x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Next Generation: Ideas that Inspire

This event occurred on
June 9, 2013
11:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
New York City, NY
United States

An independently organized TED event, TEDxStuyvesantHS hopes to highlight and inspire this generation to acknowledge their fullest potential and to use it to better their society. Through discussions ranging from linguistics to technology and various TEDtalks, TEDxStuyvesantHS engages its audience and opens their eyes to their power and their ability to change the world. They are the new generation of activists, writers, scientists, artists, and so much more. By opening the door to endless possibilities and spreading new, interesting ideas, TEDxStuyvesantHS encourages and promotes originality, innovation, creativity, and determination.

Hunger for inspiration is rarely, if ever, satiable. At TEDxStuyvesantHS, we hope to feed this desire. Like Beatrice Portinari to Dante Alighieri, TEDxStuyvesantHS speakers are the muses to the audience. Their talks will evoke emotions and motivation, engraving in the audience a memorable experience. The future is open to speculation, encompassing endless possibilities; and at TEDxStuyvesantHS, we hope to kick start this development by inspiring our youth – the next generation.

Stuyvesant High School
345 Chambers Street
New York City, NY, 10282
United States
Event type:
Youth (What is this?)
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Dr. Brian Palmer

At Harvard, Dr. Palmer's courses on courage and engagement attracted as many as 600 students per term and he was voted the university's best lecturer. Currently based at Uppsala University in Sweden, Palmer co-created the Raoul Wallenberg Calendar, a portrayal of 365 heroes that is being serialized on Radio Sweden on each day of 2013. His next book, with Ola Larsmo, will be 101 Historical Heroes.

Antara Majumdar

Antara is a senior at Stuyvesant High School. She likes to practice and perform Bharatnatyam- an Indian classical dance form. She also likes to crochet, sketch, and read books on her free time. She has been doing research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for the past two and half years. She has also been working on an independent research project. She has submitted to many competitions and enjoys working in a lab and finding out more about causes of cancer. She also writes as an editor for the Youth Corner column and has been working on the column for the past year.

Tommy Chen

Tommy Chen is a rising junior studying computer science at Harvard University. During his time at Stuyvesant High School, he was active in creating artwork for the yearbook. Nowadays he is often found baking cupcakes and playing 8-ball pool. This summer he will be working at eBay in their New York office.

Mike Sepso

Mike co-founded Major League Gaming (MLG) in 2002 as the company's CEO and currently serves as President. MLG is the world’s largest eSports organization with millions of LIVE viewers, fans and competitors around the globe. MLG enables gamers to compete, improve their skills, and socialize via the largest online destination for competitive console and PC gaming featuring more than 8 million registered gamers, and the annual MLG Pro Circuit featuring LIVE, in-person tournaments in cities nationwide. Mike focuses on strategy, key partnerships, corporate development and more.

Philip Yam

Philip Yam (Stuy ’82) is the managing editor, online, for Scientific American, responsible for content as it appears on the Web site and mobile devices, as well as on other digital editorial products. He began working on magazines during his Stuyvesant High School years, writing and editing for Nucleus, the physical sciences magazine. He became a reporter and guest columnist for the Cornell Daily Sun before taking on various roles at Scientific American: as a copy editor, a features editor specializing in physics, and then as news editor. During his time there, the magazine has won several National Magazine Awards, including for general excellence in 2011. He is the author of the 2003 book The Pathological Protein: Mad Cow, Chronic Wasting, and Other Deadly Prion Diseases and contributed the first chapter to A Field Guide to Science Writing. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Asian-American Journalists Association. Follow him on Twitter @philipyam

Izzy Gesell

Izzy Gesell is an organizational alchemist whose keynotes, coaching and facilitated sessions helps individuals and groups change the way they look at reality so the reality they look at transforms into possibilities. One of the first to employ Improv theater principles as tools for personal and organizational growth , he is the author of Playing Along: Group Learning Activities Borrowed from Improvisation Theater and Cancer & The Healing Power of Play.

Kambiz Hosseini

"Kambiz Hosseini is an Iranian playwright and TV host. He has written and directed a number of stage plays and radio and TV shows including a satirical show on Voice of America called Parazit after he moved to the US in 2000." -Wikipedia


StuyArch is Stuyvesant High School's architecture club. The group spoke about the challanges they faced building a school in Sendai, Japan. Speakers included Kori Porosnicu-Rodriguez, Noam Dorogoyer, Andrew Wallace, Jenni Xu, Ying Chen, and Greeny Wong.

Henry Chiu

After enjoying almost twenty years in a corporate career, Henry recently retired to live his dream of being a stay at home dad while pursuing his passion to make a difference as an elementary school teacher. As a native New Yorker, Henry is a proud graduate of Stuyvesant High School, New York University and St. John’s University. After attaining an MBA, he began his career at Brooklyn Union Gas. When the company became KeySpan, he created and managed the utility’s first fully integrated multicultural marketing campaign and co-founded the company’s Asian employee network. After the energy company expanded to 17,000 US employees as National Grid, Henry became Director of Inclusion and Diversity and was responsible for implementing a global inclusion strategy in the US. He lives with his family in Long Island and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in elementary education at NYIT.

Shannon Daniels

Shannon Daniels is a junior at Stuyvesant High School who is involved in the writing and mentoring organization Girls Write Now, a number of her school's literary publications, ARISTA, and her school's Speech and Debate Team. The first TED talk she watched featured the spoken word poet Sarah Kay, and ever since she has been captivated by the exchange of ideas, perspectives, and methods of creative expression that TED encourages. Shannon feels extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to share her passions for writing, art, and biology with the innovative TED community.

Organizing team




  • Andrew Fischer
    Business Manager/Technology Director
  • Saprina Truong
    Logistics/Volunteer Management
  • Risham Dhillon
    Sponsorship/Public Relations
  • Aniqa Shah
  • Edward Li
  • Amy Wang
  • Tanzib Razzaki
  • Shahruz Ghaemi
    Speaker Coaching/Production
  • Adam DeHovitz
    Speaker Coaching/Production
  • Sanam Bhatia
    Speaker Coaching/Production
  • Deanna Taylor
    Business Manager
  • Laureen Chan
    Logistics/Volunteer Management
  • Miranda Chaiken
    Speaker Coaching/Production