Upcoming 2015 Bay Area TEDx Events (plus a couple of other cool events)

Here is a list of upcoming events in 2015.
This is not meant to be exhaustive.

When I get time I’ll update tedxsunnyvale.com/events with fuller details of each.


TEDxNapaValley is April 12th


TEDxSantaCruz is April 24th


TEDxSJSU is May 4th


TEDxConstitutionDrive is coming up in Menlo Park on May 9th.


TEDxStanford May 17th
Check that site every few days – when tickets go on sale they will sell out in a morning.

TTEDxUCDavisSF May 17th

TEDxPeacePlaza – May 30th


TEDxSanFrancisco October 29th


TEDxSonomaCounty November 7th



TEDActive – Whistler, BC, Canada March 16-20


The EG Conference – Monterey, 14-16 2014


TEDWomen – Monterey, May 27-29


Not Invented Here – Playlist

April Event Full Playlist

Derek Sivers
How To Start A Movement http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_how_to_start_a_movement.html

Dong Woo Jang
The Art of Bow-Making http://www.ted.com/talks/dong_woo_jang_the_art_of_bow_making.html

Arunachalam Muruganantham
How I Started a Sanitary Napkin Revolution! http://www.ted.com/talks/arunachalam_muruganantham_how_i_started_a_sanitary_napkin_revolution.html

The Polyphonic Me

Steven Johnson
Where Good Ideas Come From http://www.ted.com/playlists/20/where_do_ideas_come_from.html

Kathryn Schulz
On Being Wrong

(many people)
Dog-Town and Z-Boys Excerpt

Louie Schwartzberg
Hidden Miracles of the Natural World http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_hidden_miracles_of_the_natural_world


Usman Ruiz & Preston Reed
A Young Guitarist Meets His Hero http://www.ted.com/talks/usman_riaz_and_preston_reed_a_young_guitarist_meets_his_hero

Fabian Oefner
Psychedelic Science

Paul Stamets
6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world

Michael Pawlyn
Using Nature’s Genius http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pawlyn_using_nature_s_genius_in_architecture

Woody Norris
Hypersonic Sound and Other Inventions http://www.ted.com/talks/woody_norris_invents_amazing_things

William Kamkwamba
On Building A Windmill http://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_on_building_a_windmill

Derek Sivers
Keep Your Goals to Yourself http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_yourself

Thai Life Ad
Unsung Hero


William Kamkwamba
How I Harnessed The Wind http://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind

Charles Leadbeater
The Era of Open Innovation http://www.ted.com/talks/charles_leadbeater_on_innovation#t-169503

Carmen Agra Deedy
Once Upon A Time, My Mother… http://www.ted.com/talks/carmen_agra_deedy_spins_stories

Join us on April 19th!


Come join us Saturday, April 19th at TEDxSunnyvale!
Watch, discuss, and participate.

THEME: “Not Invented Here”
Living in Silicon Valley we’re proud of all the wonderful inventions from our schools and our startups. But we don’t have an exclusive on inventiveness. Many things are invented elsewhere, or were first invented a long time ago. Sometimes things are discovered instead of invented, or things just emerge. Where else do great ideas come from and what are some of their stories?

There are over 1,700 TED talks up on TED.com, and over 30,000 talks from TEDx events. TEDxSunnyvale exists to bring some of the best of those talks together with passionate people to view and to ignite discussion.

So while we have live attendees, we won’t have live speakers. We’ll watch together and talk about what we’ve seen. We’ll network and meet new people.

Our event is structured just like any other TEDx event – with a Theme, and Sessions of talks lasting roughly an hour and a half. But in our event all the talks will be watched together on video, taken from both the TED and TEDx archives. By taking this lower-key approach to a TEDx event, we’re able to keep the costs very low, and we’re able to hold multiple events in a year.

We keep the process of attending simple and casual. We ask only that you plan to be an active participant at the event.

There is limited free parking available, first-come, first served. There is free WiFi.
We’ll have coffee and bagels in the morning. At lunchtime we’ll get food nearby and bring it back to eat together.

We have a seat available for you! Please register so we can save it for you!

Registration is open now

(We ask for an optional $5 contribution to help defray costs of refreshments.)

