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June 29, 2010

TEDx COMES TO ALBANY: CALL FOR SPEAKERS, SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS

Filed under: Business,Events,Features,News — duncan @ 10:25 pm

For Immediate Release

Contact Jeff Gaines, 518-237-7353

TEDx Comes to Albany: Call For Speakers, Sponsors, Volunteers

Nov. 4 Event to Offer Mind-blowing Discussion

ALBANY (6/29/10)– TEDxAlbany, where x=independently organized TED event, will present a day of information, inspiration and entertainment in the Lewis A. Swyer Theatre of The Egg on Nov. 4, 2010.

The organizers of TEDxAlbany are currently seeking speakers, sponsors and volunteers. The theme is “Human Change.”

TEDxAlbany Logo“TEDxAlbany is bringing the excitement of TED to New York’s Capital Region,” said Jeff Gaines, TEDxAlbany organizer. “If you still haven’t heard of TED, check out a few videos on the website and you’ll be hooked. There’s nothing more inspiring than experiencing the reckless sharing of good ideas by intelligent people.”

TED, short for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, the annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. The talks are made available, free, at TED.com.

Modeled after the annual TED Conference, TEDxAlbany will invite a wide variety of speakers, authors, business people and educators to share ideas and insights that will provoke thinking and conversation. TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group setting.

James Howard Kunstler is among the confirmed TEDxAlbany speakers. The Saratoga author/commentator delivered a talk at the 2004 annual TED Conference in Monterey, Calif. An online video of Kunstler’s talk is available through the TEDTalks video podcast.

“TEDxAlbany will be a day of mind blowing discussion,” said Gaines, a motivational speaker based in Cohoes. “We’re seeking speakers to share the very best ideas our region has to offer.”

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxAlbany, are self-organized.

For information about TEDxAlbany, visit: http://tedxalbany.com.

ABOUT TEDx

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxAlbany, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxAlbany, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

ABOUT TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, 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 TEDFellows 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.

TEDGlobal 2010, “And Now the Good News,” will be held July 13-16, 2010, in Oxford, UK. TED2011, “The Rediscovery of Wonder,” will be held February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.

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(Note: Although Duncan Crary Communications advised against it, the TED organization insisted that the press release read exactly as you see it above. )


Media coverage resulting from this press release:

TED’s little brother, TEDx, comes to town
Times Union, Nov. 2, 2010

TEDxAlbany is coming up
All Over Albany, Oct. 28, 2010

Time to register for TEDxAlbany
Times Union Blogs, Oct. 9, 2010

TEDxAlbany
All Over Albany, Jul 1, 2010

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