TEDxKids is the first TED event specifically dedicated to kids – and Technology Will Save Us was invited to do a talk and offer workshops! Our team consisted of Daniel & Bethany – the two founders, and some of our wonderfully talented facilitators Evan, Dean and Marek.
During the day, we helped 56 kids solder Lumiphones in a very intense 45 minute workshop. Every single one of the kids went home with a working music and light maker – which everyone was thrilled about.
We had an opportunity to present to the 350+ crowd about the context & philosophies of our organization and some of the workshops we’ve offered so far. We shared the stage with one of our sister organizations: < a href="http://openlabworkshops.org/">Openlab Workshops. The TEDxKids team will be putting the videos online soon.
As for the experience, we met some incredibly talented, interesting and exciting individuals. Some of our favourites include Mark Frauenfelder founder of BoingBoing and editor in chief at Make, Gever Tulley from the Tinkering School and now his incredible new initiative SF Brightworks, Walter Bender and his inspirational approach to education through objects being open and unfinished – founder of Sugarlabs, Ed Baafi and his super amazingly cool microcontroller + programming education kit called Modkit, Mysto and Pizzi – the crazy musicians and producers from BK,NYC, Alyson Schafer the parenting expert who gave us her insights after a day filled with kids making, soldering, doing amazing things, and finally Mark Surman from The Mozilla Foundation and their super cool project Hackasaurus with the help of Atul Varma.
We must thank the great team at TEDxKids. They pulled out all the stops, organized everything in advance, made sure we had enough facilitators, and created a truly exceptional event. Don’t forget that they managed to run both the 2 groups of kids who were doing workshops all day, as well as a full day of talks and presentations! Truly a huge congrats and thanks to everyone in the team!
We were truly humbled by being a part of such an exceptional group of people. A lot of them actually paved the way for organizations like ours to exist – so a very heart felt thank you!