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This event occurred on
July 14, 2012
11:00am - 9:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Diego, CA
United States

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.

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Shivani Singh

Shivani Singh is an entrepreneur, author, and CEO of the company Dharma Express. After graduating from UCSD as a Physics major Shivani landed a hi-tech job with NASA.

Neal Sperling

Neal Sperling is a marketer, entrepreneur, social organizer, and fund-raiser. He is well known for his reputation of being a world class connector.

The Calder Quartet

The Calder Quartet, called “outstanding” and “superb” by the New York Times and inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, defies boundaries through performing a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel the true intention of the work’s creator.

Gregg Visintainer

Gregg Visintainer is a self-taught artist. It takes Gregg on average about 60-80 hours to complete an art piece. His style has gained recognition throughout Southern California and in the action sports industry. In the last three years he has drawn freelance artwork for Element Skateboards, Volcom, DC Shoes, Dregs Skateboards, Skinit, Grateful Dead, Falken Tires and others.

Greg Koch

Greg Koch is Co-Founder and CEO of Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, California. You can follow his musings on Twitter: @StoneGreg.

Martin Wollesen

Martin Wollesen oversees arts and event programs that enhance student life and support community involvement at UC San Diego. As Artistic Director for ArtPower! at UC San Diego, Wollesen provides artistic guidance and strategic development for the university’s premiere multi-presenting arts program in dance, music, spoken word and film.

Melinda Richter

Melinda Richter is the founder and CEO of Prescience International, a full-scale management firm which focuses on accelerating the commercialization of science and technology by starting and operating life science and cleantech centers of innovation, including incubators, institutes and foundations.

Michel Kripalani

Michel 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.

Bridget Rountree & Iain Gunn

Visual Artists and Performers, Bridget Rountree and Iain Gunn, joined forces in 2005 and began collaborating in a series of performance art pieces that combined mixed media, physical theatre, and puppetry. In 2007 they co-founded Animal Cracker Conspiracy a contemporary hybrid puppet company.

Byron Washom

Byron Washom is UC San Diego’s new Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives and is responsible for energy management policy to achieve the campus' goals for quantum improvements in energy management and Greenhouse Gas reductions. Prior to UCSD, Mr. Washom was the CEO for twenty years of a due diligence firm that specialized in CleanTech, and he served as Sr. International Advisor to the World Bank and DOE.

Elizabeth Seckel

Elizabeth 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.

Linda Whiteside

Linda Whiteside has shared stories in the Healing Arts Dept. at Rady Children’s Hospital for 15 years. Her humorous and thought-provoking style, fluidly weaving English and Spanish, captivates patients of all ages and contributes to the healing environment. With a Master of Education degree in Storytelling Arts, Linda maintains the ancient tradition of a story well-told and the wisdom of deep listening.

Marilyn McPhie

Marilyn McPhie once had to choose between cleaning bathrooms and telling stories. She’s been a professional teller since 1985, performing at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, corporate and private events and festivals around the country. California State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network and President of the Storytellers of San Diego, she has presented at many state and regional conferences and has a fondness for old stories with new twists. She lives in Penasquitos, which means “little bluffs”---an appropriate home for a storyteller.

Nicole Newnham

Nicole 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.

V.S. Ramachandran

V.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute. Ramachandran initially trained as a doctor and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. Ramachandran’s early work was on visual perception but he is best known for his experiments in behavioral neurology which, despite their apparent simplicity, have had a profound impact on the way we think about the brain. He has been called “The Marco Polo of neuroscience”.

Urban Miyares

Urban 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 Kedrosky

Paul 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 Cruz

Teddy 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 Goldstein

Dr. 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.

John Styn

John "Halcyon" Styn is an American blogger, entrepreneur, web designer, author, and entertainment industry icon, who pushed the boundaries of online self-expression through his various online projects. He is currently the co-founder of 1st Saturdays,a homeless outreach project, and host of Hug Nation.

Katie Brauer

Originally 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 Mcghee

Jeremy 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.

Richard Steinau

Richard Steinau serves as vice president and a member of the executive board at AV Concepts – an award-winning immersive technology solutions provider of video, audio, staging and creative services for corporate, convention, and entertainment events. In his role, Richard has overseen recent projects including the Tupac hologram-like performance at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival as well as visuals for Chris Brown’s performances at both the 2012 Grammy’s and 2011 American Music Awards. Additionally, AV Concepts has produced highly complex 3D projection mapping projects on exterior surfaces, including that of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, as well as turn-key support for some of the largest Fortune 1000 company events and national conventions.

Sean Francis Conway

Sean earned his B.A. in jazz composition from Berklee College of Music (2007), was a Bang on a Can Summer Music Fellow (2008), and is the 2010 World Telekinesis Champion. Sean is the founder of the marching sound collective “BOMBSHELL BOOM BOOM (!)” and has performed with many notable groups such as The Santa Clara Vanguard, Gamelan Galak Tika, The Mobius Artists Group, Di Nigunim, Himalayas, and The Technomania Circus. After traveling in Asia and studying Buddhism for some years, Sean became dedicated to studying the creation of serious sound, playful sound, seriously playful sound, and bad sound, believing that making bad sound is an excellent thing to do, and will surely lead you to good sound.

Organizing team


San Diego, CA, United States


San Diego, CA, United States
  • Todd LaSota
    Director of Design
  • Jackie Lee
    Co-Founder / Strategy
  • Monika Carlson
    Director of Development
  • Patricia Stitson
    Executive Technical Director
  • Amber Brandner
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Lyndsi Sherman
    Lead Speaker Host
  • Dominic Accardi
    Stage Manager
  • Cortney Cotter
    Stage Manager II / DEMO Logistics
  • Sasha Kokuashvili
    Design Team / Assistant to the Director
  • Heidi Rataj
    Speaker Coordinator / AV I
  • Danny Adler