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TEDxKids gets big support from North Shore youth
More than 20 volunteers from the North Shore are helping kids spread their innovative ideas at Saturday’s TedxKids@BC, the largest event of its kind in Canada.
Shane Nilssen, a former Argyle student who is now studying computer science at SFU, along with Laura Baumen and Riley Pynn, both attending Rockridge, are excited to hear what the young speakers have to say at Science World on Oct. 26. They will be presenting their ideas on science, culture and other topics to an audience of 400.
“It… will be really inspiring with a lot of different ideas brought to the table, and very diverse,” Baumen, a 16-year-old camera coordinator, tells The Outlook while taking a break at high school. Pynn, a Grade 12 student who is part of the production team, is also excited to hear a wide range of new ideas from the young speakers.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences started in 1984 in the Silicon Valley under the slogan “ideas worth sharing.” Today independent TED events are growing in popularity, including last year’s TEDxWestVancouver in Ambleside and 5,000 others worldwide.
Next March the main annual conference is moving from Long Beach, Calif., to Vancouver.
Eleven speakers will be presenting at this year’s TEDxKids@BC, including Grade 8 student Qayam Devji, who curated West Van’s event last year. He believes there is no problem in the world too big for children to solve and is sharing inspiring stories about kids doing great things.
“I have a passion for doing audiovisual setup, it’s what I do for a profession. I thought this would be a good way to give back to the community,” said Nilssen, who is part of the production team. “I have a chance to work with some awesome kids.”
Last year TEDx partnered with Argyle secondary’s North Vancouver Digital Media Academy and this year camera operators, sound technicians and graphic designers were recruited from the program.
“On the day of the show, we will get to listen to inspiring talks and they will go on the Internet… There can be a great ripple effect,” said Josh Hemond, director of production.
For more information or to watch the livestream on Oct. 26, visit tedxkidsbc.com.