The Week in Innovation: June 25-29

TED explores ‘radical openness,’ Tesla wheels out the Model S, the Times partners with Flipboard—and what else to expect in the next 96 hours.
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TED Global 2012 | June 25-29 | Edinburgh, Scotland More than 70 speakers will take the stage to discuss “radical openness” in politics, science, art, and life. Among the topics receiving attention: mental health care in developing countries, the merits of whistleblowing, wind energy … and levitation. Organizers promise that a number of innovative technologies will also be unveiled. Can’t join the more than 850 attendees? Follow @TEDGlobal for live updates, find a local TEDx that’s streaming the show—or pay $995 to watch the conference live in your home.

2012 Design Summit | June 26 | London Inspired by the upcoming Olympic Games, this conference explores ways for the UK to financially leverage its place on the global stage. Organizers are looking at “whether the value of our national DNA in humour, inventiveness, and heritage is too highly nuanced to give us any market advantage.” Watch the livestream here or follow #designsummit12 for updates.

Finding value in the information explosion | June 28 Jeanne Ross, director of the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Center for Information Systems Research, will be e-chatting about the best ways to mine data for your organization. To prepare for the talk—4 p.m. on All Analytics—read the related article by Ross and her colleagues.


Pixar’s Brave The first film in Pixar’s 17-year history to star a female protagonist, Brave earned the top spot at the box office last weekend with earnings of $66.7 million. While ingenious animation continues to fuel the studio’s “unmatched” box office track record, Manohla Dargis points out in The New York Times that the filmmakers could have been, well, braver in imagining their first female-led storyline.

Tesla’s Model S Tesla began delivering its Model S, “the world’s first premium electric sedan,” to retail customers last Friday. At $49,000 (with a $7,500 tax credit), the model is significantly less expensive than its predecessor, the Roadster ($109,000). With its sleek, elegant design, 17-inch center console touchscreen, and lower center of gravity, the Model S is the first electric car that’s as much—or more—about the car as it is about the engine, and it could be poised to bolster the entire electric-vehicle industry.

Flipboard and The New York Times The Times announced Monday that it will make articles available on Flipboard, a social magazine app that allows users to share news content, in a partnership that will split ad revenue. The move, which is part of the Times’s “NYT Everywhere” strategy to expand its reach via third-party platforms, reflects a shift away from the scarcity model traditional media have been replicating online toward a model that recognizes that users are discovering content in new ways.

Illustration by Michael Sendrow.

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