x = independently organized TED event

Theme: We Have A Voice

This event occurred on
November 20, 2011
5:00pm - 8:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Thousand Oaks, CA, CA
United States

This year, TEDxConejo is expanding with the creation of a conference for and by the youth of the Conejo Valley. TEDxYouthConejo gives the opportunity to the youth of the Conejo Valley to let their voices be heard. Speakers from the elementary to university levels will discuss their ideas and visions of what they think about the world and its future. TEDxYouthConejo will be a completely student run and managed event.

TEDxYouth@Conejo is one of a series of TEDxYOUTH DAY events for young people that will happen across the globe on and around November 20, Universal Children's Day. These events will vary widely in size, format and theme, but they will share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas, empowering young leaders.

The global theme for TEDxYouthDay 2011 is "Play, Learn, Build & Share," chosen by the TEDx community with the potential to bring to light creative ways to unite the 2011 TEDxYouthDay events around the world.

"We Have a Voice" is the local theme developed by the TEDxYouth@Conejo student leaders as they set the stage for their own 3-hour celebration and exploration of the world’s next generation of thinking and doing. Participation will be open to all students in the area (Calabasas to Newbury Park) public, private, parochial, or home, elementary school to university.

The event will be pooling speakers and audience members from several Conejo Valley schools including Westlake, Newbury Park, and Thousand Oaks, as well as schools from surrounding districts including Agoura, Viewpoint, Oaks Christian and Oak Park .

TEDxYouthConejo will be held at the Carpenter Theater at Westlake High School. The day will be filled with stimulating speakers and conversations selected to inspire, provoke thought, and foster a community of interested and interesting people. The conference checkin opens at 4 PM and the conference begins at 5 PM and ends at approximately 8 PM.

Follow us on Twitter @TEDxYouthConejo, and register to speak or attend at our website:

Westlake High School - Carpenter Theater
100 Lakeview Canyon
Thousand Oaks, CA, CA, 91362
United States
Event type:
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Daniel Lacey

Daniel Lacey attends Newbury Park High School, where he serves his school as Junior Class President and is an active member in their Associated Student Government. He will share with you his true idea of where people are today and how to strive for tomorrow. Listen closely for the four main points he will outline. A quote Daniel wants you to remember: “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” - Buddha

Bita Eghbali

Bita Eghbali is a Senior at Agoura High School. Her infinite love for social media and journalism lead her to create Pressed Publications from the ground up. Through collaboration and heavy dedication, she and her team are responsible for creating a news source completely dependent upon normal citizens and their opinions on local, national, and international events. Her involvement with Youth and Government and her internship/training with the International Desk at CNN strengthened her desire to create a publication in which everyone's voice is heard. She believes that collaboration, networking, and coffee are the 3 keys to success, or in her case, Pressed Publications.

Daniel Brusilovsky

Daniel Brusilovsky is currently the founder & CEO of Teens in Tech Labs, a company dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs. He also is the Silicon Valley Evangelist for creative agency JESS3. Prior to Teens in Tech Labs and JESS3, Daniel has held numerous roles at Qik (acquired by Skype), TechCrunch (acquired by Aol), atebits (acquired by Twitter), Apture, Wonder Warp Software and others. Daniel also co-founded iPhone Case Finder, which was acquired by On Top Results in late 2010, and founded Apple Universe Media Group which produced the popular Apple Universe Podcast from 2007-2010.

Harry and Woody Chung

Woody Chung is a junior at Westlake high school. Along with his twin brother, Harry, he has established a student group, Higher Hope: Homeless Helpers, that focuses on benefiting the homeless population of Ventura county. In addition to being the president of Homeless Helpers, he is also the vice president of the Westlake Amnesty International chapter. When Woody is not working to benefit the needy, he enjoys working as an editor for the Westlake arrow, debating as an attorney on the mock trial team, practicing self discipline as a 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo, and making melodious music as 3rd cellist in the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. My name is Harry Chung and I'm a junior at Westlake High School. Along with my brother, I created Higher Hope: Homeless Helpers, a club that uses students' talents and skills to help the homeless population. I am also the co-vice president of Westlake's Anti-Bullying Society. When I'm not focused on Higher Hope, I enjoy practicing taekwondo, volunteering at the Westminster Free Clinic, and playing viola in the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra.

AhYoung Yoo

AhYoung Yoo is a senior at Choate Rosemary Hall and a self-taught programmer. She will discuss how she was inspired to design and distribute audio-based websites (Lights Beyond Lights) for the blind and visually impaired. Through advocating others’ rights while creating new platforms for communication, Ah Young expresses her voice by adhering to the lessons she has learned: to never be afraid, to think beyond what exists and to cherish the second chances that people have given.

Alper Vural

Alper Vural is currently a senior at Westlake High School. He runs varsity for the Westlake Cross Country and Westlake Track and Field teams, and he plays the clarinet in the school's Wind Symphony. In his spare time, Alper enjoys investing, reading the Wall Street Journal, and surfing the internet. Though he will continue to devote a large part of his time to running and band in college, his academic interests lie in the field of physics, and his career of choice at this time is engineering.

Josh Cohenzadeh

Josh Cohenzadeh is a 16-year-old senior currently enrolled at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, CA. Throughout my youth, I attended The Mirman School, where I began to truly fuel my passion for politics, computer science, and business. Over the past few months I have ventured into young entrepreneurship and have founded three companies I believe will become very successful in their respective fields. I am going to be speaking about the role that technology plays in education, and how under utilized it is in most schools.

