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Release Date: 08.02.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: 8811223083

TEDxPeachtree 2017 Announces First Eight Speakers

Clean Energy, Prison Over-Population and Technology for Good Among Topics

TEDxPeachtree, Georgia’s largest TEDx group of its kind, announced today the first eight presenters of its dynamic 2017 conference line-up. Known for its multidisciplinary roster, 2017 topics include the future of energy, an unexpected cause of prison over-population and how to reduce it, a discovery that could hold the key to fighting glioblastoma, the form of brain cancer affecting Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and an entertaining approach to achieving world peace.

Presenters among the first half of this year’s 16-presenter line-up are:

  • Tejas Athni, neuroscience explorer. Rising high school senior at Stratford Academy in Macon, Ga. and student researcher at Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit, Mich.) and Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, Ga.).
  • Rickey Bevington, journalist, community interest advocate. Award-winning journalist and Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio’s local host for the nationally syndicated All Things Considered from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Jasmine Crowe, anti-hunger activist, entrepreneur. Founder of Goodr, a social enterprise leveraging technology to connect sources of excess food to vulnerable communities.
  • Justin Daniels, cyberspace connector, attorney. Founder of Atlanta Cyber Week, a public-private collaboration hosting multiple events during the first week of October that enable meaningful interaction between cybersecurity startup companies and corporations.
  • Bill Nussey, clean energy advocate, serial entrepreneur, author. Founder of the Freeing Energy Project whose mission is to accelerate the shift to cleaner and more cost-effective energy and, CEO of technology companies that have created thousands of jobs and billions in market value.
  • Jason Martin, public education activist, entrepreneur. Founder of Community Guilds, a nonprofit harnessing the power of the maker movement to provide apprenticeship learning and entrepreneurship, and school-based programs that will ignite a love of learning in students and transform teaching in schools.
  • Susan Sparks, comedian, pastor, author, attorney. Comedian and senior pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City.
  • Louise Wasilewski, criminal justice activist, entrepreneur, aerospace engineer. Co-founder of Acivilate, a company that leverages technology and data in a unique way to keep persons convicted of a crime from going back to prison.

When: Friday, October 6, 2017, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta

TEDxPeachtree is made possible by a resourceful all-volunteer team on a tight budget and corporate partners who share TEDx values of curiosity, diversity of thought, love for innovation, and, of course, spreading ideas worth sharing. No one is paid. For details about becoming a partner, please visit

About TEDx
In the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TEDxPeachtree
TEDxPeachtree is a 501(c)3 nonprofit on a mission to amplify local ideas globally and global ideas locally to propel communities to action through the annual TED-like flagship conference and a series of intimate discussion events throughout the year. To date, three TEDxPeachtree speakers have been featured on garnering millions in views globally. This all-volunteer initiative is fueled by the resourcefulness of the planning team, ticket sales, and donations of in-kind services and cash from corporations and individuals. For more information, visit

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Contact Info

Contact Name: Jacqui Chew

Company: TEDxPeachtree

Phone: 4049646336

Cell: 4049646336