Welcome to TEDxSantaCruz

Santa Cruz is a place where ideas incubate, collide, and ignite. It is this pulsing of the ideas, creativity, and diversity of Santa Cruz County that forms the heart of TEDxSantaCruz. Our fifth all-day live event TEDxSantaCruz 2019 ART OF HOPE is happening, Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Rio Theatre.


Join our team! We’re looking for friendly, curious, detail-oriented problem-solvers to join our small, radically collaborative team. All roles are volunteer positions. We are taking applications for volunteers.

TEDx is a platform for ideas worth sharing.

This Year’s Featured Speakers


 Featured Talks From Past Events

Our fourth all-day live event TEDxSantaCruz 2015 RADICAL COLLABORATION was a rousing success that happened Friday, April 24, 2015, to a sold-out and filled to the brim Rio Theatre.

You can see the videos of all our 23 speakers and performers who explored Radical Collaboration from nearly every angle, from civic engagement to climate change, from space exploration to self-exploration.

Watch More Talks

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSantaCruz, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSantaCruz event, 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.