Welcome to TEDxKids@Phoenix!

Our inaugural conference, The Future We Can Build Together, will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the beautiful Phoenix Art Museum.

TEDxKids@Phoenix is a not-for-profit TEDx for youth. TEDx youth events present a combination of live speakers and TEDTalks to audiences around the world, vary widely in size, format, and theme, but share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas, and empowering young leaders to positively affect the world, each in their own distinct way.

TEDxKids@Phoenix will bring together youth and educators from all over the valley for a one-day celebration of ideas and real-world advice from some of our community’s most fascinating, innovative, and engaging people from the worlds of business, education, science, technology, and the arts.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, TEDxKids@Phoenix will bring together the exceptional creativity and talent of our local community to inspire the next generation to imagine the world they wish to shape and a future they can build together.

What is TEDx?

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. Our event is called TEDxKids@Phoenix, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxKids@Phoenix event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

What is TED?

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”. TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event. The annual conference began in 1990, in Monterey, California. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its origins in the Silicon Valley.

The TED main conference is held annually in Long Beach, and its companion TEDActive is held in Palm Springs. Both conferences will move from Long Beach and Palm Springs to Vancouver and Whistler, respectively, in 2014. TED events are also held throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.

Since June 2006, the talks have been offered for free viewing online, through TED.com. There are now over 1,450 talks are available free online. On Tuesday November 13, 2012, TED Talks had been watched one billion times worldwide, reflecting a still growing global audience.