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Theme: The Venice of America

This event occurred on
September 15, 2013
11:00am - 8:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Los Angeles, CA
United States

TEDxVeniceBeach is an all-volunteer, independently organized TED conference that will take place in the heart of Venice Beach, California from 11AM to 9 PM on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

The purpose of the event is to bring together artists, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, connectors and creative types for a fully immersive day of experiences and interactions that revolved around breakthrough ideas and technology. The event will feature 14 brilliant speakers/performers giving the talk of their lives in less than 18 minutes.

TEDxVeniceBeach will also feature local companies, restaurants, non-profits, demonstrations and community projects that will add to the event through “Experience Spaces” designed specifically to introduce you to breakthrough ideas, technologies and interactions throughout the day.

At TEDxVeniceBeach, we believe our audience is as important to hear from as our speakers and the entire event is designed to maximize interaction, participation and feedback from audience members both in the experience spaces but also from the stage. To that end our audience will choose to participate in Projects Worth Spreading where they will come up with projects to improve the community during the second break. These projects will then be placed on to see if we can accomplish real community based change.

The ultimate goal of TEDxVeniceBeach is to create and congeal a community around the confluence of ideas that rush through Venice on any given day, while also providing Southern California TEDsters with a place to meet, befriend and hopefully collaborate with like-minded individuals from all walks of life that share a common interest in Technology, Entertainment and Design.

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Los Angeles, CA, 90291
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Maria Scileppi

Maria does large scale projects that involve hundreds of people actively participating in order to create a collaborative work of art. From meeting a new person every day for a year to chronicling the journeys of a "tribe" of burners, she uses technology to turn connections into art. Maria is currently the Director of 72U, a program designed to cultivate leaders in the creative industry, housed within 72andSunny. She nurtures an interdisciplinary team of talent and gets to see creativity come to life in all different types of mediums.

Amy Stanton

Amy founded Stanton & LLC with the belief that there remains untapped potential in the marketing world, particularly in terms of the marketing and promotion of female athletes, lifestyle experts, women’s brands, and brands in the organics and naturals space. Since 2006, when the company opened its doors, S&Co has built a roster of exceptional athletes in various sports as well as various top experts in the health and wellness space. In addition to representation, S&Co consults for various companies and brands in the healthy, active lifestyle space, working to build platforms, content and programs that will create real impact and results.

Jimmy Bartz

Jimmy is the founder and convener of Thad’s—a spiritual community meeting on Sunday mornings in The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. An ordained Episcopal priest, Jimmy has spent most of his professional life leading communities in the work of making a love-spreading difference in the world that surrounds them.His recent work includes studying the relationship between the outdoors and positive, psycho-spiritual health. When not in the office, he can be found in the ocean or in the mountains, usually with his wife, Cindy, or his two children, Jas and Jade.

Jaime Wheal

Director of Programs for the Flow Genome Project is a culture architect who lives to design and deliver dynamic learning experiences--like taking a bunch of executives ski-mountaineering to learn high risk decision making, or leading a Lord of the Flies wargame in the Utah canyonlands to explore warrior ethics.He has worked with Fortune 500 companies including Abbott Laboratories, Fidelity Investments and Affiliated Computer Services, and learning organizations like Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the Acton MBA, (ranked as a Top Five business school in the country by the Princeton Review).His love for mashing up the most challenging physical and mental programming possible draws on his work in surf rescue, wilderness medicine, and outdoor learning theory, as well as from expeditions in the Sierras, the Rockies, and the Himalayas. He is on the faculty of the Esalen Institute where he leads annual programs on Integral Leadership and works actively within the Conscious Capitalism community as a Chief of Staff helping visionary leaders architect and operate impact organizations.

David Hertz

David Hertz is founder and president of S.E.A. David is a native Angeleno born in 1960 and resides in Venice, California.David Hertz became interested in architecture as an adolescent. And, at an early age, became interested in human habitation and the juncture between the natural and built environment. Serving as an apprentice to artists and working in construction trades gave David a tacit knowledge of construction and fabrication. With combined studies at UCLA, he enrolled at SCI-ARC (The Southern California Institute of Architecture), where there was a real interest in ecological design at the time. While there he obtained a strong foundation in pragmatic environmental design. Before graduating, in 1983, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from SCI-ARC, David worked in the office of Architect, John Lautner FAIA (formerly an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright). After travel and study in Europe, David returned to serve an internship in the office of Frank O. Gehry and Associates FAIA before opening his own firm, Syndesis Inc., in 1984.

