Today, TED is thrilled to announce the 25 new members of 2012′s TED Fellows class and 12 new Senior Fellows. A Lebanese open-source hardware inventor, a French computational architect and the founder of Skillshare.com are among 25 members of 2012′s class of new TED Fellows. Twelve new Senior Fellows from seven countries, selected for two more years in the program, include a Yemeni anti-censorship software designer, an Ethiopian-American recording artist, a Venezuelan culture curator and a computer scientist creating self-assembling machines.
“We are tremendously proud to announce this year’s class of TED Fellows, which includes 25 amazing cross-disciplinary innovators from around the world,” said Tom Rielly, the director of the TED Fellows program.
This year’s Fellows hail from eleven different countries, including Ireland, Lebanon, Korea, Kenya and Uganda. The group includes Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona state senator, human rights activist and LGBT political leader; it also includes Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist who uses high-resolution and NASA satellite imagery to discover new archaeological sites in Egypt; and Greg Gage, a DIY neuroscientist and co-founder of Backyard Brains, an organization teaching secondary school kids neuroscience through experiments with robotic control of ordinary cockroaches.