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Nov 04 2012

TEDxYouth@Doha creates massive buzz

Youth speakers to talk on technology, entertainment and design


With only weeks left until the big day, the TEDxYouth@Doha team is working overtime to make sure this year's November 17th event lets Qatar's youth tell their stories.

Securing a venue, bringing on important and like-minded sponsors, and finalizing a line-up of some of the finest undiscovered speakers in the country have all been priorities for the team over the past few weeks.

The newly-confirmed venue, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar -VCUQatar- is perfect for the needs of the TEDxYouth@Doha says Co-curator of TEDxYouth@Doha, Uzair Mohammad: "TEDx is about sharing ideas worth spreading within our community, and it is normally people who think outside the box that come up with such ideas. We are delighted to be hosting TEDxYouth@Doha at VCUQatar this year as it is the home to so many creative minds. Our own team features almost twenty students from VCUQatar, working as part our graphic design, stage design, and attendee experience teams."

On November 17, the VCUQatar atrium will play host to an audience of 500 people, all wanting to hear talks around this year's theme - #failbetter.

VCUQatar's Dean, Allyson Vanstone, added: "Since its establishment, VCUQatar has served as an important educational and cultural focal point for the community, and being the venue host for the second TEDxYouth@Doha event is just one example of this commitment. As artists and designers, VCUQatar is a community committed to generating ideas and pushing the boundaries of intellectual thought. Similarly, TEDxYouth@Doha is an incredible platform for Qatar's youth to inspire each other by addressing issues that are important to them.

"Events like this are empowering and transformative university experiences for our students as well - we are lucky to be able to see the world through the eyes of tomorrow's young leaders.

"We hope our collaboration with TEDxYouth@Doha continues to foster such creative development and we congratulate the organizers for making this happen."

TEDxYouth@Doha is still accepting registrations for audience members via www.TEDxYouthDoha.com, with just weeks to go until the event. More than 500 youth are expected to attend what is fast becoming the nation's premier youth event.

Speaking slots are eagerly being contested this year too. Jaimee Haddad, Project Co-ordinator for the TEDxYouth@Doha Speaker Curation Committee said: "We were excited by the people who auditioned to be speakers this year. This year we invited 15 people to try out for a spot and an additional 53 people came to the open auditions. We had to book auditions on the second day of Eid Al Adha, too. The quality of speakers and their subject matter has been amazing."

Uzair Mohammad reflected on the previous five months of work and had nothing but praise for his team, which is still working hard towards the November 17th event.

"Our team is full of volunteers - talented youth that do a lot of other things in life including handling full course loads at school. Yet, they lend their time to organize TEDxYouth@Doha for other youth in their community. Amidst all the excitement being generated by the event, I am most proud of the team that we have put together, and their amazing work till now."

TEDxYouth@Doha opens its doors on Saturday, November 17 at VCUQatar at 12:30pm. A live stream of the event will be broadcast on the web. For more information, visit www.TEDxYouthDoha.com, or follow the proceedings via @TEDxYouthDoha or #TEDxYD.


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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

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