TEDYouth audience

TEDYouth is a day-long event for middle and high school students, with live speakers, hands-on activities and great conversations. Scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more!) share short talks on what they do best, serving both as a source of knowledge and inspiration for youth around the globe.

TEDYouth 2014: Worlds Imagined

TEDYouth 2014 will take place at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City on Saturday, November 15 from 11am to 6pm.

At TEDYouth — and the TEDxYouthDay 2014 events happening the same day around the globe — young people will gather to explore the theme: "Worlds Imagined." They'll hear mind-shifting stories and big ideas in a broad array of topics that impact the world today. They'll envision new scenarios for our future, and think through how they can contribute to its creation.


Attendance is free of charge for 400 middle and high school students from the New York City area. The program will be made up of three sessions of speakers, plus a lunch break with engaging activities, demos, and a chance to meet the speakers.

Applications to attend are now closed. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by October 22, 2014.

Speaker lineup sneak peek

  • Bioengineer Kakani Katija Young studies the effect that tiny creatures have on much larger forces in the ocean. In her emerging field of ocean mixing, even something as small as one krill, when part of a whole, could have big consequences for the Earth.
  • Nathan Pyle knows how to be polite in NYC — and his animated GIF series tells tourists all the secrets that New York kids already know, like how to act in the subway, on the sidewalk and in a deli.
  • Bethany Ehlmann is a geologist on the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity mission, analyzing rocks and directing a machine to gather information about the Red Planet from 200 million kilometers away.
  • 15-year-old Flynn McGarry is a whiz in the kitchen. His pop-up supper club, EUREKA, gained a cult following when it operated out of his mother’s home and it has since spilled over into well-known restaurants in both New York and Los Angeles.
  • Jaap de Roode studies parasites and hosts, asking: If parasites and hosts evolved to be co-dependent, then why does a parasite so often make its host sick? At his lab at Emory University, he and his team study monarch butterflies and the protozoa that live on them.
  • Katharina Ribbeck is an MIT biologist who studies how mucus works to protect our bodies from pathogens – with a surprisingly complex screening process.
  • Artist Brian Dettmer digs into a good book (literally, with a knife) to create beautifully intricate forms that reflect how we see old information in a modern world.
  • Lilian Chen, aka Milktea, spent three years playing Super Smash Brothers Melee in national tournaments. She now speaks out about life in the Smash community – how it helped her find her voice, and how she used that voice to combat sexism.
  • As the co-founder of Reverb Technologies, the maker of the online dictionary Wordnik, Erin McKean is reshaping how we interact with language itself.
  • Sicily Kolbeck is a 14-year-old girl who is known for constructing a tiny, 128-square foot second house that quickly became a symbol of emotional resilience and community solidarity nationwide.
  • Jennifer Mascia is an American author who fuses heart and journalistic excellence into eclectic and meaningful projects, such as a memoir surrounding her father's murder conviction, New York Times editorial pieces and contributions to The Gun Report, a gun violence project.
  • Armed with an 18th-century map, a GPS and reams of data, Eric Sanderson re-plotted the Manhattan of 1609. Now he is thinking about New York's future.
  • During the Cretaceous period, North Africa was a maze of rivers rather than a desert land. Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim seeks to uncover the creatures that lived in this lost world.
  • Gil Weinberg is a music technologist, which means he rocks out with robot musicians, helps non-musical humans make music with mobile apps, and gets humans and robots alike to express themselves.
  • Sarah Bergbreiter makes impressively tiny robots that can overcome obstacles eighty times their height. With these innovations, she hopes to develop technologies that could advance medicine, consumer electronics and science.
  • Pashon Murray is helping to revitalize Detroit and improve its carbon footprint through her organizations Detroit Dirt and Sustainable Integration. She empowers her community to increase environmental stewardship and sustainability.
  • Andrew Cotton has surfed some of the biggest waves out there, with world champions in Portugal and in little-known spots in Ireland. Coming from the less-than-famed shores of North Devon, he’s helped to put the UK on the surfing map.
  • Ruddy Roye is a photojournalist and dedicated Instagram activist. He takes to the Brooklyn streets with his phone camera, capturing overlooked stories of race and class through searing, personal portraits.
  • Tahir Hemphill is the creator of the Hip Hop Word Count, a searchable rap lyrics database that allows deep analysis of national and global cultural trends. He’s part of the Rap Research Lab, teaching students art, design and critical thinking through visualizing and analyzing hip-hop.
  • Kenneth Shinozuka created a heel-attaching sensor that sends out alerts whenever his grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s, wanders at night. He won the first prize for the Scientific American Science in Action Award for his sensor and hopes to eventually bring it to market.
  • Astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger studies planets outside our own solar system. Using a technique called spectral analysis, she compares them to planet Earth – now and in the distant past – to see which might hold the possibility for alien forms of life.

Get involved

TEDYouth will be livestreamed, for free, on Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 11am to 6pm ET in English, Spanish and Arabic. There are a couple of ways to watch TEDYouth from afar.

  1. Host an informal viewing party around the live webcast of TEDYouth on Saturday, November 15, 2014. You can invite as many people to watch the event with you as you'd like. The webcast will be streamed from here on November 15. If you'd like to stay in the loop about further details, please sign up for TEDYouth updates.
  2. Apply to host an official TEDxYouthDay event and stream the live webcast at your event! If your event is approved, you can also invite live speakers to your event within the TEDx rules and guidelines.


  • Session 1: 11:00am - 12:30pm ET (livestreamed in English, Spanish, Arabic)
  • Lunch and activities: 12:30pm - 2pm ET
  • Session 2: 2:00pm - 3:30pm ET (livestreamed in English, Spanish, Arabic)
  • Snacks and activities: 3:30pm - 4:30pm ET
  • Session 3: 4:30pm - 6:00pm ET (livestreamed in English, Spanish, Arabic)

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