TEDxYouth Weekend 2016

TEDxYouth Weekend is a series of TEDxYouth events taking place all around the world November 19 and 20 around the theme of What Now? These events are designed to empower and inspire young people. More about TEDxYouth events

Today, young people are growing up in a world where the definitions of who we are, where we live and how we get things done seem to adjust and expand every day. It’s an exciting time, but can also be a confusing one.

This is an incredible opportunity for us to collectively ask ourselves where we are today and where we want to be tomorrow. We’ve got some great ideas to help you keep the discussion moving in between viewing sessions and to help you share your activation with the world!

TED will be curating a special playlist that includes youth-specific talks from the TED, TEDx and TED-Ed libraries. TEDxYouth events held in conjunction with TEDxYouth Weekend will be invited to watch the playlist, and curate live speakers and performers of their own!

Get involved

  1. Hold an event around TEDxYouth Weekend on November 19 or 20, 2016, apply for a TEDxYouth license
  2. Take part in the TEDxYouth Photo Challenge. Images will be shared through hashtags on social media channels including our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts. Use #TEDxYouthWeekend and #WhatNow.
  3. If you like to write about and share news, become a TEDxYouth Reporter and get your journalistic feet wet by creating unique short stories around events over the weekend. Sign up here to let us know you're interested!
  4. Share your livestream! Use our free TEDx channel on Livestream.com to share your live speakers with the world!
  5. Watch the playlists!

About this event type

The event can be just a simulcast of the official TEDxYouth Weekend playlist (coming soon!), or can also include local speakers and performers.

All TEDx standard rules apply to a TEDxYouth Weekend license, but with a couple of additions/exceptions:

  • A TEDxYouth event must occur on one the days of the TEDxYouth Weekend event – or within 24 hours of the event. This means your license will expire immediately after the event.

The following also applies to TEDxYouth Weekend events:

Naming your event

Youth events generally use the word "kids" or "youth" in their names along with the name of their community (e.g., TEDxYouth@[YourCity], TEDxYouth@[Schoolname] or TEDx[Schoolname]).


Our audience are the people who your TEDxYouth event is oriented toward, which is youth! In short, the young people in your local community will be your main audience.


At your event, you can focus on that year’s official TEDxYouth Weekend theme, What Now, or expand the conversation. Either way, you’ll want to feature a diversity of speakers from across several disciplines, but primarily people who are from the local community you’re serving. Remember, TEDxYouth events can also just be a viewing party of the official TEDxYouth Weekend playlist.


TEDxYouth events are held on the same day of the official TEDxYouth Weekend, or up to 24 hours after those dates. So you might want to be creative about how you screen the conference based on your time zone. Your event can be up to one day in length.


If you have live speakers at your TEDxYouth event, you may charge a small fee, but only to cover food + drinks, or as insurance against no shows. If you are just showing the official TEDxYouth Weekend playlist, the event must be free.

Ways to get involved

Watch the playlists!

  • Life on the web. Are we safe on the internet? We’ll be exploring ideas behind viral videos, how we share information online and what it means to maintain privacy.
  • The meaning of "we". What does it mean to be a part of a global community? And, how do we navigate our way through a world that is becoming more and more diverse?
  • Challenge the status quo. We will explore ideas behind prejudice around the world and its effect on gender, culture and race.
  • Short and fun! Ever wondered about dancing robots? Or, the best way to use a paper towel? These talks are for you!

TEDxYouth Photo Challenge


Take part in the TEDxYouth Photo Challenge! Below are some creative ideas to share what's happening at your event. Don't forget to add the hashtag #TEDxYouthWeekend or #WhatNow so we can see what you create.

  1. Sometimes the best photos aren't right in front of you. Try out some new angles and perspectives. Photograph both tiny details and broader perspectives.
  2. Get creative with group shots. Show us the character of your community. Try to capture both posed shots and candid images.
  3. Try making gifs. Have fun with graphics or create stories on Snapchat and Instagram.
  4. Upload your picture to Flickr, Instagram, Snapchat or post it on your Tumblr. Tag your picture with #TEDxYouthWeekend or #WhatNow, so we can find it, and we'll share the coolest submissions.

Become a TEDxYouth reporter

If you like to write about and share news, become a TEDxYouth Reporter! Below are some great ideas on how to share what's happening at your event.

  1. Based on our theme "What Now?" ask attendees about how they feel today and where they want to be tomorrow.
  2. Turn your interviews into a written blog post or as a video on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram.
  3. Try "Live Tweeting" your event on Twitter. You can also create visual stories on Snapchat or Instagram. Don't be afraid to use a mix of text and images.
  4. Include the hashtag #TEDxYouthWeekend, #TEDxYouthReporter or #WhatNow so we can share some of the results.
  5. Download this handy press pass!

Livestream banners

If you're planning on streaming your live speakers on the TEDx Livestream.com channel, please download the following templates and instructions on how to customize your banners.