Forbes: "6 Steps to Become Simply Irresistible – TEDxTeen 2015"
By Amira Polack (Youth Campaign Lead, SAP), May 21, 2015
What do war-predicting algorithms, sound-sculpted artwork, and obstacle-dodging drones all have in common?
On May 16th, TEDxTeen, presented by the We Are Family Foundation and powered by SAP, rocked New York City’s Scholastic Auditorium. Themed “Simply Irresistible,” the day of TEDx talks featured today’s youngest innovators using simple ideas to tackle the world’s most complex issues.
Take Rebecca Dharmapalan, who at 16 took a camera through her hometown of Oakland to shine a light on the rampant, yet overlooked problem of child trafficking. Rebecca has won more than half a dozen film festival awards, bringing awareness to the fact that an estimated 100,000 children in the U.S. alone fall victim to sexual exploitation. Then there’s David Mace, who at 18 developed an algorithm to predict global atrocities, which he sold to the U.S. government. Today, David’s solution helps control more than $4 billion in international relief and improve more than 16 million lives each year.
Is your jaw still attached?
If not, the good news is that through the daylong series of TED-style talks, viewed live in 153 countries, more than a dozen young trailblazers like Rebecca and David unveiled the nuts and bolts behind making the world run better and improving people’s lives – in a big way. While diverse, many paths shared six common steps: