NEW YORK (Nov. 18, 2009) – TEDxNASA has chosen Internet video platform Livestream to broadcast live the full proceedings of its first-time gathering at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, Va., on Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.
The TEDxNASA event, with its theme of “Space to Create,” will provide an opportunity to leverage the strengths of NASA, accomplished scientists, artists and other thought leaders to present a unique opportunity for the exchange of game-changing ideas. The event is organized by NASA's Langley Research Center and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).
Interested parties can tune in to watch and chat live on Livestream, on Facebook via the custom Livestream application or from their iPhones. Users of social media tools can also engage participants. Livestream allows the webcast to be embedded virtually anywhere, which enables the integration with Facebook and Twitter and builds larger online extensions to in-person events.
“Livestream has been a pleasure to work with, providing a technically capable and very responsive staff. We are very pleased to be able to invite people from around the world to join us live. It’s going to be an incredible event,” said Harla Sherwood, NIA’s Director of Communications and Partnerships.
New York Times best-selling author, Tuesdays with Morrie radio host, musician and philanthropist Mitch Albom will talk, along with experimental artist Chakaia Booker, creativity and innovation coach Gregg Fraley, robotics inventor Dr. Dennis Hong, astronaut Leland Melvin, humorous guitar virtuoso Mike Rayburn and many others. The event is expected to attract 1,700 attendees.
TEDxNASA attendees will include Internet pioneers, local technology leaders, movie producers, architects, creative directors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, authors, engineers, investors, celebrities, scientists and opinion shapers of all kinds. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/tedxnasa or www.twitter.com/tedxnasa09.
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has created TEDx. It’s a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This latest event is called TEDxNASA, where x = an independently organized TED event. At our TEDx NASA event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, are self-organized.
Livestream (www.livestream.com - formerly Mogulus) provides everything needed to easily webcast live, build an engaged audience and monetize these efforts. Founded in 2007, the company is based in New York and includes Gannett Co. as a minority shareholder and investor.
Producers can use Livestream to create live, linear and on-demand Internet television to broadcast anywhere on the Web through a single embeddable player widget. The service comes in two flavors: Free (ad-supported) and Premium (ad-free, white-label and higher-quality). Unique features include the ability to mix multiple live cameras, overlay graphics, and desktop streaming with 3D effects.