x = independently organized TED event

This event occurred on
August 27, 2010
8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Asheville, North Carolina
United States

A dynamic group of 11-19 year-olds courageously stood in the public spotlight and presented their ideas for the future to an audience ready to be inspired at the first ever TEDxNextGenerationAsheville. These youth are the next generation of thinkers, artists, scientists, social activists, leaders and entrepreneurs. Their passion excited an in-person and online audience of adult and youth community members and leaders who are ready to work together towards positive change in our world. TEDxNextGenerationAsheville is an interactive, multi-media forum spotlighting some of the region’s most creative, inspiring, out-of-the-box young people presenting ground-breaking performances and their passionate dreams and ideas for the future.

The hosting City of Asheville, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and known for its natural beauty, vibrant academic, scientific and arts community, numerous historic and architectural attractions, diverse outdoor adventures, and progressive residents, is well suited to raise the bar and collaborate with talented youth to launch their ideas into action for the benefit of local and regional communities. As was noted in the Asheville Citizen-Times article about the event, "The message of the TEDxNextGenerationAsheville forum Saturday was pretty clear: Passionate young people benefit communities."

Enjoy the videos below to experience and grow with the creativity, wisdom and innovative thinking that transcend the age of the presenters!

Asheville, North Carolina
United States
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Organizing team


  • Bob Hanna
    Presenter Support Team Leader
  • Shawna Gilmore
    Community Outreach
  • Nate Wilcox-Pettit
    Hype Team Leader
  • Miranda Norlin
    Original Youth Liason
  • Jaime Matthews
    Media Outreach
  • Christina Latina
    Creative Catalyst
  • Julien Melissas
    Technical Director, Web Kid, Idea Contributor
  • Michael Files
    Pitch-man Extraordinaire
  • Estella Cumberford
    Critical Imaginer
  • Eileen Newmark
    Design Team Consultant
  • Jenny Wrobel
    Info & Virture Conveyer
  • Harold Schenker
    Tech Support and School Liaison
  • Breah Parker
    Graphic Recorder
  • Brett McCall
    Technical Mentor
  • Juan Holladay
    Stage Manager
  • Colin Miller
    Tech Team
  • Lucas Gregg
    Tech Team
  • Wyatt Nyman
    Front of House
  • Ceante Hudson
    Stage Hand
  • Xandy Chelmis
    Stage Hand
  • Peter Smith-McDowell
  • Becca Steinhoff
  • Shelley Schenker
    Front of House and Graphics
  • Avalon Melissas
    Livestream Operator