TEDxYouth@MileHigh: A Free Opportunity Focusing on Leadership+Innovation for Youth
We have a new website! Click here to visit our new page. TEDxMileHigh’s fourth youth event (called TEDxYouth@MileHigh) is scheduled for April 7, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and is an ideal education and leadership development opportunity for students in grades 6-12. In a single event, students will be exposed to a dozen big ideas from the state’s most brilliant thinkers and accomplished doers. The program challenges audience members to think critically about their lives, communities and own leadership and is designed to inspire attendees to be more creative and innovative in their own lives. Topics include education, science, health, technology, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
With this in mind, the event is an ideal supplement to learning in the classroom. Students that attend together in groups from the same school will also be able to connect around the ideas presented and the overall experience. Further, groups will have the opportunity to discuss the ideas presented and collaborate on how they might implement them in their own lives. Comparable leadership experiences to TEDxMileHigh typically cost hundreds of dollars per participant.
As for the presenters, many of the speakers will be youth from around the state showcasing their ideas in classic TED format. However, we also plan to showcase 2-4 adult speakers in the program that will inspire and activate the attendees with their stories, ideas, and lives.
Your school can nominate one or more students to be considered for these presenting slots. If you have youth speaker nominations, please click here. 2-3 TED Talks will also be shown as part of the event.
Last year’s event had more than 2,000 registered, and the event was completely sold out. See below for FAQs about the event.
When does registration open?
We will begin accepting applications to attend on November 19, 2015. Please click here to apply.
When do applications close?
Applications to attend will close December 19, 2015.
What does it cost?
The event is free for all attendees. Your only cost will be transportation to and from the event.
Can anyone attend?
The event is only open to students (6-12th grades) and teachers and their chaperones. The event is not open to the general public. Please note that this form is an application – attendees will be selected based on geographic diversity, age of students, and the responses in this form.
Who will be speaking?
The speakers will be a combination of extraordinary students and adults. To nominate someone to speak, please visit the nomination form.
What was last year like?
TEDxYouth@MileHigh 2014 had over 2000 students and teachers registered – a completely sold-out event. To check out some of the talks from the event, visit our YouTube page. To see photos from the event, visit the Facebook page. To check out the attendee guide from the 2014 event, click here.
Who organizes the event?
TEDxYouth@MileHigh is organized by a youth board of 15 high school students (selected from a competitive pool of applicants), the core TEDxMileHigh team, and countless volunteers.
How can I help spread the word?
Please share this website to your friends and colleagues. We’re a small team and need a lot of community support to make this happen!
What if I want more information?
Please contact: Nicole Dill, Operations Director
Examples of TED Talks include:
Examples of Youth TED Talks include:
Opportunity for Your School:
TEDxMileHigh is a nonprofit organization and is offering the Youth Event free to students in grades 6-12 (and college students). The event is made possible by our sponsors, professional volunteers and partners. Your school may bring as few as 5 students and as many as 100. We recommend 1-2 adult chaperones for every 15-20 students. Schools are asked to coordinate the logistics of getting teacher and parent approval and arranging transportation.
Once you and your students arrive at the venue, our logistics team and volunteers will greet the buses and ensure your students safely make their way to the venue. Once in the venue, we will have a team of volunteers and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House staff to help students find their way to their seats, restrooms, water foundations, etc.
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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; 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 host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows 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.