TEDxUCLA to Make “Waves” at Royce Hall on April 7

Award-winning journalist Ann Curry to give TEDxTalk.
Spring event brings together innovators from the arts, sciences, industry, and academia to share inspirational talks.

LOS ANGELES, CALIF (March 27, 2018) – The annual TEDxUCLA event, which explores creativity and innovation, will take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus and explores the theme “waves.” Each speaker is slated to make waves with engaging 18-minute talks and performances. This one-day interactive event has been expanded to include an exhibition and other activities in addition to the main stage. The expo begins at 8:30 am and the main stage talks will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UCLA.

This year’s TEDxUCLA topics and speakers are:

  • “Blockchain and Government”
    Mike Alonso, cofounder of Pactum, a DApp, and Frontier, a blockchain think tank
  • “Dance as Social Resilience”
    Shamell Bell, UCLA Ph.D. candidate, Culture and Performance
  • “Second Chance Prison Reform”
    Isaac Bryan, M.P.P. candidate, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Dance performance
    Jade Charon, M.F.A. candidate, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures
  • “Depression and Grand Challenges”
    Michelle Craske, professor, UCLA Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
  • “The Narrative of Us”
    Ann Curry, award-winning journalist and photojournalist
  • “Making Connections, One Ship at a Time”
    Gerardo Franco, UCLA M.S. candidate, Mechanical Engineering
  • “Robots as the Physical Extensions of Us”
    Sepehr Ghassemi, UCLA Ph.D. candidate, Robotics
  • “Sugar Artist”
    Krystle Hickman, artist and illustrator
  • “Butterfly Effect and 7 Billion Solutions”
    Nurit Katz, executive officer and chief sustainability officer, UCLA
  • “Pandemics: the Canary in the Coal Mine Is…You”
    Tracey McNamara, D.V.M., DACVP, faculty, Western University of Health Sciences
  • “Rebranding the Mid-Life Crisis”
    Pash Pashkow, vice president of Brand and Design, ABC, UCLA Extension instructor
  • “Grow Your Own Steak, Skip the Cow”
    Matthew Prescott, author, “Food is the Solution: Food to Eat to Save the World,” and food and agriculture expert
  • “Be Minimally Exceptional”
    Jackson Rayne, illusionist
  • Performance
    Juan Rivera, Gluck Fellow, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
  • “How History is Made”
    Louise Sandhaus, professor, School of Art, Program in Graphic Design, CalArts
  • “Unexpected Performances”
    Nuno Santos, violinist and big wave surfer
  • “Tracking Recovery Through Blockchain”
    David Sarabia, serial entrepreneur
  • “Sign Language Is My Superpower”
    Austin Vaday, UCLA B.S., computer science ’18
  • “Your Barrier – Removing Chabot for College Entrance Applications”
    Shehao Zhou, UCLA B.S., computer science ’17

The hosts of this year’s TEDxUCLA are Julie Sina, UCLA associate vice chancellor, Alumni Affairs, Sheva Rajaee, UCLA B.A. ‘10, and Don Vaughn, postdoctoral scholar, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

TEDxUCLA co-curators are Scott Hutchinson, program director, UCLA Extension Visual Arts, and Josh O’Connor, assistant director, UCLA Residential Life. Greg Germann, actor and director, serves as a TEDxUCLA advisor and coach.

According to Hutchinson, “This year’s waves theme is inspired by the many meanings of waves, from the physics of gravity waves, the visual representations of waves through sound, to simply surfing waves and waving hello. TEDxUCLA seeks positive change and innovative solutions through a day of eye-opening discussions, inspiring activations, and rewarding connections.”

Tickets are on sale and going fast. General public admission costs $62 at Ticketmaster. UCLA student tickets are $31 with a valid student ID and can be purchased at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (CTO) on the UCLA campus. Ticket fees include main stage, expo, lunch and exhibitions. Parking is $12. To learn more about TEDxUCLA, visit tedx.ucla.edu and watch the TEDxUCLA waves clip.

 About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.

The inaugural TEDxUCLA event took place on June 18, 2011, with the theme ‘Minding, Mining, Mending, Mapping.’


Helen Williams