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Contact: Devika Kumar / TEDxYouth@Austin /


TEDxYOUTH ANNOUNCES 2017 PROGRAMMING YOUTH TO DISCOVER AND EXPLORE “COMMON THREADS” FEBRUARY 11th 2017 Austin, TX (January 8, 2017) – TEDxYouth@Austin, an independently organized TED event, is thrilled to announce “Common Threads”, the follow up to 2016’s “Full Circle” themed event. Back for the fifth consecutive year, TEDxYouth@Austin 2017 is a unique event that will explore the dynamic environment we live in, where commonalities can be found in ideas and characteristics. A sneak peek of this year’s topics include reality augmentation, Mars exploration, and survival in Hollywood.

This year’s event will be held at the Performing Arts Center of Westlake High School on February 11, 2017. This full day (12:00 PM to 6:00 PM) event will consist of two speaker sessions and will include the attendee-favorite xLabs in between.

xLabs is a unique, interactive playground designed to expose new ideas and technologies from the local community to TEDxYouth@Austin attendees. Through a variety of interactive exhibits, xLabs is a way for attendees learn new things, meet other dynamic attendees with similar and different mindsets, and explore further the passions and topics discussed by speakers.

At the 2016 TEDxYouth@Austin event, Full Circle, a wide variety of speakers and performers highlighted the meaning of uncovering paths in a dynamic environment where ideas flow and form between peers. Topics covered last year were portable science lessons, designing on Project Runway, and founding SXSW.

Speakers from across the globe and from Austin itself were invited to share their expertise and experiences. Performers exhibited their talent and the ways they express their voice to the communities, as they will again in the coming event. Previous year’s speakers and performers include Shasparay Lightheard, Jon Cozart, Louis Black, Lindsey Creel, Elliot Kotek, and Antonio Delgado.

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About TEDxYouth@Austin

TEDxYouth@Austin is an independently organized TED event, put together by approximately 50 youth team members and volunteer adult mentors. Created 5 years ago, TEDxYouth@Austin holds an annual full-day event in February at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas that aims to create an engaging environment for youth to explore “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Every year, 1000+ students from over 85 schools in the area discover topics from speakers and performers that pertain to the chosen theme. In between speakers, attendees enjoy the xLabs, an interactive playground with exhibits that allow them to try out different activities, learn more about the speakers, and meet other attendees. Now TEDxYouth@Austin is one of the largest youth events in the nation and is ready to create another event for attendees, old and new, to foster creativity, discovery, and innovation.

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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