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TEDx Manhattan Beach Promises Innovation, Inspiration

Oct 24, 2021 11:45AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Photo via TEDx Manhattan Beach

Have you seen the giant red "X" around Manhattan Beach? If you have, it's a sure sign that TEDx Manhattan Beach - the year's most inspirational day of ideas and discussion - is just around the corner.

On Saturday, November 6, approximately 1,000 curious and impassioned local community attendees will come together at Mira Costa High School for a day of ideas and discussion around the theme, “FUTURE REIMAGINED” at the 11th annual TEDxManhattanBeach.

But get your tickets soon - Ticket sales close on October 27, and the event has sold out every year since 2014.

The program’s 14 featured speakers, innovators in the fields of science, technology, business, culture, and the arts, will take the stage to deliver impactful 10-minute presentations sharing ideas and developments that meet the challenges of today’s world head-on with solutions that reflect transformative hope and progress.

TEDx Manhattan Beach’s Exhibit Hall will feature hands-on booths showcasing related technology and concepts, offering attendees an opportunity to continue the conversation with presenters and fellow participants. The Exhibit Hall also includes a collaborative art project plus live simulcast of the TEDx MB speaker program.

“Eleven successful years of TEDx Manhattan Beach is testament to the hunger in this community for new ideas and dialogue about what’s possible at the individual, corporate and civic levels to make our world a better place,” said Kate Bergin, TEDx Manhattan Beach founder and organizing committee member.

“Bringing together such a diverse range of speakers and exhibitors answers the call of this community that cares deeply about people locally and in the greater world at large,” Bergin added.

The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, is organized by community volunteers and is aimed at creating conversations as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences. Speakers and performers include:

• Amy Alkon: The Mediator
• Huda Al-Marashi: Finder of Common Ground
• Maryam Bakhtiyari: Stress Reliever (and Manhattan Beach business owner)
• Sirisha Bandla: Astronaut Activist
• Hannah Gedion: Perspective Seeker (and Mira Costa High School student)
• Dennis Hong: Builder of Humanoids
• Mary Lee: Connectivity Scientist
• Vinnie Malcolm: Mentor Advocate (and Hermosa Beach resident)
• Russ Prentice: Small Footprint Solar Advocate
• Ruben Rojas: Artist for All
• Shannon Ryan: Pursuer of Financial Happiness (and Manhattan Beach resident and parent)
• Peter Samuelson: Shelter Builder
• Cole Sternberg: Reimaginer of Society
• Marla Zaslansky: Believer in Human Potential (and Manhattan Beach resident and parent)

Exhibitors for TEDxMB 2021 include:
• Community Art Project: Spoken Word Public Art with LA artist Aiseborn
• Fast Flight: The Aerospace Factory of the Future
• {pages}: a bookstore
• Experience 49: blue/s @ ESMOA
• MBEF Maker Space
• MCHS AP Art Gallery
• Makey Makey (MCHS AP Computer Science)
• EDAR - Everybody Deserves A Roof
• Big Sun – Little Footprint – Speaker Russ Prentice
• Black Girls Surf
• Button Up! Express yourself with ESMOA's team.
• Protect The Girls! Mira Costa student Taylor Ryan’s award-winning Young Entrepreneur Academy invention.
• Bite On It! Learn how biting on a simple object can save lives during trauma.
• Face Yoga
• BLAFit Raffle
• Art/Sci @ UCLA
• Ruben Rojas Video Montage in the Live Stream Café
• TEDxMB Selfie Station: Take a selfie with unique Big Face Boxes or the “Hearts for Richstone"
• Richstone Family Center.
• Free Chazz - Expanding Checkers: Brought to you by ESMOA, created by Bernard Zuenkleer and FREETERS.
• Toy Blocks: Build a block masterpiece with hand-crafted, hand-painted cubes by artist Miriam Nolte and FREETERS; creative fun with ESOMA.

TEDx Manhattan Beach tickets are $95 plus tax and include parking, event entrance and lunch. Special discount tickets for seniors 65+ and students (12 or older) are available for $45.

TEDxManhattanBeach sponsors include MBUSD, MBEF, the City of Manhattan Beach, and Chevron.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of the talks are presented at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The Manhattan Beach TEDx event began in 2010.

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