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TED means business.

The TED Conference, which started out small in 1984 in the marina town of Long Beach, California, is now a global enterprise dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading” – and cashing in on, which is why a large slice of the audience is comprised of suits from venture capital firms, who sign up early every year to mine the pearls from the speakers on the podium.  Those speakers get only 18 minutes to sell their story, generally no biggie for some of the greatest (this year, emerging) minds in three worlds – Technology, Entertainment, Design. (Hence the illustrative acronym.)

TED holds two major events each year: the aforementioned TED Conference in Long Beach every spring (along with a parallel conference, TED Active, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TEDʼs media initiatives include TED.com where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has also established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world for the better are given the opportunity to put their thoughts into action.

Then there is TEDx.

What is TEDx and TED xTellurideLive?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading and “trying something new without fear,” another offshoot the main conference is a program called TEDx.

TEDx is all about local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our local event is called TEDxTellurideLive, where x = independently organized TED event. It was organized by Katrine and Bill Formby, producers, with help from a core group of their friends. including Amy Cook, Janet Kask, Eric Cummings, Marta Tarbell, Teresa Westman, Stu Fraser, Ginny Fraser, Dean Rolly, Amy Levek,  Jim Bedford and Luci Reeve.

“At our TEDxTellurideLive event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group,” explains Katrine.

TEDXTellurideLive takes place Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28 at The Palm.

Preview two of the  awesome speakers:

The theme of the 2013 TED Conference is “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.”

Jack Andraka is 15-year old Cancer-Detector Inventor. A paper on carbon nanotubes, a biology lecture on antibodies and a flash of insight led 15-year- old Jack to design a cheaper, more sensitive cancer detector. In preliminary tests, Jack’s invention has shown 100 percent accuracy. It also finds cancers earlier than current methods, costs a mere $3, and earned the high schooler the 2012 Intel Science Fair grand prize.

Watch this video for a preview of Jack. (Caution: Watch sitting down, otherwise his enthusiasm might bowl you over.)

Yu “Jordy” Fu is a Multifaceted Designer whose dream is to make this world a better place through art, design and architecture. When Fu was seven she published her first book. In 2005, Fu was chosen by the British Council as one of ten young designers to represent British creativity in China. She serves as the Creative Director of the world’s biggest fashion media company, FashionTV. TED did a talent search and “Jordy” submitted the following video and was chosen for this year’s conference.

Jack and “Jordy” are both speaking on Wednesday, February 27, 3:15 – 5 p.m. session.

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