TEDxSanFrancisco: Dare To Know


TEDxSanFrancisco is a day-long conference featuring compelling TED speakers who are masters in their disciplines, spanning tech, science, philosophy, design, and how it impacts our lives. Since 2016, we have had 80+ speakers and performances, 3,000+ attendees, 320+ volunteers, 17,600+ online followers and subscribers, 4,000,000 online video views, and 2 TED.com-featured videos!

For the fourth year in a row, we’re back in San Francisco to push through the frontiers of knowledge with our theme “Dare to Know.” The conference will begin promptly at 9 am and end at 5:30 pm. Our local partners will provide lunch, snacks, and drinks. And after the conference is the after-party, where you can get to know the speakers, sponsors, and our team.


Speakers – More to be announced

Here is our speaker lineup. Stay in touch with us for updates; we won’t spam!

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Chirag Patel, Ph.D.

Biomedical Data Scientist / Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School / Uncovering connections between the environment, genes, and health

Dr. Patel is a biomedical scientist who received his doctorate in Biomedical informatics from Stanford University. Since then, Dr. Patel’s long-term research goal is to address problems in human health and disease by developing computational methods to reproducibly and efficiently reason over high-throughput data streams spanning molecules to populations. The long-term research goal of Chirag Patel’s Group is to solve problems in human health and disease by developing bioinformatics approaches to reason over large-scale environmental exposure and genomic information spanning molecules to populations.



Kimberly Bryant

Tech Activist / Founder & CEO of Black Girls Code / Changing the face of technology

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing young girls of color to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Bryant has spent more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies, such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. She serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. In 2013, she was honored by the White House for her work in tech inclusion and her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls.



Daniel Whiteson, Ph.D.

Physicist / Author / Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine / Studying the open mysteries of the Universe

Professor Whiteson’s research is in the field of Experimental High Energy Physics. He is interested in probing the structure of matter and the nature of its interactions at the very smallest scales, to understand the fundamental nature of our universe. He wants to understand what the Universe is made out of, and tries to figure it out by smashing protons together near the speed of light, using CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. He is the co-author of “We Have No Idea,” a light-hearted look at the open mysteries of the Universe.



Tan Le

Neuroinformatics Entrepreneur / Founder & CEO of Emotiv / Advancing our understanding of the human brain

Tan Le is an innovator in the field of neurotechnology. In 1981, she arrived in Australia with her mother and family, all refugees from Vietnam who had undertaken a perilous boat journey. She excelled academically, beginning her university studies at age sixteen. Awarded honors degrees in law and commerce from Monash University, she worked as a lawyer before shifting her focus to the field of neurotechnology. In 1998 Tan Le was named Young Australian of the Year for her outstanding community service in Melbourne’s Vietnamese community and was named one of Australia’s Most Successful Women Under 30. In 2011, she founded Emotiv, a neuroinformatics company that develops mobile electroencephalography (EEG) systems used to advance the understanding of the human brain and accelerate the creation of life-changing solutions.



Onno Faber

Citizen Scientist / Founder of RDMD / Finding a cure to his rare disease

Onno was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called NF2, a disease which affects only 1 in 30,000 people. Instead of feeling defeated, Onno sprung into action and started his company, RDMD, which helps others who suffer from rare diseases like him and foundations to accelerate treatments.



Olenka Steciw Villarreal

Innovator / Founder of the Magical Bridge Foundation

In 2008, after seventeen rewarding years in Silicon Valley, Olenka Steciw Villarreal decided to use her business experiences and education to start the Magical Bridge Playground Foundation. The foundation brings to life innovative playgrounds that serve visitors of all ages and abilities to build more inclusive communities. Villarreal designed and developed the first groundbreaking Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto, CA. Since its opening to the public in 2015, she kept on opening the nation’s most innovative inclusive playgrounds.



Bruno Zamborlin, Ph.D.

AI Entrepreneur / Founder at HyperSurfaces

Bruno Zamborlin is a pioneer in the field of AI for Human-Technology interaction and ubiquitous technology. Bruno founded HyperSurfaces where he uses edge-AI to convert any object of any material and shape into an intelligent HyperSurface: seamlessly merging the physical and data worlds without the need for buttons, touch screens or even internet connections.

Sheena Allen

Fintech Entrepreneur / Founder at CapWay / Serving the unbanked and underbanked

Late 2015, while visiting her hometown in Mississippi, Sheena took notice of how people in her community were still very much into using predatory financial services, such as payday lenders. This led her to the creation of CapWay a neo-bank that also includes financial education and gamified micro-lending for those who do not fit into the traditional banking system.



Tito Jankowski

Bio-Hacker / Founder Impossible Labs

Tito graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and has seen been many things: a biohacker, hardware manufacturer, a sailor and most recently an entrepreneur. Jankowski is someone who will shift your perspective and expand your mind with his use of new cutting edge materials to solve global warming, such as using CO2 to condense into useable material.



Oak Felder

Songwriter / Producer / Grammy Award Winner / Life, music, tech

Oak Felder is one of R&B’s most important producers. Platinum Records were never the goal; however, they are the product of Oak’s creative instincts and intellectual methods of navigating the music business. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Oak received a scholarship to Georgia Tech University in 2001. His career of 15 years include the likes of Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Usher, Chainsmokers and many more including Grammy-winning albums such as Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire and Rihanna’s Unapologetic.



More speakers to be announced!

Want to know what to expect? Watch past TEDxSanFrancisco talks on our YouTube and read more about our speakers at our website https://tedxsanfrancisco.com.



Work of love

TEDxSanFrancisco is made possible by the hard work and collective effort of our volunteer team. Every year, about 80 volunteers from all walks of life come together and contribute thousands of hours for months. Together, we make ideas worth spreading. See the humans behind TEDxSanFrancisco – meet us at Dare To Know this year!

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