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NASA Hosts First TEDx Event, Public Welcome

By SpaceRef Editor
November 17, 2009
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NASA Hosts First TEDx Event, Public Welcome

NASA is holding the first-ever TEDx-NASA, a one-day multi-dimensional event that fosters discussions that will shape the future.

TEDx-NASA is Friday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, Va. A limited number of free tickets will be available to the public starting Saturday, Nov. 14. For more information and to register, go to:

NASA is synonymous with innovation and thought leadership; TEDx is about “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx-NASA will provide an opportunity to leverage the strengths of both organizations and present a unique environment for the exchange of game-changing ideas.

Organized by NASA’s Langley Research Center and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and dubbed “Space to Create,” TEDx-NASA is a daylong immersion in topics that range from science and technology to entertainment and the arts. Scheduled presenters include:

— celebrated author Mitch Albom
— experimental artist Chakaia Booker
— creativity and innovation coach Gregg Fraley
— robotics inventor Dr. Dennis Hong
— astronaut Leland Melvin
— humorous guitar virtuoso Mike Rayburn
— space illustrator and designer Pat Rawlings
— Oprah & Friends radio host John St. Augustine
— motivational entertainer Jana Stanfield
— and many more

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is most well known for its annual conference that brings together leading thinkers and doers to share their passion for big ideas. TEDx-NASA is an independently organized event in the spirit of TED that will connect innovators from NASA and around the world with the Hampton Roads audience.

For more information about TEDx-NASA, visit:

For more information about NASA’s Langley Research Center, visit:

For more information about the National Institute of Aerospace, visit:

About TEDx

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx where x = an independently organized TED event that brings people together to share a TED-like experience. At TEDx-events TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. The TED Conference provides general guidance for TEDx programs.

SpaceRef staff editor.