TED Conference Simulcast Returns to UC Riverside

Free tickets are available to three simulcast sessions on Feb. 27

TEDxUCR organizers stand in front of UCR sign

TEDxUCR organizers, from left, Brandon Chechile, Zoe Thompson, Russell Cohen Hoffing, Sarah Santiago, and Philip Vieira.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — For the second consecutive year, a group of University of California, Riverside students are coordinating the live simulcast of a day from the annual TED conference on Feb. 27.

At the independently organized event, licensed by TED, the second day of the TED 2013 conference, which is taking place in Long Beach, will be streamed live at UCR. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.”

The first session, called Disrupt!, is from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The second, called Dream!, is from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.. The third, called Create!, is from 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The speakers include: Black, a twice world yo yo champion; Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal; and Dong Woo Jang, an archery bow designer.

The sessions are free and open to the public, however tickets are required and donations to keep such events in Riverside are being accepted. Tickets can be obtained by visiting: http://tedxucrlive2013-es2001.eventbrite.com/?rank=2#. The tickets are good for one, two or all three sessions.

The simulcast will be held in room 1120A (the first floor auditorium) in the Genomics Building.

The first session speakers are: Alastair Parvin, a designer; Danny Hillis, a computer theorist; Black, a yo yo champion; Lesly Perkes, a public art instigator; Liu Bolin, an artist; Amanda Palmer, a musician and blogger; and Larry Lessig, a legal activist.

The second session speakers are: Rich and Tone Talauega, creative directors and choreographers; Elon Musk, a serial entrepreneur; Mary Lou Jepson, a screen engineer; Taylor Wilson, a nuclear scientist; Ji-Hae Park, a violinist; and Stewart Brand, an environmentalist and futurist.

The third session speakers are: Martin Villeneuve, a graphic artist and director; Dong Woo Jang, a bow designer; Jin-sop Lee, a multi-sense designer; Barb Stuckey, a food creator; Yu “Jordy” Fu, a multifaceted designer; Kate Stone, a  shepherd of electrons; Jack Andraka, a cancer detector inventor.

The simulcast is organized by TEDxUCR, a group of UC Riverside students that formed in 2011. The students are: Philip Vieira, Sarah Santiago, Zoe Thompson, Brandon Chechile, Russell Cohen Hoffing, Elliott Kruse and Christopher Lee Hughes.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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