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Theme: Synergy

This event occurred on
June 3, 2012
10:00am - 5:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Fremont, CA
United States

Since we began our studies at Mission San Jose High School, the words of John Donne inscribed on our bell tower have resounded: “No man is an island.” Through TEDxMSJHS, we hope to offer our audience an array of new and valuable perspectives, to foster the mentality that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and to catalyze the next collision and fusion of multidisciplinary ideas—the next synergy.

Mission San Jose High School
41717 Palm Avenue
Fremont, CA, 94539
United States
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Richard Sekar

Founder and CEO of TVOutBack, Inc., a Home to Home Personal Broadcasting server company for Video, Audio, and Photos, and former VP of marketing at Ikanos Communication, where he helped the company go public. Richard earned his M.S. in mechanical engineering from the School of Mines and Technology in South Dakota.

Robert Fuller

International authority on dignity and rankism, or abusive, discriminatory, or exploitive behavior towards those with less power as signified by lower rank. Robert earned his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University and taught at Columbia, where he co-authored the text "Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics." He then served as president of Oberlin College. Robert is the author of the books "Somebody and Nobody" and "All Rise," and was the keynote speaker at the "National Conference on Dignity for All" in Bangladesh.

Kim Silverman

Principal research scientist at Apple and Magician Member of the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood. Kim earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge University, and conducted postdoctoral research at Bell Laboratories. Drawing from his backgrounds in science, technology, and cognitive psychology, Kim strives to move the performance of magic from mere presentation of "tricks" to a deeper and more meaningful affirmation of human life.

Kevin Wing

Two-time Emmy Award-winning television journalist, Bay Area/Northern California field producer for "Good Morning America" of ABC News, and MSJ alumnus. Kevin also hosts and produces the travel series "Catch a Wave."

Zach Weiner

Creator of the popular comic "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal", co-creator of the sketch comedy troupe SMBC Theater, and the writer for "Captain Stupendous", his personal blog on math and physics, "Weinerworks", and many other side projets, often related to his comic.

Ana Rowena McCullough

Co-founder of the Quest Scholars program as an undergraduate at Stanford, and CEO of Quest for 11 years. Ana is also the VP of content at the digital education publisher,, and has worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and as a consulting scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Gagan Biyani

MSJ alumnus, co-founder and current president of Udemy, a website that enables anyone to create or take online courses, and former associate product manager at Microsoft. Gagan also founded MSJ’s very own speech and debate institute and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in economics.

Bill Zarchy

Freelance director of photography, writer, and teacher based in San Francisco. He has shot film, video, and HDTV projects in 30 countries and 40 states, including interviews with three former presidents for the Emmy-winning "West Wing" Documentary Special. Other credits include the Grammy-winning "Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em", the feature films "Conceiving Ada" and "Read You Like A Book", and the PBS science series "Closer to Truth", as well as countless high-end corporate projects for a wide variety of technology and medical companies.

Roy Chin

Medical device engineer and inventor and founder of AFx and Cardiothoracic Systems. from 1988 to 1996, Roy was responsible for increasing sales at Stryker Endoscopy from $1 million to $750 millions. Roy focuses on current and future generations of product design and development, which include stand-alone therapies and therapies combined with other treatments.

Charlie Hoehn

Writer, videographer, and online marketer. Recently, Charlie worked along Tim Ferriss to write, edit, and market the #1 New York Times bestseller, "The 4-Hour Body", which sold over 700,000 copies in North America. In 2009, Charlie published a free e-book called "Recession-Proof Graduate", which has been ready by more than 100,000 people. Currently, Charlie is the co-founder of an app startup.

Organizing team


Fremont, CA, United States
  • Jaime Richards
  • Andrew Han
    Finance Manager, Co-Curator
  • Merry Mou
    Event Manager, Co-Curator