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Theme: Ideas in Action : SPARK!

This event occurred on
November 16, 2013
8:30am - 1:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Brookline, MA
United States

TEDxBeaconStreet is honored to participate in this world-wide event designed to inspire young people, as one of TEDxYouthDay Anchor sites. At TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet, we are curating incredible speakers and convening a multi-generational audience to engage with the global TED community.

This TEDxYouthDay event is one of a series of TEDx events that happen all around the world coinciding with Universal Children’s Day. The TEDxYouthDay 2013 theme is “The Spark” and the day-long celebration features a combination of live speakers and TED Talks to audiences around the world. These events vary widely in size, format, and theme, but they share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas, and empowering young leaders.

Lincoln School
19 Kennard Road
Brookline, MA, 02445
United States
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Genki Spark

THE GENKI SPARK This multi-generational pan-Asian women’s performance troupe uses Japanese taiko drumming, spoken word, dance, and personal stories to inspire creativity, build community, and promote cultural pride to further a world of respect for all.

Peter Girguis

Peter Girguis’ research resides at the crossroads of microbial ecology, physiology, and biogeochemistry. He is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard University and an Adjunct Research Engineer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Megan Smith

Vice President, Google[x] at Google Inc. Entrepreneur, tech evangelist, engineer, and connector. At Google[x], Megan works on range of projects including co-creating/hosting SolveForX. Megan will moderate our SolveForX block where we will hear about and generate radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help millions or billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audacity of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical in the sense that there is some real technology breakthrough on the horizon indicating that these ideas could really be brought to life. After the talks, the audience is invited to participate in a structured brainstorm session.

Larisa Leventon

WE CAN HANDLE MORE DATA We struggle to cope with the amount of information that we receive daily, and also to be heard above the noise of information that our audience is inundated with, yet Larisa Leventon claims we can all handle even more data in our lives. Leventon is the founder of Dot Dash 3, a NYC-based start-up developing innovative technology to help people and organizations engage their audiences with content. The trick, she explains, is to quite literally immerse ourselves inside the information, and she gives a step-by-step outline of how this could very soon be possible for all of us to experience.

Leigh Christie

HEAT PEOPLE, NOT BUILDINGS More than 25% of our energy use in cold climates is used to heat buildings. Leigh Christie is working on solving that problem by heating people directly in an efficient and sustainable way. His radical solution is to use a “spotlight of heat” which has been enabled, recently, by his research at the SENSEable City Laboratory at MIT as well as low-cost and accurate motion tracking systems.

Ramesh Raskar

HOW TO THINK LIKE AN MIT MEDIA LAB INVENTOR As the Head of MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture Research Group, Professor Ramesh Raskar is credited with a long list of innovations, including a smartphone attachment that can diagnose eye problems. But he makes the point that you don’t have to be a PhD to be an inventor. This inspiring talk from TEDxBeaconStreet equips every one of us with an easy-to-use framework for inventing the future, right now.

Khaliya Aga Khan

Princess Khaliya Aga Khan is the former wife of Prince Hussain Aga Khan and the former daughter-in-law of Prince Karim Aga Khan (Aga Khan IV). Aga Khan IV is Imam and spiritual leader to approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims. Born as Kristin White in New York City Khaliya is a U.S. citizen, a philanthropist, venture capitalist and advocate for social change. Focused on the intersection of design, technology and social entrepreneurship, she sits on the board of Venture for America, is a patron of the TED conference, and runs an art gallery which features innovative, socially conscious artists and artisans.

Blake Frank

6th grader Blake Frank “accidentally” discovered his love for music on a toy piano at the young age of three and by age four was studying at the Mannes College of Music. Blake prefers classical music with a penchant for Bach and Beethoven, but he’s also passionate about math, science and tennis. In the past year he was the youngest participant ever to be invited to the InterHarmony Music Festival, in Arcidosso Italy, was a semi-finalist in the Ensemble Young Artist Piano Competition, and performed at Carnegie Hall.

Steve Larosiliere

SURF, SKATE, BOARD, AND CHANGE THE WORLD Movement triggers opportunities for breakthroughs in personal development. New possibilities and new paradigms are created by pushing the limits of your body within a high risk environment where you don’t compete with others, but you compete against yourself. Steve Larosiliere is the Founder and President of STOKED, a youth development organization based in NYC and Los Angeles. Started in 2005, STOKED has worked with over 3000 youth and uses snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing to teach life and career skills to low income youth.

Duncan Jurayj

HEAD GAMES For a small number of those with concussions, like Duncan Jurayj, symptoms can last months and sometimes years. In this talk, learn from an 11 year old soccer player how to reduce the odds of getting a concussion; what kinds of therapies can help those suffering from long-term concussions to get their lives back, and hear him discuss with his mother, Kate Silbaugh, the uncomfortable weighing of concussion risk in youth sports.

Kate Silbaugh

Kate Silbaugh will speak with her son, Duncan Jurayj, on how to reduce the odds of getting a concussion; what kinds of therapies can help those suffering from long-term concussions to get their lives back. Kate is a professor of family and education law at Boston University.

Jim Bales

CAPTURING A SPLASH A strobe light can freeze an instant in time onto an image, showing us the splash of a raindrop, the instant a balloon pops, or even capturing a bullet in flight. In this talk from the Assistant Director of the MIT Edgerton Center, learn how to take photos of events that are faster than the eye can see. Dr. Jim Bales has, over the years, studied the optical properties of semiconductors, built robot submarines, debugged assembly language programs while seasick, traveled as far north as Greenland and as far south as Tasmania, and taught electronics and high-speed imaging. He is a husband and father, and teaches at MIT.

Bettina Neuefeind

WHY KIDS MUST OWN THE FOOD JUSTICE REVOLUTION Eating is at the core of our physical and emotional well-being,and profoundly affects the quality of life of every person on the planet. In spite of this, healthy food has become a de facto luxury good. In this talk hear the case for a cultural food justice revolution aimed at anyone in the U.S.- whether individual, educational institution, government or industry – who has a hand in feeding and teaching kids. By empowering kids with information and exposure to food and its importance to health, and giving them tools to demand changes to corporate incentive structures that privilege profit at the expense of public health, access to truthful information and healthful food can become a reality in the U.S. Bettina Neuefeind is a social justice lawyer and activist focused on food justice, food access, food as medicine and nutrition education. She spent the last year as a Fellow at Harvard Law School thinking about and researching how to make the most progressive impact for good as possible.

Kate Riegle-van West

CREATING YOUR UNIVERSE, ONE ORBIT AT A TIME The Orbitar, a new multimedia musical instrument rooted in the ancient art of poi spinning, utilizes technology to combine play, movement, and music, into a contagiously fun and undeniably good-for-you skill toy. As an extension of the body and a magnifier of our movement, the Orbitar enables you to create a universe of live audio and visual compositions, one orbit at a time.

Organizing team


Brookline, MA, United States


Boston, MA, United States
  • Maura Welch
  • Tim Smith