Join the 4th-annual local forum on April 24, 2015, at Rio Theatre.
TEDxSantaCruz: Activate, Conference | March 8, 2014 | Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz
TEDxSantaCruz Activate Launch Party | November 21, 2013 | Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz
TEDx Bay Area Organizers Workshop | July 27, 2013 | Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
TEDxYouth@Watsonville 2013 Conference | May 19, 2013 | Henry J. Mello Center, Watsonville
TED 2013 Web Simulcast | Febuary 27, 2013 | Cabrillo College, Aptos
TEDxSantaCruz Open, Conference | September 15, 2012 | Cabrillo College, Aptos
TEDGlobal 2012 Web Simulcast | June 28, 2012 | Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz
TEDxSantaCruz Change 2012 Conference | April 8, 2012 | Cruzio Internet, Santa Cruz
TED 2012 Web Simulcast | March 1, 2012 | Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz
TEDxWomen 2011 Web Simulcast | December 1, 2011 | Scotts Valley Public Library, Scotts Valley
TEDGlobal 2011 Web Simulcast | July 13, 2011 | Scotts Valley Public Library, Scotts Valley
TEDxSantaCruz Engage, Conference | June 11, 2011 | Cabrillo College, Aptos
TED 2011 Web Simulcast | March 2, 2011 | Inner Light Center, Soquel
Apply to Speak
TEDxSantaCruz gathers leading thinkers, makers, and artists to share their ideas that create real change in Santa Cruz and around the world. TEDxSantaCruz is dedicated to producing events that feature stimulating presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that spark new ideas and opportunities.
TEDxSantaCruz speakers are chosen through a highly curated process that takes into consideration ideas, speaker styles, and the flow the day. The speaker selection committee works with the speakers to prepare and develop their talks, each of which will be from 3 to 18 minutes long.
We feature speakers from both Santa Cruz County and from around the world who want to spread their unique ideas through TEDxSantaCruz. Speakers must be available all day on April 23rd for rehearsals and must stay all day on April 24th to attend the event and after party. Travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the speaker, unless otherwise agreed to in advance. You can read more about speaking at a TEDx event in the TEDx Speaker Guide [PDF].
After you have submitted your nomination form, you will be contacted if the team would like to schedule an interview. We receive over a hundred applications for the event so we don’t respond to each application personally. Applications will close when we have selected our speaker line up for our April 24th event.
Applications are now closed.
Volunteer at an Event:
Dr. Bruce Damer
Dr. Bruce Damer, a research associate in the UC Santa Cruz Department of Biomolecular Engineering, has 30 years of experience in the design of complex systems from software to virtual worlds, spacecraft missions, and the origin of life chemical models. He’s also CEO of DigitalSpace Research, founder of the Contact Consortium, and curator of DigiBarn Computer Museum.
Coach and Organizer of Aztecas Soccer Program
As an adolescent, Gina Castaneda experienced intervals of homelessness and even lived in a car for a period of time with her mother. Despite the adversities of growing up in a violent neighborhood and a violent home, Gina avoided gang entrenchment. In April 2008, Gina founded the Aztecas Soccer Program for Latino juvenile probationers who affiliate with both Norteño and Sureño gangs. As the coach and organizer, Gina has successfully managed to assimilate these opposing gangs into teammates, on and off the field.
Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)
Simon teaches radical exhibition design in the University of Washington Museology graduate program and writes the popular blog Museum 2.0. Her 2010 book, The Participatory Museum, was named "a future classic of museology" and is used as a text in cultural organizations and graduate programs internationally. Previously, Simon worked as an independent consultant to over 100 museums and cultural centers around the world, focusing on participatory community engagement. She served as curator at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif., and was the Experience Development Specialist at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.