TEDxBoston 2012

Intractable issues, ingenious ideas

At TEDxBoston 2012, our speakers plunged into the fray of packed cities, natural disasters, and aging populations with refreshing ideas for home design, crowdsourcing, and village living.  They took radical and surprising approaches to treat or eliminate diseases with pharming and gene therapy. They engineered creative products that save infants, provide mobility, and combat the counterfeit drug trade in underserved communities. They showed us how to go back to the basics of home economics or brace for a future in which AI agents transform business economics. They combined art, design, technology, and poetry in novel ways that delighted and inspired.  And despite the chaos and complexity of modern living, they reminded us of what truly matters. Boston, you brought it on.

Ways people participated in TEDxBoston 2012

Attended at the Seaport World Trade Center or at the simulcast at Nutter
TEDxBoston took place in the Amphitheater and the Turnstone Living Room, both at the Seaport World Trade Center.  We also partnered with Nutter McClennen & Fish who hosted a simulcast at their headquarters in the heart of Boston’s Innovation District. Attendees at the simulcast experienced TEDxBoston in high-def while enjoying the company of fantastic attendees, food, and exclusive live speakers.

Listened on WBUR
We were thrilled that WBUR 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR News Station, broadcasted Session 2 of TEDxBoston live from 1 to 3 p.m. ET. This was followed by a special live production of Radio Boston, with hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks interviewing several TEDxBoston speakers.

Created avatars in our virtual auditorium
We were pleased to once again partner with Avaya Live Engage to offer the TEDxBoston Global Online Auditorium. Hundreds of participants watched a live stream of the talks and engaged in conversations with attendees from around the world in an immersive 3D and natural audio environment.

Watched on the web
TEDxBoston was streamed live on the home page of our website.  Thousands joined us throughout the day to watch a webcast of the talks and performances.


9:00 am: Check-in and get to know each other
10:00 am:
Session 1
11:45 am: Lunch
1:00 pm: Session 2
2:45 pm: Break
3:30 pm: Session 3
5:30 – 7:00 pm: Reception

2012 Speakers

2012 Team

Program Directors

Program Management


Jason Goodwin, Mike Weil

2012 Grand Opening Video

Boston Children’s Chorus:  Tshotsholoza | Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around