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Theme: Prototype

This event occurred on
January 28, 2012
10:00am - 4:00pm (UTC -8hrs)
San Jose, CA
United States

Serving the Bay Area TEDx Community THEME: The Theme for our inaugural event was Prototype. This fit as this was the first event we'd put together, and here in Silicon Valley both hardware and software is typically prototyped as part of the process of development. I think of the process of building prototypes as taking risks, experimenting, expecting failure, where imperfections are tolerated and rough edges are celebrated. It is a process of successive refinement. We chose talks that related in some way to this theme. INSPIRATION: There are over 1,100 TED talks up on, and over 12,000 talks from TEDx events up on YouTube. TEDxSunnyvale exists to bring some of the best of those talks together with passionate people to view and discuss them. 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. LESSONS LEARNED: I learned a lot during the planning of our event, and during the event itself. Most importantly, I learned how important it is for people to be able to interact and discuss the videos we've watched. PLAYLIST: Here are the videos we watched at TEDxSunnyvale SESSION ONE - THEORY 1. Chris Anderson, TED Curator - Introduction to TEDx 2. Erin McKean, Lexicographer 3. Jason Halpern - Entrepreneur 4. Tom Wujec - Build a Tower, Build a Team 5. Dale Daugherty - All of Us Are Makers 6. Eric Whitacre - A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong SESSION TWO - PRACTICE 7. Onyx Ashanti - This is Beatjazz 8. Nathan Myhrvold - Inventor, Cookbook Creator 9. Marcin Jakubowski - Farmer and Technologist 10. Zach Kaplan & Keith Schacht - Inventables Guys 11. Sonaar Luthra - Meet the Water Canary 12. Commercials - Three adverts fitting our theme and adding some humor 13. Johnny Lee - Wii Hacker 14. Nikhil Arora & Alejandro Velez - Entrepreneurs & Urban Farmers FURTHER RESOURCES: • Onyx Ashanti documents the design and construction of his Beatjazz controller in an article on page 116 of the latest Make Magazine, Volume 28. • Wired also blogged about Onyx Ashanti at MakerFaire in 2008. • Onyx Ashanti's blog • If you want to do the Marshmallow Challenge with your teams, here is the canonical website: • Other videos we selected that relate to our theme of Prototype: Neil Gershenfeld - What Comes After the Digital Revolution Miwa Matreyek's "Glorious Visions" - Performed live at TEDGlobal 2010 Veronika Scott, Designer & Social Entrepreneur Erin McKean also spoke at TEDxYouth@Castilleja in November, 2011 Gever Tulley - Five Dangerous Things For Kids BLOG POSTS: Stacie Tamaki of the TEDxSunnyvale team wrote these two informative posts, including the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the namebadges. • • JC DILL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT: We were fortunate to have nature photographer JC Dill exhibit ten beautiful photographs of dry ice sublimation at TEDxSunnyvale. See the images JC exhibited here:!i=505337910&k=TrLkF PLEASE BE SOCIAL: Follow us on Twitter:!/TEDxSunnyvale Like us on Facebook: *TEDxSunnyvale is independently organized under license from TED.

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Organizing team


Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Stacie Tamaki
    Director of Art and Content
  • Brenton Murray
    Director of Marketing
  • Dave Land
    Director of User Experience