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What is TEDx?

About TEDx, x = independently organized event. 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 TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Andrew Cheng

Marketing Coordinator

Andrew is a 2nd-year from Arcadia, California. Studying Economics & Accounting and also on track to complete the TMP certificate, his career interests lie in entrepreneurship, management, and strategy consulting. He has always loved watching TED talks and hopes to bring that kind of intellectually stimulating culture to UCSB. Outside of the classroom, he can be found cooking food, playing video games, and playing volleyball!

Emily Ong

Marketing Coordinator

From Fullerton, California, Emily is a 2nd-year who sees TEDxUCSB as a great way to bring more educational programs to campus that one would not be able to find in a lecture hall or classroom. She hopes to help build a bigger discussion of the event on campus and help make students more aware of this amazing event. As a Communications and Statistics double major, she hopes to find a career in Marketing or Public Relations in New York!

Emma Anderson

Speaker Liaison Lead

From Burbank, California, Emma is a 4th-year English major, triple minoring in Education, Applied Psychology, and Professional Writing. As an English major, she is extremely interested in how stories written decades and even centuries ago still have a profound effect on people today. As an event made up of stories through a different medium, she is excited to see the impact that TEDxUCSB can make on our campus.

Aryan Zaveri

Speaker Liaison

Aryan is a 2nd-year from Irvine, California and originally born in Bangalore, India. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and going to the gym. Studying Physics and Math, he hopes to attend graduate school to study condensed matter that would lead into a career in the tech industry, namely R&D focused on renewable technologies. Aryan’s goal for TEDxUCSB is to help audience members leave with ideas that can be used to make a positive difference for years to come.

Marissa Millwater

Speaker Liaison

Marissa is a 2nd-year Biology major whose long term career goal is to be deeply involved in the medical field whether that be clinical work or biomedical research. Coming all the way from New Jersey, Marissa was a student speaker at the previous TEDxUCSB and wanted to get even more involved with the organization to help cultivate the community with “a contagious passion for growth, learning, and understanding.”

Erica Pobanz

Logistics Lead

From Santa Clarita, California, Erica is a 4th-year Music Studies major and also on track to finish the TMP certificate. She has always loved the nature of TED talks with its open stage for ideas that can be spread out to the world. In a logistics position, her goal is to create a platform where the speakers can make their voices heard and that everything runs smoothly. In her free time, she can be found rock climbing, playing guitar, running, and hiking!

Connie Yoon

Logistics Coordinator

Intending to double major in Communications and Economics, Connie is a 2nd-year student from San Ramon whose dream job is to work at Pixar. Ever since discovering TED talks, she’s loved browsing new perspectives that inspirational individuals could bring to her life from the comfort of her own home. Outside of school, she enjoys running, vacuuming, and exploring the world!

Ziaan Rajabali

Finance Coordinator

From Pleasanton, California, Ziaan is a 2nd-year Economics major who hopes to work in Finance after college. He’s extremely passionate about learning and sees TED talks as a way to gain a new perspective on life, and he is excited to bring his creativity and passion to this year’s TEDxUCSB event. His hobbies include snowboarding and surfing, only one of which is relevant to the climate of UC Santa Barbara.

Celine Khuu

Creative Design Coordinator

Celine is a 4th-year Art major from San Jose, California. Prior to joining TEDxUCSB, she worked with other artists at UCSB’s Glass Box Gallery and is excited to bring her skills here. She sees TEDxUCSB as a platform to “bring in a change in tempo for rigor and leisurely day to day activities in the campus environment” and sees herself continuing to work in other mediums such as story books, fashion, and film.

Iren Harutyunyan


A 4th-year from Los Angeles, California, Iren is a Communications major with an Art minor whose passions lie in programming, graphic design, and web design. She wants to work at a marketing agency and looks to open her own one day. She is excited to work on the TEDxUCSB website to help reach more people than ever before, and to ensure that our students get to experience the relevant talks and stories that will be shared.

Tanisha Singh

Board Chair

From Mountain House, California, Tanisha is a 3rd-year Political Science and Economics Double major with a minor in Philosophy who hopes to attend law school after graduating. Having been on the TEDxUCSB team since her freshman year, her current vision is to have people on campus say “Are you excited for TEDxUCSB” instead of “Wait, what? I didn’t know we had a TEDxUCSB.” Aside from TED talks, she loves dancing, hiking, and spontaneous road trips.

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