NASA Invites Public To Discuss "What Matters Next" At TedxNASA

HAMPTON, Va. -- NASA is inviting the public to join agency leaders and innovators from a variety of fields on Nov. 4 to discuss "What Matters Next." Discussions and presentations on the theme will be the centerpiece of the second TEDxNASA, a daylong event modeled on the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences that bring together leading thinkers to create a dialogue on important global challenges.

NASA's Langley Research Center and the National Institute of
Aerospace, both in Hampton, Va., are sponsoring TEDxNASA at the
Ferguson Center for the Arts in nearby Newport News. It is free and
open to the public and will be streamed on the TEDxNASA website.
Registration opens on Oct. 11 and runs through Oct. 24. For more
information on the event and how to register, visit:


"At TEDxNASA we're able to bring together artists and engineers,
rocket scientists and musicians," said Lesa Roe, director of Langley.
"Together we can create extraordinary conversations about what
matters next and ideas to help us meet world challenges."

More than 20 top speakers -- focusing on education, innovation,
family, technology, literature and art -- will share inspiring and
thought-provoking stories at TEDxNASA, as they do at a full TED
event. The challenge of those presenting is to give the talk of their
lives in 18 minutes or less, based on the theme. NASA's Chief
Technologist Bobby Braun and Jim Green, director of the Planetary
Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA
Headquarters in Washington are among those slated to speak.

Green will present at the same time NASA's EPOXI spacecraft is flying
by and snapping close-up images of comet Hartley 2, more than 11
million miles away from Earth.

Last year's TEDxNASA event attracted international best-selling author
Mitch Albom, Carnegie Hall humorist and guitar virtuoso Mike Rayburn
and Virginia Tech robotic pioneer Dennis Hong, among others.

Reporters interested in attending the event should contact Kathy
Barnstorff at kathy.barnstorff@nasa.gov.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to "ideas worth spreading."
Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has
grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple
initiatives. Conference presentations are made available for free at

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Sir
Richard Branson, and many others. The "x" in TEDxNASA indicates it is
an independently organized TED event.

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:


Fonte: NASA

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