SOURCE: TEDxPennQuarter


July 07, 2010 10:00 ET

TEDxPennQuarter: Can a Group of Students Solve the BP Oil Crisis?

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) -  The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the largest oil spill in history with 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil per day gushing out of the ruptured oil well since April 22. Marine life perishes daily and the long term effects on our coastal waterways is grim. Throughout this tragic event, BP has tried and failed in many attempts to stop, contain, and clean up the spill. When no viable solution has been found, they have turned to our national government, environmental agencies, and even Academy Award winner Kevin Costner to help solve the problem. One place they haven't looked is within our youth.

On Sunday, July 11th, TEDxPennQuarter will bring together a group of students to address the spilled oil containment, dispersion and removal. By leveraging sponsor Cynergy's unique innovation process called ThinkFirst, the students will brainstorm ideas, come up with solutions and present their findings to the daily participants of the event, executives at BP, the National Environmental Protection Agency and the Governor of Florida, Charlie Christ.

TEDxPennQuarter will be held at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased through the official website:

The event will also be streaming live online starting at 10am EDT Sunday morning.

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About TEDx

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPennQuarter, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxPennQuarter, 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, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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