TED Week 2015

TED IS BACK. For the fourth year, we continue the Partnership to Advance Ideas, where our community builds upon the insights set forth at TED. You will see mind-expanding presentations through our streaming of TED, and will find inspiration through our own panel discussions and talks.

Event Schedule

Monday, April 6

RVSP is required for all events.
*indicates food will be provided
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Session 1: Opening Gambit

Kevin Rudd - International relations expert
David Rothkopf - Foreign Policy Strategist
Joseph DeSimone - Chemist, Investor
Abe Davis - Computer Scientist

PANEL EVENT Passion and Consequence EDR
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Hussein Chalayan*

What does it really take to follow your dreams? Pursuing your passions often involves sacrifice, rejection and the dissolution of work-life balance. How do you know when it's worth it? Is there a way to maintain your relationships while submersing yourself in your career? Is there a risk of losing your passion when your life (and income) revolves around it?

Rosie O'Neill (’05) - Co-Founder, Sugarfina
Ben Nemtin - Co-Executive Producer, The Buried Life and Founder, Four Peaks Media Group

Lisa Nestor (’15)

12:45 p.m. Live Streaming Resumes EDR
12:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session 2: What Are We Thinking?

Moon Hooch - Trio
Laura Schultz - Cognitive Scientist
Jason Padgett - Geometric artist
David Eagleman - Neuroscientist
Daniel Kish - Perceptual navigation specialist
Donald Hoffman - Cognitive Scientist

Session 3: Machines That Learn

Fei-Fei Li - Computer Scientist
Rajiv Maheswaran - Researcher
Chris Urmson - Robotocist
Jim Simons - Philanthropist, mathematician

Session 4: Building From Scratch

Lewis Dartnell - Author, Astrobiologist
Stephen Pyne - Fire Historian
Roman Mars - Digital Storyteller
Neri Oxman - Architect, Designer
Dustin Yellin - Sculptor

4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Martine Rothblatt*

How does your life path influence who you are and what passions you pursue? As a transgender woman and the highest paid female CEO, Dr. Martine Rothblatt is truly a renaissance entrepreneur who has explored passions in satellite radio, biotechnology, gender differences, and Middle East peace. The theme of this panel is how your life experiences can influence what ideas you decide to capitalize on as an entrepreneur.

Jessica Kellett - Digital Media, SoCal Edison
Mika Onishi - Founder, UPTOGOOD.org
Joline Treanor - SVP Human Resources, St. Joseph Health
Tina Hovespian - Cardborigami

Jess Kimball (’15)

5:45 p.m. Live Streaming Resumes EDR
5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Session 5: Out of This World

Alan Eustace - Stratosphereic explorer
Fred Jansen - Space Explorer
Sara Seager - Exoplanet expert

Tuesday, April 7

RVSP is required for all events.
*indicates food will be provided
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Laurie Coots*

While everyone has heard of tracking and monitoring wearables like the FitBit in consumer health and wellness, there are far greater things happening behind the scenes. We pull back the curtain and look at what UCLA Health is doing at the forefront of breakthrough and game changing technologies in this space to drive healthcare in an entirely new way.

William Kaiser, Ph.D.
Eve Glazier, MD
Daniel Hommes, MD, Ph.D.

Jennie Kung - Institute for Innovation in Health, UCLA Health System

10:45 a.m. Streaming Resumes EDR
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Session 1: Out of This World

Nathalie Cabrol - Planetary explorer
Stephen Petranet - Technology Forecaster
Marina Abramovic - Performance Artist

PANEL EVENT Radical Reframe EDR
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Siddartha Mukherjee*

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee provides a biography of Cancer itself. Throughout the history of oncology there were breakthroughs in research, pharmaceuticals, treatments, and basic medicine that shifted thinking, and accelerated progress to where some forms of cancer can be completely wiped out, if not treated like a chronic illness instead of terminal. How do these advances cascade into other industries? What effect do they have economically, and how does that translate to innovation and the future of healthcare worldwide?

