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Theme: Made in the Future

This event occurred on
November 14, 2015
1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Tampa, Florida
United States

TEDxYouth@TampaRiverwalk 2015 marked our 6th Annual TEDxYouth event in Tampa, and joined with TEDxYouth events all over the world to explore the theme “Made in the Future”.

Prior to the event, guests were able to enjoy some “Made in the Future” fun at The HIVE makerspace on the 3rd floor of the West building of the John F. Germany Library. The HIVE is a 10,000 sq. ft. public creative space featuring an Arts Center, Robotics Lab, collaborative workspaces, Media and Recording Studio and hands on work centers. Visitors were able to explore the center, play with littleBits and MaKey MaKey electronics kits, learn about Tampa Gamers and join in a drop-in 3D printing program before heading downstairs for our TEDxYouth event!

At the event, our slate of awesome young change agents talked about everything from being at the leading edge of political change, to 3D printing, making learning accessible and inclusive and the value of STEM education in our future. We also got to hear the amazing Maestro Maines Show Steelers putting a tropical spin on old favorites, showing how old traditions can be made part of the future, too!

John F. Germany Public Library Auditorium
900 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida, 33602
United States
Event type:
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Daniele Mendez

FIRST Alumni
Daniele Mendez is a FIRST robotics alumni, and a freshman at Florida Polytechnic University. She started a girls STEM program at Sickles High School before she graduated and interned with a local tech broadcast company before she was 18.

Katherine Hughes

Daughter of the Revolution
12 year oid Katherine Hughes is the daughter of government reform activist Doug Hughes, who flew onto the lawn of the US Capitol Building demanding an end to government corruption, was faced felony charges for his act of civil disobedience. In her presentation, we hear her views on the experience.

Kiera Wilmot

Student, Florida Polytechnic
Before there was Ahmed Mohamed, there was Kiera Wilmot, now a 19 year old sophomore at Florida Polytechnic University, studying Mechanical Engineering with a focus on multifunctional materials, who also models with her twin sister Kayla Wilmot.

Maestro Maines Show Steelers

Founder, Maestro Maines Studio
Show Steelers is a Community Youth Steel Pan Band created and directed by Maestro Maines Studio LLC.

Nikhil Sharma

Founder, FLAStem
Nikhil Sharma is a high school junior and founder of FLAStem outreach program with a mission to engage diverse groups of elementary and middle school students in learning of robotics, computer programming, and technology using self-guided, hands-on workshops beyond the classrooms.

Phil Michaels

Rocket Burns

Rocket Burns is a middle school student from Venice who enjoys working with electronics, such as robotics, high voltage, analog and digital circuitry, etc. He's built his own 3D printer, computer, Smartwatch, Tesla coil, and Arcade. "There's more to me than cool projects, though," he says. "I enjoy going to interesting technology events. One of my favorite things to do is to speak at them. I have given a speech at the Education foundation, and at a local Bar Camp. Currently, I am focusing my efforts on improving my 3D printer, as well as building cost-effective 3D printers/CNC machines." He'll be speaking about how he built his own 3D printer, and how you can, too!

Sercan Topcu

Co-Founder, Tembo Education
Sercan Topcu and Phil Michaels are students at the University of Tampa, and Co-founders of Tembo Education, the winners of the Hult Prize Competition San Francisco Regionals, making it to the Final 6 in the world. .

Organizing team


Odessa, FL, United States