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TED@UPS: What if?

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Check out some of this year's most notable speakers from the second TED@UPS event.

If there's one thing UPSers know how to do, it's come up with big ideas that lead to even bigger solutions. That's why in Atlanta this September, UPS, TED and some of the best and brightest minds in technology, transportation and global commerce teamed up to share forward-thinking ideas that challenged them to ask "What if?"

From claiming abandoned funds and exploring high-tech ways to address the unaddressable to ending world hunger with the help of big data, this year's TED@UPS talks were bold, smart and compassionate.

From claiming abandoned funds and exploring high-tech ways to address the unaddressable to ending world hunger with the help of big data, this year's speeches were bold, smart and compassionate. Here are just three highlights from the talks:

  • Monica Johnson wants to end the culture of abandonment in society. As an unclaimed funds manager at UPS, Johnson endeavors to return $58 billion in unclaimed cash and benefits to their rightful owners. It's no easy task. "Abandonment of a resource that society places value on is difficult to comprehend, much less explain," says Johnson. After enduring a life filled with abandonment, Johnson shares how she was able to reclaim herself and inspire others along the way.
  • Mario Paluzzi wants to find innovative ways to address the unaddressable. As a senior manager of integration and automation at Coyote Logistics, Paluzzi is passionate about improving software that makes UPS's delivery system more efficient. But he ponders: "How can we deliver packages to three quarters of the world's 7 billion people who don't have an address?" In his talk, Paluzzi proposes a system that pairs a shipping address to a mobile phone instead of a traditional home address. It's a window into the future of global package delivery. TED and UPS explored this idea in the short video "Age of exploration".
  • Mallory Soldner wants companies to use data as a force for good. As an advanced analytics manager at UPS, Soldner began her career working the World Food Program. Her mission is to help end world hunger using data. During her talk, she outlines three ways companies can help, including by "donating data, donating decision scientists and donating technology to gather new sources of data." Data philanthropy is not only the future of corporate social responsibility; it also makes good business sense.

TED@UPS  explores ideas both big and small. To hear these inspiring stories and others, visit https://solvers.ups.com/what-if/.

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