Hi everyone! Phew, TEDxYouth@AlamitosBay is finally over!!! It was short, sweet, and pretty darn good for a first-time event run by teenagers, if I do say so myself. 😉 This is what we learnt from the ten months we spent on making memory on 25 March 2017:
- Event name should be short, especially when you want cut-out, 3-D letters on stage. In our case, we had to really shorten our event name so we could fit the letters on the marquis board at our venue!
- Don’t undersell your event. Confidence is key, and you are putting a lot of work into this professional event, so be proud of it!
- Ask for help when you need it, and make sure everyone knows what is going on. Our curator (yes, me) became ill last minute, and it was the volunteers who helped make sure the event continued to run smoothly
- Stick to the budget, but be prepared for surprise expenses. We found out last minute that we needed insurance for our location rental, so it was a good thing we were frugal with everything else beforehand. Stay in the green!!
- “Youth” doesn’t have to mean a young audience. 90% of our ‘youth’ served in the organization team and as speakers, not just the audience. By the first break, everyone realized our event was as professionally run as any other TEDx event (not just TEDxYouth), so this really worked well!
- Plan at least half an hour before and after to shoo everyone in and out. We ran over our allotted time at our venue, and, due to another event immediately after, we were not able to wrangle our way to even five more extra minutes. It was a mad scramble there at the end, and totally preventable if we had given ourselves more time. Back to not underselling the event: TEDxYouth@AlamitosBay was so much fun, nobody wanted to leave!
- Everyone needs to understand, respect and own their role, and yet be prepared to step in to help out in the event of the unexpected. Ultimately, this is a group effort, and anyone who cannot be part of a team will make the experience less than perfect for the others.
- Thank everyone profusely: this is a non-profit event that takes months to prepare – every single person deserves your thanks. We hope everyone enjoys their lanyards, candy and book (Talk Like TED), and the sponsors, speakers and volunteers treasure their certificates and t-shirts as much as we cherish their role in making this experience so remarkable.
Spring is here, the sun is out, and March 25 is just around the corner! In the last few weeks, the TEDx core team has been hard at work preparing gifts, publishing press releases, going over registration, and more, while the speakers have fully memorized their speeches. Check out the great coverage we received from the Gazette Newspapers in Long Beach! This exciting event has been ten months in the making, and we at TEDxYouth@AlamitosBay invite you to join us this spring to see what all the fuss is about.
Our second in-person meeting for TEDxYouth@AlamitosBay was held January 22, 2017 at the Bayshore Library. Despite the rain (and flash flood warning!), everyone laughed and participated, making this the best meeting yet! Between the Chinese New Year cookies, the laughter, and discussion between speakers and TEDx team members, amazing progress was made. Make sure to get your tickets now, and see our speakers in action on March 25!
Our first in-person meeting for TEDxYouth@AlamitosBay was held November 20, 2016 at the Bay Shore Library. The conversation over cupcakes and vegetables flowed easily, and a lot of progress was made on our speakers’ TED Talks. All in all, a truly successful meeting with wonderful progress made – to see the finished product of everyone’s hard work, join us on March 25th!
Ah, Los Angeles – whether you know it as the City of Angels, LaLa Land, or simply the beach version of New York, there is something about the city that keeps 4 million people here, and thousands visiting each year. It’s a place where the possibility of becoming something more than yourself is always in the air, and it is from that that TEDxLA built.
Walking into the Dolby Theater next to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the sheer magnitude of people was astounding. An all day event, from 8am to 6pm, we listened to everyone from an MIT Scientist, to a Hollywood director, to the first Iranian women in space. Nearly all the speakers brought up the future of Al, and all of them showed their imagination and dreams for tomorrow.
It was an exciting event to attend, and I’m so glad I was invited. It taught me a lot of things to look out for, in order to make TEDxYouth@AlamitosBay a success. We might not have the star power of LA – but when you come to our event, on March 25th, you’ll be amazed at what we have to offer.