Todd Richmond

Todd Richmond is head of the Advanced Prototypes Group at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. He is a jack of many trades, master of some, and theorist/practitioner of both digital and analog arts (not necessarily all by design). His career in new media began in his teens, producing multi-projector slide shows for entertainment, educational and corporate clients. He entered college as a music major but ended up with a degree in chemistry. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, then following a postdoc at UCSF, accepted a faculty position at The Claremont Colleges. Early in his career he incorporated multimedia and Web technologies into his teaching and research. That work led him to evolve from his specific focus on chemistry to instead pursue a broader understanding of technology and content. When moving to the USC Annenberg Center for Communication in 2000, he concentrated on current and future trends in new media, fostering emerging technologies and interdisciplinary collaboration. At the ICT he works in a variety of areas including: future environments for communication and collaboration, counter-IED training systems involving video narrative and multiplayer gaming; intel-related training (holds a TS clearance); immersive technologies; interactive education including serious games and simulations; visualization, messaging, and media as agents of change. He also is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker. On the music tip, he has studied with Grammy-winning bassist Victor Wooten and currently performs and records with variety bands including his group nostatic.

Tom Hiel

Tom Hiel is an award-winning composer for film and television, and solo piano artist, living and working in Santa Monica. Hiel is best known for his work on the television show "The Practice" which he composed the background underscore on 88 episodes for the last four years of the show. Hiel is also known for his score for the film "Swimming with Sharks" starring Kevin Spacey. Recently Hiel has composed the score for “A Plumm Summer” starring Henry Winkler, William Baldwin and narration by Jeff Daniels. Hiel has also contributed additional underscore, orchestration, and arranging talents to the following major motion pictures: "Red Eye", "Cursed", "Good Boy", "Rugrats Go Wild", "Rugrats Go to Paris", "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys", "Angel Eyes", "The First 20 Million", and "Scary Movie 2", working with composers Marco Beltrami, and Mark Mothersbaugh.

Mike de la Rocha

Mike de la Rocha is a renowned musician, writer and speaker in the field of juvenile justice, spirituality and selfdevelopment. He has appeared on various television and radio shows and is a contributing writer for a number of media outlets including Russell Simmons’ Global Grind website and HyperVocal, two on-line platforms that attract millions of viewers monthly.Mike is praised for integrating social justice, the arts, and his personal experiences to bring diverse communities together to address social inequities and injustice. With over 15 years of experience, as a human relations advocate and legislative deputy in the City of Los Angeles, Mike has been involved in strategic coalition-building efforts and implementing innovative youth development programs. He currently advises a number of members of the United States Congress and other statewide and local elected officials on juvenile justice policy.

Shawn Gehle

Since joining Gensler in 2006, Shawn has become the Design Director of the Los Angeles office's multi-disciplinary studio, bringing design and technical expertise to a wide range of special projects. His diverse experience, including professional practice and teaching, coupled with his insatiable curiosity solidified him as an invaluable resource on the application of emerging materials, technologies and new media within the office. Responsible for establishing the design direction on education projects within the Los Angeles office, his recent work includes the expansion and renovation of Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television, GameDesk's Playmaker School and Santa Monica College's new Dance, Athletics and Wellness facility.

Janne Kouri

Janne Kouri is the President and Founder of NextStep, a nationally recognized non-profit organization. NextStep believes that all persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities deserve the hope and opportunity to live long and healthy lives.In August of 2006, a tragic accident in Manhattan Beach left Janne Kouri paralyzed. Doctors told him that he would never walk again. He proved them wrong and it was documented on ABC's Good Morning America.In 1997 he graduated from the Georgetown University Business School with a degree in Marketing. He was also the Captain of the Georgetown University Division I-AA Football Team.

Edward Goldman

The New York Times featured his class in an article titled The (Art) World According to Edward Goldman (March 28, 2007).Goldman also contributes articles to numerous art publications, including a weekly Huffington Post feature based on his radio reviews and recommendations, and serves as a panelist, moderator and speaker for various museums and arts organizations.An essay by Edward Goldman was published in The Beat and the Buzz: Inside the L.A. Art World, edited by Richard Hertz (Ojai, California: Minneola Press: 2009)

Organizing team


Santa Monica, CA, United States


Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Cynthia Rodgers
  • Charlie Basil
  • Michael Cooper
  • Andy Frye
  • Mark Rojas
  • Matt Kline
  • Andy Landen
  • Mike Colosimo
    Projects Worth Spreading
  • DeKoven Ashley
    Projects Worth Spreading