TED Ads Worth Spreading 2011/2012

Ads, Creativity

TED, non-profit dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading, announced the winners of the second Ads Worth Spreading initiative on the opening day of TED2012 in Long Beach (California).

The 10 winners of the challenge were carefully curated to shine a spotlight on ads which break the mold through longer-form, idea-based storytelling.

The Ads Worth Spreading challenge attracted entries from 39 countries and is designed to recognize and reward innovation, ingenuity and intelligence in advertising and to seek out the best in online video storytelling – the kind of ads that inspire people to watch, learn and share.

For this year’s challenge, 25 industry advocates and six nomination teams looked for compelling ads from six specific areas of interest: Talk, Social Good, Cultural Compass, Creative Wonder, Brand Bravery, and Storytelling.

The 2011/12 Ads Worth Spreading are:

Canal+: The Bear

Brand: Canal+

Agency: BETC

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Chipotle: Back to the Start

Brand: Chipotle

Agency: Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles

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Engagement Citoyen: The Return of Dictator Ben Ali

Brand: Engagement Citoyen

Agency: Memac Ogilvy Tunisia

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L’Oreal Paris: Aimee Mullins

Brand: L’Oreal Paris

Agency: R/GA New York

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Mazda: Defy Convention

Brand: Mazda

Agency: Team Cosmos/JWT Germany/Team Mazda Europe

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Microsoft: Kinect Effect

Brand: Microsoft

Agency: twofifteenmccann San Francisco

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NTT Docomo: Xylophone

Brand: NTT Docomo, Inc.

Agency: Drill Inc., Dentsu Inc. Tokyo.

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Prudential Day One: Linda

Brand: Prudential

Agency: Droga5 New York

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Rethink Breast Cancer: Your Man Reminder

Brand: Rethink Breast Cancer

Agency: john st. Toronto

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Sharpie: Start with Sharpie

Brand: Sharpie

Agency: Draftfcb Chicago

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This year’s winners were vetted by industry experts and curated by an internal TED team led by Chris Anderson. The winning work will be showcased at TED2012 as well as on TED.com and on YouTube. TED and YouTube will also honor the winners at a celebration held at the Art Directors Club in March in New York City.

Next year, TED will further evolve the Ads Worth Spreading challenge and engage in deep one-on-one conversation with the global advertising community to share what the organization has learned. Additionally, TED will open up TED.com as an incubation platform for testing and launching great creative.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes.