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Theme: Redefining Relevance

This event occurred on
October 10, 2012
8:00am - 5:30pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Costa Mesa, CA
United States

How do you make sense of a world that is constantly changing? How do you solve problems that haven’t been defined?

We are faced with a future that holds growing political, economic, and environmental uncertainty. Our ability to adapt and innovate across these challenges will be tied to our ability to remain relevant: to utilize the most innovative technologies, to remain open to paradigm shifts in understanding, to constantly re-examine priorities.

To help lead us through this evolving definition of relevance, we are assembling a cast of scientific pioneers, visionaries, storytellers, and provocateurs. These innovators will open our minds to the redefined world of the future and provide us with the tools for remaining relevant.

As the pace of change grows exponentially faster, how will you redefine relevance?

Segerstrom Concert Hall
650 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
United States
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Emile Haddad

Emile Haddad’s life has been defined by “turning lemons into lemonade.” As an immigrant he is a living example of the American Dream. Emile has a passion for building communities. He loves complicated challenges. As Chief Investment Officer of Lennar, one of the largest publicly traded builders in the US, he helped afford tens of thousands of families the ability to realize their American Dream by buying homes in some of the best recognized Master Planned Communities in California.

Jack Andraka

Jack Andraka, a 15 year old high school student from Maryland has a vision to make a simple dip stick sensor for the detection of diseases. His invention recently netted him $100,000 at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as winner fo the Intel Foundation $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award and the Google Thinking Big AwardFor the project that addresses a large and seemingly-impossible problem, finding an elegant solution with broad impact

Christopher Steiner

Christopher Steiner is the author of Automate This (2012) and $20 Per Gallon, a New York Times Bestseller (2009). He is a cofounder at Aisle50, a Y Combinator company that sells grocery deals through the Web. Before starting Aisle50 in 2011, Steiner was a senior writer covering technology at Forbes

Christine Marie

Christine Marie is an artist and director creating original lo-fi spectacles of large-scale cinematic shadow theater. She seamlessly integrates performers, objects and hand made special effects to elicit connections with concepts, phenomenology and history in emotional and visually stimulating performances. Christine Marie is a 2012 TED Fellow. She also directs, designs and edits for film and video. Her new work, Signaling Arcana, will premiere in 2013.

Bonnie Boswell

Bonnie Boswell is an award-winning reporter, documentary film producer and talk show host. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and holds a master’s degree in City Planning from M.I.T. Ms. Boswell is currently the CEO of Bluegate, LLC and the executive producer of THE POWERBROKER: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights, which will air on PBS’ Independent Lens, February 2013

Fernando Fabre

For the last 14 years Fernando has been working at what many people would describe as a dream job. As president of Endeavor he has been able to see firsthand how entrepreneurial ecosystems are being built from the ground up by entrepreneurs in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Mexico City, Istanbul, Amman and many other cities

Annemarie Du LeBohn

Annemarie du LeBohn faced a few challenges; a brutal attack and a few other life threatening events. In the scheme of her life, however, it was a secret she kept for many years that left the deepest emotional scars. She moved on but questioned her values and at times felt hopeless. Then at age 49 she chose to redefine her life by taking on the world’s most challenging endurance race

Brittany Ishibashi

Brittany Ishibashi is one of Hollywood’s most talented rising stars. She has always been a performer, growing up dancing, singing and acting from the age of 6. Theatre was her first love. It was there that she first discovered the power of storytelling as a conduit for the human experience…The magic of stepping into someone else’s life and becoming a part of a live and creative discussion that (hopefully) opens eyes and hearts

Hans Keirstead

An internationally known stem cell expert, Hans Keirstead has pioneered a number of efforts in the field. He led his team of researchers to successfully develop a stem cell-based treatment for paralyzed rats. This treatment marked the first such stem cell-based clinical trial ever approved by a regulatory body, worldwide

Hsing Wei

Hsing Wei is an interaction designer, convener, and tinkerist. She enjoys thinking about and developing technology-enriched experiences that solve problems, connect communities, and enable novel ways of interacting with the world. As a co-founder of The Makery, she hopes to spread the joys of making to young people and inspire self-driven learning about science, technology, engineering, and math

Ivan Schwab

Ivan Schwab is engaged in research on ocular surface disease, and was the first person in the United States to transplant bioengineered tissue to the ocular surface in 1999. With an interest in comparative optics and physiology, Professor Schwab has published a book entitled “Evolution’s Witness: How Eyes Evolved

Jacqueline Emerson

Jacqueline Emerson is a singer, songwriter and actress. She most notably portrayed “Foxface” in the recent movie, “The Hunger Games,” and plans on attending Stanford University in fall 2013 as an East Asian Studies/Chinese major. As a musician, she recently released two debut songs, “Peter Pan” and “Catch Me If You Can,” both of which can be seen on YouTube. “Peter Pan” is a song about her fears of growing up, and the importance of her inner child. After watching many inspirational TED Talks, she believes this program creates an important forum for discussion and expansion of the mind. Jacqueline is unbelievably honored to be speaking at the TEDxOrangeCoast conference

John Jolliffe

Currently Senior Advisor in Global Health & Development for Jim Carrey’s Private Foundation, Fifteen years as syndicated radio broadcaster, John Jolliffe maintains a busy international Psychotherapy and Consultancy Practice.

