TEDxYouth@Seattle is a one-day conference on June 2nd, 2012 that seeks to empower and inspire youth through the promotion of entrepreneurship and youth activism. This conference will bring together some of the best and brightest youth entrepreneurs, leaders, social and environmental activists in the Seattle area. Through the power and recognition of TEDx, this event will help catalyze the next generation’s agents of social change.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)
Jake is a mechanically minded engineer and entrepreneur who enjoys fixing broken stuff; particularly his unlucky vehicle. His passion for refining the way we interact with and appreciate everyday objects led him to co-found LittleBonsai in May of 2011, along with Oliver Haas. LittleBonsai aims to change the way the world thinks about everyday consumer products by promoting craftsmanship and environmental responsibility in its designs. In the past, Jake worked on medical devices, hydrogen balloons, rocket ships, giant kites, and milk chillers. He has lived and worked in multiple countries and loves interacting with interesting people.
Sydney Gordon is a senior at the University of Washington earning an honors degree in biochemistry and a minor in music. For the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, she presented research on designing a drug therapeutic for gluten intolerance. Sydney is currently finishing up work on the project in the Baker laboratory at the UW. She is also employed as the Laboratory Testing Manager for Seal Shield, a company that manufactures antimicrobial plastic products. After graduation, she plans to apply to medical schools and spend her gap year working in both labs. Outside of science, Sydney enjoys playing flute in the wind ensemble, vegan cooking, and Pictionary.
Liz Stanley is a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in Microbiology. She will graduate in June, and go on to work towards her PhD at Stanford University. She was a member of the 2011 UW team in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, and currently continues work on the gluten-degrading enzyme she developed with other members of the team. Liz is also a part of the Majesky Lab at Seattle Children’s, where she investigates the causes of a congenital heart defect. In her spare time, she can often be found hiking the fantastic Washington trails.
Involved with technology since a young age, Edward now uses his passion to encourage other students to get involved in tech. Edward runs StudentRND, an organization that provides resources for students to work on cool science and tech projects. At StudentRND, he works to change students' mindset from "I don't know how to do something, so I won't do it" to "I don't know how to do something, but I can learn."
Still in his 20’s (although he looks 12), Houston has already worked with thousands of students nationwide. After discovering a passion for people in high school, he founded RAKE (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere) and has been on a mission to make it cool to be kind ever since. Houston believes that our capability to make a difference can be hard to wrap our heads around, but with a heart full of passion and hands full of action, we can be agents of tremendous change. When not speaking with students, Houston is usually giving free hugs to creeped out strangers.
Thibaut Labarre is a 22 year old student in computational linguistics at the University of Washington. During his childhood, he went through very different educational systems: a Japanese Hoikuen, an international Montessori school, distance learning in elementary school, a French engineering grande école and finally an American university. Building on this breadth of experiences, he co-founded the New Students, an open movement that aims at involving teachers, students, administrators and citizens in rethinking the way we teach and learn in the age of the Internet.
From a very early age, curiosity has led Denny down some very different paths, involving race cars, anthrax research, and microfinance. Throughout it all, Denny has maintained a passion for asking questions in all situations. Denny is one of the co-founders of Microryza, an online crowdfunding platform for science and arts research. Before Microryza, Denny worked in a research lab cloning bacteria. Now he wanders around looking for little people with big ideas.
Umaimah Mendhro is a Director at Microsoft’s Startup Business Group where she helps early-stage startups build new businesses. Umaimah is also the Co-founder/Chair of thedreamfly.org, with the mission to bring together communities in conflict around common causes. The dreamfly’s first project was a school in Umaimah’s home-village in Pakistan. Today, The dreamfly touches over 4,000 lives across Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Rwanda. Umaimah has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and a Bachelors in Human Development from Cornell University. She lives with her husband and 2 year old daughter in San Francisco.
Araba Sey is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School. Her research interests are in the social and economic implications of information and communication technologies in developing countries. She currently leads the Global Impact Study, a research project investigating the impacts of public access to information and communication technologies. Other interests include the dynamics of mobile phone use, innovation and entrepreneurship from industry and consumer perspectives. Araba is co-author of “Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective.”
Cameron grew up in the small college town of Pullman, Washington. As an undergraduate at UW, he conducted research in Dr. Michael Regnier’s Bioengineering lab where he studied protein-level interactions that regulate heart function. The goal of this work is to develop novel treatments, particularly genetic and cell therapies, for devastating cardiac disorders. Cameron also has an interest in global health and helped lead a student group that aimed to create inexpensive solutions to challenging health problems. This fall, Cameron was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and will pursue a DPhil at the University of Oxford beginning next year.
Arthur Zetes is no one special. If there is one thing that differentiates him from the rest of the crowd it’s his never-ending desire to pursue his passion: to serve others through his gifts. He loves languages and exploring the world around him, learning to love and serve wherever he goes. Currently a junior at University of Washington pursuing a degree in Japanese and linguistics, Arthur also founded Sperantsa, a small project that brings hope of a sustainable life outside of poverty for many in Romania and Peru. By believing nothing is impossible he is able to achieve his dreams.
Erik Thomas is a singer/songwriter from Seattle. He often brings crowds together through the use of anecdotes, jokes or by involving listeners in the songs along side his performance.