On Thursday, April 18th, selected speakers from all over the Bay Area and members of the community will join together to kick-off the annual TEDxGunnHighSchool event at Henry M. Gunn High School. Distinguished students and professionals alike will be presenting their talks, which will cover a broad range of engaging topics from computer science, psychology, and sports, to art, film, music and more.
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Fred ZimmermanFred Zimmerman is the Fred and Pamela Wasserman professor of health policy and management in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. A behavioral economist, Dr. Zimmerman has studied the effects of TV viewing on child health and development. His work in this area has been covered extensively by many media outlets, including the New York Times, the BBC, and Radio France. His current research examines the effects that advertising has on children’s food choices as well as the economic reasons why the typical American diet is of poor quality.
Shilpa YarlagaddaShilpa Yarlagadda is a junior at Gunn High School and the founder of Club Academia, a non-profit Ed-Tech company. Club Academia is built on the platform "of the student, by the students and for the students" as it hopes to provide a world-class education for all students through its video tutorials. Shilpa recently won the $20,000 Westly Prize for her organization, and Club Academia has presented at the Florida Ed-Tech Conference and the Computer User Educator's conference.
Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.DGoal Auzeen Saedi, Ph. D, has received numerous awards for her work in psychology and has been featured in several media outlets, including Elle Magazine (Canada), and the Dallas Morning News. She has served as a business consultant for a firm working with Fortune 500 companies and currently teaches courses at Stanford University for their Peer Bridge Program. Dr. Saedi is dedicated to empowering those whose voices are too often left unheard and serves as an advocate for social justice issues in mental health and beyond. Much of her writing, as seen in her blog, the Millennial Media, focuses on critical analyses of the media, and recognizing ways in which it can be harmful, but also educational. Dr. Saedi is particularly interested in women’s issues, and how society and the media promulgate messages that are often disempowering and anti-feminist. Through her TEDx talk, she hopes to combine this passion with her research background in multicultural issues to speak about exotic beauty and the numerous ways the media objectifies and devalues women.
Nikhil KumarNikhil Kumar is a senior at Gunn High School who is currently undertaking a project to learn about and prevent cardiac diseases in high school athletes. Cardiac diseases usually affect students in their mid to late teens that play high intensity sports such as basketball or football. Their deaths are often attributed to heart defects that could not be detected by a routine checkup. Nikhil started his project by taking the ECGs of 95 male and 86 female high school athletes in order to find the effect of sports on the hearts of high school athletes.
Stephen WatsonStephen Watson is a junior at Gunn High School and a member of the student board of SWAC, (student with a camera), an outreach and explorative art collaborative. This year, SWAC created a unique project called “Humanity through the Lens” to explore and discover how human emotions are shared amongst global cultures. Working with students in both the US and Bhutan, Humanity through the Lens creates connections and discoveries about the dreams, fears, smile and tears of youth today.
Nick ErndtNick Erndt has over 25 years of experience as a software/systems integration specialist, both managing and being a key contributor in the success of many startups. He has held a number of diverse roles, including working as a co-founder, VP of Operations, SW Manager, SW architect, and a key GUI/robotics developer. Mr. Erndt has consulted and worked for numerous startup companies, providing management and software expertise that has accelerated product release cycles, focusing on biotechnology in order to accelerate mankind’s knowledge of the human genome and genetics through SW/Device system integration.
Salim AliSalim Ali is the Co-Founder and CEO of LoYakk, a mobile application that uses communities to set up groups for people with similar interests. Before founding LoYakk, Ali spent 8 years at SAP leading Social and Community Marketing, co-creating SAP's Enterprise App Store, running Solution Extension Product Marketing and Partner Marketing organizations. He will be speaking about the social dynamics of communities and how these ideas can be translated to the internet.
My T. LeMy T. Le, a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, created a program called Engineers Without Borders at Stanford University. Engineers Without Borders supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.
Jeff BleichJeff Bleich is the Founder and CEO of, Pulson, Inc., a digital health company that aims to revolutionize and innovate new medical technology. Prior to Pulson, he was the founding CEO of Baxano, Inc., a medical device company recently acquired by TranS1, a publicly traded company. Dr. Bleich has 25 years of clinical experience, with a board certification in both Pain Management and Anesthesiology. Dr. Bleich was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford GSB, received an M.D. from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, and a B.S. in biology from Stanford. He completed an anesthesiology residency at UCLA and a pain management fellowship at the University of Washington. He currently practices medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and serves as a consultant to several healthcare technology companies.
Rob KrolikRob Krolik is the CFO of Yelp and oversees corporate finance, accounting, investor relations and real estate functions. Yelp made its public market debut in 2012 on the New York Stock Exchange, earning the title “Best IPO of the Year” by Fortune Magazine. Mr. Krolik has been in Finance for most of his 20-year career, specializing in consumer internet companies like eBay, Move and Shopping.com.
Sarah Dukes SchlossbergStudent Co-Organizer
Jamie ShenStudent Co-Organizer
Maya RamStudent Co-Organizer
Malcolm JonesStudent Lead Tech Coordinator
Nitya KatsuriStudent Chair Marketing
Yui SasajimaStudent Marketing Chair
Kathleen XueStudent Funding Chair
Amy ChenStudent Design Chair
Dima SimakovStudent Chair Stage Design
Rohil BhansaliStudent Chair Speakers