TEDxHarlem Creates Waves in Harlem

After a controversial article appeared on website, DNAinfo accusing the TEDxHarlem Conference of being “elitist,” organizers quickly scrambled to move the venue from the Apollo Theater to Riverside Church and lowered the admission cost from $100 to $20 for general admission and $100 for VIP which includes a luncheon.

Critics have charged the organizers with everything from overpricing event to the lack of Latino representation at the conference.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxHarlem is an independently organized TED event operated under license from TED.

Topics of  TEDxHarlem “Creating Waves,” include:

Movement #1: The Global Future: Topics that will impact your world tomorrow
Movement #2: The Application of Ideas: Ideas in motion
Movement #3: Innovation and Triumph: How we did it
Movement #4: Actionable Moments: The challenge. The call to action.

Throughout the day, approximately 20 speakers, including Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Thelma Golden of Harlem Studio Museum, Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman, and Bina48, the most advanced humanoid robot, will facilitate short talks, demonstrations and performances on an array of subjects. Topics include health and wellness, civic engagement, science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) and mobility and connectivity. You can see a full list of speakers and performers on the TEDxHarlem website.

TEDxHarlem will run from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and there will be livestream webcast available at www.livestream.com/tedx.

The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.

What do you think about the changes made by the organizers?  Leave your comments below.