By Krissh Bhargava & Ethan Kuperman
“Ideas for the Future” – TEDxYouth@HGHS
It was this phrase that inspired me to organize TEDxYouth@HGHS, Chappaqua’s first TEDx event. It was December 2021, and COVID had just peaked. Student motivation at home was at an all-time low. Staring at a blank camera screen for the whole day became the norm, and life was dull. We were tired of it. We wanted a break from the dull, monotone life that COVID had created. We wanted to rekindle the flame that motivated us to be curious, explore, and test our bounds of discovery.
Our solution to this problem was TEDxYouth@HGHS. With the intent of inspiration and spreading powerful ideas, TEDx events are local, self-organized events that bring people together in conferences comprising series of short, concept-focused talks. I thought that it was the perfect opportunity for Chappaqua. At first, I reached out to one of my close friends, Ethan Kuperman, with whom I co-organized the event. Soon, the organizing team expanded to seven members (Krissh Bhargava, Ethan Kuperman, Gabriel Paley, Maria Zvereva, Aaron Silver, Zachary Wolk, and Carly Googel) and a dedicated club at Horace Greeley High School. We began our license application to TED and, after a couple weeks of work, the event was approved! Ecstatic, we started planning. We split our duties and worked towards the goal in the distance. While some of us reached out to prospective speakers, others reached out to potential sponsors. Nearly three months after its inception, the plan for TEDxYouth@HGHS began to take shape.
This was back in February of 2021. A lot has changed since then. From a blueprint of Chappaqua’s first TEDx conference back then, to now, we currently have three speakers lined up, $700 in corporate funding, 66 other club members at Horace Greeley High School, and a set plan for the conference.
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About Our Event:
Date: February 13th
Event Type: Public
Speakers: Avi Loeb, Chitra Dorai, Chirag Kumar, and Christine Vogensen
Theme: Ideas for the Future
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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, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of TED Talks are published to TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.
TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; The Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TED Translators, which crowdsources the subtitling of TED Talks so that big ideas can spread across languages and borders; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also offers TED@Work, a program that reimagines TED Talks for workplace learning. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala and How to Be a Better Human.