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TEDxTeen talks have been viewed 10+ million times (and counting)                                                                             150+ countries tuned into TEDxTeen 2015’s Livestream                                                                             3 TEDxTeen talks from our 2014 New York conference were selected as TED Editors Picks of the Week                                                                             TEDxTeen speaker Jacob Barnett holds the #5 most watched TEDx talk of all time                                                                             TEDxTeen is only 1 of 59 of over 10,000 TEDx events worldwide to have 2 or more talks featured on TED.com

TEDBlog: "At TEDxTeen, a gathering of young minds in New York City"

By Becky Chung, July 9, 2015


The speakers at TEDxTeen 2015 were all in their teens and early 20s. The group got pumped up to speak together before the event began. Photo: Courtesy of TEDxTeen

“If you’re a teen, you’ve been called apathetic, narcissistic and social-media obsessed,” said Taylor Trudon, the youth editor at Huffington Post. Standing tall in a crisp white blazer, the 25-year-old shared how she went from keeping a high school diary — decorated with stickers and magazine clippings of John Mayer and Uggs — to becoming the website’s curator of young voices.

The 400 bright-eyed teenagers listening to her in the Scholastic Auditorium in New York City didn’t quite fit the stereotype of Generation Z. Each of them had sacrificed a Saturday in May to attend TEDxTeen 2015 and listen to speakers like a high schooler who created fruit fly-inspired drones, a young artist who translates sound into 3D-printed sculptures and a 20-year-old mathematician who sold an algorithm that predicts wars to the US government.

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WCNT: "Kinston Teens invited to NYC youth empowerment event"

TeenVogue: "How One Girl Turned Her Favorite Songs Into Sculptures with Computer Software"

No, really.

By Allison Wood, June, 2015

Allison Wood was selected to give a talk at TEDxTeen, a conference where young men and women spoke about their simple ideas that made a big impact. After her talk, Teen Vogue caught up with Allison, CEO and co-founder of REIFY, to learn about her company that aims to transform the way we experience music. Click to watch her talk above, then read her tips for how to get your own ideas out into the world. As told to Courtney Lindstrand.

My journey began when I started out as an intern working on this project that now has become a fully-fledged company called REIFY. We created software that allows you to take music, run it through the program, and produce a 3D sculpture inspired by the sound. We also developed a mobile app that can identify the sculpture and play back the music it was inspired by, along with visuals that create a multi-sensory experience. Seems complicated, but this demo sums it up nicely:

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TeenVogue: "How One Teen Took a Stand Against Bullying (And Ended Up Going Viral) With a Post-It Note"

Stick it to 'em.

By Caitlin Haacke, May, 2015

Caitlin Haacke was selected to give a talk at TEDxTeen, a conference where young men and women speak about their simple ideas that make a big impact. After her talk, Teen Vogue caught up with Caitlin, creator of Positive Post-It Day, to learn about how she used acts of kindness to combat bullying. Click to watch her talk above, then read her tips for spreading positivity below. As told to Courtney Lindstrand.

My TED talk was all about my journey towards making positivity "stick" in my community and around the world. I started out talking about my childhood and how the evolution of bullying really began. When I was a kid, bullying was really no more than simple playground words or a few slurs in the hallway, but then it unfortunately grew into the nasty cyberbullying that students deal with everyday.

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Huffington Post: "6 Steps to Crossing Anything Off Your Bucket List"

By Ben Nemtin, June 2, 2015


Note: Ben, Jonnie, Duncan and Dave started "The Buried Life" in their parents' garage in 2006. They made a list of "100 things to do before you die" and for every list item they accomplished, they helped a stranger do something on their list. Since then, they've crossed off "Make a TV Show (MTV)," "Write a No.1 NYT Bestselling Book," "Play Ball with Obama and have encouraged millions to believe that anyone can do anything.

After nine years my friends and I have made a habit of accomplishing our dreams. I wish I could say that there's something special about the four of us, but the truth is, there's not. Along the way people started asking us for advice on how to cross things off their list and we chuckled at the thought of ever dolling out advice. Years later, when we took a closer look at our failures and successes, we noticed some patterns. There seemed to be a method to our madness, we were tackling each and every list item the same way. For us, crossing off any bucket list item comes down to these six steps:

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TeenVogue: "Here's Exactly What to Do When Someone Dismisses You Because of Your Age"

Your words are more powerful than you think.

By Taylor Trudon, May, 2015

Taylor Trudon was selected to give a talk at TEDxTeen, a conference where young men and women spoke about their simple ideas that made a big impact. After her talk, Teen Vogue caught up with Taylor, a senior editor for The Huffington Post Young Voices, to learn how teens can use their voice to change the world. Click to watch her talk above, then read her tips for using your own voice below. As told to Courtney Lindstrand.

