x = independently organized TED event


This event occurred on
May 19, 2012
11:00am - 7:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Stanford, CA
United States

TEDxStanford will showcase some of the best of Stanford. From cutting edge science and medicine that is changing lives to behind-the-scenes of remarkable start-ups, TEDxStanford will feature digital innovation, philosophy talks, student inventions, virtual reality, yoga, Taiko drumming, dance to blow your mind, and our 13 year-old cello prodigy. An unforgettable day at an unforgettable place.

Cemex Auditorium
Stanford University Graduate School of Business
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA, 94305
United States
Event type:
University (What is this?)
See more ­T­E­Dx­Stanford events


Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Jeremy Bailenson

Jeremy Bailenson is a cognitive psychologist and expert on human interaction in virtual environments.

Banny Banerjee

Banny Banerjee is the director of the Stanford Design Program, which has shaped the design field through its unique approach to human centered innovation.

Jennifer Brokaw

Dr. Jennifer Brokaw is an emergency physician and the founder of Good Medicine, which helps seriously ill patients and their families navigate the path of medical care.

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw was anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” for 21 years and is the recipient of many honors, including the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award and the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Krista Donaldson

Krista Donaldson is the CEO of D-Rev, a non-profit technology incubator whose mission is to improve the health and incomes of people living on less than $4 per day.

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir

Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir is working to develop a new molecular imaging system and technique to illuminate tumors and acquire data on more than two dozen tumor-related functions simultaneously.

J. Christian Gerdes

J. Christian Gerdes is Stanford School of Engineering’s director of the Center for Automotive Research and has done vehicle dynamics research at Daimler-Benz North America.

Esther Gokhale

Esther Gokhale has developed a unique set of solutions to back pain and has been involved in integrative therapies all her life.

Louis Jackson

Louis Jackson is a yoga practitioner and instructor who fuses health traditions dating back thousands of years with the most recent science on health and wellness.

Dan Klein

Dan Klein has travelled the world teaching improvisational communication and creative problem solving.

Rayden Llano

Rayden Llano is a 2010 Stanford graduate with a degree in human biology who works on health care access issues around the world.

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims is Stanford’s first ever Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising.

Jason Mayden

Jason Mayden, is the senior footwear/innovation designer for Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., and the creative and technical mastermind behind many of Jordan Brand’s sneakers.

Ana Rowena McCullough

Ana Rowena McCullough is co-founder and board chair of the Quest Scholars Program and QuestBridge, which connects the nation’s brightest under-served youth with opportunities in leading higher-education institutions.

Martha Muña

Martha Muña is the National Student Director of KaeMe Foundation, a non-profit that works with Ghana’s Department of Social Welfare to support orphaned children.

Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig is the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford’s School of Engineering.

Baba Shiv

Baba Shiv studies the interplay of the brain’s “liking” and “wanting” systems in shaping decisions and experiences.

Joel Stein

Joel Stein is a journalist and humorist who writes a weekly column for TIME magazine.

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor’s work lies at the intersection of the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, with an occasional foray into the history of philosophy.

Justin Torres

Justin Torres is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and author of We the Animals.

Sherry Wren

Dr. Sherry Wren has created teaching programs to prepare surgeons from high-resource settings to work in low-resource settings, such as conflict zones in Africa.

Mark Applebaum

Mark Applebaum builds electroacoustic sound sculptures out of junk, hardware, and found objects for use as compositional and improvisational tools.

Aleta Hayes

Aleta Hayes is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, performer and faculty member of Stanford’s Department of Drama and its Dance Division.

The Chocolate Heads

The Chocolate Heads Movement Band is made up of musicians, dancers and visual artists.

Ila Shon

Ila Shon is a 14-year old cellist who has won several international competitions and performed in Carnegie Hall.

Pamela Z

Pamela Z is a composer, performer and media artist who creates solo works with voice, live electronic processing, and video.

Stanford Taiko

Stanford Taiko is a student-run Taiko ensemble devoted to spreading awareness of Taiko in the community.

Vienna Teng

Vienna Teng is a singer, songwriter and pianist who recorded her debut album while working as an engineer at Cisco.

Organizing team


Stanford, CA, United States


Menlo Park, CA, United States
  • June Cohen
    Co-host, TEDxStanford
  • David Hornik
    Co-host, co-organizer, TEDxStanford
  • Melinda Sacks
    TEDxStanford curator, producer, Office of Public Affairs
  • Nicole Laubscher
    Adviser, TEDxStanford
  • Fabian Beckers
    Adviser, TEDxStanford
  • Steve Brown
    Adviser, TEDxStanford
  • Anna Cobb
    graphic designer, print & digital media, University Communications
  • Christina Farr
    PR and press, TEDxStanford
  • Michael Aaron Godinez
    technical supervisor, Stanford Event Services
  • Ian Hsu
    social media and music, Office of Public Affairs
  • Ava Reich
    event manager, Stanford Event Services
  • Karen Sutton
    video production, Stanford Video
  • Lisa C. Simpson
    venue manager, Graduate School of Business
  • Elaine Enos
    executive director, Office of Special Events and Protocol
  • Barbara Egbert
    copy editor, Stanford News Service
  • Jay H Patel
    Student team: co-chair, organizing committee
  • Sukrit Narula
    Student team: co-chair, organizing committee
  • Roger Chen
    Student team: website developer
  • Brandon Ly
    Student team: showcase coordinator
  • Audrey Ho
    Student team: finance and ticket coordinator
  • Spencer Nam
    Student team: arts coordinator
  • Andrew Martin
    Student team: marketing
  • Brandon Powell
    Student team: social media
  • Brian Pesin
    Student team: social media strategy and execution