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On April 15, the Monterey Institute of International Studies is hosting TEDxMonterey for the second time. This year the theme is “Cultivating Innovation,” and the impressive line-up of speakers and presenters is shaping up to be true to the TED promise of “riveting talks by remarkable people.”

TEDx conferences take their name and format—which features notable speakers spotlighting “ideas worth spreading” in no longer than 18-minute segments—from the internationally renowned TED conference (Technology Education Design), and the TED organization licenses local groups to organize their own events under the TEDx banner. The “x” in TEDx events signifies that they are independently organized.

Confirmed speakers for TEDxMonterey 2011 now include (see the Speakers page for all bios):

  • Aaron Ebner, Monterey Institute student and leader of the Team Peru project at MIIS
  • Daniel Fernandez, chair, Division of Science and Environmental Policy, CSU Monterey Bay
  • Andrew Hargadon, UC Davis management professor and author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate
  • Julio Toribo Kancho, founder and chief instructor of Seibukan Jujutsu at the Monterey Budokan and Seibukan Honbu Dojo
  • Beryl Levinger, chair of the Master’s in Public Administration program at the Monterey Institute
  • Seth Linden, founder of Tutorpedia and the Tutorpedia Foundation
  • Lee Lorenzen, founder of, CEO of Altura Ventures
  • Sujata Millick, visiting researcher, cyber security expert at Hewlett-Packard Labs
  • Andrea Olsen, professor of environmental studies and dance at Middlebury College and author of Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide
  • Jennifer Perlmutter, artist
  • F. Noel Perry, venture capitalist, social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of Next 10
  • Alyssum Pohl, Monterey Institute student and dancer
  • Margarita Quihuis, social entrepreneur, mentor capitalist, member of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab
  • Shinsho-Mugen Daiko, a troupe that performs Japanese Taiko drumming
  • E.J. Svensson, media entrepreneur and author of A Decade and A Day

Additional information about the event can be found at the TEDxMonterey Web site. Please note that tickets are required for admission and all public tickets have been allotted. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Continuing a practice from last year’s conference, all talks at this year’s TEDxMonterey event will be interpreted into multiple languages, with live-streamed video and interpretation available to a worldwide audience via the Web.

Costs associated with hosting the TEDxMonterey conference are being underwritten by the Clara Yu Fund for Innovation at the Monterey Institute.

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