Dueling TED Conferences: Chapman U's Is Up First, Then It's Orange Coast's in Costa Mesa

It's going to be dueling TEDS in Orange County.

Cue Ned Beatty squealing like an egghead.

Up first is TEDxChapmanU at Chapman University on June 4.

TEDxOrangeCoast's fall conference is scheduled for Sept. 20-21 in Costa Mesa.

TED, which was originally an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a nonprofit organization devoted to "ideas worth spreading" through conferences that invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes each. Their talks are then made available free at TED.com.

Chapman's conference, which is once again scheduled to take place in Memorial Hall from 1 to 6 p.m. June 4, is titled "Icons, Geniuses and Mavericks."

Allyn Rose
Allyn Rose

The speakers are: Allyn Rose, a beauty queen who underwent a preventive double mastectomy; Kathy Thomson, president/COO of the Los Angeles Times; Gwynne Shotwell, president/COO of SpaceX; Kristen Howerton, a popular mom blogger; Prince Gomolvilas, a USC writing guru; and Reggie Gilyard, dean of Chapman's Argyros School of Business and Economics.

Also: Chapman quantum physicist Ali Nayeri; Chapman health-communications expert Lisa Sparks; game designer and Chapman alum Liz Fiacco; Michael Goldsby, co-founder/CTO of the Jointly Health software company; entertainment lawyer Ken Hertz; Mark Pampanin, a Chapman University student and top national public speaking and debate honor society award winner.

Tickets are already on sale at www.TedxChapmanU.com. If you "like" TEDxChapmanU on Facebook, you'll have access to half off on your tickets.

Jack Andraka
Jack Andraka

Last year's TEDxOrangeCoast conference attracted more than 2,000 participants and featured 15-year-old Jack Andraka, who introduced his scientific invention: an early detection test for pancreatic cancer. September's third annual TEDxOrangeCoast fall conference is themed "Beautiful Minds."

Speakers have not been announced, but in addition to these notables, the conference promises to showcase winners of the second annual TEDxChallenge, a contest to conceive and present an idea worth doing. The event also introduces the TEDxTeenChallenge, modeled on the TEDxChallenge. Applications for both challenges are being accepted through Aug. 30 at www.tedxorangecoast.com.

That's also the place to to find out about ticket sales.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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