San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In its 5th year, TEDxNavesink presents IDENTITY. Over 20 TED exciting and inspiring speakers and variety of entertainment will be gathered to examine all aspects of IDENTITY including America, brain science, brand, cyber, DNA, education, freedom, gender, genomics, intelligence, transhumanism. These talks will be taking place on the Asbury Park Boardwalk's historic Paramount Theatre on the Saturday before Memorial Day and are a great way to kick off the summer with inspiring, intellectually stimulating entertainment. Don't forget to add to your experience by purchasing additional tickets for Lunch with the speakers at midday as well as a post talk cocktail reception in the world famous Asbury Park Convention Hall for this year's conference.
A Sampling of our Speaker Lineup this year:
“Local Heroes” Jim McGreevey (Woodbridge/Jersey City, NJ), is a former New Jersey governor who is now the chairman of the NJ Reentry Corp (njreentry.org), a Jersey City-based nonprofit that helps former inmates with job training, addiction treatment, and legal aid. McGreevey will share how his experiences working with the formerly incarcerated have helped to shape his own sense of self.
“Disorders of the Self” Dr. Heather Berlin (New York City, Long Island; heatherberlin.com), examines the relationship between the brain and mind, with a focus on borderline personality disorder. She looks at the neurological basis of identity, taking apart the stigmas that are often attached to mental illness. She has been featured on TEDxYouth at KC, the Startalk Panel and Lucid NYC. Heather is also the co-host of the PBS show “Science Goes to the Movies.”
“Things We Do to Belong” Jean Malpas (New York City), is a certified psychotherapist and the director of The Gender Family Project of the Ackerman Institute for the Family (ackerman.org/gfp), which provides comprehensive multidisciplinary services for gender expansive children, transgender adolescents, their families and communities. He is regularly invited as an on-air speaker for MSNBC, CNN and other news outlets. He recently appeared in National Geographic Magazine’s Gender Revolution issue (Feb 2017) and on the companion NatGeo Channel documentary hosted by Katie Couric.
“American Identity on the Global Stage” John Sitilides (Washington D.C./Jersey City, N.J.; trilogyadvisors.net), is a government affairs specialist who will share his insights on U.S. and global geopolitical decision-making that impacts markets in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, helping high-stakes investors, business executives and opinion leaders better understand and mitigate disruptive risk.
"Blood, Sweat and Sawdust” Eric Burdge (Sea Bright, NJ),is the owner of DRH Furniture, a woodworking business that specializes in 17th- and 18th-century-style handmade furniture. Burdge’s talk will focus on how there is hope for students who fall through the cracks of the school system and don’t seek a traditional four-year college degree.
“You Speak You” Kory Stamper (New York City; korystamper.wordpress.com), is a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, America's oldest dictionary company, and an author. In addition to writing definitions, she appears in Merriam-Webster's online video series at merriam-webster.com, and writes and speaks on the role of language and dictionaries in society. Her blog about dictionaries, Harmless Drudgery, has been mentioned in The Paris Review and The New York Times. Her debut book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, is being released by Pantheon/Knopf in the spring of 2017.
“Augmented Experience in Your Life” John Werner (Cambridge, MA), is the vice president of Strategic Partnerships at Metavision (metavision.com) where he explores augmented reality. John is the recipient of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate Study of Design. Additionally, he is the founder of TEDxBeaconStreet and on the board of advisors for TEDx along with a number of other TED affiliations. His work has been featured in dozens of TED talks.
“Rap Guide to Consciousness” Baba Brinkman (New York City, Long Island; bababrinkman.com),is a Canadian rap artist, playwright, and former tree planter based in New York City. He is best known for his "Rap Guide" series of science-based hip-hop albums and theatres shows, including Rap Guides to Evolution, Climate Change, and Religion.
What will I need to enter the event?
Bring a photo ID and your printed ticket or eticket on your smartphone/tablet.
What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?
