2015 TEDxManhattan Award Winner Green Bronx Machine

GBXCelebrating innovative, results-oriented, creative individuals, groups or companies working in the sustainable food and farming field, TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” is pleased to announce Green Bronx Machine is the winner of the 2015 TEDxManhattan Award.

TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” also announced this year’s second place winner, Cafeteria Culture and third place winner, Wholesome Wave.

As part of the Award, Steve Ritz of Green Bronx Machine will speak onstage at TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat,” on March 7, 2015, in New York City.  Green Bronx Machine will be introduced to the TEDxManhattan community, and you will be given the opportunity to support Steve and his work. If you want to help – or you want to receive more information about Green Bronx Machine, please fill out this form.  

With an exciting roster of experts and innovators, TEDxManhattan raises public awareness about critical issues facing the food system while fostering collaboration within the food movement.  In order to be inclusive, TEDxManhattan also invites communities, organizations, and individuals to organize viewing parties worldwide for the live webcast of this one-day TEDx event.

Supported by lead sponsor Change Food, this independently organized TEDx event will gather speakers and audience members from diverse backgrounds to create new synergies, connections and collaborations across disciplines. Since its inception in 2011, TEDxManhattan has become a nationally-recognized brand and a sought-after platform for individuals and organizations working on issues related to sustainable food and farming.  As Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook recently said, “This institution, TEDxManhattan, has changed the food movement.”

Congratulations to the winners and all of the finalists.  And thank you to everyone who voted and to our esteemed judges.

TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat

TEDxManhattan 2015

The TED organization birthed not only TED Talks and the TED Conference, but also created independently organized educational events known as TEDx, which are hosted in cities all over the world. Diane Hatz, of Change Food and founder/organizer of the food and farming-focused TEDxManhattan, identified the need for people to understand the food system on a broader scale and has been the master of ceremonies at her event since 2011.

TEDxManhattan rapidly gained attention beyond Gotham’s zip codes and across the world through viewing parties hosted by individuals and groups interested in healthier food and a more sustainable food system. In 2014, 150 viewing parties joined 13,000 computers to watch dynamic and engaging talks by key experts in the food and farming movement. Twitter exposure neared 8 million people while over 65,000 people were reached on Facebook . This year, TEDxManhattan again welcomes people and groups to register and host their own viewing party event.

The 2015 all-day event will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 10:30am eastern until 6:00pm and includes over a dozen dynamic speakers spanning the entire food spectrum from farming to food arts.

Topics will include:

  • The necessity of women farmers in the food movement
  • How US law favors large agribusiness companies and not small farmers
  • Teaching students about health through hip hop
  • Food as medicine
  • Beyond food hubs – local food and local food economies
  • Why organic really isn’t more expensive
  • What we really need to end hunger
  • How small changes in your eating can make huge differences
  • And much more!

TEDxManhattan is also launching TEDxManhattan Adventures in 2015, most to be hosted on Sunday, March 8th. These are experiences around food and farming and will include tours, meals, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and more.

Stay up to date with TEDxManhattan and join the food discussion by signing up to host an official viewing party on March 7.  If you’d rather watch TEDxManhattan from your own computer, please sign up for a reminder email to watch the live webcast.

About TEDxManhattan

TEDxManhattan was founded in 2011 by Diane Hatz, founder & executive director of Change Food. The one-day annual event brings together key experts in the field of sustainable food and farming in order to spark discussion and help spread ideas that can help fix our broken food system. TEDxManhattan talks have been viewed online over 6.1 million times.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

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Finalists Announced for 2015 TEDxManhattan Award: Vote Today

TEDxManhattanThe eight finalists for the coveted 2015 TEDxManhattan Award have been named and the polls are now open so you can help select the winner. The TEDxManhattan Award recognizes an organization making a difference in the field of sustainable food and farming. This year’s finalists include:

  • Animal Welfare Approved
  • Broccoli’s Extreme Makeover
  • Cafeteria Culture
  • Dunk the Junk
  • Green Bronx Machine
  • Pure Food Kids Foundation
  • Sea to Table
  • Wholesome Wave

Online voting is open now through 6 pm ET on Sunday, January 25. The winner will be selected based on the votes submitted as well as the input from a panel of expert judges, including Food & Wine editor-in-chief, Dana Cowin who will present the award at TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat. The deserving recipient organization will be announced on January 30 and will have the opportunity to speak about its efforts at TEDxManhattan, taking place on Saturday, March 7.

To learn more about TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat and ways you can enjoy the event live from the comfort of your own computer, please visit www.tedxmanhattan.org

In the meantime, please be sure to vote!

Sunny Young in Zester Daily

SunnyYoungSunny Young, Program Manager of Good Food for Oxford Schools, spoke at TEDxManhattan 2014 about how good food can change everything.  Zester Daily recently covered her work improving school food and educating kids about nutrition in Mississippi, where 40% of children are overweight or obese.

Matthew Moore in Zester Daily

Matthew moore

Matthew Moore

Artist and farmer Matthew Moore’s work is inspired by “the increasing disconnect between consumers and the source of their food.”  He spoke at TEDxManhattan 2104 about why this matters, and how art can make a difference.  Read about his work in a recent Zester Daily article.

First Round of TEDxManhattan 2015 Speakers Announced

Union Square Hospitality Group CEO and Founder Danny Meyer, NYC Coalition Against Hunger Executive Director Joel Berg and Food Tank co-Founder and President Danielle Nierenberg are among those who will take the stage at TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat,” on March 7, 2015, in New York City.   See the full list of confirmed speakers in the recent press release.

NY Times Covers Bitty Foods & TEDxManhattan

Megan Miller’s 2014 TEDxManhattan talk, “Are insects the future of food?” led to lots of media coverage of edible insects – and an investment in her company, Bitty Foods.  The New York Times reports that, “after giving a presentation at the TEDxManhattan conference, [Megan] got the attention of the Florence Group, a business that the celebrity chef Tyler Florence helped found.”  The Florence Group subsequently became an equity investor in Bitty Foods.  Congratulations to Megan and her team!

Zester Daily Reports on Megan Miller & Bitty Foods

Megan MillerAre crickets the future of food? Read Zester Daily’s article on 2014 TEDxManhattan speaker Megan Miller and her company, Bitty Foods.

Offstage at TEDxManhattan: Green Bronx Machine

2012 TEDxManhattan speaker Steve Ritz and his organization, Green Bronx Machine, were at TEDxManhattan 2014 showing off their indoor vertical gardens.  Steve was interviewed offstage about his work.  See his 2012 talk here.

Offstage at TEDxManhattan: Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), spoke at TEDxManhattan 2014 about conditions for restaurant workers.  She was interviewed backstage about what diners can do to help.