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Contact: Kate Lee / TEDxYouth@Austin /


There’s one day a year when you can feel the trajectory of the planet shift…
Sitting in the audience of TEDxYouth@Austin, there’s an electrifying energy, an eager anticipation for a day full of empowering talks, novel experiences, and profound interactions. You can feel minds opening and new possibilities forming. Right now, a group of teenagers is working to put on one of the largest, most influential, and most ambitious events of its kind in the world for the sixth year in a row, here in Austin. TEDxYouth@Austin is a full day event of TED Talks by outstanding speakers and “ Xperiences,” an interactive space for innovation. Attracting over 800 attendees each year in February at Westlake High School, the event takes close to a year to produce. The core youth-led, adult-mentored team and ambassadors are currently working to make 2018 the most impactful TEDxYouth@Austin yet. This event has traditionally been free for all youth attendees, with the only entrance requirement being four hours of community service.In previous years, speakers have ranged from Alan Graham, the founder of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and Lizzie Velasquez, a famous motivational speaker, to Brooklyn Decker, an actress and supermodel and Andrej Stewart, a simulated astronaut. In the Xperiences, students have explored virtual reality, slam poetry, break dancing, and more. The day is packed with opportunities for students to branch out, connect with their passions, and go home with a mind full of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” This year's event will explore the theme of Discomfort Zone, inviting future leaders and innovators to face fears and move past our own boundaries alongside one another.
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About TEDxYouth@Austin

TEDxYouth@Austin is an independently organized TED event, put together by approximately 50 youth team members and volunteer adult mentors. Created 5 years ago, TEDxYouth@Austin holds an annual full-day event in February at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas that aims to create an engaging environment for youth to explore “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Every year, 1000+ students from over 85 schools in the area discover topics from speakers and performers that pertain to the chosen theme. In between speakers, attendees enjoy the xLabs, an interactive playground with exhibits that allow them to try out different activities, learn more about the speakers, and meet other attendees. Now TEDxYouth@Austin is one of the largest youth events in the nation and is ready to create another event for attendees, old and new, to foster creativity, discovery, and innovation.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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