New York TED Conference to Focus on Tinkering, Noodling, Obsessing

By Anna Sekula March 3, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

TEDxEast has hosted conferences twice a year since November 2009. Past event speakers include graphic designer Nancy Duarte (pictured), singer Suzanne Vega, the original founder of TED Richard Saul Wurman, and chef Thomas Keller.

Photo: Courtesy of TEDxEast

As thousands gather this week in Long Beach for the 2011 Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) conference, the organization's TEDx program is continuing to grow, with hundreds of independently run TED-style gatherings popping up all over the map. On Wednesday, TEDxEast—one of the first large TEDx events to take place in the city—opened the registration for its fourth symposium, a day-long event scheduled for Monday, May 9, at the TimesCenter. The conference, titled “Tinker, Noodle, Obsess,” will host a number of speakers, including the District of Columbia public schools system's former chancellor Michelle Rhee and artist William Ryman, who installed a 25-foot-high flower sculptures on Park Avenue in January.

“At this event we will explore the ideas, hobbies, obsessions, talents, and endeavors—sometimes hidden—that a diverse group of people are tinkering, noodling, and obsessing about,” said Julianne Wurm, the founder and curator of TEDxEast.

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