Sebastian recently authored a book, Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Who We Are, released in February 2012. Currently he teaches at MIT and leads a team working on an online Citizen science project named EyeWire. It is human-based computation game about tracing neurons in the retina. The game was developed by MIT and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research.
Valerie is one of the very few woman expedition leaders. “I have been doing this for 25 years. I have been leading treks. I love being with the groups. I have always wanted to have a go at Everest. I have done trekking peaks up to 6400m before but Manaslu was my first 8000m peak and maybe if this is the last time I am going to try an 8000m peak than it has to be Everest. While it was a though climb, where I lost some digits of my toes, I got to the South Summit at 8751m on 19 May 2009.”
Climbing Sherpa Sonam Bhote was born in a small hamlet called ‘Sandakphu’ Nepal. On 15th of May 2006, Bhote not only scaled the top of the Mt. Everest for the first time in his life but he also launched the English Poetry Book titled, “Bards’ Sketches”. The main intention behind launching a book on top of the World was to prove to the world that, Sherpas and Tibetans who are basically regarded as Mountaineer and High Altitude Porter that, besides climbing they also possess caliber in literature.
Iván Vallejo is a renowned mountaineer from Ecuador. On May 1, 2008, he finished his “Desafio 14″ — a personal quest for reaching the summit of all 14 mountains above 8,000m, without the use of supplemental oxygen. Ivan has now launched “Somos Ecuador”, a climbing team from his home country that is attempting to summit Mount Everest — as a team — without the use of oxygen.
Peter Westerveld developed a method to make desertified areas green and fertile again for both people and animals, called contour-trenching. This proven technique is an integral solution for the enormous problems of deforestation, erosion, desertification and climate disruption. One of Peter’s goals is to reforest the Kilimanjaro area so there will be snow on the mountain again, using cloud formation. This TEDx talk has been suggested by TEDxAmsterdam.
Jean Béliveau has walked an amazing 75,000 kilometers across the globe to raise awareness for peace and children. The 56-year-old Jean Beliveau completed his 11-year global trek and recently returned to his native Montreal. This TEDx talk has been suggested by TEDxWaterloo.
Dr. David Eagleman
Dr. Eagleman holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of scientific expertise include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. This TEDx talk has been suggested by TEDxStockholm and was recorded at TEDxHouston.
Sujeev Shakya dabbles between his various avatars. His book Unleashing Nepal – Past, Present and Future of the Economy (Penguin India, 2009) has become a ready reckoner for people who wants to understand Nepal. He writes and speaks on business, economy, management and leadership.This TEDx talk has been suggested by TEDxKathmandu.