TEDxSantaCruz 2019:
The Art of Hope

Features riveting talks and performances from a diverse range of inspired, innovative and renowned speakers and artists.

Join the local conference on December 7, 2019, at Rio Theatre.

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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. We are looking for speakers whose work, projects, ideas and life experiences have been fueled by hope, touched by hope, embody hope… or perhaps your brilliant idea was fueled by hopelessness… if you believe you, or someone you know, have or has something to share with our community, an idea worth spreading, please apply to speak. Our curation team will carefully review all applications. Please note, we generally have hundreds of applications, and only 16-22 speaks will be selected. We’re HOPING to hear from you! Please apply here: speakers.

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.

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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.