Past Keynote Speakers

The top influencers, authors, TED senior fellows, technology innovators and educators have spoken at our events. Keynotes are selected by the Program Council Members.

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Steve Wozniak An American computer scientist best known as one of the founders of Apple and the inventor of the Apple II computer.

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple's first line of products the Apple I and II.

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Levar Burton Actor, Director, Author, Founder of LeVar Burton Kids

Multi-award-winning actor, director, and education advocate LeVar Burton is best known to television audiences around the world for his portrayals of two iconic characters, Kunta Kinte in Roots and Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as his 23 years as producer and host of PBS's Reading Rainbow.

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Sir Ken Robinson Author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies.

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson's Videos of his famous TED talks are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

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Ted Dintersmith Author, TED Speaker, Film Producer Visit website

Ted Dintersmith is one of America's leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship, and education.

Ted's professional experience includes two decades in venture capital, including being ranked by Business 2.0 as the top-performing U.S. venture capitalist for 1995-1999. He served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. From 1981 to 1987, he ran a business at Analog Devices that helped enable the digital revolution.

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Nolan Bushnell A technology pioneer, entrepreneur, scientist, and Founder of Atari.

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and scientist. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Bushnell was the first and only man to hire the late Steve Jobs and wrote the bestseller, Finding the Next Steve Jobs, published by Simon and Schuster in 2013.

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Kimberly Bryant Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE

Kimberly created Black Girls Code in 2011, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the face of technology by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.

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Ron Clark Author, Educator and Founder of The Ron Clark Academy

Known to many as "America's Educator," Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times Bestselling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy. Ron is regularly featured on network and cable television (The Today Show, CNN and Oprah,) and was dubbed by Ms. Winfrey as her first "Phenomenal Man."

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