In September, faculty member Keith Ellenbogen, Photography, and industrial designer and alumnus Keith Kirkland, Accessories Design ’10, joined 19 other breakthrough thinkers in a four-month residency with TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing and encouraging ideas through short lectures called TED Talks.
Ellenbogen is a recognized underwater photographer and conservationist, who was recently given the Hollings Ocean Awareness Award to study the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Kirkland is the CEO and co-founder of WearWorks, a company that makes haptic navigation products for the blind. Its product, Wayband, helped the first blind person ever navigate the 2017 NYC Marathon without sighted assistance. (Kirkland’s work was featured in the fall 2017 issue of Hue.)
The 21 residents will spend 14 weeks in TED’s New York headquarters working and thinking together. The class includes participants from all over the world—from Bulgaria to South Africa, Canada to Kansas.
The fall residency will culminate with a program of TED Talks in December. Click here to read more about the TED Residency Program and this year’s residents.