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TEDx Manhattan Beach Promises Visionaries, Boundary-Breakers

Oct 12, 2023 08:10AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Moderator Paul Silva and the Positive Impact troupe at TEDx Manhattan Beach in 2022.

This year's TEDx Manhattan Beach on November 4 promises to be better than ever... and the last day to get your early bird tickets is October 13.

The annual TEDx Manhattan Beach is one of the most popular TEDx events in the country, with more than 35 million video views of its speaker talks. Held at the Mira Costa High School campus, the event features a slate of inspirational and innovative speakers, as well as an expo with ideas and offerings from local nonprofit and student groups.

The early bird "Gold" tickets are $79, which includes breakfast, lunch, a snack, and the entire day's worth of activities. After October 13, the Gold tickets go up to $95. Tickets for seniors ages 65+ and students are $49, from now through October 24. Additional tickets are available for sponsorships and dinner with the speakers.

Mira Costa High School student speaker Raci Levine from TEDx Manhattan Beach 2022.

This year's program features pioneers exploring the world from the heights of a Mavericks big wave to new depths in the center of earth. Expect new insights, thoughtful explanations, and some surprises too. (All live talks will feature sign language interpreters.)

The 2023 speakers and presenters include:
• Cassie Holmes, Happiness Professor
• Sachi Cunningham, Maverick Photographer
• Anthony Padnos, Perspective Seeker (MCHS Student)
• Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Spoken Word Artist
• Viacheslav Zgonnik, Scientist with Big Climate Solution
• Michael Agyin, Deaf & Disability Advocate
• Winston Iskandar, AI Musician (MCHS Student)
• Nicole Alexander-Spencer, Doctor/Healer
• Mary Gallagher, Actress & Comedian
• Francine McCarthy, Scientist on Forefront of Earth’s New Epoch
• Fiona Cousins, Sustainability Visionary
• Aryn Shelander, Master of Foot Archery

TEDx attendees will also get a chance to enjoy the expo, which includes art, science, technology, and other new ideas. 

The 2023 expo exhibitors include:

• ARUP – A global collective of designers & experts dedicated to sustainable development
• Black in Mayberry – Presenting “Mirrors & Mosaics: Exploring Identity”, an immersive experience
• ByFusion – Presenting ByBlocks, advanced building materials produced by repurposing plastic waste
• ESMoA: Presenting the “Going Mobile” and “Ideas are Born from Ideas“ exhibits
• ESMOA TEDx MB Community Art Project with Artist Alicia Piller
• Food Cycle L.A. – Presenting the “Feed People, Not Landfills” exhibit, from a nonprofit that recovers and distributes surplus food to communities in need
• Grades of Green – A non-profit with mission to educate and empower students to take action and lead environmental change
• Indivisible Arts –A multi-media experience presenting the creative minds of their program
• Grote Surf Boards – A custom board shaping demonstration hosted by Matt Grote
• Local Hearts Foundation – Spread joy with the Hood, visit with the Hood Santa
• MBEF – Student ambassadors share how MBEF has enriched their lives & education
• MCHS Student Clubs - Featuring the AP Art Gallery, AP Robotics & Computer Science, Makey Makey, and Model UN
• {pages}: a bookstore – A pop-up with amazing selection of best-sellers & TEDx MB Speaker books
• Aryn Shelander & the Artemis Circus Collective – Watch Aryn perform at the Expo campus &
learn about the Artemis Circus Collective
• South Bay Food Initiative – A non-profit that donates food and connects volunteers with local
food banks to combat food insecurity
• South Bay Parkland Conservancy – Presenting the local Greenbelt Trail Restoration project
• Stretch Lyfe – Presenting the “Move Well, Feel Well, Be Well” exhibit
• Terreus – Meet the 8th grade first prize winners of Raytheon’s U.S. Convention Invention (8th
category) who will present their bio-degradable invention
• The Bay Foundation –  A non-profit leader with mission to restore Santa Monica Bay water quality
• Therapy Lab – Presenting the “Life Satisfaction Lab”
• UCLA Student led Organizations: Art SciSci presents an AR experience “Aliens & Stardust,”
CruX@ UCLA presents the experience “Hands Free Control & Communication with your Mind,”
IEEE of UCLA students introduce their innovative projects, and UCLA 4D3E students present the power of 3D printing, a combination of art and science, building practical solutions to real world problems
• White Light Sound – Presenting a meditative experience to heal your body and restore your mind.

TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading” presented in short, powerful talks delivered by today's leading thinkers and leaders. Many of the talks are presented at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia and are available free on

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with an idea to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

The Manhattan Beach TEDx is now in its 18th year.

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