Our first conference in 2012, TEDxKids@BC Change, was held on April 5th, 2012. It was a special event organized in partnership with TEDxChange — a global TEDx event that is co-organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris Anderson, TEDxChange will focus on issues surrounding global health and development.
Besides showing the official TEDxChange program as part of our own event, we invited local youth who are active change-makers in the global areas addressed in Berlin to speak about their experiences on our stage. Our goal was to inspire the youth in our audience to take action to address environmental damage, health and other important issues in their communities. To do so, we provided opportunities for high school students and youth organizations to meet and connect with our speakers and discuss how to get involved in the initiatives they’re working on.