The theme of this year's TEDxTeen conference was "Simply Irresistible." I loved how it encompassed the idea of finding simple solutions to complex problems. As a journalist, when I think of what "simple" means, I think of words. We live in a social media-saturated world where we communicate in emojis and Vines and Snapchats, but at the end of the day, it all comes back to words. It's the most basic form of expression.

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TeenVogue: "How I Fit Three Years' Worth of Trash into One Mason Jar"

It's all about the plastic.

By Lauren Singer, May, 2015

Lauren Singer was selected to give a talk at TEDxTeen, a conference where young men and women spoke about their simple ideas that made a big impact. After her talk, Teen Vogue caught up with Lauren on how she maintains her zero-waste lifestyle, fitting years' of trash into just one Mason jar. Click to watch her talk above, then read her tips for getting started below! As told to Phillip Picardi.

Everything for me started when I was a senior at NYU as an environmental studies major. There was a class I took where there was a girl using a ton of plastic—she'd bring dinner every night with a plastic bag, a plastic drink, plastic fork and knife, and a bag of chips. At the end, she would throw everything out. That was frustrating to me, because NYU has a comprehensive recycling system, so it pissed me off she was throwing all of that away. I would leave class feeling frustrated.

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MTV News: "Words of Wisdom from TEDxTeen 2015"

By MTV, May 19, 2015


MTV News talked to the inspiring speakers and performers at the TEDxTeen conference on May 16, 2015 at the Scholastic Auditorium in New York City.

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?

Teens.

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:

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TeenVogue: "7 Inspiring Lessons We Learned from the Most Influential Young Women of 2015"

By Courtney Lindstrand, May, 2015


photo: courtesy of tedxteen

Teen Vogue hit up the TEDxTeen conference this weekend and watched 14 incredibly inspiring young people take the stage to perform, discuss important issues, and ask the tough questions. For those not in the know, TEDx Talks are kind of like YouTube for motivational speeches. You only have to watch a couple of them before you find yourself ready to jump off your couch and make your mark on the world. And that's exactly how we felt after listening to the TEDxTeen speakers—click through for our favorite insights from the conference.

Get ready to be blown away.

It's time to cut down on clutter.

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Scholastic: "'Invest In Yourself' & 11 More Lessons From TEDxTeen 2015"

By Jamie Primeau, May 18, 2015


On Saturday, May 12, young people came together to share "ideas worth spreading" at the TEDxTeen conference. -Jamie Primeau

Over the weekend, a few of the Choices editors returned to our office at Scholastic. Nope, we weren't here to get a head start on our September issue! Instead, we attended TEDxTeen—an independently organized TED event, where speakers come together to share ideas worth spreading. This year's theme? #SimplyIrresistible. In other words, all it takes is one simple, undeniable idea to create a big change.

During the course of the day, more than a dozen young people took the stage in the Scholastic Auditorium. There were musical performances, dance numbers, and inspiring speeches. While we wish we could recap it all, here are a few highlights of empowering lessons to apply to your own life—and to share with any teens you know!

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MONIQUE COLEMAN TO HOST TEDxTEEN 2015: SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE
SuChin Pak to host Online Global Audience

 

New York, NY (May 11, 2015) – “High School Musical’s” Monique Coleman will host TEDxTeen 2015, on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Scholastic’s global world headquarters in New York City from 9:30am – 5:30pm (EDT). Legendary MTV correspondent, SuChin Pak, will join in to host the online global audience on TEDxTeen.com beginning at 10:15am (EDT).

TEDxTeen focuses the conversation on young people and their power to change the world. The theme of TEDxTeen 2015 is “Simply Irresistible”. The best ideas are often the most simple. Simple, yet complex. Simple, yet sophisticated. Simple, yet big, meaningful...inspirational. They are simply irresistible...to adopt, to join, to follow. We challenge everyone to find simply irresistible solutions to the complex issues we face everyday, just like our speakers. One simple idea can change everything.

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BBC Newsbeat: "UK start-ups risks 'falling behind' rest of the world"

By Jonathan Blake, October 10, 2014


Erik Finnman, Trisha Pabu and James Anderson will be speaking at the TEDxTeen event at London's O2 arena

Young adults in the UK are less likely to start their own business than others around the world, a survey seen by Newsbeat claims.

The poll by O2's parent company Telefonica asked 6,700 people aged 18-30 about their career aspirations.

It suggests a fifth of those in the UK wanted to set up their own business compared to nearly a third in Latin America.

Of those surveyed, 13% said computer science was an important subject.

But there are some who are bucking the trend and becoming their own boss.

This weekend teenagers who've started their own companies will be trying to inspire others to do the same at TEDxTeen.

The event is being held outside the US for the first time and Newsbeat met some of the key speakers to find out the secrets to their success.

