TEDxUCR Live Streams One Day of TED Conference

Free event, which is open to the public, includes talks by the co-founder of LinkedIn, a beatboxer and a techno-illusionist

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The co-founder of LinkedIn, a beatboxer and a techno-illusionist are among the speakers who can be heard during a TEDxUCR live event at the University of California on Feb. 29.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will live stream one day of the TED2012: Full Spectrum conference taking place in Long Beach. The annual conference, which is being held from Feb 27 to March 2, is hosted by TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” The conference started in California in 1984 and has drawn speakers including Bill Gates, Al Gore and Jane Goodall.

A group of UC Riverside students, who last year started a group TEDxUCR, are organizing the live streaming of two sessions from TED2012: Full Spectrum. The first session, called “The Lab,” is from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The second, called “The Crowd,” is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both are in room 1120A (the first floor auditorium) in the Genomics Building.

The sessions are free and open to the public, however tickets are required. They can be obtained by visiting:  http://tedxucrlive2012.eventbrite.com/.

The live simulcast is considered a TEDxLive event, which is an extension of TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The UC Riverside students independently organized a TEDx event in December.

Sarah Santiago

Sarah Santiago, one of the founder of TEDxUCR

“This is a great opportunity to hear really some really great speakers we couldn’t necessarily bring to campus otherwise, and to have a good conversation afterward,” said Sarah Santiago, a UC Riverside Ph.D. student in psychology who is one of the organizers of the event.

The morning session speakers are: Henrik Scharfe, a roboticist; Regina Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Jack Choi, a technologist; Marco Tempest, a techno-illusionist; Donald Sadoway, a materials engineer; and Vijay Kumar, a roboticist.

The afternoon session speakers are: Cameron Carpenter, an organist; Reid Hoffman, a social entrepreneur and co-founder of LinkedIn; Lior Zoref, a crowdsourcing advocate; Jen Pahlka, a code activist; Frank Warren, a secret keeper; and Reggie Watts, a vocalist, beatboxer and comedian.

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.

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