More information about TEDxYouth@MileHigh
First, what is TEDxMileHigh?
TEDxMileHigh (www.tedxmilehigh.com) showcases innovative Coloradans who each give the ‘talk of their life’ around the power of ideas. Presenters include maverick thinkers and doers, big-time athletes, entrepreneurs and innovators, humanitarians, creative performers and many more extraordinary people. This diverse group of thought leaders and innovators educate, inspire and stimulate change with the ultimate goal being inspired action across our communities.
Past Speakers have included Governor John Hickenlooper, Casey Sheahan, CEO of Patagonia, Allen Lim, Former Director of Sports Science for Team Radio Shack, Hunter Lovins, CEO of Natural Capitalism Solutions, General Victor E. Renuart, Former Commander of NORAD, and Shannon Galpin, National Geographic’s 2012 Humanitarian of the Year for her work with women and girls in Afghanistan.
TEDxMileHigh has held eight total events with over 7,000 in total attendance and has become an online influence as well—videos have been viewed over 300,000 times. As a nonprofit, TEDxMileHigh is committed to serving Colorado by accelerating big ideas in our state that lead to a more thriving, active, and inspired community.
TEDxYouth@MileHigh: A Free Opportunity Focusing on Leadership+Innovation for Youth
TEDxMileHigh’s third youth event (called TEDxYouth@MileHigh) is scheduled for April 16, 2013, from 12:15pm-6:30pm 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 email Jason Dilg, TEDxMileHigh Producer, at [email protected] no later than February 28, 2013. 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?
Registration will open December 15, 2013. In the meantime, you may email Ashley Tillman ([email protected]) to get your school on the waitlist.
Who will be speaking?
The speakers will be a combination of students and adults, though we are trying to find as many youth speakers as possible. To nominate someone you know to speak, email Jason Dilg, Producer, at [email protected].
What was last year like?
TEDxYouth@MileHigh 2013 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.
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), teachers, or other chaperones. The event is not open to the general public.
What if I want more information?
Please contact Ashley Tillman, Youth Director, at [email protected]
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 350. 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.