Sand art by William Lewis Santa Cruz Sand, photography by Kevin Painchaud/Lookout

Welcome to TEDxSantaCruz

Santa Cruz serves as a fertile ground where ideas incubate, converge, and spark innovation. The vibrant interplay of ideas, creative energy, and the rich tapestry of diversity within Santa Cruz County is the beating heart of TEDxSantaCruz.

Save the Date, April 13, 2024!
We are currently immersed in the planning process for our upcoming event, scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2024, at the Cabrillo Theater Stage. The theme for this event is “Rising Together.”

Call for Speakers
We are actively accepting speaker applications who are Santa Cruz County residents or are located near Santa Cruz County both for nomination and self applications. If you know of someone with a compelling message or possess one yourself that aligns with the TEDxSantaCruz mission, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Our theme Rising Together
Our “Rising Together” theme suggests a scale of collaboration that currently doesn’t exist. As a society, we are facing huge challenges such as climate change, preserving natural resources, racism, poverty, lack of health care, homelessness, and educational inequalities. How do we rise together? How do we build effective and lasting collaborations? Our prospective speakers will address big ideas and solutions to challenges at the local, regional, national and global levels.

Join our Team!
If you share our passion for spreading ideas worth sharing and are interested in being part of our team, we invite you to join us! We are on the lookout for individuals who are friendly, inquisitive, detail-oriented, and adept at creative problem-solving. All positions within our team are voluntary, driven by a commitment to radical collaboration. We welcome applications from potential volunteers at any time.

At TEDxSantaCruz, we believe in the power of ideas to shape our world. Join us in the journey of exploration, innovation, and community as we strive to make a difference. Together, we rise.

 Featured Talks From TEDxSantaCruz 2019: The Art of Hope

Our fifth all-day live event TEDxSantaCruz 2019 The Art of Hope was a rousing success that occurred Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Rio Theatre.

You can see the videos of speakers and performers who explored The Art of Hope from nearly every angle, from civic engagement to climate change, from space exploration to self-exploration.

As TEDx Official uploads TEDxSantaCruz talks to their channel, we are actively uploading them here, on the website.

Watch More Talks

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSantaCruz, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSantaCruz event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.