As announced on 8 December 2015 by the TED Fellows program, GYA Member Andrew Pelling became TED2016 Fellow. With this nomination he is in the illustre round of other GYA members such as Ivana Gadjanski (2012) and Patience Mthunzi (2015) and over 390 other thoughtleaders and innovative thinkers and practitioners.
The TED Fellowship Program understands itself as “hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, connection and innovation hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, connection and innovation” (TED Fellowship Program, 2015). Each year 40 people from all over the world and across all disciplines are invited to this exclusive network of change-makers and are given not only the opportunity to speak in the TED or TEDGlobal Conference, but also get access to skills-building workshops and are mentored by world-renowed experts. The fellows also give a TED talk at the conference, providing them with the opportunity to share their vision and passion for their work.
Andrew Pelling (Canada), who describes himself as “scientist and bio-hacker”, was chosen for his inspiring work on disrupting traditional approaches towards next generation medical innovations by using low-cost, open source materials – like apples and LEGOs.
Congratulations to this great achievement!