On Saturday, August 16th the first TEDx conference Scranton, PA has encountered will be held at The Moskovitz Theater inside the DeNaples Center at the University of Scranton.

The event is called TEDxScranton, where x = independently organized TED event. At the TEDxScranton event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The theme is Revitalize This! that will be a platform for urban revitalization, community design, and architectural perspectives.

AAF NEPA Board Member Among TEDxScranton SpeakersAAF NEPA’s Vice President of Membership and Creative Director at NetDriven, Kathryn Bondi, will be one of eight speakers scheduled to speak at the conference. Kathryn will focus on the “Millennial” generation and their desire to move to urban areas and how they are changing urban areas for the better. Kathryn will be accompanied by fellow speakers: Lara Rubin Alexiou, Certified Yoga Instructor & Owner, Steamtown Hot Yoga; Dr. Joseph F. Cabrera, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Marywood University; Joe Casabona, Mobile & Web Developer, The University of Scranton; Michele Dempsey, Architect & Founder, DxDempsey Architecture; Kate O’Conner, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Marywood University; Richard J. Leonori, AIA, Architect, hemmler+camyd; and Craig Welsh, Designer & Owner, Go Welsh.

The Northeast Pennsylvania chapter of the American Advertising Federation is proud to be a participating sponsor of the first event of its kind in our community. For more information or to get tickets please visit TEDxScranton.com.

Day & Time:
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Registration starts at 5 p.m.

The Moskovitz Theater
Inside the DeNaples Center
The University of Scranton
800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510

About TEDxScranton
What does it mean to be “born and raised?” How have you watched your city change architecturally, and how are we changing it for the well-being of our future? TEDxScranton sets out to address these questions. This year’s theme revolves around the concepts of urban renovation, new urbanism, eminent domain, artistic renaissance and community building. Scranton has undoubtedly gone through numerous changes in the centuries since its inception. Through the culturally-indebted history of coal mining, the innovation of the electric trolly, and the emergence of influential community developers over the years, Scranton has certainly had pinpoints of impact and greatness. Most recently, with the remodeling of downtown living apartments, namely the Connell Lofts and 426 Mulberry, the creation of the Renaissance 500 block, an increase in First Friday businesses and attendees, and the emergence of health-focused fitness clubs such as Mission Yoga, Scranton appears to be on the journey to social prosperity. There are several individuals wishing to make this happen. TEDxScranton wants to be the platform for these ideas.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

About TEDx
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, which means they are subject to certain rules and regulations.