Third TEDxMidTownNY Event Announced

by Space Frontier Press on December 21, 2010

The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) will sponsor their third TEDxMidTownNY event to discuss the progress towards sustainable space settlement with best-selling author Howard Bloom and award-winning space glove designer Ted Southern. TEDxMidTownNY is a local, independently organized event to be held on January 12th, 2011 at 6 PM at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York, NY. A diverse group of scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, investors, teachers, and students will share their perspective and leave the event inspired to improve the collective future of humanity through space exploration and settlement. Tickets are available now through the TEDxMidTownNY website.

Howard Bloom

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. The SFF and Eyebeam are dedicated to encouraging innovative use of art and technology to encourage the exploration and settlement of the space frontier. We support artists and technologists by giving them access to professional development, opportunities for collaboration, and most of all an incredibly supportive community. We invite the public to experience this work through our speaker series, workshops, and the annual NewSpace conference.

The goal of this TEDx speaker series is to provide a forum where the most innovative and outlandish ideas regarding space exploration and settlement can be discussed. In this spirit, the evening will also feature Ted Southernvideos by oceanographer Rob Dunbar looking at ancient corals and sediments to study how Earth’s climate and oceans have shifted over the past 50 to 12,000 years, as well as physicist Brian Cox explaining how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This event is called TEDxMidTownNY, where x = independently organized TED event. At the TEDxMidTownNY event, 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 this one, are self-organized. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

For reservations, please call 212.937.6580 or email info@eyebeam.org. The SFF encourages those who wish to attend to purchase tickets in advance, as admission numbers are limited. Tickets are 20$ for general admission and 5$ for students under 25 (with valid student ID). Check in for this event will begin at 6 PM at EyeBeam Art + Technology Center at 540 W. 21st Street, New York, NY.

Subsequent TEDxMidTownNY events will occur bimonthly, except in December, July, and August. The themes of these events will pertain to aspects of space exploration and settlement.  For more information, please visit www.TEDxMidTownNY.org.

Video from the premier TEDxMidTownNY event on September 14, 2010 at the Explorers Club with Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator of NASA, and Anousheh Ansari, founder of the Ansari XPrize, is available on YouTube.

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.

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.

TEDxMidTownNY Contact:
Liz Kennick
Project Manager, Space Ventures Projects
Space Frontier Foundation
Liz.kennick@spacefrontier.org

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