TEDxEast 'Play, Dream, Create' Examines The Lighter Side of Life May 7th Event To Feature Thinkers and Do-ers Who Inspire

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TEDxEast today announced "Play, Dream, Create", an independent TEDx event to be held at City Winery in Tribeca on May 7, 2010. During the daylong conference, both local and international speakers will explore how New Yorkers can cultivate a sense of play, expand their ambitions, and transform their thinking. In other words, TEDxEast is curating a day of inspiration and change. And true to the format of the TED experience, TEDxEast presenters will give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less.

TEDxEast seeks to develop and leverage the TED experience at a regional level, bringing together innovators and inspirational speakers in the New York metropolitan area. TEDxEast began as a conversation among friends and has grown into a twice annual event that seeks to collect and display some of the best thinking the city has to offer.

Who: TEDxEast (http://www.TEDxEast.com)

What: Applications for the limited seats are now being accepted at tedxeast.com. Invitation only, must apply on-line. The $100 ticket price includes the daylong discussions with lunch and light refreshments, followed by a hosted wine-tasting.

When: Friday, May 7th, 2010, 11:00am - 6:00pm

Where: City Winery, 155 Varick Street, NY, NY 10013

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Suzanne Vega, Musician
  • Dennis Crowley, Founder, Foursquare
  • Raymond Gaspard, Broadway producer of "A Steady Rain"
  • John Henry Harris, Creative designer at LEGO
  • Blake Frank, 8-year-old piano prodigy
  • Richard Saul Wurman, Writer, questioner and founder of TED and TEDMED
  • Company XIV, Contemporary yet baroque-inspired dance troupe
  • Malia Mason, Mind-wandering expert and professor at Columbia Business School
  • Helio Mattar, A catalyst for corporate social responsibility in Brazil
  • Sheena Iyengar, Professor at Columbia Business School and author of The Art of Choosing
  • Bruce Feiler, The New York Times-best-selling author of The Council of Dads
  • Marie Hyon and Marco Spier, Designers and founders of PSYOP, a design firm
  • Sam Lessin, Trustee of the Awesome Award and founder of Drop.io file-sharing Service
  • Ellen Gustafson, Co-founder of FEED, a non-profit with the goal of feeding and educating hungry children around the world

About TEDx

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, including ours, are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations). This independent TEDx even is operated under license from TED. To learn more about TEDx, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.ted.com/tedx" http://www.ted.com/tedx

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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