TEDxAlbany Announces Call for Speakers, Overit Lead Sponsor of Event

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TEDxAlbany is looking for a mix of regional and national voices committed to providing new research, important conversations, and new thoughts.

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This year TEDxAlbany is looking to address a wide range of topics and isn’t fearful of controversy. The event will dive into everything from mental health issues and the LEGO theory to how millennials are impacting the workplace and more.

Overit, a leading full-service, digital marketing agency, announces today that it will sponsor TEDxAlbany at the agency’s renovated church on December 4, 2014. Additionally, the event’s call for speakers has been opened and interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals on any topics that will invoke thoughtful conversations and present meaningful research.

Everyone from local to national dignitaries and business leaders to innovators and educators are invited to vie for a spot to speak at TEDx. All TEDx events are independently organized in communities around the world. The annual TED Conference invites leading thinkers and doers to come together to share world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Sir Richard Branson.

“We’re thrilled to be sponsoring TEDxAlbany for the second year in a row,” said Lisa Barone, Overit’s vice president of strategy and event organizer. “This year TEDxAlbany is looking to address a wide range of topics and isn’t fearful of controversy. The event will dive into everything from mental health issues and the LEGO theory to how millennials are impacting the workplace and more.”

2013’s TEDxAlbany featured speakers such as Michele Dutcher who presented on Google Glass, Cara Long who spoke about the role of women in economic development efforts and Bill Hoffman who spoke on marathon running, among many other expert presenters. The event drew just under 100 attendees, who were all eager to learn and exchange ideas. Potential speakers should present well-researched topics on ‘ideas worth sharing’ that will spark conversation among attendees.

For those interested in speaking at TEDxAlbany, visit http://tedxalbany.org/participate/speak/ and complete the presentation application.

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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

About Overit
Found in 1993, Overit is an interactive creative agency located in the Capital Region of New York. Overit helps regional, national and international clients move beyond their visions with a balance of attentive service, high impact deliverables and superior communication. The award-winning agency is internationally known for its quality of work and creativity stemming from its seven divisions – marketing, design, development, public relations, SEO/PPC, motion graphics and social media. For more information please visit, overit.com, check us out on Facebook or Twitter, @overit.

Alison Krawczyk
Phone: 518.465.8829 x 223

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