7 TED Talks to inspire developers

7 TED Talks to inspire developers

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TED talks go hand in hand with technology; teaching and creating a platform for discussion to help inspire people to do great things in technology.

Are you feeling low on creativity? Want to learn the secret to success? Or perhaps you’re looking for some new inspiration to become a better developer.

These 7 TED talks are sure to inspire you as a developer and get that creative spark going  


Linus Torvalds: The man behind Linux 

Linus Torvalds transformed the internet not only with the Linux Kernel, but more recently with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a 1 to 1 interview, he discusses the personality traits that encouraged his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life.

– “I’m perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds…but I’m looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that’s right in front of me before I fall in”.

Have you ever thought about how your personality shapes your work as a developer?


Thomas Suarez, a 12-year-old App Developer

What were you doing when you were 12? Probably playing video games, right? Not Thomas Suarez, the 12-year-old app developer taught himself how to create games and apps for iPhone. He’s now on a mission to teach others his age to do become developers.

This talk shines a light on the popularity of technology-based learning with the youth of today and inspires a ‘go-getter’ attitude.

What got you started into programming? Watch this video and get inspired about development again.


10 top time-saving tech tips 

Do you have any valuable time-saving tech tricks? David Pogue shares 10 simple and smart tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users.

You might know a few of these already -such as pressing the space bar to scroll a page at a time – but I bet there’s at least one you don’t.

Increase your productivity and save time with these tech hacks.


How to gain control of your free time

This one is a personal favourite of mine! So you’ve got those tech time-saving tips down to a tee, but do you ever feel as a developer you aren’t making full use of your free time? Out of the 168 hours in each week, are you often left wondering where your free time went?

Time management expert Laura Vanderkam explores various ways and strategies that can help you gain control of your free time. – So, you can achieve more of what makes you happy as a developer.


Hack a banana, make a keyboard!

Do you think outside the box enough? What about using two slices of pizza as a slide clicker? Why shouldn’t you make music with Ketchup?

Inventor Jay Silver is inspired to not just change existing products but change the world by thinking creatively and outside the box.

In his talk, he encourages you to do the same with his product ‘MaKey MaKey’ which lets you turn everyday objects into computer interfaces, inspiring fun and practical new inventions.


8 secrets of success

Why do people succeed? Is it down to being smart or pure luck?

The secret is, it’s neither! Although this talk was recorded in 2005, Analyst Richard St John offers the real secrets to success that are just as relevant today as they were then.

Looking to be successful in work and life? Follow these tips.



How technology evolves

Have you ever wondered if technology had the desire to grow, what would be its essential motivation?

In this philosophical talk, Kevin Kelly explores technology from the question of “what does it want?”.

This more philosophical thinking is due to the rapid growth of the tech field which is constantly changing. This talk asks questions that provoke conversations and new thoughts about technology development.

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