May 16, 2015 NYC
TEDxTeen talks have been viewed 10+ million times (and counting)                                                                             141 Countries tuned into our 2013 conference 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

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.

SAP: "6 Steps to Become Simply Irresistible – TEDxTeen 2015"

By Amira Polack, May 21, 2015

What do war-predicting algorithms, sound-sculpted artwork, and obstacle-dodging drones all have in common?

The Answer: 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:


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.


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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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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Andrew Jenks At TEDxTeen: 'I Think Any Generation Has The Opportunity To Change The World'

By Taylor Trudon
The Huffington Post

March 19, 2013

We’re going to bet that not too many teens would be willing to move into a nursing home for over a month and then film what life was like -- but that’s exactly what 19-year-old Andrew Jenks did eight years ago. His project became a feature documentary, which went on to premiere on HBO and ultimately influence the popular series on MTV, “World of Jenks.”

Today, Jenks is an award-winning filmmaker, author of “Andrew Jenks: My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker” and just began the second season of “World of Jenks,” through which he continues to share the inspiring stories of others and place a spotlight on Generation Y.


10 Things I Learned at TEDxTeen

by Nahal Shakib
High school student in Los Angeles

March 19, 2013

The TEDxTeen conference was an opportunity to inspire, and be inspired. The people who surrounded me at the conference have manifested their inspirations to something that will help change the world. These incredible people were not afraid to ask the question "Why?" And, they were most certainly not afraid to defy whatever limitations preventing the rest of the world from challenging the boundaries. I came home with so many wonderful lessons, so many new inspirations and so many new ways that I want to manifest them. Here are the top 10 things I learned at TEDxTeen.


Chelsea Clinton At TEDxTeen: 5 Pieces Of Advice For Gen Y From The Former First Daughter

By Taylor Trudon
The Huffington Post

March 18, 2013

From a 16-year-old blind musical prodigy to a West African boy who built batteries collected from garbage scraps in his village, we couldn’t help leaving this year’s TEDxTeen conference in complete awe. But teens weren’t the only sources of inspiration from that day -- host Chelsea Clinton also had some words of wisdom to share with the young audience.

While you probably know her best as President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea has made a name for herself as a special correspondent for NBC News, as well as in her efforts to speak out about the uncomfortable topic of diarrhea, which is related to 100,000 deaths in Nigeria each year.


15 Inspiring Quotes From TEDxTeen 2013

March 16, 2013

This year's TEDxTeen conference was all about "Generation Why" -- a generation of amazing young people who refuse to accept "that's just the way it is" as an answer to the problems they see around them. They believe that they have the right to know "why?" and to change the world, no matter their age.

HuffPost Teen was lucky enough to attend the event in New York on Saturday. We got to hang out with host Chelsea Clinton (!) and hear from 12 of the most inspirational young people in the world (one of which was our very own blogger, Tallia Storm). We'll be sharing more of their incredible stories on Monday, but in the meantime, click through the slideshow below for 15 awesome quotes from our Twitter coverage.



Chelsea Clinton to Host TEDxTeen 2013: The Audacity of whY

Andrew Jenks to Host Online Global Audience

(New York – February 27, 2013)Chelsea Clinton will serve as host of TEDxTeen 2013, on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Scholastic's global world headquarters in New York City.

TEDxTeen focuses the conversation on teens and their power to change the world. The theme of the fourth annual TEDxTeen conference, “The Audacity of whY,” resonates with Generation Y – or more appropriately, “Generation Why?” – as they turn over established regimes, age-old thinking, and timeless truths, through social media, the power of crowds and an unswerving belief that they have the right to know “why?” Approximately 300 hand-selected youths and adults in the youth space are expected to attend and participate.


Report from TEDxTeen

School Library Journal®

Entrepreneurs, social activists, an opera singer, and an autistic math wiz were just some of the inspirational young adults who presented at the TEDxTeen conference in New York City on March 31. Three hundred teens packed the auditorium at Scholastic's Soho headquarters in downtown Manhattan to mix and mingle with the nine presenters, and with each other.


Watch Tavi Gevinson Talk About My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, and the Dearth of Complicated Teen Girls on TV

Rookie founder and high school student Tavi Gevinson gave a talk at a TEDxTeen event about "strong female characters," feminism, and how the narrow ways in which popular culture views women impacts teen girls, both in fiction and in real life. It's funny and astute, and Gevinson calls for more TV shows with complicated girl protagonists — drawing a comparison between shows from the '90s like My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks and the offerings on TV today. (Related: it is somehow weird to me to think of Freaks and Geeks as a "90s" show.)



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