Youth TED Conferences

TEDYouth 2012, a chance for high school students to get the TED experience

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If you are over the age of 18, feel free to tune out now — this message is for curious minds who are currently in the 9th through 12th grades. Applications are now open for TEDYouth 2012, a day-long event held in New York City, where more than 20 scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists and performers will share short lessons on what they do best. They’ll dazzle us with mind-shifting stories, inspire us with creativity and make us want to dive even deeper into a broad array of topics.

At last year’s event, YouTube’s trend manager Kevin Allocca shared the four reasons videos go viral. Performance artist Carvens Lissaint asked the audience to put the financial aid in the bag. And Adam Savage of the show Mythbusters shared the three scientific stories that keep him inspired.

This year’s TEDYouth conference will be held on Saturday, November 17th, 2012, at the Times Center in Manhattan, from 1pm-6pm. Attendance will be free for 400 high school students from within the tri-state area. Apply to attend TEDYouth >>

But don’t feel deflated if you live somewhere else. While you are still welcome to apply, you can participate without having to pack a suitcase. TEDYouth coincides with more than 100 self-organized TEDxYouthDay events happening worldwide over a 48-hour period. Check out the event website to see if there’s an event taking place near you.

Make sure you get your TEDYouth applications in by October 15. And get ready to be inspired by outlandish creativity and fascinated by a range of topics you never even thought about before. Don’t pretend you weren’t amazed by neuroscientist Greg Gage’s presentation from last year, “The cockroach beatbox.”

Photos by: Ryan Lash