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TEDxNJIT event on Sept. 29

New Jersey Institute of Technology

A TEDxNJIT event will take place on September 29, 2015 in the Jim Wise Theatre on the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) campus and also via an accompanying live simulcast broadcast available to viewers worldwide. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, is themed "Urban Phoenix - Renewal and Revitalization," and will feature leaders from business, academia and the arts addressing a range of topics on the future of the city. Speakers will explore, for example, healthcare as a driver of urban renewal, the role of art and dance in the urban environment, new models for innovation, architecture and design, and the future of urban education. The event will bring together faculty and students to share their passion for new ideas and innovation. NJIT's inaugural TEDx event took place in 2011.

"With the success of our previous TEDxNJIT events, we want to focus this year on ideas that will have an impact on the urban environment, both immediately and in the decades to come," said Judith Sheft, associate vice president for technology and enterprise development at NJIT and the event's co-organizer. "We have put together an outstanding array of thinkers and visionaries to discuss topics of interest to everyone, as we all try individually to make the world a better place."

Speakers include Georgeen Theodore, an associate professor of architecture at NJIT and principal member of the Interboro Team, winners of a "Rebuild By Design" grant following Hurricane Sandy; Donald Sebastian, the president and CEO of the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), who will discuss information as the 'new electricity'; Tomas Gregorio, the senior executive director of healthcare delivery systems at NJII; Adesina Sampson, coach of NJIT's Highlanders dance team; Michael Dixon, the general manager of IBM's Global Smarter Cities Business; Taneshia Nash Laird, founder and CEO of Legacy Business Advisors; and Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno, Newark-based filmmakers and founders of Bongiorno Productions.

The Highlanders dance team will perform during the event.

The event costs $30 per ticket for the public as well as for NJIT faculty, staff and alumni. Student tickets cost $15. To purchase tickets, register online at Food and drinks will be available and are included in the fee.

TEDxNJIT follows other TEDx university events, including at Harvard University and Princeton University earlier this year. TEDxNJIT not only targets the NJIT community, but those at surrounding colleges and universities in Newark including Rutgers University, Essex County College, Berkeley College and Seton Hall University.

For an up to date listing of the speakers, see

To view the event scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., go to 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, 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 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, 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.

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About NJIT

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to

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