Liftoff! Speakers in Session 1 at TED2014

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This session is for those with a pioneering spirit: where two roads diverge in the woods … these visionaries decided to fly instead. As we fire up the engines of TED2014, our 30th-anniversary conference, expect the kind of forward-thinking ideas that turn one small step for a man into a giant leap for mankind.

Here are the speakers who appear in this session:

To start things off, cellist and beatboxer Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix will take us back to the future.

At TED1 in 1984, tech visionary Nicholas Negroponte made a few predictions. Thirty years later, he has some more.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield captured our hearts with his version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station. He’s here now to talk about life in space.

Hear from Ziauddin Yousafzai, who works to guarantee schooling for those in developing nations and in zones of conflict.

Janet Echelman created a 745-foot sculpture suspended in Vancouver over the entrance to TED2014. She’ll tell us more about it.

Chris Anderson and the community honor  TED’s co-founder, Richard Saul Wurman.

And finally, music producer Mark Ronson spins an idea in music.

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