It was standing-room-only at Brookdale’s Performing Arts Center on Sept. 20, 2013, when the first ever TEDx Navesink conference opened its doors in Lincroft.
The event, an independently organized offshoot of the internationally popular TED Talks, brought some of central New Jersey’s best and brightest minds together with internationally renowned thinkers, innovators, artists and professionals.
Local leaders such as Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Sandy Hook-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Action, and filmmaker Ben Kalina spoke about the impacts of superstorm Sandy in 2012 and changes that need to be made to better protect the region in the future.
Other speakers included world-renowned climatologist Ben Horton and noted inventor Robert Lucky, the former head of research for Bell Labs in Holmdel.
The talks ranged from serious scientific issues to the history of surfing in New Jersey, “selfies” and the evolution of Asbury Park’s music scene.
The conference also featured musical acts and networking opportunities for speakers, organizers and attendees. During a lunchtime Q-and-A session, two local farming advocates spoke with Brookdale President Maureen Murphy about a student-sponsored gardening initiative.
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