The theme for this year’s TEDxConstitutionDrive is “Identity.” Please come with an open mind and a sincere desire to connect with the ideas and other attendees.

Event Details


205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California 94025 United States


January 21, 2012 from 10:00 am to 3:50 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)



In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. swissnex San Francisco is thrilled to be a co-organizer for this year’s TEDxConstitutionDrive, where x = independently organized TED event.

At TEDxConstitutionDrive, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. We try to make TEDxConstitutionDrive an intimate and low-key event where people who are deeply interested in the topic can engage with each other on a personal level. Please come with an open mind and a sincere desire to connect with the ideas and the other attendees.

This year we’re exploring “Identity” in a way that goes beyond the standard gender/race/age lines. We see identity as the non-genetic DNA of us, one that is co-created by our environments and ourselves, and which drives in a powerful way our choices, our relationships and our lives. Our venue this year is the phenomenal classic car warehouse and winery (yes, both!) Auto-Vino. If you love one-of-a-kind fabulous cars and wine-tasting, in addition to great ideas and people, this is the TEDx for you. After we finish the speaker sessions, we will transition to the winery counter for an optional wine-tasting flight (included in your ticket).

Learn more about the event.

Speakers include:

Alice Parker

Synthetic neuroscientist and expert on the synthetic brain

Freddy Clarke

Magical and humorous composer and guitarist (with master dan tranh player and Emmy Award winner Vanessa Vo)

Duleesha Kulasooriya

Head of research at the big-thinking Center for the Edge

Douglas Kenrick

Renowned psychologist speaking on why we all suffer from multiple personality disorder

Beau Lewis

Producer of American Hipster

Kaliya Hamlin

Known as “Identity Woman” and co-founder of the Internet Identity Workshop

Luke Griswold-Tergis

Producer of documentary Smokin’ Fish and maker of smoked fish

Buff Giurlani

Entrepreneur and founder of the unique classic car warehouse and winery Auto-Vino


Photo: Myleen Hollero