TEDxKids@SMU 2012

Check out the pictures from TEDxKids@SMU 2012 on Flickr here!

The theme this year was “re:THINK”. The kids participated in discussions of paradigm shifting events, discoveries, inventions and technologies, and how they impact us personally and as a community.


Amit Banerjee

Luke Barrington

Asha Christensen

Courtney Ferrell

Dave Gallo

Christian Genco

Brett Giroir

Greg Harper

Charley Johnson

Katrina Leshan

Mike Miles

Will Power

Andrew Quicksall

Masha Sardari

Byron Sanders

Louie Schwartzberg

Lekha Singh

Rick Smolan

Kyle Stewart

Jeremi Suri

Tracy Walder

Lewis Warren Jr.


TEDxKids @SMU is a high-energy, 1/2 day TED-style conference designed just for middle school students. It’s rapid-fire presentations, incredible tech demos, breaks you can immerse yourself in. It’s both student and adult presenters sharing equally engaging stories. It’s combining learning with giving through our TEDxKids @SMU service projects. It’s out of the box and DIY. And, it’s also just a lot of fun.

Friday, November 30, 2012


City Performance Hall, Dallas, TX

About TEDxKids@SMU

The TEDx and TED model of conferences are an ideal platform to present new, engaging ideas to the next generation of leaders, artists, creators, innovators, and  inventors. Short, bursty presentations by astounding thinkers on a broad array of topics ranging from the science of yo-yo’s to space exploration take students out of the classrooms and into a setting where the teachers are the people actually thinking up and executing these big ideas.

Community Service Requirement

As part of our commitment to the students in the Dallas area, we offer this program free of charge for students to attend, but require that students commit to completing a service learning project. At TEDxKids@SMU, students will have the opportunity to sign up for one of several volunteer experiences coordinated through TEDxSMU, or to propose a service learning project of their choosing.


To reaffirm to the students that this day is really about and for them, we are asking that all chaperons and adults attending TEDxKids@SMU sit in the balcony of the City Performance Hall, where parents and chaperons can watch and be in close proximity to students without being in the same row. This is available based on the comfort and discretion of chaperons. TEDxKids@SMU Hosts are Dallas-area juniors and seniors in high school who have been selected through an application process to serve as peer mentors to the students and will also be available to sit with them during the program.


TEDxKids@SMU Hosts

TEDxKids@SMU will select 90 high school juniors and seniors to serve as Hosts to groups of 5-10 middle school students during the TEDxKids@SMU conference. Each Host will complete peer leadership training prior to TEDxKids@SMU. Hosts will greet students as they arrive at TEDxKids@SMU and help them understand the flow of the day. Hosts sit with the students during the conference, and stay with their assigned small group during the break. Hosts will also be expected to participate in one of the service learning projects offered through TEDxSMU.

This is a great opportunity that offers training in peer leadership, a free ticket to attend TEDxKids@SMU, and the chance to interact with a diverse group of students from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. And, it looks great on your resume! At TEDxKids@SMU, you will:

  • Serve as a mentor to a small group of 10 TEDxKids@SMU attendees
  • Help facilitate conversations about the array of topics that we cover at TEDxKids@SMU
  • Participate in the breaks by guiding your small group through interacting with speakers, engaging with the art installations, and experiencing multiple hands-on opportunities
  • Get the full experience of TEDxKids@SMU by being immersed in every component of the event!

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