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Theme: Embracing Recklessness

This event occurred on
July 21, 2012
10:00am - 4:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Jose, California
United States

The Theme for this event is "Embracing Recklessness"
In our brainstorming for a Theme for our event, we discussed how the culture of Silicon Valley is based on disruption, on taking risks, on sometimes unanticipated game changers. Silicon Valley is one of the few places in the world where trying and failing is celebrated; where somebody who doesn't have any failures is considered to be not taking enough risks. We took this idea to its logical extreme, and see where it led us all. So, Embracing Recklessness. It's mysterious, it's provocative, and it was quite a ride.

There are over 1,200 TED talks up on, and over 17,000 talks from TEDx events. TEDxSunnyvale exists to bring some of the best of those talks together with passionate people to view, and to ignite discussion.

So while we will have live attendees, we will have no live speakers. We'll watch together and talk about what we've seen. We'll network and meet new people.

Our event is structured just like any other TEDx event - with a Theme, and Sessions of talks lasting roughly an hour and a half. But in our event all the talks will be watched on video, taken from both the TED and TEDx archives. This is an experiment - all the other TEDx events in the Bay Area focus mainly on live speakers. By taking this lower-key approach to a TEDx event, we are able to keep the costs very low, and we are able to hold multiple events in a year. We're not trying to replace any of the other great Bay Area TEDx events; instead we add another dimension to TED in the Bay Area, and another way to participate and contribute to the greater TEDx and TED communities.

We have a stress-free policy for our committee and our attendees. We keep the process of attending simple and casual. We asked that every attendee be an active participant at the event.

We offered complimentary coffee, plus we had
sandwichesfrom Togos for lunch, and soft drinks, and water all courtesy of TechShop.

People who signed up in advance received a custom laser-engraved name badge.

TechShop San Jose
300 South 2nd Street
San Jose, California, 95113
United States
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Organizing team


Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Stacie Tamaki
  • Dave Land
  • Brenton Murray
  • Srivatsav Kunchakarra