Register Now

How many of you have ever contemplated becoming a farmer, and growing all your own food? Did you ever consider what you’d do when your expensive tractor kept breaking?
When Marcin Jakubowski was faced with this challenge, he innovated. http://www.ted.com/talks/marcin_jakubowski#t-191515

What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

What is TEDxSunnyvale?
TEDxSunnyvale is a locally organized event that operates under a license from the TED Conference. We follow the TED format of short, impactful talks.

We support all Bay Area TEDx Events:
We add another dimension to TED in the Bay Area, and another way to participate and contribute to the greater TEDx and TED communities. We encourage people to attend all the local TEDx events. We keep a list of upcoming TEDx events, and a few other events of special note, at http://tedxsunnyvale.com/events

TEDxBerkeley is this Saturday, February 8th

The fifth annual TEDxBerkeley will be held in Zellerbach Hall this Saturday. Theme is “Rethink. Redefine. Recreate”

TEDxBerkeley is the largest TEDx event in the greater SF Bay Area. There are always wonderful speakers, interesting ideas, music, and art, all with a touch of Berkeley or UCBerkeley.

Tickets are almost gone – buy now!

Special discount for the TEDxSunnyvale community – save 20% by entering the promo code “Sunnyvale” http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxberkeley-2014-rethink-redefine-recreate-tickets-5357333930

Thoughts on TEDGlobal

TEDGlobal is underway this week in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is the third and final year for the conference here in Scotland. Chris Anderson just announced from the stage that TEDGlobal 2014 will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil in October 2014. This will be the first major TED Conference held in the southern hemisphere; the Theme is South!




As I write this it is lunch break on Wednesday, June 12th. Five Sessions of TEDGlobal have been held, out of twelve scheduled across the four days. The weather in Edinburgh has gone from cloudy, to sunny, then back to cloudy and rainy.

Last year TEDxSunnyvale held a TEDLive event and shared four sessions from TEDGlobal with our community. This year, since I’m helping out as part of the IT Team at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, we aren’t also able to host a TEDLive event. There are at least two local TEDLive simulcast events happening the in greater SF Bay Area today – in Alameda and in San Jose. Like every TEDx event, these TEDxLive events are independently organized under license from TED. I don’t know how many of the four TEDGlobal sessions they will show, or any other details. Further information is at http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/9067, http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/9091, and http://tedxsanjosecalive.eventbrite.com.

It looks like TEDx season in the Bay Area

It’s spring, and there are many TEDx events coming up around the greater SF Bay Area.

April saw the fourth annual TEDxMonterey, the fourth TEDxBerkeley, and the third TEDxYouth@MidPeninsula. Last weekend was the third TEDxConstitutionDrive in Menlo Park.

On Thursday, May 9th, there’s TEDxHayward. (It’s sold out.)

Saturday, May 11th is TEDxStanford. It too is sold out, they are livestreaming it so you can watch all the talks live from the comfort of your home or office. http://new.livestream.com/tedx/stanford

One of the missions of TEDxSunnyvale is to support and encourage all the TEDx events in the greater SF Bay Area. To that end, when we learn of local TEDx events, we list them here on our site. (We’ll also list some awesome nonTEDx events, like the annual MakerFaire.)


The URL is easy to remember, or just click on the Events list you see at the top right of every page on this site.

Happy TEDxing!

Curator and Organizer
In the heart of Silicon Valley, in the SF Bay area of Northern California

TEDxSunnyvaleChange – this Wednesday, April 3rd


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is holding TEDxChange on Wednesday morning April 3, in Seattle, Washington.

We’re holding TEDxSunnyvaleChange here in the South Bay to share the livestream of TEDxChange from Seattle. To enable people with daytime commitments to watch and participate, we’ve chosen to time-shift this to the early evening.

In our own TEDxSunnyvale style, we’ll take time to discuss each speaker before watching the next.

There is no charge to attend. Space is limited – please register so we can plan accordingly. If you register, we will hold one of our limited spaces for you.

Themed Positive Disruption, TEDxChange 2013 speakers will challenge preconceived ideas, spark discussion, engage leaders and shed light on new perspectives.

Convened by Melinda French Gates.

Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger. We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and our societies, often favoring passivity and compliance.

But disruption can be a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. It can challenge old assumptions, ignite conversations, activate authorities and expose new possibilities. Disruption can shed a unique light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges of our global community.

