SALON 2014




About TEDx/TED

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About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
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The Event

TEDxUCDavis Salon 2014

Theme: Roots of Inspiration

Venue: TBA

Date: November

Time: TBA

Tickets: TBA

Our Team

Get to know us!

TEDxUCDavis is brought to you by a hard-working team of students dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading. We strive to bring an event that can be said to truly represent the great things going on at UC Davis and also have a little fun along the way. We urge you to reach out to us with any and all questions or even just to say hi!



David is currently a super senior at UC Davis studying Political Science and Biochemistry. He is always looking towards the future and helping others. Whatever the future holds, he is looking to make a change. This year he is one of the co-curators and has served as director of speaker relations in the past.



This is Chris’s second year on the team. Last year he served as both the logistics and media director. This year he is one of the co-curators. He is a fourth year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major at UC Davis. He is also co-directing the Whole Earth Festival. In his free time, he loves to design and create things.



Lucian has been working for TEDxUCDavis as a designer for the last 3 years, working to create thought provoking discussion through public installations. He’s a big advocate of open source and often publishes his work under the creative commons license.



Mimi is a fourth year Human Development major and Spanish minor. She has had a hands-on role with TEDxUCDavis for three years, including roles in stage construction and public art installations, marketing and outreach, and social media advertising. As Director of Logistics, she hopes to use her knowledge of TEDx and her attention to detail to help the team facilitate even more successful events. In addition to TEDx, Mimi is also involved in the Ontai Research Lab, the Tri Delta sorority, and Mobility Dance Team.









Hanh is a third year computer science major. He likes to produce music, design, program, and doodle on his math homework in his spare time. He also enjoy hiking, the outdoors, and photography. He is the media director for TEDxUCDavis this year.



Ruhi Thakker is a fourth year student at UC Davis, majoring in Communications and double minoring in UWP and Textiles and Clothing. Upon graduating, Ruhi hopes to join the field of Public Relations in the fashion industry. In order to get hands on experience with the industry, she worked as a stylist for Nordstrom this past summer. She is also a part of the Student Fashion Association here at UC Davis. Moreover, Ruhi enjoys writing and PR. Since 2012, she has been responsible of the PR work for Desi Jams Entertainment, an entertainment company based in the bay area. During the Spring 2014 quarter, she furthered her skills by interning as a PR/Social Media intern at the US Bicycling Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization. In addition to her experience, she is currently a member of Women in PR, a nation-wide organization created to motivate women who are current PR professionals and those who are aspiring PR’s. She hopes to apply her skills and further her network during her time with TEDxUCDavis.



Carlos is a second year student studying Managerial Economics. Carlos is the Cultural Programmer for the Chicano/Chicana Living Learning Community here in UC Davis. During his free time he enjoys to drum, enroll himself in various acting and singing activities, but most of all he enjoys the good company of hanging out with friends. Carlos will be working this year as our Director of Marketing.

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