TEDxAlbany 2015 Names Speakers and Opens Attendee Registration

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December 3 event will feature regional and national presenters covering “ideas worth sharing”


The Capital Region has a hub of great thinkers and presenters, so this year’s TEDxAlbany is sure to inspire and educate attendees.

TEDxAlbany today announces its lineup of speakers that will cover topics such as STEM, immigration, literacy, nutrition and more on Thursday, December 3. Benita Zahn, TV anchor and reporter for NewsChannel 13, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which will take place at Overit, a digital marketing agency in Albany. Tickets for the event are now available.

“We’re incredibly excited about our list of speakers for this year’s event,” said Lisa Barone, director of strategy at Overit and event organizer for TEDxAlbany. “The Capital Region has a hub of great thinkers and presenters, so this year’s TEDxAlbany is sure to inspire and educate attendees.”

The 10 confirmed speakers for TEDxAlbany 2015 include:

  •     Dr. Valerie Rapson, speaking about STEM education
  •     Catherine Hill, speaking about immigration
  •     Emad Rahim, speaking about empathy and social violence
  •     Chad Orzel, speaking about exotic physics
  •     Heather Jacobsen, speaking about nutritional research and dieting
  •     Colleen Costello, speaking about the use of light to minimize hospital-acquired infection
  •     Jaye McBride, speaking about life as a transgender comedian
  •     Ty Allan Jackson, speaking about literacy in low-income regions
  •     David Haight, speaking about reversing farmland loss in New York State
  •     Sandhyaa Iyengar, speaking about early literacy and its impact on life-long learning

TEDx events are independently-organized programs in communities around the world intended to promote conversation around a wide variety of topics. The annual TED Conference invites leading thinkers and doers to come together to share world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. TED speakers have included Arianna Huffington, Larry Page, Mark Ronson, Al Gore and more.

For those interested in attending TEDxAlbany 2015, visit http://tedxalbany.org/participate/attend/. Registration costs $90 and includes entrance to the event, as well as a catered breakfast and lunch. Midtown Tap & Tea Room, located at 289 New Scotland Avenue, will host a casual after-party directly following the presentations. In addition to Overit, TEDxAlbany is sponsored by Excelsior College.


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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on 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.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

About Overit
Found in 1993, Overit is an interactive creative agency located in New York’s Capital Region. 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 team, which specializes in marketing, design, development, public relations, SEO/PPC, motion graphics and social media. For more information please visit overit.com or view the agency on its Facebook or Twitter (@overit).

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