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Theme: Time

This event occurred on
May 4, 2013
10:00am - 4:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Menlo Park, California
United States

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxConstitutionDrive, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxConstitutionDrive, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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The themes of previous years have been Trust and Identity, respectively. This year will be Time! We're excited about the possibilities of this theme to explore how human beings experience their time, the science of it, how we manage it (and how it manages us sometimes), and stories of the stuff of our lives. Again, we're gathering amazing speakers to talk on this topic from diverse angles - -

Isa and Ana Stenzel
cystic fibrosis / lung transplant survivors
“The Power of Two”

Michael Santos
writer, consultant and former inmate
“9,135 Days In Prison”

Cello Joe
beatboxing cellist & international bicycle-touring vagabond troubadour
“Cello Joe: Cello & Beatbox”

Sam Lessin
director of product, Facebook
“bending time: what happens when identity and technology mix”

Mort Grosser
venture investor and inventor of human-powered airplanes
“The Time of Your Life”

Lisa Solomon
professor of design strategy, CCA
“Designing Time: Meaning, not Management”

Chuck Darrah
anthropology department chair, co-founder of the Silicon Valley Cultures Project & the Human Aspirations and Design Laboratory (HADLab)
“Technology and Time”

Blaine Dehmlow
TechShop San Francisco
“Making Time for Making Time”

Kelly McVicker
founder, McVicker Pickles
“Pickling & The Art of Time Travel”

Jonathan Ly
fitness trainer, Body Mechanix
“Fitness & Making the Most of Your Time”

Buff Giurlani
entrepreneur and founder of the unique classic car warehouse and winery Auto-Vino
“Cars & Wine – Getting Better Over Time”

Kamran Elahian
venture capitalist, global entrepreneur & philanthropist
“(…in the nick of time…)”

Red Hot Chachkas
New American Klezmer Band
“Klezmer Music – Tradition & Future”

We try to make this an intimate and low-key event where people who are deeply interested in the topic can engage with each other on a personal level. Please come with an open mind and a sincere desire to connect with the ideas and the other attendees.

Our venue is the phenomenal classic car warehouse and winery (yes, both!) Auto-Vino. If you love one-of-a-kind fabulous cars and wine-tasting, in addition to great ideas and people, this is the TEDx for you. After we finish the speaker sessions at 4pm, we will transition to the winery counter for an optional wine-tasting flight (included in your ticket).

TEDxConstitutionDrive is a nonprofit event. Ticket fees will go towards event planning and speaker expenses. Fees cover speaker sessions, snacks, lunch and one wine-tasting flight.

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205 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, California, 94025
United States
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Organizing team

Tam Thao

San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Gohar Galyan
    Program Lead
  • Liz Han
  • Birgit Coleman
  • Tam Thanh Pham
  • Theresa Pham
  • Jenna Chen
  • Annette Blum