Imagine a Future We Are Building Together

TEDxLA comes to Dolby Theatre on December 3rd

Finals week is only a few days away, but many of us have already been drained in the transition of semester conversion, especially in need of inspirations for those final papers. Perhaps only a brainstorm led by innovative professionals would charge our batteries. Some would say that Ted Talk always helps, now what if you could be present at a Ted event?

This upcoming Saturday, December 3rd, TEDxLA will host a special event themed “Imagine a Future We Are Building Together” at the well-known Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It will be a place where all the Angelenos come together and discuss how we could bring ideas into real life solutions for our city. Some of their city-wide activities include: “Fair Share”, in which businesses and nonprofit organizations collaborate to reduce food waste and donate to the ones in need, and “Screen to Street“, a project that uses online platforms to inspire action, incentivize results, and document successes.

The lineup of speakers and performers make this event even more exciting for local communities and college crowds. The primary guests are Peter Diamandis, Executive Chairman of the X Prize Foundation, actor Harry Hamlin, Louie Schwartzberg, director, producer and pioneer of high-end time-lapse cinematography, Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow, and Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer. They will be discussing space travel, collaborative art, food fairness, education revolution, gender equality, robotics, healthy living, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and more. Attendees will be able to build connections with their peers through a new interactive activity named “Brain Dates”, which is a platform that will match intellectuals and provide the opportunities for discussions. Most importantly, the core concept is to exchange knowledge, and to seek methods for these ideas to become realistic solutions.

The University Times had the pleasure of briefly interviewing Amir Banifatemi over the phone, the curator for TEDxLA and this event. “We have many community partners supporting us, we want to promote the fact that before we can make progress and come together, we first imagine,” said Banifatemi. “There’s a common core that unites all of us. The main objective is to act, and connect the local communities all together.”

He expressed that this event if for everyone, thus TEDxLA also offers scholarships and discounts. For college students, you get 80 percent off the full price. You could purchase the tickets on, simply type in the promo code “StudyTEDx” and bring your valid student ID to the check-in table on Saturday. For more information, visit

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