A TEDxYouthDay reporter goes behind the scenes at TEDxYouth@Montreal

Sixth grader and TEDxYouthDay reporter Natasha Yang was a superstar at TEDxYouth@Montreal — going behind the scenes to get the backstory on six of the event’s illustrious speakers.

Below, Natasha’s findings — including a report in French! — accompanied by photos from Amalia Liogas.

David Ragsdale by Amalia Liogas

David Ragsdale is a neuroscientist. At the TEDxYouth@Montreal conference, he talked about the brain and how it works. As a student, he was interested in psychology and the course he found the most interesting was the psychology course about the brain.

He is currently a professor at McGill and he does research about the brain. One of the most interesting pieces of information he learned was about how drugs can give people epilepsy. When you have epilepsy, the channels in someone’s brain are not normal. They normally look like doughnuts but when somebody has epilepsy, the holes of the channels are plugged.

When one of the organizers at TEDxYouth@Montreal asked David to speak, he was really flattered and excited to give the talk. He really enjoys giving talks.


Nadia Sraieb-Koepp by Amalia Liogas

Nadia Sraieb-Koepp est une dame qui vient de Tunisie. Elle a parlé de son pays et comment les gens ont allé contre le gouvernement. Elle a vécu cette expérience affreuse.

Quand les organisateurs de TED ont demandé à Nadia de parler, ça à lui a fait beaucoup de plaisir. La première fois qu’elle a parlé de Tunisie était à une conférence le janvier 2011.

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Dispatches from a TEDxYouthDay reporter: Yasmine Tashk on TEDxYouth@Tallinn

This post comes from TEDxYouthDay reporter Yasmine Tashk, who watched TEDxYouth@Tallinn during TEDxYouthDay 2012.


Photo: Yasmine’s big dream for the world


Saturday, I sat in my apartment in Paris, all prepared to watch the TEDxYouthDay event in Tallinn, Estonia. I sat by my desk with my paper and pen on my left, my notes on my right, and my computer and scanner in front of me.

I decided to draw what I heard during the event — live. This was quite a challenge because I had to draw, focus on the talks, scan the drawings, and edit them on my computer — all while watching the speakers talk.

What I expected from the event besides the talks themselves was to gain inspiration: to see other people doing things they believe will change the world, to learn things that will lead me to change the world myself.

Photo: Yasmine’s live drawing of Rene Kukk at TEDxYouth@Tallinn.

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TEDxYouth@Toronto was an expertly organized event that truly embodied the TED ideals, and allowed all those viewing to truly understand that they have the ability to idealize, act, and make positive change for the better in our world.

The day, full of inspiration and life-changing words, I believe can be summed up in one statement made by Natalie Panek, that to change the world youth must start thinking, speaking, and acting like leaders.

TEDxYouth@Toronto is part of the wider TEDxYouthDay movement, which aims to engage young people in these exact ideas, and it could not have been a bigger success. With great ideas, great strength, and great perseverance  the youth of today will change their world for the better, and at events like this, is where it all begins.

—Report from Jocelyn DeMone, TEDxYouthDay Reporter.

(Photos: TEDxYouth@Toronto, Jocelyn DeMone, Instagram users karenmode and sabe_85)