Nataraj Kalyanaraman (’13) - Healthcare Consultant, PwC Advisory
Andre de Fusco - CEO, Cynvenio Biosystems

George Buckley (MBA/MPH ’16)

12:45 p.m. Streaming Resumes EDR
12:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session 2: Life Stories

Anand Giridharadas - Author
Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley - Enterpreneur and philanthopist
Martine Rothblatt - Transhumanist
Dave Isay - Story Collector
Joey Alexander - Jazz Pianist

Session 3: TED University

Dan Ariely -Behavioral economist
Seth Berkley - Vaccine visionary
Valerie Conn - Sentinel
Eric Lewis - Pianist
Renny Gleeson - Skeptimist
Bill Gross - Idea Guy
Bruce Haden - Architect
Paul Tudor Jones II - Investor
Lorraine Justice - Design Scholar
Tim Leberecht - Marketer
Alisa Miller - CEO, Public Radio International
Rick Smith - Entrepreneur
Hussein Chalayan - Fashion Designer


PANEL EVENT Out of This World EDR
4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Sara Seager*

Space and its infinite possibilities has long captured the human imagination and inspired us to new heights. From early telescopes, to today's commercial space organizations, to tomorrow's colonization projects, join us to discuss where space exploration and the supporting technology is headed, and how it will shape our personal and professional lives for generations to come.

Brad Hansen - Professor of Physics & Astronomy- UCLA
Amir Blachman (’03) - Managing Director – Space Angels Network
Dr. Thomas Yunck - Founder, Geo Optics

Kirby Ryan (’16)

5:45 p.m. Streaming Resumes EDR
5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Session 4: What Are We Thinking?

Laura Schulz - Cognitive Scientist
Jason Padgett - Geometric artist
David Eagleman - Neuroscientist

Wednesday, April 8

RVSP is required for all events.
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9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Tony Fadell*

Right now most Internet connected items are siloed into one task. You can turn off your lights with your smart phone, or your washing machine will text you when your laundry is done. But how long will it be before these items start to work together, independent of our requests? Will it end up saving us time, or will we spend more time managing our tasks than it would be to perform them ourselves? What is the future of the "Internet of Things"?

Beverly Macy - Lecturer, UCLA Anderson
Bob Foster - Professor UCLA Anderson
Reed Scharff - Senior Analyst at OpenX

Charlie Moran (FEMBA ’17)

10:45 a.m. Streaming Resumes EDR
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Session 1: Just and Unjust

Monica Lewinsky - Social activist
Gary Haugen - Human rights attorney
Sarah Jones - Polymorphic playwright

PANEL EVENT Creative Ignition EDR
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Manuel Lima*

Driven by a unique love of maps and Big Data, and Manuel Lima has made it his life's work to create a "Dictionary of Information Visualization". He founded www.VisualComplexity.com to realize this goal. The images, or data maps as they are sometimes called, are full of relationships that would otherwise go unseen and unnoticed. Where is the future of information visualization going? How are businesses today incorporating these visuals into their business plans?

Jason Snyder - Assistant Professor, Policy Group at UCLA Anderson School of Management
Jonathan Beckhardt - VP Product/Founder, DataScience Inc.
Quaseer Mujawar ('15)

Kathi Chandler-Payatt (FEMBA ’15)

12:45 p.m. Streaming Resumes EDR
12:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session 2: Radical Reframe

Siddhartha Mukherjee - Cancer researcher
Maryn McKenna - Public health journalist
Pamela Ronald - Plant geneticist
Steven Wise - Animal rights lawyer
Chuck Berry - Aerial videographer

Session 3: Pop-Up Magazine

Stacey Baker - Photo editor
Minna Choi - Music director, Magik*Magik Orchestra
Dana Goodyear - Journalist and poet
Sam Green - Documentary filmmaker
Suki Kim - Writer
The Kitchen Sisters - Radio producers
Dawn Landes - Singer-songwriter
Alexis Madrigal - Writer
Latif Nasser - Radio researcher
Steve Silberman - Writer and editor
Alec Soth - Photographer
Anand Varma - Photographer
Chris Milk - Interactive storyteller
Joey Alexander - Jazz pianist

PANEL EVENT Out of This World EDR
4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Stephen Petranek*

Doomsayer to optimist, Stephen Petranek, returns to the TED stage to untangle emerging technologies and predict which will become fixtures of our future lives -- and which could potentially save us. Join us as we discuss with industry experts, and UCLA faculty, alumni, and students how trends in emerging technologies from communication to robotics are fundamentally changing the way we live today and in the future.

