Atlantic Highlands, N.J. – The world-renowned TEDtalks mission arrives to Red Bank, N.J. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue. The all-day conference will offer attendees two-dozen live talks and performances that explore the surprising ways play benefits our lives. The event will be recorded live for a global audience and ticket sales are limited.
“As a facilitator of greater openness, tolerance, creativity and curiosity, the act of play is a positive and resourceful force at any age,” said Brian Smiga, Executive Director, TEDxNavesink. “Our speakers will share their engaging stories with an audience of 350 guests of all ages. The 24 talks will be accompanied by musical performances and artwork in various mediums. Prioritize your day, bring a friend and come play at TEDxNavesink 2014. For many, it’s a life-changing experience.”
Last year’s event featured several engaging speakers including Ben Kalina, who recently won the Sundance Sustainability Award for his film Shored Up: When human nature and the force of Nature Collide. Kalina described his experience at last year’s event as “powerful.”
"Though I've watched dozens of Ted talks online and spent many hours prepping for my own talk at Navesink I didn't realize how powerful of an experience it would be until I'd stepped out on that stage and looked out at the audience,” Kalina said. “It's something everyone should do, at least once." 
TEDxNavesink admission is $90 and includes reserved seating, swag bag, catered networking lunch and admission to an evening reception. Student discounts are available. Tickets are available for purchase at or at the Two River Theater box office. 
TEDxNavesink is organized in partnership with the Monmouth County Arts Council and supported by nonprofit partners, media sponsors and financial contributors. Interested in becoming an event partner or sponsor, visit the TEDxNavesink website.
TEDxNavesink held its first event at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J. on September 20, 2013. TEDxNavesink: The Next Wave was a sold out success featuring 24 live talks on the future of the Jersey Shore. TEDxNavesink was the first TEDx held in Monmouth County and was part of the worldwide TED City 2.0. On a scale of 10, the audience rated TEDxNavesink 9.6 as most likely to recommend to friend. To view talks from 2013 visit
Apply to Speak at TEDxNavesink
For those interested in applying to speak at TEDxNavesink, event organizers want to know, what are you playing at? Economics? Glass blowing? Neuroscience? Is play a driver for your work, your art? Did you use play to reinvent your career or create a new technology? Candidates interested in talking 5-18 minutes on their topic, inspired by play, are requested to submit proposals at