This year’s annual TEDYouth event, themed “The Spark,” is moving south. On Saturday, November 16, we’ll bring together 400 middle and high school students at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana. Attendance is free, so if this sounds like something you’d be up for, you should sign up and come join us »
At the conference, more than 20 scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more) will share short lessons on what they do best. We’ve curated a bunch of speakers who will dazzle with mind-shifting stories, inspire with creativity and lead students to dive even deeper into a broad array of topics.
This year’s program will comprise three sessions, plus engaging activities, demos and a chance to meet the speakers. Last year, attendees overseen by William Gurstelle built a miniature speaker using a tortilla chip. You know, as you do. Others worked with SparkTruck to design concepts for future trucks — and then built them out of laser cut cardboard. Speakers included Google’s Tom Chi, who demonstrated how rapid prototyping with simple materials such as paper clips and pipe-cleaners led to the development of Google Glass, and marine biologist Kelly Benoit-Bird, who shared sophisticated sound technology used to explore how animals in the ocean find their food while trying to avoid being someone else’s dinner.
Karen Kosiba is a storm chaser and atmospheric scientist who focuses on how tornadoes and hurricanes form, and why some end up so much more disastrous than others. She is based at the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, CO.
James McLurkin works with “multi-robot systems” — that is, swarm robots. As an assistant professor in computer science at Rice, McLurkin studies how small robots work together to produce large-scale group behavior.
Lolis Elie is an expert on all things New Orleans — not least, barbecue. He writes about music, food, and social change in his city. Elie is also a staff writer and story editor for the HBO series Treme.
Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating. [Watch his hit 2013 TED Talk, A guerrilla gardener in south central LA.]
Erika De Benedictis won the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search with her invention: software that makes spaceflight more fuel-efficient. From Albuquerque, NM, she’s now a student at CalTech.
Clayton Cameron is a legend on the drums, known for pushing the classic wire-brush technique to new heights of expression and swing. An inventor and writer, he plays in bands that tour the world.
Before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball, the legendary Negro League played world-class ball across America. Now, Tulane student Cam Perron helps tell the stories of these long-ago pioneering players — and even helps them collect their pensions.
Tony DeRose heads up the Research Group at Pixar — which means he thinks all day long about how to use math and technology to make animation ever more amazing.
In a work that’s being called a “graffiti masterpiece,” artist Brandan Bmike Odums painted portraits of civil rights heroes on the walls of the wrecked Florida housing complex, in the 9th Ward. He is the founder of 2-Cent Entertainment
Want to attend this year’s TEDYouth extravaganza? Sign up and come join us »
Youth of New Orleans: TED wants you!