Dan Birnbaum ('10) - Senior Manager, Technicolor
Allen Chen ('07) - Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Fay Arjomandi - CEO at NantMobile
Terry D. Kramer - Distinguished Visitor, Decisions, Operations and Technology Mangement at UCLA Anderson School of Management

Zubin Davar ('15)

5:45 p.m. Streaming Resumes EDR
5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Session 4: Just and Unjust

Alice Goffman - Urban sociologist
Clint Smith - Poet, teacher
Jeffrey Brown - Pastor

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Join us at 2015 TED week's Innovation Workshop and Inaugural Idea-thon! This is a hands-on workshop to tackle social challenges and business opportunities through the human-centered design process and creatively applying today's disruptive technology.

Facilitated by Seth Weissman, Human Centered Designer - BCG Digital Ventures (https://www.bcgdv.com/), participating teams are invited to take 24hrs to pressure-test their ideas. There will be a final presentation on Thursday, April 9th, to a panel of judges before Campfire in our first ever Idea-thon!

PRIZES: Makey Makey founded by MIT Media Lab students (http://makeymakey.com/) and a tour of BCG Digital Venture studio in Santa Monica

Final Presentation - Thursday, April 9th from 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
(up to two people per team will present) We will announce the winning idea and teams

Form teams of 4 to 5. If you would like to sign up as an individual, we can assign you to a team.

Thursday, April 9

RVSP is required for all events.
*indicates food will be provided
9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. Dave Isay

After many years of working as a radio producer, Dave Isay founded StoryCorp, by placing a small recording studio in a New York City's Grand Central Station. His mission was to capturing the stories of everyday people. From this project, Dave Isay discovered the remarkable power of storytelling to bridge different backgrounds, to teach us the value of listening, and to remind us of our shared humanity. How does storytelling change our actions and behaviors? How can we harness the power of storytelling to improve our society?

Emily Verellen - Senior Director of Programs, The Fledgling Fund
Stosh Mintek - Executive Director, Ghetto Film School LA
Johnathan Jue - Research Designer, TBWA\Media Arts Lab

Michael Leve (’16)

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us at the culminating event of 2015 TEDWeek at UCLA, where students and faculty will give their own TED-inspired talks. This is an evening of music, food, drinks and fun. Don't miss the biggest event of the season!


About TED Week at UCLA Anderson

TED Week at UCLA Anderson is a program featuring the streamed TED Talks from the conference — engaging UCLA students, faculty and alumni to advance the ideas from the talks. In addition to viewing TEDTalks, the week’s various panel discussions call on experts from industry and the broader UCLA community. The week culminates with UCLA Anderson's own Campfire Talks — inspired by TED — which showcase how our students and faculty Think in the Next

TED week events


Exclusive Streaming of TED Talks

April 6-9th, all day | Gold Hall B208-210

Watch the elite 2015 TED conference throughout the week months before any talks are released online. Look out for more details on the streaming schedule.


Advancing Ideas Panel Discussions

April 6-9th, times TBA | Gold hall B208-210

Brought together into expert panels, faculty, alumni and students explore various TED Talks and how they impact industries and society. Topics and registration details coming soon.


Innovation Workshop

April 7th, 6 - 9 p.m. | Location TBA

A hands-on workshop teaching the human-centered design process to create breakthrough solutions for business and social challenges.



April 9th, 5 - 8 p.m. | Alumni Plaza

The most anticipated event of the season - amidst music, food and drinks, students and faculty give their own inspired talks. Do you have what it takes? Stay tuned to learn more about how you can give a Campfire Talk.