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TEDxNJIT Event on Nov. 1

New Jersey Institute of Technology

A TEDxNJIT event will take place again on Nov. 1, 2012 in the Jim Wise Theatre on the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus and also via an accompanying live simulcast broadcast available to viewers worldwide. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will focus on connections and will feature leaders in the various fields discussing mechanisms for developing connections to expand the human experience and the role of technology in creating and enhancing connectivity. It will bring together faculty and students to share their passion for innovation and new ideas. NJIT's inaugural TEDx event took place last November.

"With the success of our first two TEDxNJIT events, we wanted to improve from the feedback we received and create even better events," said event organizer Kevin Ly, a junior from West Orange who attends NJIT's Albert Dorman Honors College and the College of Science and Liberal Arts, majoring in biology. "We decided to focus this TEDxNJIT event on connections, a topic of interest to everyone, especially as we try to understand new ways to foster connections in a global environment."

The event in the Jim Wise Theatre on the NJIT campus costs $30 a ticket for the public as well as NJIT faculty, staff and alums. Student tickets cost $15. To purchase tickets, register online at One hundred tickets have been made available. Food and drinks will be available and is included in the ticket fee.

TEDxNJIT follows other TEDx university events, such as those at Harvard and Princeton Universities earlier this year. TEDxNJIT not only targets the NJIT community, but those at surrounding colleges and universities in Newark including: Rutgers, Essex County College and University of Medicine and Dentistry.

Confirmed speakers include NJIT Associate Professor Bernadette Longo, from the Humanities Department, who explores questions of the relationships we have with our technologies; NJIT Senior Vice President of Research and Development Donald H. Sebastian; NJIT Albert Dorman Honor's College student Kathleen Uske, who has created a company SmartGuardian to find solutions to assist older individuals to enhance independent living; small business owner and entrepreneur Dr. Randall Pinkett, Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners; Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems; Christian Klezl, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, IBM; Michael Smith, Chief Digital Officer Forbes, Media and President,; and Guy Story, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, For an up to date listing of the speakers, see

To view the event scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., go to or follow live using the TEDxNJIT iPhone app and/or follow updates on Twitter and Facebook For more information, email


About TEDx, where x = independently organized

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED, a nonprofit organization based in California, created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The event is called TEDxNJIT, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxNJIT, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including this one, are self-organized. For more information, follow TED on Twitter at, and on Facebook at For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available for free at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; 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 TED Fellows 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.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit

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NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,558 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.

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