In May of 2011, TEDxAmericasFinestCity held its first event at Scripps Seaside Forum. A sold out audience enjoyed 14 brilliant speakers and a beautiful venue. Since then TEDxAFC has held over a dozen events and worked with various communities to offer opportunities for people to be exposed to the wonder of TEDx. We feel that by sharing the TEDx platform and ideas, people will see we have more similarities then differences. Our mission has always been to find local speakers and create a platform for the world to hear their message. As the TEDx brand continues to grow, we feel that it is important for the world to hear San Diego’s voice and be added to the chorus of ideas that have the power to shape our future going forward. As we are only one of many TEDx groups in San Diego, TEDxAFC is united locally and globally to support the growth of each TEDx event throughout the year. Please join us as a part of a global phenomenon that has resulted in more than 4,300 TEDx events in 1,200 cities and 133 countries around the world.
TEDxAmericasFinestCity will be your opportunity to see what is really going on around us as we explore (RE)united ideas from speakers all around our community.
TEDxAFC hopes to help you (RE)define what San Diego is. We will (RE)mix our culture, (RE)fine our technology, and (RE)connect with ourselves. Some would call it a Renaissance, others see it as something new all together. Our old systems and institutions are (RE)examining their purpose and as a community, we are now looking forward.
Our new DEMO area will feature companies from around San Diego and beyond. Such as.. Object 3D printing, Microsoft Kinect, Firehouse, Solo Eyeware, Animal Cracker Conspiracy, Co-merge, San Diego Sports Innovators, Dry Soda, Pop Chips, Nika Water, Shakti Rising, Nutzo, ClearStory, Fisker Automotive, The Optimist Club, Makerplace and much much more.
* A final list of speakers will be sent to ticket holders.
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Neal SperlingNeal Sperling is a marketer, entrepreneur, social organizer, and fund-raiser. He is well known for his reputation of being a world class connector.
Michel KripalaniMichel Kripalani started a multimedia production company entitled MOOV Design, Presto Studios and most recently Oceanhouse Media, based in Encinitas. Oceanhouse Media has created countless Iphone, Ipod, and Nook apps, including popular ones that depict Dr.Seuss's stories.
Elizabeth SeckelElizabeth has had the privilege of investigating fascinating aspects of neurology for the past three years. Her work has been featured in the popular press on the Discovery Channel, in New Scientist, Sunday Times Magazine, and Scientific American Mind.
Nicole NewnhamNicole Newnham is a documentary filmmaker and writer, currently co-directing and producing The Revolutionary Optimists with Maren Grainger-Monsen as a filmmaker-in-residence at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics Program in Bioethics and Film. Nicole co-produced and directed the critically acclaimed film The Rape of Europa, about the fate of Europe's art treasures during WWII. The Rape of Europa played theatrically in 80 cities across the country, has been a much-broadcast PBS primetime special, was nominated for two national Emmys and a WGA award.
Urban MiyaresUrban Miyares is a sought-after motivational, inspirational and educational speaker: experiences as a disabled Vietnam veteran, a sports star, a healthcare authority and a businessman. As a successful and award-winning entrepreneur, he has been recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on the self-employment of people with disabilities.
Paul KedroskyPaul Kedrosky advises the Kauffman Foundation as a senior fellow. He uses his experience as a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and academic to explore new programming opportunities for Kauffman in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and capital markets. Most recently, Kedrosky has been an active early-stage investor, having funded more than fifty companies in Internet, mobile, life sciences and materials. As a sought-after speaker, writer, and serial entrepreneur, Kedrosky is frequently quoted in major publications around the world.
Teddy CruzTeddy Cruz has been recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border. In 1991, he received the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture and in 2005 he was the first recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture On The City Prize. He is currently a professor in public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego.
Larry GoldsteinDr. Goldstein is Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. He received his B.A. degree in biology and genetics at UCSD and his Ph.D. degree in genetics from the University of Washington, Seattle. He did his postdoctoral work at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to moving to UCSD, he was Professor of Cellular and Developmental Biology at Harvard University.
Katie BrauerOriginally from Sydney Australia, Katie Brauer is an International Yoga Teacher known for her progressive approach and inspirational teaching style. Katie studied Anatomy, Physiology and Functional Movement at University in Sydney, Australia. (A.C.P.E.) and continues to expand her knowledge in alternative modalities and integrate them into her teaching. She shares her love of yoga at Festivals nationwide and leads Yoga Retreats and Teacher Trainings around the world.
Jeremy McgheeJeremy McGhee, a San Diego native/Mammoth Lakes perennial, lost the use of his legs in 2001 as the result of a catastrophic motorcycle accident. Rather than treating this as a loss Jeremy has revered his disposition as a gain, fueling his passion to live life to the fullest as never before.
Todd LaSotaDirector of Design
Jackie LeeCo-Founder / Strategy
Monika CarlsonDirector of Development
Patricia StitsonExecutive Technical Director
Amber BrandnerVolunteer Coordinator
Lyndsi ShermanLead Speaker Host
Dominic AccardiStage Manager
Cortney CotterStage Manager II / DEMO Logistics
Sasha KokuashviliDesign Team / Assistant to the Director
Heidi RatajSpeaker Coordinator / AV I