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Herbst Theatre

401 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102

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TEDxSanFrancisco is a full day of live TED talks and performances in the heart of San Francisco with inspirational speakers in the field of tech, science, philosophy, design, and entertainment. Since 2016, it is a yearly event with the recurrent theme DareToKnow.

JOIN US for a full day to push the frontiers of our knowledge and guide you through an evolving mesh of ideas and practices, a rich mix of citizens, scientists and culture and where you will make lifelong connections with fellow idea explorers.

The event starts at 9:00 am sharp and ends at 6:00 pm. Lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided. The After-party includes meeting with the speakers, food, and drinks.



9.30 am / 11 am

THOMAS GOETZ, Co-Founder of Iodine (GoodRx). Entrepreneur, Author, and Journalist, who served as Executive Editor at WIRED, which he lead to a dozen National Magazine Awards from 2001 through 2012, and where he wrote dozens of cover stories on medicine, science, and technology.

TED GOLDSTEIN, Ph.D., Scientific Program Director at the Institute of Computational Health Sciences, UCSF. Previous Apple Tech Executive who spearheaded the software tools and technologies group, who turned into a cancer researcher.

LAUREN ESPOSITO, Ph.D., Evolutionary Biologist, Schlinger Chair of Arachnology, California Academy of Sciences. Curator of Arachnology, Lauren Esposito studies the processes and patterns of evolution in spiders and scorpions.

ASHIE BHANDIWAD, Ph.D., Founder, CEO, STEM entrepreneur. Previously at the bioenergy development of Energy Bioscience Institute at UC Berkeley. Developing the philosophy to teach kids science through cooking via a monthly experience boxed and delivered to their doors.

ALLEN SAAKYAN, Allen is a thought-provoking interviewer and producer of multidisciplinary shows featuring some of the greatest scientists, entrepreneurs, and educators of our time. His latest one Simulation, is hosted both on YouTube and at live events with the mission to rebirth the public intellectual & inspire people to build the future.

BREAK 11am/ 11.30am


11.30am / 12.30pm

ROBERT STRONG, Magician in Residence sharing with us the anatomy of a magic trick...Robert is coming this year again with a new act to show us how easily our mind can be tricked.

YVONNE CAGLE , M.D. Ph.D., Retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force (USAF) where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon prior to her selection to the NASA Astronaut Corp and her role as chief scientist for the NASA’s Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research program.

NATALYA BAILEY, Ph.D., Founder- CEO of Accion Systems / Rocket Scientist, Entrepreneur, Natalya wants to make Space accessible by building a system to propel tiny satellites using electrical energy.

BRAD BAO, Co-Founder, Lime. Tech Entrepreneur and investor at scale on three continents revolutionizing urban mobility.

LUNCH BREAK 12.30pm / 1.45 pm


1.45 pm / 3.15pm

LAURA SHIN, Crypto/Blockchain Journalist. Producer and host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed Podcast about big ideas from the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

DIEGO GUTIERREZ ZALVIDAR, CEO, and Co-Founder of RSK Labs. Entrepreneur, pioneer of web development in Latin America and leader in fostering bitcoin technology in Latin America.

OLGA MACK, Lawyer, Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley, School of Law. Blockchain strategist at Quantstamp at the intersection of Blockchain and Smart Contracts.

DOUGLAS THOMAS, Design historian, and Author. Researcher in typography and modern graphic design.

GENEVIEVE, accompanied by Chris Faller, Performance.

BREAK 3.15pm / 4 pm

PART IV : 4pm / 6.00 pm

Jess Wen Chief Design Officer at TEDxSanFrancisco.

ROBERT FISHER, Ph.D., Professor, Stanford Medical School. Director of the Stanford Epilepsy Center, with decades of awarded research in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.

ALEXANDER REBEN, Currently at the Stochastic Labs in Berkeley, Alex is an MIT-trained roboticist and artist who explores humanity through the lens of art and technology.

RACHEL THOMAS, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Researcher at USF. Mathematician, Deep Learning researcher, bringing and teaching Deep Learning to the mainstream.

SCOTT GANZ, Conversational Designer. Emmy award-winning writer who has spent the last five years designing conversations and has become one of the primitive chatbot authors with conversational content for major brands.

SF Girls Chorus, Performance conducted by Valerie Sainte Agathe, Finale

6.30 pm- 9 pm After party accessible for attendees with an After Party ticket. The location will be shared via email.

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401 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102

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