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TEDx brings its first conference to Jersey Shore

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Next month, the Jersey Shore will host its first-ever TEDx conference, which will focus on the future of the Shore since Hurricane Sandy hit.

The conference, TEDxNavesink: The Next Wave, is a local, grassroots offshoot of the internationally known TED Talks, an event that invites big-name speakers to discuss ideas and plans for the future.

TEDxNavesink will be held Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brookdale Community College Performing Arts Center, in Lincroft.

The conference will feature 24 different speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Some — such as Tereza Nemessanyi, who uses the power of Microsoft to help startups on the East Coast — will focus on the Shore’s rebuilding efforts from a business perspective. Others will look at the physical reconstruction along the Shore. Filmmaker Ben Kalina, for example, will discuss his new documentary “Shored Up,” which focuses on rising seas, beach erosion and the process of rebuilding the oceanfront.

“TEDxNavesink powers the collective imagination and common drive— not just to rebuild, but to restrengthen and reinvent shore life,” said Alon Hillel-Tuch, co-founder and chief financial officer of the crowdfunding company RocketHub Inc. “Authentic storytelling and an engaged community are going to make it a thrilling day.”

Tickets cost $22 for students and $40 for general admission. For more information about the conference, visit www.tedxnavesink.com.

Reporter Mary Johnson is @mjohns422 on Twitter.

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