On the 20th October 2012 in the Koninklijk Atheneum Antwerp, 200 kids will be inspired and entertained with talks and workshops on subjects as diverse as 3D printing, fashion and travel at the second TEDxYouth @ Flanders event.
TEDx events for youth bring together local educators, organizations and kids for activities, live talks and storytelling that engage young minds to learn and experience in new and different ways.
TEDxYouth @ Flanders is part of the TEDx program set up by TED to share ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. The TEDx program gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
The aim of the day is to expose your child to a wide variety of issues that will impact their lives right now or into the future. The idea is to expose them to a wide variety of subjects to broaden their view of the world and also expose fields of interest they never knew existed. We ask only that your child come with an open mind and a lot of curiosity.
This year’s event will take place on the same day as the adult TEDxFlanders event taking place in the Opera. This gives parents the chance to share the TEDx experience with their children and several of the speakers, including Bart Moeyaert (Flemish writer and former Antwerp city poet) and Susanne Lee (fashion designer and TED Fellow) will be speaking at both events.
We also want the kids to be involved in running the event as much as possible. This year, our young presenters include Puck Meerburg, who will talk about the apps he has written for the iPhone and Ritik Mehta, who will give a talk about 3D printing and digital creation.
But the event is not just talks! There are two workshops sessions covering a wide range of topics from programming to yoga. The kids will also get to share their experiences with the adults at the TEDxFlanders event during the lunch and afternoon breaks. TEDxYouth@Flanders is free for kids and includes lunch and snacks in the afternoon. And if you or your child would like to help out on the day, we also need lots of volunteers to help ensure that the event runs smoothly and everyone has a great day.