detect sound and automatic night lights become sensory input.
32 This creature was made from rubbish bags, water bottles, and common household materials and appliances.
33 It was quite an amazing performance!
34 Pardon the blur – Nicholas Negroponte is the founder of the MIT Media Lab. He pushed the edge of the information revolution as an inventor, thinker, and angel investor. He's the driving force behind One Laptop per Child, building computers for children in the developing world.
35 Astronaut Chris Hadfield spent five months aboard the International Space Station and Tweeted about it every morning. On Earth, he continues to share the excitement of science and space travel and has authored the new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.
36 This is Ziauddin Yousafzai, education activist from Pakistani's Swat Valley – Despite an attack on his daughter Malala in 2012, Yousafzai continues his fight to educate children in the developing world.
37 American artis Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature wind water, and light – and become inviting focal points for civic life.
38 Studio Echelman installed its largest, most interactive sculpture installation to date at this year's TED Conference. The aerial sculpture spanned 745 feet between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Center.
39 A computer generated plan
40 And another
41 A photo of the actual sculpture
42 And another
43 Musician, DJ, and music producer Mark Ronson gave a musical performance.
44 Technology designer, Bran Ferren, was once known for entertaining millions creating special effects for Hollywood, theme parks, and Broadway. As co-founder of Applied Minds, Ferren now solves tech challenges with "unimaginable" inventions.
45 This is Chris Anderson. After a long career in journalism and publishing, he became the curator of the TED Conference in 2002and has developed it as a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading.
46 During the TED conference, Edward Snowden was interviewed by Chris Anderson via a BEAM remote presence.
47 Michael Laberge is a plasma physicist and in a lab near Vancouver, he and his team at General Fusion are building a prototype fusion reactor, aiming to make cheap, clean, abundant energy the same way the sun makes it.
48 His model
49 And another
50 Anti-corruption activist, Charmian Gooch, was this years TED Prize winner. She spoke about how anonymous companies protect corrupt individuals – from notorious drug cartel leaders to nefarious arms dealers – behind a shroud of mystery that makes it almost impossible to find and hold them responsible.
51 She shared her brave TED Prize wish – "to know who owns and controls companies, so that they can no longer be used anonymously against the public good. Together, let's ignite world opinion, change the law, and launch a new era of openness in business."
52 3 THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
1. Join facebook.com/EndAnonymousCompanies
2. Share our anonymous company animation and infographic with your network
3. Tweet using #anonymouscompanies and follow@Global_Witness
53 At the end of one full day at TED, Sting took the stage and played some songs from his upcoming Broadway musical, The Last Ship. It's the story of his own upbringing, raised in the shadow of a shipyard in northeast England, where he escaped from as soon as he could.