Jason Russak

Jason Russak is a junior at Westlake High School and is an active participant in the Westlake Information Technology Academy (WIT). Jason has enthusiastically embraced WIT's innovative integrated curriculum targeted to students that are interested in pursuing IT and Multimedia careers. Through the Academy Jason earned a Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate. Jason is currently working on a plan to secure laptops for students enrolled in the WIT program and recently presented the plan to Academy parents and faculty in order to facilitate the purchase of the laptops. Jason has earned an Academic Athletic Award for participating in Westlake's Cross Country and Track teams. At an early age Jason demonstrated his creative entrepreneurial spirit as he founded Jason's Inflations, a service that inflated automobile tires insuring the proper air pressure. Jason's service demonstrated that by inflating tires to manufactures specifications, customers could substantially increase their gas mileage, thereby saving money and the environment. Jason’s current venture, StudyGroupTV, leverages the benefits of social medea with education by creating a videoconferencing platform that is designed to make it simplt for students to participate in study groups and tutoring directly from their homes.

TEDxYouth Link

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Ryan Moorman

Ryan Moorman is a senior at Agoura High School. As small business owner, Moorman knows the ups and downs of success, incorporating and operating Force 3 Productions, an event rental company at age sixteen. As a participant in Youth & Government, Moorman understands process, and how it is necessary to have an understanding of it in order to make progress. Moorman ran for the office of Youth Governor in California YMCA Youth & Government, and lost by one vote. He is now a member of the Board of Directors for the organization. He has fought for the just cleanup of the Rocketdyne site against the DOE, NASA, and Boeing, and believes that the youth have an untapped voice.

Gerald Pickett

Gerald Pickett is a teacher at Agoura High School. Although a teacher of 17 years, his view of students and kids in general has recently had a dramatic change. In his presentation, he will discuss his transformation and new outlook, the impact that it has had on his teaching, the results, and his hope for the future.

Tetrachord - Jazz Ensemble

Their goal is to reinvent the art form that is jazz, to get the younger generation to look at jazz in a different light. Tetrachord, look at jazz as a creative, unique, complicated, and inspiring music. The quartet includes Alex Smith on drums, who is a 7th grader at Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks, Chris Palmer on bass, who is an 8th grader Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills, Andrew Nisenberg on guitar, who is a freshman at Agoura High School, and John Miller on tenor saxophone, who is also a freshman at Agoura High School. They believe that if they can instill the idea that jazz is “cool,” in the youth, jazz, a dying art form, can come back to life.

Jaron Presant

Award-winning cinematographer Jaron Presant's work spans both small screen and big screen. Crafting unique images for commercials and music videos as well as feature films, Jaron's attention to detail and passion for stunning visuals combined with his penchant for the peculiar, forge inviting imagery that is at once warm and striking. Those images have led him to collaborations with talent as varied as Prince, Carrie Underwood, Bruce Willis and Rachel Weisz. Since his introduction to photography when he was 13, a camera has always been close at hand. A chance encounter with a cinematographer during an internship initiated a career that has lasted for the rest of his life. Jaron's interest in imaging and fascination with the world has led him to adventures far from the beaten path. He has worked all over the world, from the modern metropolis to the untouched Amazon, and even did a stint jumping out of perfectly good aircraft as a skydiving cameraman. His philosophy towards photography has embodied that fascination: It is about flow, about being in sync with the world around us.

Kirklann Lau

I'm Kirk. I love many things, seagulls, Russian history, geography, math, music, modern art, eating, accordions, and synthesizers are among them. I was born and raised in Newbury Park, and am a senior at Newbury Park High.

Julian Varahj-Sikes

I'm Julian Varah-Sikes, and I'm a meditator. I am also president of the Agoura High School Mindfulness Meditation Society. I haven't been meditating for long, but I went to a mindfulness retreat over the summer for five days, meditating 6 hours a day, and I have been continuing my practice ever since. In my somewhat brief experience I've found that meditation can help in just about every aspect of life, from going to sleep to enjoying your food more. At any rate, meditation has certainly improved my quality of life, and I encourage everyone to try it with an open mind.

G Pe Benito with Leo and the Virgin

Giuliana "G!" Pe Benito is a senior at Westlake High School. She first spoke at TEDxConejo in March. Leo And the Virgin is a collective experiment in performance art and slam poetry. Incorporating music and the art of slam has been a difficult and new transition for both musicians (Evan Wood, Manny Hovanesian, and Hassan Pourahmad) and poet (G! Pe Benito), but has challenged the medium of performance art and music. As a young voice in socio-political commentary, they strive to encourage fruitful thought and positive activism by means of stimulating and entertaining composition.

Dr. Adam Z. Stieg

Dr. Adam Z. Stieg is a chemist and microscopist who joined the UCLA faculty in 2009. He currently serves as the Scientific Director of the Nano and Pico Characterization Core Facility at CNSI as well Director of the Sci|Art Institute. Dr. Stieg earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Drew University and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry from UCLA. He is a member of the CNSI Executive and Education Committees. As a faculty researcher, Dr. Stieg continues to focus on the design and application of physical methods toward characterization of nanoscale systems, ranging from the physical to biological, through the development of multi-environment, high-performance scanning probe microscopes. Numerous ongoing, collaborative efforts involve the study of molecular machines and devices, nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery, inorganic carbon-based materials, and tailored functional surfaces for stem cell differentiation. Recently established research directions include the use of engineered, supramolecular protein assemblies toward the construction of functional meso-scale devices and the pursuit of physically derived intelligent systems through neuromorphic computation.

Organizing team


Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
  • Jonathan Yan
  • Jordan Palmer
  • Samantha Guhan
  • Zak Kukoff
  • Adam Protter
  • Anish Puri
  • Norma Hutchinson
  • Jorel Balabala
  • Jeff Wettstein
  • Lee Norgaard
  • Gabriel Polsky
  • Scottie Wettstein
  • Josh Wahba
  • Max Brewin