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Theme: What Do You Work Towards?

This event occurred on
May 18, 2013
1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Davis, CA
United States

We here at TEDxUCDavis are seeking to build a community of inspired and engaged people with an open mind. We feel the power of TED is to enable you to articulate what you value most. As such our theme this year is in the form of a question: "What do you work toward?" We feel this theme gives speakers an opportunity to share a little bit of their passion and let our audience know "what's next?".

Main Theatre at Wright Hall
Hutchison Drive
Davis, CA, 95616
United States
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Bryan Enderle

Bryan Enderle grew up in Modesto, CA though he now lives in Davis, CA with his wife, Peggy, and son, Isaac. Bryan received two BS degrees, in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering; an MA in Theology; and an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering. After graduate school, he began teaching Chemistry and Mathematics. For the last 11 years, Bryan has been a chemistry instructor at UC Davis having taught 13,559 undergraduate students and 556 graduate students. Personally, he enjoys grappling with the topics of theology and science, both as individual and intersecting topics.

Allison Ledgerwood

Alison Ledgerwood joined the Department of Psychology at UC Davis in 2008, after completing her PhD in social psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding how people think, and how they can think better. Some of her recent research focuses on investigating when and why people’s opinions shift in response to the social context, as well as how certain ways of thinking about an issue tend to stick in people’s heads. In other work, she explores the significance of group symbols, such as flags and monuments, in intergroup conflict situations. Her research has important implications for understanding people’s thinking in a range of social situations, including medical decision-making, national elections, and intergroup conflicts. She has published numerous articles in Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, among others, as well as chapters in handbooks on attitude change, conflict resolution, and terrorism. She has received several grants and awards for her research, including a Hellman Fellowship and funding from the National Science Foundation. Her classes on social psychology focus on understanding the way people think and behave in social situations, and how to harness that knowledge to potentially improve the social world in which we all live.

Larry Bogad

L. M. Bogad (www.lmbogad.com) is an author, artist, and professor of political performance at U.C. Davis. He creates theatrics in support of social movement campaigns for labor, human rights and eco/economic justice. He is a cofounder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, a veteran of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Laboratory, and founding Director of the Center for Artistic Activism/West Coast. He has published a book about prank election campaigns (Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements) and a play about domestic surveillance (COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act), and many articles on the theory, history and practice of creative nonviolent activism. Bogad has performed and led “Tactical Performance” workshops all over the world, including in Cairo during the Egyptian Revolution. He has been seen on the street as Colonel Oftruth of the Clown Army, as Saint Francis picketing the Saint Francis hotel, as a huckster selling Glacier Ice Cream, and as a rebel Ronald McDonald and many other ridiculous roles. He has written, acted and strategized with the Yes Men and other creative activist collectives, and has performed his latest piece, ECONOMUSIC, in New York, Sao Paulo, and Helsinki.

Stewart Long

A founding member of The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Stewart is a geographer that is focused on making aerial image maps. Inspired by the digital age of map making and virtual globes, his work centers on making maps with both new technology and classic field techniques. As Director of Geography and Data for Public Laboratory, Stewart coordinates and executes mapmaking projects while developing the Public Lab map tools and archive. Creating an ecosystem for a citizens aerial image map of the world continues to motivate Stewart and his Public Lab colleagues in designing the Public Lab map production hardware and software toolkit.

Aaron Watkins

Aaron Watkins is the president of Appency – the first full service marketing agency dedicated to the promotion of mobile apps. He is a long time executive of the mobile marketing industry, having spent six years with ipsh! Mobile Marketing building a number of award winning mobile campaigns for major brands including Anheuser-Busch, Frito-Lay and Unilever. After ipsh, Aaron was recruited to start the San Francisco office of global mobile agency The Hyperfactory. In 2009, Aaron started consulting in the app marketing space, and eventually wrote the GigaOM guide to app marketing. He has helped dozens of companies understand and succeed in the app space and enjoys the challenges of an ever changing app economy.

Amy Williams

Exploring the cosmos has always been a dream of Amy’s. With the natural world as a source of great inspiration, Amy enrolled in an undergraduate geology program at Furman University in South Carolina. After earning her B.S., she moved across the country to pursue a M.S. at the University of New Mexico, where she explored the effect of deep earth fluid inputs on the salinization of the Rio Grande river. She had become interested in geobiology - the interactions between microbial life and the environment – and she jumped at the opportunity to study geobiology and participate on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover mission at UC Davis. She now spends much of her time on her Ph.D. research in geobiology, studying the physical traces that microbial life leaves behind in rocks. When she’s not researching, Amy spends her time teaching and mentoring undergraduates and working on a mission to mars.

Bill Habicht

Bill Habicht is a "common good" and social media conspirator. He has been serving as a Pastor at Davis Community Church since 2005. He received his M.S.W. from Virginia Commonwealth University and M.Div from Union Theological Seminary. Bill has extensive experience working with oppressed and marginalized groups, and has worked for the New Orleans Police Department, Virginia Supportive Housing, Statford House (HIV+ living facility) and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. He also lived in a halfway house for former criminal offenders as an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee. After graduating from UT, Bill spent the next year living overseas in a subsistence farming village in Ghana, West Africa.

Vishal Gurbuxani

Currently the Chief Technology Officer for Velti, Vishal Gurbuxani was the co-founder of Mobclix, the Largest Mobile Ad Exchange, which was acquired by Velti in October of 2010. Previously, he has worked at Accenture as part of a select group of 150 researchers and consultants out of 250,000 employees, focusing on Digital Media, Mobile, Big Data, Content Optimization, and Predictive Analytics. He has filed numerous patents on Predictive Monitoring, Remote Monitoring, Diagnostics, Advertising, Mobile Analytics and Monetization. Mr. Gurbuxani has been involved with Technology for the past 15 years and sits right at the Intersection of Technology & Business. He has worked in 5 startups and been through 3 successful exits, he has seen the differences between what makes a company great versus what makes a company fail. Mr. Gurbuxani has made numerous Angel Investments that span from innovative advertising companies, medical enablers, hospital 3.0, and companies promoting social good. He graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Organizing team


Culver City, CA, United States
  • Cory Warshaw
  • Lucian Novosell
  • Andrew Kasbari
    Director of Finance
  • Mattan Hamou
    Director of Speaker Relations
  • Christine Ton
    Director of Marketing
  • Irum Satar
    Speaker Selection Committee
  • Jing Jiang
    Speaker Selection Committee
  • Sonam Manhwar
    Speaker Selection Committee