PITTSBURGH, Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," high school students from around Pittsburgh will host their TEDxYouth@Shadyside event at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's August Wilson Center Saturday, December 5, from 10 AM to 5 PM.
The event has been a collaborative effort between TiE Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and several local supporters. The name refers to the Pittsburgh neighborhood Shadyside, host of startups, educational powerhouses, and cultural centers. It was an ideal partnership for the students behind the event.
Shaan Fye, the organizer and founder of the event, applied for a TEDx license with the goal of uniting students from around the region behind a common knowledge-building project.
"TEDxYouth@Shadyside is not the brainchild of any individual student. All of us, the team members, volunteers, and attendees, have contributed to make planning this event a success. Lauren Kossman brought on the Fairmont Hotel. Amy Hartzell connected us to entrepreneurs and innovators. Juliana Sandford designed our logo and website. Ishan brought on several inventors," said Fye, referring to some of the team members.
He cites Kirsten Forrest, a junior at a local school, as an example. As the sponsorship manager, she successfully procured a major venue for the event as well as numerous donations.
"While our theme this year is 'Revolutions,' the leadership team of the event has taken initiative to branch out to a diverse set of motivated learners, bridging schools and students together. Through Shaan's leadership, I have been able to confidently let the students organize this themselves. That is a real revolution," said Amy Hartzell, the Executive Director of TiE Pittsburgh and the adult overseeing the event.
To discuss the event, Shaan will appear on the Sunday KDKA program "The Raja Show" November 22. He will discuss how the event has come to fruition with the host Raja, who is also the emcee of the TEDx event.
Some of the speakers selected for the event include Heather Arnet, women's rights activist and current candidate for the PA State Senate, and Dr. Alan Russell, a former TED 2006 speaker and well-known researcher. Other speakers include Henry Thorne, co-founder of Pittsburgh startup 4moms, and Priya Narasimhan, CMU professor and founder of YinzCam.
Tickets can be found at http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/47224/tedxyouth-at-shadyside. Additional information and the rest of the speakers can be found on TEDxYouth@Shadyside's website, http://tedxyouthshadyside.com/event.
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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.