Dating back to 2005, the TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual or project who/which receives $100,000 and, much more important, “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, a wish is unveiled at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact. At one of the TEDxViennaSalons from last year, we featured a talk by Cameron Sinclair, winner of the 2006 TED Prize. Check out his depiction of how it unfolded in the years to come:
This year the TED Prize was designed with the TEDx community in mind. As a global TED community, we are working to reimagine and redesign cities. As a TEDx-er, you can help by starting in our own city: forming a group, addressing a problem and working together to build a solution that TED will showcase so that the model can take off in other cities and play a role in the design of cities in the future. This is a wish that truly allows our TEDx community to get behind a local issue they are passionate about and take action. Together, we can create the City 2.0. Locally, this could mean the creation of a new park, starting an education program, building technology that improves local transit – anything that improves life in our city.
The 100,000 USD TED Prize will go to ten groups committed to implement ideas most likely to spur the creation of the City 2.0. TED will award the first 10.000 USD at the TEDxSummit 2012 this month, where one of our team members will represent us. If we can get a project formulated until then, she will have the chance to pitch it in front of an audience and get a shot at receiving the funds.
So how could you get involved?
You should have a clear focus on your idea and how it correlates to your main area of expertise. We need a heterogenous group of people pitching in their skills.
Lets put Vienna once again back on the map as a progressive city!