This morning (Saturday, July 13), members of our TEDxRedmond committee marched in the Redmond Derby Days Grand Parade! It was warm and sunny (such uncharacteristic Western Washington weather!), and we had so much fun promoting TEDxRedmond and getting to see, firsthand, the overwhelming support from the Redmond community.
We’re so lucky to be a part of such a warm and giving city that has encouraged us, supported us, and never let us down in our tireless efforts to prove that youth really can do anything. Thank you, Redmond! We had an unforgettable day, and we hope to see most of you at TEDxRedmond 2013.
All of us on the TEDxRedmond team are absolutely ecstatic to be planning TEDxRedmond once again. Every year, we push ourselves to get every last detail right, from speaker selections down to snacks, and this year is no different! We’re hoping to give you the very best TEDxRedmond event yet.
This year, we welcome you to the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA, on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Our event will start at 2 p.m.
We have confirmed our full lineup of speakers for TEDxRedmond 2012 and we couldn’t be more excited! We are less than one week away from September 15, 2012, so be sure to share the event with all your friends and encourage them to attend!
Our team has put in so many hours of effort and we’re confident that this is going to be our best year yet. We’re taking the experience we’ve gained over the past two years, combining it with an incredible speaker lineup and some exciting changes to how we run our event, and applying that to TEDxRedmond 2012 in the hopes of making this a truly special day.
TEDxRedmond will be held on September 15, 2012! Be sure to mark your calendars. The event will take place at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA. TEDxRedmond is also now on Tumblr! Follow us at www.tedxredmond.tumblr.com.
This year, we’re excited to announce a cool new opportunity for TxR enthusiasts:
Want to be a part of our poster for TEDxRedmond 2012? Upload a photo of yourself (preferably a face shot; no inappropriate images, please!) to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tedxredmond) by June 15th! (If you do not have a Facebook account, you may also send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
TEDxRedmond was a little over a week ago, and there is truly no other word to describe it than AMAZING. If you really think about it, the idea of having an event run entirely by kids, featuring all-youth speakers, and being attended by kids is a mind-blowing one. Especially when that event is one of the larger TEDx events in the world.
Personally, I believe that it says something about the power of youth that TEDxRedmond is one of the largest TEDx events out there. Why is it that the event created by and for kids is so successful? Through TEDxRedmond, we’re hoping to answer that question.
Six months of hard work, staying up late, five-hour work meetings, constant emails, and frantic preparation came down to one day of 10+ hours for the folks behind-the-scenes. For you, we hope it was a day that you’ll never forget and one that changed your life in some (however small) way.
We want to thank you for taking seven or more hours of your busy Saturday to join us. You could have gone shopping, you could have played soccer, you could have spent that gloriously sunny day doing anything else, but you chose to spend it at TEDxRedmond, learning and being inspired. Without an audience, TEDxRedmond cannot be what it is today: a platform for kids to be heard and to encourage others to chase their dreams. These platforms are all too uncommon, sadly (think of how many times you’ve heard adults tell you that you’re “too young” to do something), and we believe that the world needs to stop, stand, and listen to the youth, because we are not too young to make a difference.
Each one of our incredible speakers had a common message: that there truly is a spark in all of us. You, the audience — you have that spark. You have the potential to do great things and to change the world for the better.
YOUR A – B – C TIPS for an amazing TEDxRedmond experience! A = Arrive on-time. (Please arrive by 12:45 at the latest. If you do not arrive by 12:45, your seat will be released to waitlisted attendees.)
B = Buy tickets. If you’re a parent, and you’ve registered your son or daughter to attend, you cannot just tag along. Parent tickets cost $10 and all parents intending to accompany their children have to sign up as well.
C = Chance to sit in the main room? Remember, all parents will be directed to sit in a simulcast room. How do you get the chance to sit in the main theater? If you are a student 18 or under, you are eligible to sit in the main room. In order to get your chance, you must be among the first 400 students to arrive. Try to arrive around 12:15 for the best chance.
And some FAQs…
What does arriving “on-time” mean? Please arrive by 12:45 at the latest. If you do not arrive by 12:45, your seat will be released to waitlisted attendees.
If I’ve registered my son or daughter to attend, can I tag along? No. Parent tickets cost $10 and all parents intending to accompany their children have to sign up as well. Remember, parents will be directed to sit in a simulcast room.
How do I get the chance to sit in the main theater? If you are a student 18 or under, you are automatically eligible to sit in the main room. You must be among the first 400 students to arrive in order to sit in the main room, however. Try to arrive around 12:15 for the best chance.
Be sure to register for TEDxRedmond by clicking HERE. This will take you to our Eventbrite page, where you can enter your ticket quantity and fill out your information.Note: Although this event is targeted towards kids, we highly recommend that parents and educators attend as well.
Tips: It’s important to register — quickly — because seats will fill up fast! There’s only a limited number of seats available, and once we fill up all our seats, anyone else who wishes to register to attend will be waitlisted. Also, only registered attendees will receive free dinner following the event. We also recommend that you arrive at 12:00 p.m., which is when registration opens. The first 400 students who register on the day of the event will be granted access to the main theater in which the speakers and performers will be presenting. All other students (and parents) will be placed in overflow rooms, watching the event via live, high-quality simulcast.
Help us spread the word about TEDxRedmond by posting about it and linking to our website, www.tedxredmond.com, on your Facebook and Twitter pages. Use the hashtag #tedxredmond in all your tweets!
Also, you can now download the free TEDxRedmond iPhone app from the App Store. Unfortunately, our app is not available for Windows Phone or Android at this time.