Press Info

TEDxSantaCruz has a limited number of press passes available for events. Interested accredited journalists, photojournalists, photographers, and videographers should request a press pass. TEDxSantaCruz organizers and speakers are available for interviews. If you want more information about TEDx and our events or speakers, please don't hesitate to ask. Contact us in advance for scheduling of interviews or attendance at events.
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Tickets for TEDxSantaCruz: Activate on Sale

Tickets for our March daylong event, TEDxSantaCruz: Activate, are now available online. Our third annual TEDxSantaCruz conference will be on March 8, 2014 at the beautiful Hotel Paradox in downtown Santa Cruz. Our theme this year is “Activate” and we will showcase an impressive lineup of dynamic speakers whose ideas sparked experiences, projects, work, or creativity that is setting in motion a new reality, igniting new connections, or energizing communities.

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $50 for students with a valid student ID. Admission includes the conference, lunch, breaks, and a no-host reception at Solaire after the event. You can buy tickets online at

Speakers & Performers

The TEDxSantaCruz organizers have carefully curated a series of speakers to explore this year’s theme and we are happy to announce that we have selected the first group of speakers and performers:

  • Wayne Porter Jr.
  • Evan Thomas
  • Mark Lakeman
  • Aliza Weller
  • Rob Dunn
  • Wallace J Nichols
  • Andrew Purchin

Our curation team will be finalizing the line-up over the next few weeks. Be sure to check the full list and the topics of each speaker’s talk here.

Sponsors & Partners

We’d like to thank the 2014 sponsors and partners that are generously supporting TEDxSantaCruz as a platform for Ideas Worth Spreading here in Santa Cruz and around the world. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship and partnership opportunities, please contact us at


  • Hotel Paradox


  • Santa Cruz Tech Beat


  • Artist on Art
  • Chime Interactive
  • Communications4Good
  • IP Society
  • Love Tank
  • Scott Design Inc
  • Sub Culture Television