The Asbury Park train station is operated by NJ Transit and it is on the North Jersey Coast Line, departing from Penn Station in New York City and making numerous stops along the way including the major multiline transfer terminals of Newark and the Secaucus Exchange. Upon your train’s arrival in Asbury Park you can walk (approx. 1.2 miles - 25 minutes) to the Paramount or call a taxi, Uber or car service of your choice. Local taxi companies operating in Asbury Park are Surf Taxi Inc. 732-774-5500 or Ocean Taxi 732-643-9090
From the North
Take the Garden State Parkway South to Exit 102 (which is Rt. 66 East). Stay on Route 66 East until you come to the traffic Circle. Follow the Circle approx. 3/4 of the way around until you see Asbury Park Ave. Proceed on Asbury Park Ave. East all the way to Ocean Ave., which is on the beachfront. Make a left onto Ocean Avenue and proceed for five blocks. Convention Hall and the Paramount Theatre are on the right extending out over the boardwalk and beach to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
From the South
Take the Garden State Parkway North to Exit 100 (Route 33 East). Travel on Route 33 East until it ends where it will connect with Route 71. Make the left onto Route 71, also known as Main Street, and travel approximately 7 blocks to Asbury Ave. Make a right onto Asbury Ave. and proceed east to Ocean Ave., which is on the beachfront. Make a left onto Ocean Avenue and proceed for five blocks. Convention Hall and the Paramount Theatre are on the right extending out over the boardwalk and beach to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
Asbury Park has ample on street parking and multiple parking lots. Fees are charged for parking and paid metered parking is now in effect in all municipal parking lots. Parking fees may be paid using a smartphone/tablet app (credit card) or at meter machines (cash or credit card) typically located at street corners. Street parking spaces are numbered. You must make note of the number of your spot to purchase time.
The parking rates are $1 per hour and $10 per day.
Meter machines accept cash – $1 bills, $5 or $10 bills or coins. No change is given. Debit cards, credit cards – MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card only. If you have paid using the meter machines, please keep your receipt with you as there is no need to take it back your car. You may use ANY meter to buy or add time. Your receipt will have your space number on it. There are no fees or surcharges.
Metered parking can also be paid for and maintained via the smartphone/tablet mPay2Park. It is easy to set up an account and tie it to a credit card. You will be alerted if your time is running low and can add time directly from the app without the need to visit your vehicle. When you park you will still need to note the space number for purchase of parking time. The app is available for iOS and Android. There are no fees or surcharges for paying via the app.
We recommend you do not park in undesignated spaces or spaces reserved for certain businesses. Be aware that some spaces are designated as short term (15 minutes only) parking.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
What's the refund policy?
All sales are final. There are no refunds.
What about registration?
Registering 1,500 people takes time. All guests are highly encouraged to show up early to get their event badge and program, find their seats and network. Doors open at 8am. If you should arrive late, we ask that you kindly view the program on our lobby monitors until doors are opened between presenters. Coffee and snacks will be available. Event end time and lunch time are subject to change slightly.
What about lunch?
A TEDxNavesink sponsored lunch in Convention Hall is available to the first 500 people who purchase a lunch ticket. Lunch tickets are available for purchase here on Eventbrite for an additional $18. For those without a lunch ticket, there are numerous restaurants close to the theater to grab a quick bite. If you are interested in having lunch at the event we strongly recommend you purchase your ticket in advance as there is a limited seating.
Is there an after party?
There is a TEDxNavesink sponsored reception (2 hours) in Convention hall immediately following the event at 5pm. Tickets for the after party may be purchased here on Eventbrite for $12 and include a voucher for your first drink.
Will there be accessible seating
ADA compliant reserved seating is available. The Paramount is wheelchair accessible and accommodating for patrons who have limited mobility.
No outside food or beverages allowed in the facility
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TEDxNavesink is an independently produced TED event, now in its 5th year. TEDxNavesink is one of the largest and highest rated TED events on the east coast. Past TEDxNavesink events included:
2013 - Shore Life at Brookdale Performing Arts;
2014 - PLAY at Two River Theater;
2015 - Accelerators at Monmouth University's Pollak Theater;
2016 - MAKERS at Monmouth University's Pollak Theater;
DON'T MISS - 2017 - IDENTITY (and BrandNewJ) at Asbury Park Boardwalk's Paramount Theatre and Convention Hall.