February 30, 2016, at the Westlake High School Auditorium with 1000+ people in attendance, marked the 4th installment of TEDxYouth@Austin. Committed to ideas worth spreading through the young people of ATX and beyond, 60+ volunteers worked year round to organize this one-day event featuring 8 inspiring speakers and an array of innovational exhibits in the interactive XLabs portion. The year's theme was Full Circle, the innumerable ways the implications of our actions span across time, geography, and community
And who better to help the audience explore these ideas than youth co-licensee, Campbell Erickson and project manager, Jason Zhao. The two, along with the guidance of mentors, Carol Reese and Nancy Giordano, set out to create an event to find peace in authenticity and genius in simply taking in a fresh perspective on the world.
We had an incredible line up of speakers: Rick Tumlinson, Sarah Hernholm, Shasparay Lightheard, Antonio Delgado, Louis Black, Lindsey Creel, Jenna Mueller and Elliot Kotek. And to complement, we had outstanding assortment of XLabs; technological exhibits from The Human Library, Chap Research, Jackrabbit, Vitastiq and Dell Medical School; playful experiences from Alamo Drafthouse, Austin Panic Room, Destination Imagination and Authentic Relating Games.
We fed our curiosity, learned to connect, and to join a community enriched with diverse roots and brilliant ideas. We engaged each other through ideas worth spreading. To consider the future we each want to create. We are more connected than we imagine and seems everything, indeed, does come Full Circle.