Kal Raustiala

Kal Raustiala is a professor at UCLA Law School and as Director of the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Columbia, Chicago, and Harvard. He is a frequent media contributor whose writing has been featured in many outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Le Monde, and the New Yorker. His latest book, The Knockoff Economy, written with Christopher Sprigman, was published in September 2012.

Lara Lee

Lara is Chief Innovation and Operating Officer at Continuum. Named a “Master of Innovation” by BusinessWeek in 2006, Lara Lee has driven customer-centric innovation for over 20 years as a consultant and corporate executive, across cultures and around the globe, from startups to the Fortune 100

Mike Kenyon

Mike Kenyon is the Development Leader with Free Wheelchair Mission, a nonprofit in Irvine, CA that provides wheelchairs for the disabled poor in the developing world. In that role he empowers individuals to use their gifts and talents and leads a movement of volunteers across the United States who champion the cause of mobility.

Nadeem Kassam

He is the founder and Chief Alliance Officer at Basis, a director at Zynik Capital Corp and an angel investor in a number of exciting start-ups and projects. With his background in the entertainment industry and his ability to bring the right people together on the right projects, Nadeem is on a mission to prove that business can and should be a force for good in the world.

Nigel Nisbet

From teaching a class of 15 at an idyllic private all-girls school in rural England to conducting Algebra workshops with 200 students at a time in the cafeteria of a downtown LA high school, Nigel has learned – mostly the hard way – how, and especially how not, to get kids to enjoy and understand mathematics. After a stint running the mathematics department of the second largest school district in the US, he quit his day job and went to work as a game designer for the non-profit MIND Research Institute in Orange County

Pascal Finette

Pascal is Director of Mozilla’s Open Innovation group and WebFWD, where he works with the wider community inventing the future of the Web. He loves technology and believes that the Internet is deeply impacting mankind. Prior to Mozilla, he led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group, launched a consulting practice to help entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations and invested into startups, among other things

Ray Goren

Ray Goren started playing guitar at the age of 8. Through grass-roots support, Ray has emerged onto the music scene appearing on the main stages of the nationally acclaimed Doheny Blues Festival (2012) and the Detroit Jazz Festival (2011) to name just a few. Ray discovered the blues while searching on Youtube for jazz trombone genius JJ Johnson. By mistake Ray typed “BB” instead of “JJ” and stumbled on a clip of BB king. Ray was mesmerized by the music

Reggie Littlejohn

Reggie Littlejohn is President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition to combat forced abortion, gendercide and sex trafficking in China. She also led the international campaign to free blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who arrived in the U.S. in May 2012.

Rick Afable

Dr. Afable’s interests lie in the creation of value in medicine and health care delivery: balancing the consistency of evidence-based care with lower cost and the artisanship and creativity needed to effectively care for individuals.

Rick Reiff

Rick Reiff is the host and executive producer of “SoCal Insider with Rick Reiff,” a weekly Golden Mike-winning public affairs program on the Los Angeles region’s PBS flagship station, PBS SoCal (KOCE-TV.)

Rick Warren

Rick Warren, Ph.D., is a global strategist, pastor, author and philanthropist. He has lectured at numerous universities, world forums and the United Nations, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann has a background in sports as a former Quarterback for the UCLA Bruins and Cincinnati Bengals. When his career was cut short due to a shoulder injury he translated his energy into his art started lighting things on fire. Since his immersion into the art world Ryan has developed a technique and created a niche for himself using a blowtorch to burn the image into wood. His work ambiguously attacks popular culture while navigating socio-political truths.

Scott Bradlee

Scott Bradlee is a New York City-based pianist, arranger, music director and producer. His music, which seeks to blur the boundaries between genres, has received widespread media coverage and has been featured in television, video games, and film. Currently, he serves as the music director of Punchdrunk’s acclaimed immersive theatre work, Sleep No More.

Shawn Green

Shawn Green’s Major League Baseball career spanned fifteen seasons with four teams: the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the New York Mets. His path to success was as grounded in philosophical study as in baseball wisdom. Striving to find stillness within the scene of Major League Baseball, Green learned to approach the sport with a clear mind. This approach transformed him as a player, as a family man, and as a post-career athlete transitioning into other paths

Sohrab Vossoughi

Sohrab Vossoughi is founder, president and chief creative director at Ziba Design. During his 30 year tenure, Sohrab has received numerous accolades that include being named one of the five innovation gurus in the US by BusinessWeek magazine, elected as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum

Stanton Rowe

Stanton Rowe is the son of a rocket engineer and a teacher. Raised in Alabama, he studied Biology and became fascinated with medicine, working in pharmaceuticals at first, then medical devices. He has developed products for critical care medicine, interventional cardiology, and cardiac surgery. He values his time working with key physicians from around the world, their partnership in development being so important to making new products that save lives, and improve others.

Stephanie Powell

Stephanie Powell is a tenured Professor in Dance at Long Beach City College. She danced professionally with major dance companies such as the Oakland Ballet Company, San Francisco Opera, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Donald Byrd the Group, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Lion King. As a testament to her reputation and contributions, Powell has received the UC Irvine Black Leadership Advancement Coalition Alumni Award, the Long Beach Post Award for Best Teacher in the City of Long Beach, and was a nominee for “Woman of the Year” Award by Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal

Organizing team

Amir Alexandre

Los Angeles, CA, United States


Newport Beach, CA, United States
  • Kevin Banifatemi