To solve the most intractable challenges in health and development, we need positive disruption. It is the path to true progress.


Melinda Gates: Host
Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Melinda will host TEDxChange from the Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, Washington.

Cathleen Kaveny: Religion, tradition, and modernity
Cathleen Kaveny is an American legal scholar and theologian. She is a John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Notre Dame Law School, and is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University.

Halimatou Hima: Investing in girls
Halimatou Hima is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Following an internship in the Women & Population Division at the United Nations Foundation, she worked in the Child Protection Division at the United Nations in her home country of Niger (UNICEF).

Roger Thurow: Shifts in agriculture
Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council in January 2010 after three decades at the Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa.

Julie Dixon: Social change
Julie Dixon is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), an academic initiative that examines the critical role of communication in fostering engagement in social change.

David Fasanya: Youth poet
David Fasanya is a Nigerian-American performance artist and award-winning youth poet residing in Brooklyn, NY.

Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra: Vaccine advocates
We will show a trailer from the feature film Revolutionary Optimists, about how children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. We will then invite Salim and Sikha, two of the children featured prominently in the film, to join onstage for Q&A.

Get involved

Overcoming global challenges takes global involvement; the conversation needs your voice!

TEDxSunnyvaleChange will be held in the Conference Room at TechShop San Jose, 300 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Limited free parking is available in the TechShop parking lot. When that’s full, there are several pay lots and garages nearby.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Registration opens at 6 p.m.
The program starts at 7 p.m. and runs approximately 90 minutes.

There is no charge to attend.

You are welcome to bring your own “brown bag” food to eat. Also there are several great
local take-out places within two blocks, including Pizza My Heart pizzas, Indian dosas and curries,
a taqueria, and burgers. We expect to have free coffee.


Email them to info@tedxsunnyvale.com

Recap: TEDxSunnyvale – Life After Doomsday

Recap: “Life After Doomsday”

On Saturday, February 16th, 2013, a group of intrepid adventurers gathered in the conference room at TechShop San Jose to explore “Life After Doomsday”

The day started as attendees signed in and got a custom laser-engraved namebadge. Improving on the terrific custom-made wood, acrylic, and dry-erase badges we innovated in 2012, these new badges are not just made from recovered materials, they are also reusable.

Life After Doomsday

The badges are laser-engraved from a sheet of old dry-erase board that Gordon had kept in his garage since the 1990s. Each attendee’s name is laser engraved into the badge, in large, easy to read type. But instead of engraving the event name, date, and theme into the badge, these were printed onto low-tack stickers that were then stuck onto each badge. Attendees can choose to keep the badge as a souvenir, or they can peel off the stickers and use the badge for other events. For example instead of the generic slap-on “Hi, my name is…” badge at their next meetup, they can wear this laser-engraved badge. They can write on it with a common dry-erase marker to customize it for the event.

Attendees were then asked to name their favorite Doomsday. Listed were Zombies, Supervolcanos, Y2K, Stupidity, Alien Invasion, Biblical, Climate Change, Asteroids, Science Fictional, Nuclear, Plague, Electro-magnetic Pulse, Electric Storm, and Running out of Food stocks.

We had a variety of intriguing and satisfying donuts from Psycho Donuts across the street, and coffee courtesy of our venue, TechShop San Jose.

We then watched the following videos, discussing each one before watching the next.

Session One:

  1. Spicy God (Topical commercial – Tabasco)
  2. Paul Gilding: The Earth is Full (TED 2012)
  3. Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge (TED 2009)
  4. John Hodgman The End is Nigh (TEDxMidWest)
  5. Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn (TEDGlobal 2010)
  6. Wade Davis: The Worldwide Web of Belief and Ritual (TED 2008)
  7. Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future (TED 2012)

At our lunch break we dispersed to several of the local restaurants, where we got delicious American, Indian, or Pizza, and brought it back to eat and chat.

