TEDxSantaCruz – “Activate”

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Date(s) - 03/08/2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hotel Paradox

ac·ti·vate (verb)
To put in motion or move to act, as in to energize, ignite, electrify, fuel, kick start… to catalyze.

From the spark of inspiration to the act of realization, we’re looking for speakers and performers whose ideas sparked experiences, projects, work, or creativity that is setting in motion a new reality, igniting new connections, or energizing communities. Be part of a growing community of change-makers and thought leaders who will activate Santa Cruz on March 8, 2014.

Join the TEDx SantaCruz community for a full day of exhilarating live talks, TED videos, and delicious lunch served poolside at the fabulous Paradox Hotel. Speakers, organizers and attendees will download at a celebratory after-party reception where we can all share our inspirations, comments and feedback. One thing’s certain: expect to leave ACTIVATED.

If you or someone you know about can activate our community with a unique idea worth spreading, we invite you to apply to be part of this exciting event. Delight us, inspire us, educate us, challenge us: ACTIVATE US!

TEDxSantaCruz Event Highlights

TEDxSantaCruz is a stage and platform for the best and brightest talents of Santa Cruz County, the Bay Area, and the world. Since our founding in 2011, we have held three full-day TEDxSantaCruz live events and hosted numerous smaller events to share TED with Santa Cruz County. Take a look at video highlights of TEDxSantaCruz talks to view the types of talks we will showcase at TEDxSantaCruz: Activate in March 2014.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. TEDXSantaCruz is broader still, showcasing ideas worth spreading in any discipline. The format is distilled, compact, intense and inspired with talks of 18 minutes or less. This immersive environment allows attendees and speakers from vastly different fields to cross-fertilize and draw inspiration from unlikely places.

We hope you will join us on March 8, 2014 as a sponsor, a speaker, or an audience member.

About Hotel Paradox:

TEDxSantaCruz attendees will enjoy presentations in the grand ballroom and a lunch catered by Paradox’s Solaire Restaurant and Bar. After the event, the audience will get a chance to mingle with the speakers, performers, and fellow guests at a festive after-party no-host reception, featuring the TEDxSantaCruz signature cocktail, the “Blast.”

The Speaker Curation Process:
TEDxSantaCruz gathers leading thinkers, makers, and artists to share their ideas that create real change in Santa Cruz and around the world. TEDxSantaCruz is dedicated to producing events that feature stimulating presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that spark new ideas and opportunities.

TEDxSantaCruz speakers are chosen through a highly curated process that takes into consideration ideas, speaker styles, and the flow the day. Our team is currently interviewing prospective speakers and will have the complete lineup assembled by early January. The speaker selection committee works with the speakers to prepare and develop their talks, each of which will be from 3 to 18 minutes long.

We are seeking speakers from both Santa Cruz County and from around the world who would like to spread their unique ideas through TEDxSantaCruz. Speakers must be available all day on March 7th for rehearsals and must stay all day on March 8th to attend the event and after party. Travel and lodging costs will be the responsibility of the speaker, unless otherwise agreed to in advance. You can read more about speaking at a TEDx event in the TEDx Speaker Guide [PDF].