Speakers and Performers @ TEDxSanDiego 2010

The Next Wave

Waves of all kinds touch us, move us, and ultimate change us,
and we’re never sure of what the next wave will bring to our world.

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Dr. Robert Bilder

Dr. Bilder is the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Professor of Psychology in the UCLA College of Arts & Science, and Chief of Medical Psychology – Neuropsychology at the UCLA Semel Institute. Dr. Bilder also holds the Tennenbaum Family Endowed Chair in Creativity Research at UCLA and directs the Center for the Biology of Creativity.

Christine Comaford

Christine is a high school dropout, former Buddhist monk and geisha trainee who wants to show you how to tap into your brilliance. She has built and sold five of her own businesses and invested in over 200 startups, including Google. Christine creates remarkable growth, whether consulting for the White House (Clinton and Bush), 700 of the Fortune 1000, or over 300 small businesses.

Marty Cooper

Marty Cooper is an internationally renowned expert on technology and innovation, and their impact on business and society. He is widely regarded as one of the leading inventors of our time, and has spent most of the past five decades creating some of the world’s most important products and ideas.  He is passionate about the revolution in health care and commerce that wireless technology will engender.

James Fowler

James Fowler is a Professor in the School of Medicine and the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. He was recently named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers. James’s work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences. His primary areas of research are social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, cooperation, and genopolitics (the study of the genetic basis of political behavior).

Dr. Kurt Gray

Kurt Gray is a social psychologist. He completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland – College Park. He studies morality and mind perception, and their real-world implications. He has investigated why we torture others, how suffering makes us believe in God and how good deeds make people more powerful. He has published in a variety of academic journals, including Science, PNAS, Psychological Science, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Dr. Tony Haymet

Tony Haymet has been Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences at University of California, San Diego, since September 2006. He is co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego, a business organization devoted to the solution of the climate change problem, and currently serves as Vice-Chair. He was elected to the board of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO).

Pankaj Kedia

Pankaj Kedia collaborates with industry to enable complete solutions for handheld devices and smartphones to ensure the availability of applications, content and services. Over the last three years Pankaj has worked to establish Intel’s presence and momentum and launch the Atom processor, which is specifically designed to address the mobile market. Previously he played an instrumental role in accelerating the deployment of notebooks in the industry by defining and implementing the company’s mobile strategy.

Joe Pine

Joe Pine is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor. A Visiting Scholar with the Design Lab at MIT, he co-founded Strategic Horizons LLP to help businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. He has written Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want and The Experience Economy: Works Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage. He is currently working on a new book about the infinite possibilities of technology-enabled experiences.

Nick Pudar

Nick Pudar, Vice President of OnStar Planning and Business Development, is responsible for managing OnStar’s planning, business development, and service evolution. He has responsibility for future services development and for management of the overall service portfolio. Pudar received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute in 1986, and his Masters of Science in Management degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 1990.

Jason Russell

Jason Russell is one of the original founders of the media-driven nonprofit Invisible Children. A graduate of USC Production Film School, he’s co-directed a documentary seen by millions and served as the assistant to the director for Disney’s blockbuster Step Up 2. His revolutionary approach to humanitarian work has put Russell at the forefront of a generational movement for peace, and he continues to serve as a keynote speaker across the country, empowering youth to become more involved in the global landscape.

Gad Shannon

Gad Shaanan is an entrepreneurial visionary, innovation designer, and evolutionary engineer who has dedicated his life to creating winning products and inventing opportunities. Born with a critical eye and deep curiosity about how things work, Gad has launched and overseen the production of a myriad of products. Gad is the holder of numerous patents, a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, and a competitive strategist in regards to marketing, product development engineering and design.

Jake Shimabukuro

Known for lightning fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, Jake Shimabukuro is a master of the ukulele. Not only does he play styles previously “taboo” on the four-string, two-octave instrument, but he is also creating music never before thought possible. While Jake has great respect and love for traditional Hawaiian ukulele music, his mission is to show everyone that the ukulele is capable of so much more. Jake was featured in an interview at TED 2010.

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. He writes, consults and speaks about the power of WHY – the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us. Simon’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted the attention of high-profile leaders and organizations. In addition to teaching graduate-level strategic communications at Columbia University, Simon is a contributor to national publications including The New York Times and Huffington Post.

Bill Toone

Bill Toone is a widely recognized conservation biologist and spokesperson for conservation. Starting in the early phases of the California condor recovery program, he played a key role in the development of recovery strategies for what was North American’s most endangered bird. As founder and Executive Director of the ECOLIFE Foundation he is pushing for a new look at how conservation is marketed and implemented. He has been featured on CBS News’ Will Monarch Butterflies Survive?

Dr. Eric Topol

Eric Topol is a noted American cardiologist, geneticist and innovator. He is the Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California, which is a National Institutes of Health-funded flagship grant, to accelerate research to change medicine. He also serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Scripps Health. He was recently named The Gary and Mary West Chair of Innovative Medicine and serves on the board of the West Wireless Health Institute as Vice Chairman.

Jake Wood

Jake Wood is President of Team Rubicon, the organization he co-founded following the earthquake in Haiti. Team Rubicon is a rapid medical response organization that uniquely pairs today’s military veterans with medical professionals. He served in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Iraq in 2007 as an infantry squad leader and to Afghanistan in 2008 as a Scout-Sniper Assistant Team Leader. In 2007 he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” for valor in the face of the enemy.

Tom Yellin

Tom Yellin is co-founder and resident of The Documentary Group, where he has been Executive Producer of numerous films, including Ten Trillion and Counting and To Iraq and Back, after having spent many years as an Executive Producer at ABC News. In 1989 he created the award winning Peter Jennings Reporting series which produced documentaries such as UFOs: Seeing is Believing, From the Tobacco File: Untold Stories of Betrayal and Neglect, and The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy.