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TEDx Manhattan Beach attendees work on an ESMOA art project.

What do a flying taxi researcher, big bang explorer, sleep doctor, modern anthropologist, digital visionary and a public artist have in common?

They're all presenting at TEDx Manhattan Beach.

The event is November 3 at Mira Costa High School, with a wide range of speakers presenting 10-minute talks that fulfill the TEDx legacy of sharing ideas worth spreading; ideas that have the power to positively change the world.

This year’s theme is Trail Blazers, and along with 14 speakers, attendees can sample other mind-expanding experiences at an interactive expo.

"Our goal is to delight, surprise and wow,” said Kate Bergin, the event's curator. “Some of the exhibits include the latest computer vision technology… if you don’t want to join a conference call, someday your digital double may be able to take that meeting for you.”

The expo center will include the latest geo space technology from local El Segundo company Slingshot Aerospace and attendees will learn how satellite pictures of Earth can be used to make their lives better.

The ninth annual TEDx Community Art Project will be on display, as will a back-by-popular demand feature, yoga instructor David Romero’s Sound Bath Experience, described as feeling as if one is taking a bath in vibrations and sounds tuned to bring harmony to the body, reduce stress and heal.

There will also be plenty of VR exhibits in addition to demonstrations on Greenland melting, how LA gets its water, climbing Mount Everest and flying with the Wright Brothers according to Bergin.

An experiential exhibition is also part of the mix, one that is the complete opposite of virtual.

“There will be an actual refugee tent set up as it would be," said Bergin. "A daily portion of beans and lentils will be served.”

The Expo Center will also house exhibits such as the Public Labs Community Microscopes, a look at the micro-amusement park experience Two Bit Circus, and a {Pages: A Bookstore} pop-up.

According to Bergin, “The event’s Trail Blazers theme was created to highlight the breakthrough thinking that is changing how we look at things and making our lives better. We looked for provocative, out of the box speakers and exhibits that define Trail Blazers in as many different ways as possible.”

Diverse group of speakers

Among the areas speakers cover are science, education, computer vision, space, blockchain, art, medicine, and—life.

Speakers include sleep specialist and Manhattan Beach dad Michael Breus, who discusses chronotypes—a person's natural inclination about the times of day when they prefer to sleep or are most alert.

Amy Lo, one of the leads on the James Webb Telescope, poses the question: “Will we find the beginning of the universe?”

RAND Corporation anthropologist and scientist Casey Bouskill asks: “Is society moving too fast for our brains?”

From cutting edge digital visionary Andy Wood to comedian Jeff Greenspan riffing on luck, there’s something for everyone. UCLA professors and learning and memory scientists discuss the best ways to study and learn; artist Otis Kriegel discusses engaging the public through participatory art, and Heidi Pease, founder of LA Blockchain discusses how blockchain currency will affect your life.

Costa student presenters

Also on tap: presentations by two Mira Costa High students.

Stephanie Sala, a member of Comedy Sportz, examines how the use of improvisation has helped her in real life.

Sala said she became involved in TEDx Manhattan Beach when the advisor of Mira Costa’s improv team recommended her.

“I am one of the managers of the team and have been on it since my freshman year. I had a lot of love and knowledge of improv to share,” she explains. “My talk is about improv, and how it can help you live a better life, whether this is by becoming a better listener or just living in the moment. Improv has been a big part of my life and I truly believe it has made me a better overall person.”

Costa student filmmaker and artist Cooper Roth discusses the real pressures of being a teenager that come from a variety of areas, making strong use of his skills as a burgeoning storyteller and working actor.

“I made a video based on a poem I wrote called the ‘In Between’ and it became a hit inside of my high school and went to multiple film festivals,” he explains.

“Ultimately what happened was that people came to me and asked me to read the poem to the audience.”

He adds that the talk will be about finding “a real sense of just being okay. Teenagers often feel just the lowest of the lows and highest of highs. I made the film and wrote the poem to say there’s an in between and it’s okay to feel that.”

The two teen presenters add to the diversity of the TEDx experience.

TEDxManhattanBeach is a day of ideas and new perspectives, said Bergin.

It's so inspiring, she said, that "once they try it they want to come again.”

Tickets for the November 3 event range from $35 to $148; talks run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m; the Expo Center opens at 8 a.m.

Mira Costa High School is located at 1401 Artesia Blvd. in Manhattan Beach.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit http://tedxmanhattanbeach.com/tickets/

 

 

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Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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