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TEDxBrownsville Press Release 1

TEDxBrownsville Press Release 1

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TEDxBrownsville on Sept. 20: Challenge Sparks Change
TEDxBrownsville to webcast part of TEDCity2.0 and four local speakers

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 – The spark for challenge and innovation is coming to Brownsville. The first-ever TEDxBrownsville will take place from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Salón Cassia at The University of Texas at Brownsville. This free, invitation-only event will include a live broadcast of TEDCity2.0 in New York City and four local speakers, who will share their experiences and stories of innovation. The intended audience will comprise a mix of policy makers, elected officials, business owners, student leaders, and community members. The common denominator of the Brownsville speakers is that the deficiencies or challenges they encountered stimulated them to spur change in our community. Thus, within the framework of TEDCity2.0, they will present their personal perspectives and the out-of-the-box solutions they put forth in areas such as transportation, public space, play, and housing. Each has affected our community through grassroots movements, implementation of plans for sustainable public spaces, and integrating citizens of all ages and abilities into these initiatives. The following are the 2013 TEDxBrownsville speakers: Claudia Tamez – How to start a bicycle movement in your city Dr. Elizabeth Heise & students – How homework turned into new university’s blueprint Dr. Murad Abusalim & Nick Mitchell – Building sustainable houses for low-income families David Rios – Empowering children with special needs, one ride at a time For its part TEDCity2.0’s lineup features well known urban innovators and sustainability experts including NYC Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; the U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Shaun Donovan; and walkability advocate Jeff Speck. -more-

Brownsville is facing its share of challenges on the path to becoming a progressive, innovative, and vibrant city, but with recent initiatives started by local activists, city government, and non-profit organizations, our City is seeing an ever-growing interest in community engagement and in increasing our quality of life. In order to push this enthusiasm forward, it is imperative to sustain the spark towards change in order to become a competitive city through events as TEDxBrownsville. ###

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 conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites. The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos. The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps 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. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

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