Session Two:

  1. Asteroid Doomsday (Topical commercial – Bud Light)
  2. Jared Diamond: Why Societies Collapse (TED 2003)
  3. Prepper Tips – Rehydration (National Geographic Channel)
  4. Richard Sears: Preparing for the end of oil (TED 2010)
  5. Jill Sobule – Manhattan in January (TED 2006)
  6. Ric Elias: 3 Things I Learned While my Plane Crashed (TED 2011)
  7. Why the End of the World? Thomas Calloway (TEDxAsheville)
  8. Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for the Indus Script (TED 2011)
  9. Glenn Stutzky: Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse (TEDxLansing)
  10. Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future (TED 2012)

After the final video we had a brief discussion of the favorite Doomsday scenarios we had started with, and how we felt about them now.

To continue on this path of study, try these:

  1. Wade Davis: Dreams of Forgotten Cultures (TED 2003)
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight (TED 2008)
  3. Stacey Kramer: The best gift I ever survived (TED 2010)
  4. Jeff Masters: Nine Potential $100 Billion Weather Disasters of the Next 30 Years (TEDxBermuda)
  5. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (A great science fiction novel about a future time where food is scarce and Calorie Companies rule)

Vocabulary – New terms we learned today:
Eschatology“, The “Omega Pulse” and the “Blood Wave“, “Peak Whale“.


Explain the difference between an Asteroid, a Meteoroid, a Meteor, and a Meteorite.

Extra Credit:
Help save the world from Asteroids
• Ed Lu: The Biggest Conservations Project Imaginable
• The B612 Foundation
• Phil Plait: How to Defend the Earth from Asteroids (TEDxBoulder)

(Photo credit: CatsPyjamasNZ via Flickr)

TEDxSunnyvale: “Life After Doomsday” – Feb 16, 2013

Life After Doomsday

Event link on TED.com

San Jose, CA, United States
16 February 2013
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We expect to offer beverages (coffee, soft drinks and water).
Contact us if you would like to sponsor refreshments.

What comes after the end?

What do you do when the Sun comes up the day after it was all supposed to be over?

In the past few years we’ve all heard news stories predicting the end – of civilization, of mankind, of the entire universe. Yet after a breathless news cycle each of these predicted Doomsdays is now in our rear-view mirror. Whether you call it Armageddon, Y2K, the Apocalypse, Ragnarok, or the end of the 12th B’ak’tun, we’re still here!

At first, we thought of just having fun with this Theme. “Look, it’s after December 21st, and we’re still here. Nyah Nyah.” But as we discussed it we realized there are interesting issues to explore. We’ve found great talks predicting global doomsday, and others explaining how we will avoid it. There are talks about personal doomsdays, and talks about astronomical and anthropological threats. We’ve also found talks that provide a humorous perspective.

Together we’ll explore endings that failed to end, ponder new beginnings, and visit the times after “end times.” Our event Theme has led us to a day that will be both whimsical and serious, but not terrifying. Our goal is to feed our brains, and to encourage thoughtful discussion, all in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.


There are over 1,200 TED talks up on TED.com, and over 17,000 talks from TEDx events. TEDxSunnyvale exists to bring some of the best of those talks together with passionate people to view, and to ignite discussion.


So while we will have live attendees, we will have no live speakers. We’ll watch together and talk about what we’ve seen. We’ll network and meet new people.

Our event is structured just like any other TEDx event – with a Theme, and Sessions of talks lasting roughly an hour and a half. But in our event all the talks will be watched on video, taken from both the TED and TEDx archives. This is an experiment – all the other TEDx events in the Bay Area focus mainly on live speakers. By taking this lower-key approach to a TEDx event, we are able to keep the costs very low, and we are able to hold multiple events in a year. We’re not trying to replace any of the other great Bay Area TEDx events; instead we add another dimension to TED in the Bay Area, and another way to participate and contribute to the greater TEDx and TED communities.


We have a stress-free policy for our committee and our attendees. We keep the process of attending simple and casual. We ask that you plan to be an active participant at the event.

Free WiFi provided by TechShop San Jose.


(Photo credit: CatsPyjamasNZ via Flickr)

Start your journey of 12,300+ with the top 20 TED talks.

Talks on TED.comThere are over 1,300 TED talks online. Combine that with more than 11,000 TEDx videos, (no, that’s not a typo), and the selection is pretty staggering. But have you ever wondered which TED talks get the most play? Well, fear not! TED has compiled a list of the 20 most viewed TED videos on their blog. Take a look at the link below and, while you probably won’t have time to watch all the talks out there, you can at least be sure you’re caught up the the TED top-20.