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Week In Review: TEDActive

Submitted by on March 6, 2012 – 5:48 pmNo Comment |

My apologies for being MIA last week.  I did have a good excuse.  I spent Monday through Friday in Palm Springs at the TEDActive conference.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the TED brand, TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) was founded in 1984 by a guy named Chris Anderson.  Since then, TED has grown to be one of the premier conferences to attend, attracting speakers like Facebook’s Sheryl SandbergLost creator JJ Abrams, former vice president Al Gore and just last week, I had the privilege of hearing Toy Story creator Andrew Stanton, DARPA director Regina Dugan, and LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman give talks (just to name a few).

At TEDActive, 500 people gather in Palm Springs to watch a simulcast of the main TED event which takes place in Long Beach, CA. In between talks people are brainstorming new ideas, building things or (true to the conference’s name) being active (there were impromptu yoga sessions, trampolines for people to jump on and bikes that could be rented for people to go on an excursion). I thought I’d share a few pictures from the week–outfits included–hope you like them!

 I arrived in Palm Springs early Monday evening and promptly stopped by the conference registration desk to pick up what would turn out to be the coolest gift bag I’ve ever received at a conference. The bag itself was a sturdy overnight tote from Jack Spade and inside was a wealth of gadgets, gift cards and other treasures. Among my favorite items were the TOMS Sunglasses. Yes, the creator of shoes is branching out into eyewear; and yes, purchasing TOMS sunglasses does mean that someone in need somewhere gets pair of glasses themselves. (I’m wearing the TOMS Classic 101 sunglasses in black in the photo below.) I’m also in love with my new Roku and Jawbone Jambox and think I’ll have plenty of occasions to put my free one year subscription to Lynda.com to good use.

Since this is a style blog, here’s what I wore to the welcome party Monday evening. You might remember this outfit from this post. The bag is from Melie Bianco and reminds me of the Celine bag I’ve seen Lindsay and Ahn toting around. LOVE! (PS- How absurdly large are the TEDActive conference badges? My least favorite part of the week!)

I didn’t stay out too late Monday night and was up and at em early Tuesday morning, ready to feed my brain and meet new people. Since I wasn’t sure what to expect from the day, I opted to wear something comfortable and cute. This pink Gap shirt and scarf combo (sadly the scarf is now sold out online) with black jeans and my favorite gray slouchy boots (they’re from BCBGeneration, but I can’t find them online) proved to be the perfect ensemble.

Day one included talks from DARPA Director Regina Dugan. You can read my take on her talk here.  Day two brought with it some of my favorite speakers, including Sherry TurkleJim Stengel and LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman. I went with a dressier, yet no less comfy look for that day.

By day three, I was hitting my stride, meeting new people–blogging and tweeting like a champ–and still looking relatively cute (or at least I thought so).

I left the conference early on Friday in order to beat LA traffic, so I missed the goodbye party, which I heard was pretty awesome.  All-in-all, however, I’d say TEDActive was a success. I met new people. I fed my brain, and I got to spend some time in a beautiful town! If you want to read more about my thoughts on TED 2012, be sure to check out my top TED Takeaways over on the Experts Exchange Tech News Blog.

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