TEDxSF Salons Adds More Tickets for April 12’s Big Blue: A Very Special Evening on the Oceans and The Premier of Capacitor's OKEANOS

What if liquid robots could completely change the way we understand ocean currents? Sniff for oil leaks? Why is our whole conservation paradigm false? How can we change it? What does a photographer see when he stays in the water in the remotest area for a really long time? TEDxSF presents Big Blue: A Very Special Evening on the Oceans and the premier of Capacitor's OKEANOS, April 12 at the Fort Mason Center. Also announces special performance April 13 by TED Music Director, Thomas Dolby.

San Francisco, CA, March 29, 2012 --(PR.com)-- TEDxSF Salons announce the availability of tickets for its sold out event, Big Blue: A Very Special Evening on the Oceans and the Premier of Capacitor’s OKEANOS. The event, held at San Francisco’s Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, is April 12 at 5 p.m.

The independently organized event is licensed by TED. The TEDxSF team www.tedxsf.org will be joined by co-host celebrity activist Deborah Bassett. It begins with TEDxSF talks by vital writers, scientists, researchers, chefs and aquapreneurs who will present data visualizations, infographics and technologies to help understand and address issues of the sea. Event guests will also be inspired by original music and art that celebrates the rhythm of the oceans.

In addition, TEDxSF is hosting a special late show performance from TED music director, Thomas Dolby. Dolby will perform during his Time Capsule Tour at the Red Devil Lounge. When TEDxSF members register for Big Blue, they can also purchase discount tickets for the special performance on Friday night.

Big Blue: A Very Special Evening on the Oceans will feature inspiring talks by:

• Andy Sharpless, CEO, Oceana, the largest international conservation organization fully dedicated to protecting the oceans.
• Edward Lu, Chief of Innovative Applications, Liquid Robotics, developer of the developer Of the Wave Glider® marine robot
• Neill Duffy, Chairman, Tribe Management and advisor to the America's Cup Event Authority on its "More Than A Sport" sustainability strategy and Healthy Ocean Project.
• Roz Savage, a United Nations Climate Hero, an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org and world record holder for ocean rowing.
• Jenefer Palmer, Founder & Chief Seaweed Officer, OSEA, the leading brand of marine-based natural products
• Kristin Hoffmann, a talented singer/songwriter who has performed at the Sundance Film Festival and been featured several television shows, including Dawson’s Creek and The Young and the Restless.
• M’kalani Souza, a gifted storyteller, singer, songwriter, musician, performer, poet, philosopher, priest, political satirist, and peacemaker.
• Amos Nachoum, a versatile wildlife photographer whose led National Geographic expedition teams.
• Patri Friedman, founder and chairman of the Board of the Seasteading Institute and the CEO of Future Cities Development Inc.
• Casson Trenor, the author of Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time, a pocket guide designed to enable consumers concerned about environmental and health issues to dine with confidence at the sushi bar.

The event also includes the premier of OKEANOS, a multidisciplinary portrait of the ocean as body, environment, resource, metaphor and force. Through a unique collaboration of choreography, set design, sound composition, vocalization, violin and costume with participation from leading scientific advisors, Capacitor created a 60-minute performance that gives audiences a fully immersive sensory experience of the ocean; assisting people in affirming their commitment and connection to ocean life; and creating a blueprint for future art/science collaborations.

Tickets for the limited-seating event are available at tedxsf.org. The TEDxSF Salon will take place at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco, California. Doors open at 4:30 pm for registration and networking; the program begins at 5:00 pm. In addition, TEDxSF members and others can view the event free in an online simulcast at tedxsf.org.

TEDxSF Salons
The new TEDxSF salons feature a select group of speakers who will deliver talks that unveil new understandings, alternative models and practical takeaways. More intimate than larger annual events, TEDxSF designed the Salons to provide a deeper look into a single topic as well as to create a venue for community building, audience-generated content and discussion. The premiere Bay Area TEDx group will hold Salons throughout the year and each of the Salons will focus on one contemporary institution in turmoil. TEDxSF will simulcast each Salon and provide video replays on the TEDx.com and TED.com web channels.

About TEDxSF
TEDxSF is a network of more than 4,000 San Francisco / Bay Area leaders and TED attendees that bring people together to share ideas across many disciplines. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Visit www.tedxsf.org to register. Follow TEDxSF on Twitter (twitter.com / TEDxSF) or “like” TEDxSF on Facebook for regular updates.

To become a TEDxSF member, for more information on the TEDxSF event, or to watch the TEDxSF videos, visit www.tedxsf.org. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Jeanne Alford