Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is joining TEDGlobal 2014 providing the brightest minds in Brazil an opportunity to share ideas to promote innovative actions that can contribute to a better world in the areas of mobility, education and solutions for megacities. The Delta mobile recording studio has started to travel across Sao Paulo to gather video submissions from students and entrepreneurs for the Innovation Gate competition, which ends on October 10, 2014. 

The objective of the contest is to share and foster ideas that deserve to be propagated and which will create new possibilities for social, cultural, environmental and economic interactions.

“To gather the ideas, Delta created a mobile studio that will circulate among strategic locations in São Paulo, where students and entrepreneurs are invited to create a video explaining how their contribution could make a difference,” said Luciano Macagno, Delta´s director for Brazil. “Delta’s recording studio also will visit top universities and business centers known for being hotbeds for startup companies.”

The competition is open to anyone in Brazil by submitting a video through the competition´s website www.innovationgate.com.br. The best videos will be selected by a panel of judges from TED, Delta and special guest Rodrigo Baggio, social entrepreneur and president and founder of Committee for Democracy in Information Technology. The best videos will be announced and launched on October 30th at www.ted.com and will be posted at Delta Air Lines Brazil Facebook fan page. 

“Delta is very excited to support the TEDGlobal conference since it is the first time is being hosted in Rio de Janeiro,” said Macagno. “We have very talented minds in Brazil and look forward to the results of the contest and to see how many bright ideas will be showcased.  Delta is an airline which supports innovative thinking.” 

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. The organization’s mission is to spread ideas worth sharing, ideas that matter in any discipline. TEDGlobal 2014 presents a five day program with a focus on the Global South's rise in influence and power, plus music and performance, tech demos, exhibits and parties.

Delta has extensive experience working in partnership with TED in the United States and around the world. Through one of the main joint initiatives called “Ideas in Flight,” the airline has embarked on a journey to inspire thought, facilitate collaboration and identify great ideas to continue to enhance the travel experience. The program uses to spread TED Talks in social media as thought-starters to inspire the community by spurring imagination and bringing new and innovative ideas across technology, entertainment, design, travel and much more.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is working to become the best U.S. airline in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its achievements have been recognized with two top distinctions by Latin Trade’s Best of Travel Annual Awards 2014, leading the categories of “Most Improvement Overall” and “Best Partnerships and Alliances”, and being the only U.S. airline in this year’s rankings.  Delta was also recognized with the Best Airline to North America award by Prêmio Destaque Companhia de Viagem, by Grupo Companhia. Delta continues to grow in Latin America through its long-term exclusive alliances with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Aeroméxico and Aerolíneas Argentinas, and is committed to building a solid regional footprint thus enhancing its global network and offering a better overall experience for its customers. Delta provides service to 27 countries and 46 destinations in the region offering over 1,200 weekly flights between Latin America/Caribbean and the U.S. Delta customers can receive real-time, on-the-go travel assistance in Spanish and Portuguese through Twitter channels @DeltaAssist_ES and @DeltaAjuda from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Brazilian customers can also access Delta´s dedicated Brazil Facebook page, visiting http://www.facebook.com/DeltaAirLinesBrasil.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies, in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 318 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta’s blog takingoff.delta.com

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