TEDxKids@SMU is a one-of-a-kind experience and the first ever TED style conference for kids. Middle school students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade from across North Texas come to the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District to engage with big ideas and great conversations. This day is dedicated to kids; adults are asked to sit in the balcony while high school volunteer hosts sit with the students on the main floor. During the breaks the energy and raw curiosity of 550 young minds all in one room is contagious: ideas are presented on stage then debated with the speaker, partners demonstrate the latest technology and teach creative expression, all the while future leaders are being formed. The experience is free of charge and in return each student gives 4 hours of service back to their community. Now that’s an idea worth spreading.
Thank you to the middle school attendees, high school hosts, chaperons, volunteers, partners and speakers for making the seventh annual TEDxKids@SMU conference the best yet! This year we had 15 speakers and 17 lobby exhibits. When curating the speakers, we asked ourselves what stories do we want to tell. What ideas do we want to spread? We found some amazing speakers, over half of which are local. Dallas is a community of passionate, creative thinkers and doers; TEDxKids@SMU 2015 is a celebration of this collective.