TEDxSunnyvale: “Embracing Recklessness” – July 21st, 2012

Embracing recklessness

Event link on TED.com
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San Jose, CA, United States
21 July 2012
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2 sessions,
We expect to offer complimentary coffee and breakfast pastries
We will have sandwiches from Togos for lunch, courtesy of TechShop.
We’ll also have soft drinks and water to drink.

THEME:
The Theme for this event is “Embracing Recklessness”
In our brainstorming for a Theme for our event, we discussed how the culture of Silicon Valley is based on disruption, on taking risks, on sometimes unanticipated game changers. Silicon Valley is one of the few places in the world where trying and failing is celebrated; where somebody who doesn’t have any failures is considered to be not taking enough risks. We want to take this idea to its logical extreme, and see where we all go. So, Embracing Recklessness. It’s mysterious, it’s provocative, and it’s going to be quite a ride.

INSPIRATION:
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.

LIVE ATTENDEES, NOT LIVE SPEAKERS:
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.

OTHER DETAILS:
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.

There is free WiFi if you need to connect sometime.

Due to road construction, the main entrance to TechShop on San Carlos street is currently closed. You can enter via 3rd street – next to McDonalds. Or from 2nd street. Here’s a map.

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If you sign up before end of day, Wednesday, July 18, and you commit to attend, we’ll make you a custom laser-engraved name badge.

(Photo courtesy of Flickr)

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