This weekend: TEDxRedmond – Organized for youth, by youth

imageWhat is your child up to this weekend? Maybe hitting the neighborhood swimming pool to enjoy the last bit of summer? Hanging out with their new schoolmates at the movies or playing video games? There are many activities they could do this weekend, but there’s probably nothing as compelling as TEDxRedmond, the only TED event organized for youth by youth.

Have you heard of TED before? TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. TEDx is a TED initiative of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Like other TED events, the TEDxRedmond conference features speakers that seek to inform, empower and inspire attendees to make a difference in their communities and their lives.

But TEDxRedmond is different, because all the attendees, organizers and speakers are of middle school and high school ages.


Video: From YouTube: Child prodigy and TEDxRedmond host Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Kids from the ages of 11-17 are encouraged to register for TEDxRedmond.

Date: September 10, 2011

Time: 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (with free dinner served afterwards for registered attendees)

Location: Microsoft Conference Center (the conference will also be streamed live over the web)

Online registration is mandatory for students as well as parents.

What to expect to see:

· TEDxRedmond is unique in that it is organized by youth, all of the speakers and performers are youth, and the majority of attendees will be youth.

· Some of the speakers and performers this year are:

o Stephanie Engle (gifted photographer who donates profits to Guatemalan orphanage)

o Roberto Granados (classical, rock, and flamenco guitarist who has performed at Carnegie Hall)

o MaCall Manor (nationally ranked dancer, writer, actress, and Junior Olympic gymnast; honored at Carnegie Hall twice for her writing)

o Alexander Prior (an internationally-recognized music composer and conductor who graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music at age 17)

· Free dinner served after event.

Registration Information:

· Event targeted for students ages 11-17 (grades 6-12).

· Parents may register to attend, but they will watch the event from another room through a live stream (youth attendees will get priority seating in the main room).

· More information and how to register can be found at the TEDxRedmond website.

Microsoft is proud to be a sponsor of the event and the TEDxRedmond team has done an incredible job pulling this event together if you’re not in the Redmond area watch it online.

We hope to see you there!

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