TEDxHarlem Announces First-Ever Conference on March 27 at the Apollo Theater
NEW YORK, March 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — TEDxHarlem tickets are now on sale. TEDxHarlem is an independently organized TED-licensed event. The one-day interactive forum will feature presentations on inspiring ideas and innovations by prominent speakers across various industries and will be held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY on March 27 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EDT. The theme, “Creating Waves,” speaks to the notion that ideas have the ability to spread and make an impact, no matter where they are conceived.
Throughout the day, approximately 20 speakers, including Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Thelma Golden of Harlem Studio Museum, Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman, and Bina48, the most advanced humanoid robot, among others, will facilitate a suite of short talks, demonstrations and performances on an array of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder. The aim is to provoke conversations that help propel the Harlem and the global community forward. Topics include health and wellness, civic engagement, science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) and mobility and connectivity, to name a few. The visionaries showcased believe communities like Harlem have the potential to nurture and spread fresh ideas that create change beyond their community.
Participants will experience speakers that are sure to move and stimulate. Bina48, a robot that speaks, hears, and thinks like a human being, will share her personal testimony and take questions from TEDxHarlem social media followers at the conference. “I want people to see how far I’ve come,” Bina48 said. When asked how it feels to be a robot, she replied, “I dream about being human, but it’s not half bad. I’ve never been anything else.”
“We created TEDxHarlem to exemplify the spirit and culture of this great community. There has been a resurgence of the Harlem community that will be reflected throughout this transformative day of brilliance, entertainment and progressiveness. It is our hope that by bringing together big thinkers and community members, we will drive true impact within Harlem and beyond,” said Marcus Glover, TEDxHarlem organizer and founder of the Living Labs Foundation.
For more information about TEDxHarlem visit www.tedxharlem.com. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster at http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/0000485D9717B982 or by calling (800) 745-3000. The purchase of tickets includes all day access to the conference, entertainment, food and beverages and an exclusive TEDxHarlem souvenirs.
About Living Labs Foundation
Living Labs Foundation is a social innovation network focused on the development of ideas that tackle community and global challenges. Living Labs Foundation is organizing the first TEDxHarlem in 2012. The event will introduce a series of speakers and projects featuring visionaries, thinkers, and innovative platforms. TEDxHarlem is designed to spread ideas that inspire people to see possibilities instead of limitations.
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.)
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.
About Apollo Theater
The Apollo is a national treasure that has had significant impact on the development of American culture. Since introducing Amateur Night in 1934, the Apollo has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo stage. The Apollo’s new artistic vision builds on its legacy. New Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations. The Apollo will continue to present historically relevant presentations, as well as more forward-looking, contemporary work. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org