A Catalyst For Spreading Ideas That Change Our World
TEDxSanDiego brings together innovators, explorers, teachers and learners, then seeks to illuminate, inspire and activate those individuals as a way to encourage conversation, collaboration and action. Our vision is to be a local forum that encourages and facilitates the unleashing of powerful ideas which can change the world.
A not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organization, TEDxSanDiego would not be possible without the efforts and contributions of our team members and corporate partners who commit their passion, financial and practical support to creating the TEDxSanDiego Experience.
Corporate partner support and event ticket fees cover:
- Event Production
- Speaker Hospitality
- Video Production
None of the organizing team nor speakers/performers are paid for their time, it’s truly a labor of love. If you would like to get a sense of the amazing TEDxSanDiego experience, watch this recap of our 2012 event.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. TEDx events are designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDxSanDiego was founded in 2010 as a a non-profit 501c3 under a licensing agreement from TED.
TEDxSanDiego 2013, our fourth full-day event, is set for Saturday, December 14th on the UCSD campus in partnership with the Qualcomm Institute at Calit2 and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination.
In 2010, TEDxSanDiego launched with an event themed The Next Wave and reached 300 participants in the audience and over 20,000 via live stream. The event featured over 20 speakers and performers including ukulele player Jake Shimabakuro, Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Tony Hamet, author Simon Sinek and Invisible Children founder Jason Russell.
Over 525 participants attended the 2011 event, The World In Our Grasp, which featured nearly 30 speakers, and included tech demonstrations and art installations. Noted speakers included actor and activist Richard Dreyfuss, author and life coach Martha Beck, spoken word artist Sekou Andrews as well as LA philharmonic violinist and TED Fellow Robert Gupta. Combined, the speaker videos from TEDxSanDiego events have been viewed online nearly 250,000 times.
TEDxYouth@SanDiego was founded in November 2011, as a partnership between TEDxSanDiego, local high school students, area educators and business mentors. Now an independent event “by youth, for youth”, TEDxYouth@SanDiego 2012 – “Architects of the Future” will host 400 San Diego high school on November 18, 2012, Learn more at TEDxYouthSD.com.