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When TED talks the people listen

Earlier this spring the Skype TX team set sail to Vancouver, filming TED’s annual conference. TED2015: Truth & Dare is a week- long conference about ideas. Onstage, speakers challenge our notions of truth — and dare to imagine the future.

Hosted by Skype, music producer Mark Ronson and prosthetic limb engineer Albert Manero offered a fascinating insight into their working practices, as they dared to imagine the future by speaking with the future — engaging with primary and high school students who were calling in from America and Australia as part of Skype’s education program, Skype in the Classroom.

Upt Town Funk (ft. Bruno Mars) — producer Ronson revealed that collaboration is the key to his creativity; “Most of my inspiration comes from other people I’m working with. I love being in a room with other musicians and other people that I respect, and you start to get that feeling where the hairs stick up on your arm and there’s a chemistry.”

“I love being in a room with other musicians and other people that I respect, and you start to get that feeling where the hairs stick up on your arm and there’s a chemistry.”

Shortly before this year’s TED2015, Albert Manero came to Skype in Media’s attention through a charming advert for Office featuring Robert Downey Jr.

In the advert, Robert, surprises a young boy named Alex with a bionic 3D printed arm created by Albert.
At TED2015 Albert spoke to children (and fellow science enthusiasts), from Jackson Avenue Elementary School, New York, about his work. Asked about the biggest challenges he faces, Albert also turned to the theme of collaboration; “We have a really good team. So when things go wrong we sit down and work out ‘what happened’ and we figure it out. Having a good team makes all the difference, I can’t do it all by myself.”

Find out more about Skype’s involvement at this year’s TED2015 over at Skype in the Classroom.

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