Want to be a TEDx Teen– The Deadline to apply is today!

What is TED?

TED-x-Teen-400x300TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and TED.com; and the TED Prize.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx–TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  One version of the TEDx is TEDxTeen.  Check out some of the videos of these TEDx Teen Talks to get an idea of why we like it and why we think our HOBY Ambassadors will too. (watch one now and come back- we’ll wait).

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Feeling inspired?

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, the We Are Family Foundation will host the 5th TEDxTeen conference where we will focus the conversation on teens and their power to change the world. Scholastic’s unique auditorium in New York City will provide the intimate setting for important and provoking topics such as empowerment, action, perseverance and possibility.

You can be a part of it!

TEDx Teen is looking for the “Crazy Ones”:

“The earth is round and it revolves around the sun. Crazy, right? It was a few centuries ago…not anymore.

Inventing a cancer detection test out of paper. Creating a radio station out of garbage. Building an arcade out of cardboard. Crazy, right?  It was a few years ago…not anymore.

Who are the ‘crazy’ ones? They are the ones who follow their hearts, the ones who dare to believe dreams are real, the ones who make the impossible, possible. They go where no one has gone before – not without fear but despite fear.

What does it take to be crazy: innovation, imagination, isolation?  Is it inherent or can it be learned?

This is a revolution of crazy: the teens who don’t just point out problems and talk about ideas, they do something.  Just ask 16 year-old Jack Andraka who invented a cancer detection test out of paper, or 14 year-old Kelvin Doe who created a radio station out of garbage, or, 10 year-old Caine Monroy who created an arcade out of cardboard.

It’s their time, your time, our time, NOW. Get crazy, be crazy, think crazy and unlock a whole new world of possibilities. Are you crazy? TEDxTeen 2014.”

Do you have an important story, idea or invention to share that fits their theme, “The Crazy Ones”? If so, Here’s where you can apply: DEADLINE is NO LATER than 11:59PM (EST), Friday, November 1, 2013.

If you would love to attend this event, here is where you can apply for an invitation.

~ Have a great weekend!

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