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Theme: The Spark in All of Us

Redmond, WA, United States
September 10th, 2011

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About this event

TEDxRedmond curator Adora Svitak had the opportunity to speak at TED last year and created TEDxRedmond, a youth event with speakers from around the US. This will be our second year running the event. Past TEDxRedmond speakers include Jordan Romero, youngest person to climb Mt. Everest; Alec Loorz, founder of Kids vs. Global Warming; and Jessica Markowitz, founder of Richard's Rwanda, which sends Rwandan girls to school (go to for more information).

We've earned a lot of attention for a unique fact--TEDxRedmond is by youth, for youth. Our organizing committee is comprised of tweens and teens; all of our speakers are under 18; and high school and middle school students make up our target audience. (However, there will also be some parents, educators, and civic leaders present this year). Last year, we had an audience of over 750 people.

Because our goal is to help the community, students attend for free. Due to our uniqueness in being youth-run, we've seen incredible media coverage and support, with movement in schools and on Facebook and Twitter. Our proudest moment was when Chris Anderson tweeted about us! However, we've had many proud moments since, especially reading students' responses to the question "Why do you want to attend TEDxRedmond?" One student said that after attending, she had been so inspired that they joined an organization to prevent teen suicide and tobacco use, helped create a safe and bully-free school, and donated on Kiva.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Roberto Granados
    Roberto Granados is a world-class guitarist, with experience in playing all kinds of music--from classical to flamenco to rock and roll. But what some may not know firsthand about him is that the twelve-year-old is also a highly knowledgeable entomologist. Studying seemingly everything that creeps and crawls, Roberto will share his boundless knowledge about the insect world with TEDxRedmond's attendees.
  • Kara Chambers
    A local Redmond student as well as a speaker on behalf of nonprofit charity Invisible Children, Kara has dedicated time and effort to raising awareness and funding for the fight against the use of child soldiers.
  • Tyler Menezes
    A web developer working in the Seattle area, Tyler says that he's "lucky enough to have a job doing what I love — developing cool things!" Tyler has experience designing websites for a few major sites while at the same time maintaining successful side websites, doing research, and studying Computer Science at UW. The teenager has been designing and coding websites since he was ten years old.

Venue and Details

Microsoft Conference Center
Redmond, WA, 98052-3754
United States

Event Type (what is this?) Youth

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Adora Svitak
Redmond, WA, United States

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Adesuwa Agbonile
Committee Member
Adrianna Svitak
Entertainment Co-Curator
Airin Jiang
Committee Member
Apoorva Chowdhary
Committee Member
Christina Dias
Committee Member
Hannah Yang
Committee Member
Hattie Yang
Entertainment Co-Curator
Julian Pradeep
Social Media Manager
Kelly Jiang
Committee Member
Lisa Marie Dias
Committee Member
Maya Ganesan
Press Liaison
Priya Ganesan
Video Media Manager, Press Liaison
Shaan Shridhar
Speaker Coordinator
TJ Egbejimba
Committee Member
Victoria Bawn
Print media designer, stage manager
Joyce Svitak
Adult co-organizer, sponsorship coordinator