About a year and a half ago, we first heard from the folks at TED about building an app for their 2012 conference in Long Beach. They wanted an app that could connect their 3,000 attendees, but without the inherent social (i.e. real life) disconnection that goes hand-in-hand with continually looking at your phone. By the time the conference rolled around, we had an app that had been distilled into a lightweight compass for navigating TED. Where are people hanging out right now? How can I get in touch with that person that I met at that session earlier? What’s the schedule like for today? It was all within a couple of taps in TED Connect.
Though it was a hectic few months to get the app finished and out the door, hard work always pays off in unexpected ways. The latest dividend is that TED Connect has been nominated for a Webby Award in the category of Mobile App - Events. We’ve got some tough competition: among the other nominees are MLB, the BBC, and the New York Times.
Do us a favour and vote for us - it would really mean alot.
We’re proud to introduce The Dream is Now, one of our most important projects to date.
Through a close collaboration with partners Davis Guggenheim, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Emerson Collective, we established a beautiful and intuitive web presence to get the word out about the DREAM Act, and allow people to share their personal stories. The legislation has the goal of providing a path for young, undocumented American immigrants to earn their citizenship. You can read all about the DREAM Act here.
We approached The Dream Is Now as more than just a website: it’s a social movement, and a platform for people across the US to contribute, share, and spark change. Thousands of people have already shown their support, and deeply personal stories have been pouring in daily. All of these voices will culminate in a massive call to action, one that we believe will push the DREAM act through congress.
This is just the beginning of our collaboration with this amazing group of people. Submissions are beginning to pour in: the voices are being heard. We can’t wait to show you where this all leads.
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