Surfacing Human Potential at TED 2010

Posted by Dan’l Lewin 
Corporate Vice President, Strategic & Emerging Business Development

This week at TED 2010 in southern California, conferees will have an opportunity to experience the power of innovation and entrepreneurship in some new and extraordinary ways at the World of Entrepreneurs tent, hosted by the Kauffman Foundation.

Among the 30 largest foundations in the United States, Kauffman focuses on advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth – causes that we at Microsoft also totally believe in and support. So, in keeping with the spirit of TED – “Ideas Worth Spreading” – the foundation and Microsoft have used the latest technology for digital storytelling to bring to life the many stories of how we each are working to make a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world.


Building on the local stories in the Microsoft Local Impact Map, an online application, we added stories from the work of the Kauffman Foundation. And to put all the stories on a human scale, we moved the application to Microsoft Surface. Surface is a new computer that responds to natural hand gestures and real-world objects, creating unique new ways for people to collaboratively interact with digital content and to communicate. The Surface computer at TED lets you navigate the Local Impact Map with your hands, finding and exploring stories through text, video and pictures from around the world.

We’re very pleased and proud to collaborate with the Kauffman Foundation in demonstrating a great vehicle for spreading some exceedingly worthy ideas.


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