TEDxKids@SMU 2018

About TEDxKids@SMU

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 will come to SMU’s campus 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 800 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, and 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!

If your school has never attended a TEDxKids@SMU conference or has not not attended in the past 2 years please email your school name, contact name and contact email to tedxkids@smu.edu

Individual Applications to attend TEDxKids@SMU are open August 24th and close September 14th. *Please note that this application is for individuals only. Individuals applying to TEDxKids@SMU whose school is registered will not be accepted. We strongly encourage you to check if your school is attending!




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. Students are free to choose a project that they are passionate about to give back to their community!


To reaffirm to the students that this day is really about and for them, we ask that all chaperons sit in the balcony of the venue; this way teachers and administrators can watch and be in close proximity to students without being in the same row. TEDxKids@SMU Hosts are Dallas-area sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school who have been selected through an application process to serve as peer mentors to the students and sit with them during the program. We encourage the high school students to facilitate discussion for their middle school group.





TEDxKids@SMU selects 100 high school sophomore, juniors and seniors to serve as Hosts to groups of 7-10 middle school students during the TEDxKids@SMU conference.  Hosts 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.

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. It also looks great on your resume! At TEDxKids@SMU, you will:

  • Serve as a mentor to a team of 7-10 TEDxKids@SMU attendees
  • Help facilitate conversations about the array of topics that we cover at TEDxKids@SMU
  • Participate in the breaks by guiding your team through interacting with speakers, engaging with the art installations, and experiencing multiple hands-on activities
  • Get the full experience of TEDxKids@SMU by being immersed in every component of the event!


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