TEDxKids@SMU 2013

2013 was a great year for TEDxKids@SMU! Check out all the photos on Flickr here!

The theme this year was “& Then”. We challenged the kids to think about the future and what it holds not just for them, but for the world we live in.

TEDxKids@SMU 2013 Speakers:

Dr. Judith Allen, Psy.D., Education Innovator

Dr. Ken Berry, Robotics Education Specialist

Dr. Fred Chang, International Cyber Security Expert

Blayke Drury, Keller High School student

Dan Goods, Master Visual Communicator

Devonric Johnson, Actor, Athlete, SMU alumnus and Mentor

Dave Lieber, Humorist, Storyteller and Award-Winning Columnist

Isabella Page, The Hockaday School student

Dr. Biff Palmer, M.D., Professor, Physician and Conqueror of the 7 Summits

Vanessa Ramirez, Education Game Changer and Champion of Teachers and Students

Andrés Ruzo, Geothermal Scientists and Science Communicator

Katie Spotz, Adventurist and Clean Water Champion

Nicole Stewart, Dallas Arts Leader, Actress and Master Storyteller

Two Bit Circus, Artisanal Engineering for Amusement and Education

Vinjai Vale & Adithya Ganesh, Stanford University Online High School students

Pat Walsh, Former Blue Angels Pilot and four-star  Admiral U.S. Navy (Ret.)


DaVerse Lounge, Spoken Word Poetry

UT Musical Theatre, Musical Theater Performance


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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