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The Route to the Future

Want to know what the world will look like in 10 years? If you like science fiction, you might love what’s in store.

This is Part 1 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have been imagining future innovations with an intensity born out of our survival instinct. It’s in our DNA […]


TED@UPS Sizzle Reels

Sizzle reels for six TED@UPS speakers

In a few weeks, we will be releasing the final videos from the TED@UPS event on Sept. 15, 2016. Stay tuned to watch all 12 UPSers take the stage to explore the possibilities behind the question, “What if?” You’ll be sure to question your perspective on many things, including how mosquitoes could be used to […]


TED@UPS Video Intro: John Bidden

John Bidden believes that music is a tool for the soul. That it can either “fix, build, calm, break, or change you for a moment.” He wields the instrument to inspire others.

I am an independent recording artist based out of the great city of Detroit, the music capital of the world! Watch John share his excitement about the upcoming TED@UPS live stream event. I’m so excited to be a part of this TED event. Music is my passion and hobby. Music can travel so far – […]


TED@UPS Video Intro: Amelia Laytham

How a teenage immigrant reclaimed her shunned identity through dance.

My Ted Talk is a combination of a talk and a performance. My talk portion is me sharing my personal journey as a first-generation immigrant coming to this country and rediscovering who I am as an adult as a proud Indonesian immigrant, through my love of performing traditional dances. Watch Amelia talk about her TED@UPS […]

Kate Adams

TED@UPS Video Intro: Kate Adams

Kate Adams, who worked on soaps for eight years, maps the ways that daytime dramas are an unlikely (but compelling) oracle to help us overcome our own everyday dramas.

I’ve wanted to be a storyteller for as long as I can remember. Growing up, that meant writing poems, short stories, or even screenplays for my Barbies. And it also meant hours spent at the foot of my bed, performing the score of Les Miserables for my stuffed animals. They dug it, of course. Hear […]


TED@UPS Video Intro: Jan Denecker

What lessons does the developing world hold about building healthcare that is simpler and longer-lasting?

I grew up in Belgium and I now live close to Brussels, Belgium, together with my wonderful wife and two great teenage kids. I am passionate about sports – in particular, football, which some of you may prefer to call soccer. Watch Jan talk about his TED@UPS experience. I’m also passionate about healthcare. I started […]

Katie Francfort

TED@UPS Video Intro: Katie Francfort

Could mosquitos be the ultimate last-mile delivery system, carrying a vaccine instead of a disease? Katie Francfort argues that this deadly insect could be the next evolution of drones.

I’m on the healthcare strategy team at UPS. I really enjoy fitness, especially barre and kickboxing, which is slightly offset by my love for trying new restaurants. I like being outside and anywhere where there’s live music. Watch Katie talk about her TED@UPS experience. In my talk, I will propose a new way of thinking. […]


TED@UPS Video Intro: Romaine Seguin

Of all the strategies to fight poverty, discrimination and even terrorism, Romaine Seguin argues that international trade is the most impactful.

I love running. I’ve run the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon. Running lets me think personally and professionally. I get my best thoughts when I run. Watch Romaine talk about her TED@UPS experience. And some of the things I think about while I’m out running is how we can make the world a better […]


TED@UPS Video Intro: Mario Paluzzi

How could addressing the unaddressable help developing countries leapfrog developed nations into the most effective logistics system yet?

The best way to describe me is I’m a very curious person. All of my hobbies and passions revolve around this curiosity I have. I’m Curious George – the human. Watch Mario talk about his TED@UPS experience. I love meeting new people, trying new foods, making new friends, seeing new places and anything that can […]


TED@UPS Video Intro: Mallory Soldner

Corporations often give money, logistical support and even their own people to solve some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian problems. But what if big companies were willing to share their other most precious resource: data?

At UPS, I’m an advanced analytics manager. But for fun, I like to travel. My favorite trip was backpacking around Southeast Asia after I finished grad school. And recently, I went to Iceland for a friend’s wedding. Watch Mallory talk about her TED@UPS experience. I also like cooking – I learned to make pasta in […]

Wanis Kabbaj

TED@UPS Intro: Wanis Kabbaj

What lessons can we learn from the blood in our veins to make transportation more efficient and sustainable?

Wanis Kabbaj, Director of Global Strategy in Healthcare Logistics, Transportation Geek Wanis Kabbaj works at the intersection of biology and transportation. As the director of global strategy for healthcare logistics at UPS, he finds ways for organizations to transport their temperature-sensitive medicines and biotechnologies safely around the world. Before this, he supported UPS’ global forwarding […]


TED@UPS Video Intro: Monica Johnson

A tax manager examines abandonment and asks, “Why don't people want to claim funds, other people and parts of themselves?”

I am a wife, a mother, an author and the founder of That Girl is S.M.A.R.T. And I am an unclaimed property manager for United Parcel Service. My TED talk is about eliminating the aftermath of abandonment and restoring the broken relationship with property, others and ultimately oneself. Watch Monica describe her TED@UPS talk. I […]


TED@UPS Video Intro: Augie Picado

Augie explores the impact of walls, and imagines the new realities that people and products would face on both sides of a separated border.

I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. If you’re wondering, it’s Exit 15W on the New Jersey Turnpike. I’m the son of Spanish immigrants. Watch Augie talk about his TED@UPS experience. I’ve been married to my wife Maria for 25 years. We have one daughter, Claudia, who is a senior in high school […]


TED@UPS Video Intro: Jenna Schilstra

It’s time to stop dissing emojis and consider: what does the latest universal language, the next evolution of cryptography, have to offer?

The thing that has surprised me most about this TED process is that there’s so much to say. You have pages and pages of research, outlines and ideas, and you want to convey as much as possible in a short period of time. But it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. So, it’s been interesting […]


Introducing TED@UPS 2.0

Here’s what you can expect from the latest partnership between TED and the world’s largest transportation and logistics company.

A simple question has driven innovation throughout the 100-plus years at UPS: “What if?” That thought-provoking premise is the force behind the evolution of UPS. We’re now far more than a package delivery company. “What if?” inspires us to deliver big ideas and big solutions. By challenging ourselves to look past barriers and imagine limitless […]

TED@UPS salon at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, September 2, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Mark Tioxon/TED

What TED Taught Me

One UPSer explains the value of sharing – and consuming – ideas that can transform how you see and experience the world.
Mark Modesti | UPS

  When I gave a TED Talk last year, I wasn’t nervous. I was terrified. I spoke at the inaugural TED@UPS event on how the fearless search for trouble can save a company. In a way, giving this talk was an act of seeking out trouble.  This wasn’t part of my day job. It forced […]