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Nikolai Begg TEDxBeaconStreet talk featured on TED.com

We’re so proud to share this update: Nikolai Begg’s talk has crossed the half-million views mark. {535k at last count}

You may have seen Lemelson prize winner Nikolai Begg on the TEDxBeaconStreet Stage back in November.  The PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the MIT has a passion for inventing safer medical devices and surgical instruments.

Devices that puncture tissue are ubiquitous in medicine and also inherently dangerous; tens of thousands of puncture-related complications occur each year in the United States in procedures such as craniotomies, epidurals, and laparoscopic surgery.

By focusing on the fundamental physics, learn how this 26-year-old PhD student invented a device to solve a wide-reaching medical challenge that will likely affect all of us at some point in our lives.  Focused on the audience, his passion is obvious in this fascinating and accessible talk, filled with relatable stories and deeply compelling demonstrations.


Nikolai is a wonderful part of the TEDxBeaconStreet community, attending multiple rehearsals to hone his talk subject and helping develop other speaker’s ideas with great feedback. Congrats on this well-deserved recognition!