TEDx Day is Coming to Chula Vista

It'll Be TEDx Day in Chula Vista on May 25
Posted on 05/07/2019
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Two inspirational events, one inspiring day. TEDxKids@ChulaVista and TEDxChulaVista are scheduled one after the other on Saturday, May 25 at Southwestern College’s Mayan Hall Theatre.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED events have grown into a world-wide phenomenon extending into an array of topics—a speaker series whose videos of top presenters attract millions of on-line viewers and followers.


In addition to TED events, locally organized “TEDx” events are also taking place around the world—ranging from big-cities to small villages. The “x” in TEDx stands for “an independently organized TED event.” Chula Vista hosted its inaugural TEDxChulaVista last year to outstanding reviews. The TED mantra of “ideas worth spreading” is taken to the local community—and global online audience through the TED affiliation.


The inaugural TEDxKids@ChulaVista is an outcome of last year’s first TEDxChulaVista event, which featured four students from the Chula Vista Elementary School District among a line-up of “grown ups,” adult speakers.


Now, with the "kids" event, eight students are able to participate and receive professional training in presenting a TED talk. The students were the top finishers at the District’s 2019 Speech Contest. The young speakers will take on the theme of “Harmony” in front of a much larger audience. 


TEDxKids@ChulaVista organizer Antwon Lincoln said the theme was a reflection of the work communities are doing in Chula Vista to create better relationships among peers, neighbors and global neighbors.


“Last year, our students’ TEDxChulaVista talks were viewed over 35,000 times on YouTube,” Lincoln said. “We’re excited to share eight more ideas from Chula Vista schools in this year’s event. What gives me encouragement is reading the comments that people have made about elementary students speaking to a world audience.”


TEDxKids@ChulaVista takes place from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2018, at Mayan Hall. The featured student speakers at TEDxKids@ChulaVista are:


  • Eloise Herrera – Grade 4 – Valle Lindo
  • Healin Lee – Grade 4 – Heritage
  • Chloeline Duque – Grade 5 – Silver Wing
  • Ythaniel Tolete – Grade 5 – Salt Creek
  • Samantha Garcia – Grade 6 – Loma Verde
  • Audrey Sutton – Grade 6 – Hedenkamp
  • Keyla M. Parra Gamino – Grade 7 – Discovery Charter
  • Clarissa Cleveland – Grade 8 – Mueller Charter


The students were recognized at the March 6, 2019, CVESD Board of Education meeting.


is about sharing ideas in an innovative and creative way,” Lincoln added. “Speakers, as well as performers, will take the stage with the goal of shifting the audience’s mindset to a greater awareness of community and global issues, concerns, and innovations.”

Lincoln, who is CVESD's Instructional Technology and Media coordinator, is an accomplished presenter himself. Helping youth develop into skilled public speakers is a rewarding experience.


“This is a chance for the students to expose their ideas to a local community on stage, as well as a global internet audience,” Lincoln said. “Giving students this opportunity empowers them to be a part of the sharing of ideas in Chula Vista—and the world.”


Tickets to TEDxKids@ChulaVista are selling fast, and range from $2 to $10. Tickets can be purchased at: http://tedxkidschulavista.com


The 2nd Annual TEDxChulaVista also takes place in Southwestern College’s Mayan Hall on May 25 at 11:30 a.m., following the youth event.


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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.


TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


Follow our TEDx activities on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tedxchulavista, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tedxchulavista or Instagram at https://instagram.com/tedxchulavista

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