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TEDYouth, our first-ever TED event for young people, was held on Saturday, November 19th, 2011 at the Times Center in Manhattan. TEDYouth coincided with more than 100 self-organized TEDxYouthDay events happening worldwide over a 48-hour period. The theme for the day was "Play, Learn, Build, and Share". Attendance was open, free of charge, to 300 youth from 6-12th grades within the New York area. Each of the 20 passionate speakers inspire creativity, share mind-shifting stories, and engage their physical and virtual audience in ways that every student deserves.


TEDYouth 2011 speakers

  • Adam Savage is a maker of things, building everything from spaceships to buddhas, from puppets to rifles, from sculptures to toys. He's best known for his role as co-host of the TV show MythBusters on the Discovery channel. (Watch his TEDTalk)
  • Robert Full studies cockroach legs and gecko feet. His research is helping build the perfect "distributed foot" for tomorrow's robots, based on evolution's ancient engineering. (Watch his TEDTalks)
  • David Gallo is a pioneer in ocean exploration and an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land. (Watch his TEDTalks)
  • Brad Meltzer is a best selling author whose writing focuses on political thrillers. Most recently, he is the co-host of the History Channel's Decoded.
  • Déborah Berebichez, also known as "The Science Babe," studies the science behind everyday life, like the physics behind wearing high heels. (Watch her talk from TEDxEast)
  • Lemon Andersen is a TONY award-winning performer and spoken word artist who is also the subject of a newly-released documentary film about his life called Lemon.
  • Leah Buechley is an MIT designer who mixes high and low tech to create smart and playful results.
  • Juan D. Martinez is a National Geographic Explorer who dedicates his energy to grassroots campaigns from health care and housing discrimination, to creating garden space where he grew up in South Central L.A.
  • Greg Gage has combined invertebrate preparations with off-the-shelf electronics, to create a kit that could provide insight into the inner workings of the body, specifically the brain. He is a TED2012 Fellow.
  • Arianne Cohen is the author of The Tall Book , where she shares the pros and cons of living life as a 6'3 woman.
  • Steve Stoute is one of the most influential voices in pop culture. His work examines how hip-hop has transformed a new generation, conquered the global marketplace, and rewritten the rules of the new economy.
  • Jason Munshi-South is a researcher at Baruch College who studies the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary impacts of humans on the inhabitants of New York City parks.
  • Daniela Schiller is an assistant professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying emotional control.
  • Chris Anderson is the curator of the TED Conference. (Watch his TEDTalks)
  • Garth Sundem is a mathematician who uses mathematics to answer everyday questions, such as whether to goof or study.
  • Ish Islam, Justin Long-Moton and Carvens Lissaint come from New York City's Urban Word program, and are three of its finest young poets.
  • Kevin Allocca is the trends manager of YouTube, where he tracks popular video phenomena.


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