Titled “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered,” this year’s annual TED conference is set to add some celebrity cache to its lineup.
Joining the more than 70 speakers announced for this year’s conference is none other than U2 frontman Bono. The Grammy-winning artist—born Paul Hewson—has frequently used his celebrity to bring attention to various social causes. His non-profit organization ONE works to raise awareness of world hunger and poverty, particularly in African countries.
Another notable entertainment icon making a stop is Amanda Palmer. Beginning her career as the frontwoman of The Dresden Dolls, Palmer has gained a strong following based on both her musical output and strong support of LGBT rights. Palmer funded her latest album, Theater is Evil, exclusively through donations made on her Kickstarter account.
Also scheduled to give a talk is Peter Gabriel. In the course of his prolific career, the former Genesis frontman and “In Your Eyes” singer has garnered recognition for his incorporation of world sounds into his discography. An outspoken activist, he is the co-founder of the organization WITNESS, which distributes digital cameras to allow citizens to document human-rights abuses.
The conference is set to take place at The Terrace Theater in Long Beach, Calif. from February 26-March 1.