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The TEDxUCSD 2015 main event is almost here! It will be held on May 2nd, 2015 at UCSD Price Center Ballroom East. Like the previous years, it will feature distinguished speakers from across multiple disciplines who will share their ideas in the traditional TED format.

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Tickets can be purchased here. To purchase student tickets, click Discounts -> UCSD Students -> Sign in with SSO -> pick event on bottom.


TEDxUCSD is very grateful for our generous sponsors, who help make this event a reality.


Aira.IO, based in San Diego, is an emerging startup focused on developing technology and services that allow blind and low-vision individuals greater independence in performing a myriad of daily activities - ranging from navigating city streets and using a menu to order meals at restaurants, to recognizing faces in a crowd. In doing so, Aira provides personalized assistance from a network of certified Agents, plus family and friends. Agents use a real-time interactive cloud-based dashboard built purposely to process live data streams from cameras, GPS, and other sensor systems from wearable platforms such as Google Glass and Vuzix.

Launched in 2014, Aira began as an idea between Suman Kanuganti and Yuja Chang, both UCSD alums. Suman (Founder/ CEO) and Yuja (Co-founder/ VP of Product) have used their drive and innovation, in addition to resources and connections forged at UCSD and elsewhere, to position Aira as one of the fastest rising companies in assistive technology for the visually impaired. Of particular assistance to Aira in its beginning stages has been the UCSD Rady School of Management's StartR program, which helps Rady MBA students and alumni create profitable companies based on their innovative ideas.

Meego provides the most simple method for protecting your belongings in public spaces. Our motion-activated alarm adheres to whatever a user wants to monitor and will sound a loud alarm and notify the user's smartphone if someone else moves it from its original position. Meego aims to deter theft using a simple device, unlike bulky laptop cable locks or expensive data retrieval software. We have been hard at work to complete our third-iteration prototype and will begin beta testing with UCSD students in May 2015, since our main customer segments are students and on-the-go professionals. We will also be launching a Kickstarter campaign during the summer of 2015. We have received a great amount of support from the Moxie Center, Von Liebig Center, Rady MystartupXX program, and the Gordon Center for Engineering Leadership to achieve our milestones thus far.

Comhear believes in sound that moves you. Founded in 2013 by Randy Granovetter, founder and former CEO of Jabra, Comhear is an audio technology company that brings people closer together through pristine communication, and enhances immersive entertainment with the physical sensation of sound you can practically touch. Organizations benefit from Comhear’s revolutionary beamforming services, which add vocal clarity and customization to conferencing. Comhear products are powered by our patented KAP™ software, which gives you wider, more natural soundscapes while protecting long term hearing acuity. This passion for healthy audio, combined with a deep understanding of how the brain processes sound, enables Comhear to develop products and solutions that adapt to your environment and transform the listening experience.

Engineers for Exploration is a student led organisation which designs and builds technology for exploring the world. We collaborate with archeologists, geologists and ecologists to use cutting edge engineering to develop innovative and useful tools. The devices developed range from autonomous aerial systems to crawling rovers and intelligent underwater vehicles. Our students travel around the globe to assist researchers in deploying these tools and unveil undiscovered mysteries.