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Huff Post Teen: "I'm Hosting TEDxTeen and Here's Why You Should Tune In"

By Tallia Storm, October 9, 2014

According to the Oxford English dictionary, the definition of "disruptor" is "one who breaks up, one who causes disruption." When we think of "Remarkable Disruptors," the theme of the inaugural TEDxTeen London event, (which I'm hosting on October 11), we are focusing on positivity, rather than the negativity of the word's original connotation.

Our thought pattern has been dealt a 360-degree curve ball to consider those who are daring to break up, those who are daring to be innovative and embrace change. I can tell you my #bighair -- and some might say persistent character -- has been pretty disruptive at times. I applaud this. In fact, I think this is one of the strongest theme's TEDxTeen has ever had. It almost sounds like a lyric from a hip hop artist, something that should be graffitied onto street walls, it's an exciting, creative and incredible teenage opportunity.

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The Huffington Post UK: "The Biggest Disruptor of Them All"

By David Saddington, October 17, 2014

TEDxTeen brings Remarkable Disruptors to London

The inaugural TEDxTeen London on October 11th brought together a collection of young people to share their ideas at the indigO2. The conference highlighted the stories of those who dare to be innovative and who strive to make a change.

I was fortunate to be one of those speakers and my message addressed the disruptive potential of climate change. I have worked to shape the way we communicate climate change since 2005. Over this time I have shaped UK government policy by getting climate change on the national curriculum, fronted a media campaign that reached over 3 million people and set up my own environmental enterprise.

Since being personally affected by severe flooding in North Yorkshire, in the summer of 2005, I made it my mission to raise awareness and education around climate change. This was a time before climate change was big news; most people hadn't heard about it yet alone understood it.

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Virgin: "Five lessons for entrepreneurs from TEDxTeen"

By Natalie Clarkson, Content Executive, @NatalieJosh October 16, 2014

This weekend, teenagers took over Indigo at The O2 for TEDxTeen, a day of inspirational talks from a range of remarkable young people.

Although the speakers were young – ‘the first generation younger than the internet’ as the programme put it – they had some very valuable things to share. Here are just five lessons that entrepreneurs could learn from these young people.

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Forbes: "Tremors Of A Youthquake Felt At TEDxTeen"

By Angela Dunn, Senior Director, Global Corporate Affairs, SAP, October 16, 2014

Think about it. A 17-year-old girl wins the Nobel Peace prize becoming the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious award. The cover of TIME magazine features a teenage activist in the democracy movement in Hong Kong. Vogue magazine coins a new term, featuring a generation of “InstaGirls” on its September cover. And staff at Nike’s megashop on Oxford Street in London wear t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan Youth is Our Energy.

There’s no denying it: A youthquake is shaking the world. Companies and organizations are signing them up as brand ambassadors faster than you can say Snapchat. Their ideas are infectious; their enthusiasm viral, their stories instantly shared.

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VIDEO: Kelvin Doe at TEDxTeen by THNKR

May 1, 2013

THNKR is proud to present the next chapter in the riveting story of 15-Year-Old engineering prodigy Kelvin Doe. THNKR has exclusive access to Kelvin as he returns to the United States to deliver a riveting talk at TEDxTeen and grapples with the impact of newfound YouTube superstardom.

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin throughout his life-changing journey, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

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Time for Kids



Generation “Why?”

TEDxTEEN event focuses on young people making a difference


Chelsea Clinton talks about steps to success at the TEDxTEEN event in New York City.

On March 16, TED and the We Are Family foundation held its fourth annual TEDxTEEN event in New York City. TED is a nonprofit group that is dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” This year’s TEDxTEEN theme was “the Audacity of whY.” It focused on young people who refuse to accept “that’s just the way it is” as an answer to the problems around them. They believe that they have the right to know "why?" and to change the world, no matter their age.

Chelsea Clinton hosted the event. Clinton lived in the White House when her father Bill Clinton was President from 1993 to 2001. Before introducing Chelsea Clinton, actor and Director Robert Galinsky took the stage to address the audience. Instead of telling the crowd to turn off their phones he told them to take them out and use them to tweet. "You're in a conversation today," he shouted. "This is a two-way—no, hundreds-of-thousands of way—conversation. Tweet about where you're at, spread the ideas." Galinsky then turned to the live-stream of the conference on the Internet and exclaimed: "Hello, world!"

After that, Twitter was buzzing with quotes from young speakers who had just 18 minutes to tell how they worked to change the world around them.

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Generation whY not?

By Ashley Alebiosu
Thomson Reuters

March 20, 2013

This past Saturday was the TEDxTeen event in NYC, hosted by the We Are Family Foundation. The day kicked off with a book signing breakfast, fostering conversations between teenage speakers, inventors, founders, authors and attendees.

Opening remarks started around mid morning where everyone was encouraged to immediately start tweeting, as the global audience was ready and waiting to be a part of the conversation. Chelsea Clinton took the stage, engaging the audience with words of confidence, describing the millennial generation as digital natives who are open to change.

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