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TEDxKids@SMU 2018


About TEDxKids@SMU

TEDxKids@SMU is a one-of-a-kind experience and the first ever TED style conference for kids. Middle school students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade from across North Texas will come to SMU’s campus to engage with big ideas and great conversations. This day is dedicated to kids; adults are asked to sit in the balcony while high school volunteer hosts sit with the students on the main floor. During the breaks the energy and raw curiosity of 800 young minds all in one room is contagious: ideas are presented on stage then debated with the speaker, partners demonstrate the latest technology and teach creative expression, and all the while future leaders are being formed. The experience is free of charge and in return each student gives 4 hours of service back to their community. Now that’s an idea worth spreading!

Registration is now closed. We will be live streaming the conference here starting at 10:30 am Central. Please note the time listed in the live stream window is Eastern.

Speakers & Performers:

Session 1: 10:30 am to Noon

Jason Rodriquez | Assistant Chief of Police Dallas Schools Police Department

Cecil McDaniel | Chief of Schools Keller ISD

Neha Jayarajan | 16 year old from Plano

Dr. Nathan Hudson | Psychology professor at SMU

Melanie Calzada | Senior Consultant for Cognizant Consulting, SMU MBA student

Greg Harper | President of Harpervision Associates


Session 2: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Neha Husein | SMU Human Rights senior, founder of Just Drive app

Matt Dietz | Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force

Leslie O’Hare | Television Talk Show Host, Keynote Speaker, Off-Broadway Actress, Entrepreneur and Author

Dr. Jennifer Hughes | Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist at the UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care

Matthew Sipes | Director of Expanded Learning Pathways for Plano ISD, Simmons Ed.D student

James Thompson | 9th grader at Imagine International Academy

Mustang Mavericks | country-western stunt dance team

Host: Joaquin Zihuatanejo


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