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.)
The first edition of TEDxYouth@DPSMIS took place on the 27th of December 2015. It was conducted by the initiative of Meenakshi Sethupathy, the Lead Organiser. Registration took place at 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm in the “Black-out room” aka the entrance to the auditorium. The Black-out room was lit up with red spotlights and had a gigantic Idea Wall where guests would write their own ideas on the wall. The Idea Wall was the brain child of the Designer of this event, Smruthi Sri. She put up an elaborate wall that could be filled with ideas and comments written on post its by the guests at the event. The event was hosted by our own Head Boy Amarnath Krishna and Head Girl Saumya Singh. The event began with a short video explaining the non-profit organization TED and how it conducts TEDx events around the world.
DPS-Modern Indian School hosted the second edition of TEDxYouth @DPSMIS continuing the tradition of TEDx that its students pioneered 2015. Conceptualized and delivered entirely by students, DPS-MIS was one of the few schools to host such an event advocating ideas that provoked thought in the youth. The event was initiated with an open call for speakers. Apart from selecting speakers through the open call, student curators interviewed potential speakers to develop their ideas and talks.
The third edition of TEDxYouth@DPSMIS was held on 2nd November 2017. It was attended by students from 17 schools and 3 universities from all over Qatar. This year's theme was 'Breaking through inhibitions' and the event had 5 speakers. Conceptualized and delivered entirely by the students, the event advocated ideas that provoked thought in the youth. The event was initiated with an open call for speakers. Apart from selecting speakers through the open call, student curators interviewed potential speakers to develop their ideas and talks.
The fourth edition of TEDxYouth@DPSMIS, a student led initiative was held on 13th November 2018 and was attended by over a 100 participants from within the community of Qatar. The fourth edition was hosted under the theme of 'Decoding Deceptions' and aimed to spread the message of critical thinking and to differentiate face from fiction. The event was conceptualized and executed by a team of 13 grade XII students along with the assistance of 17 volunteers. The event hosted a panel of 5 interdisciplinary speakers ranging from humanitarians to journalists.
TEDxYouth@DPSMIS continued to be the longest running youth event in Qatar after its fifth edition was held on 7th November, 2019. The event was held at the DPS Auditorium, with several esteemed guests and nearly a hundred participants attending the event. The four prolific speakers used the dais to reach out to the most thoughtful members of the younger generation. Shahnawaz Zali, an Oscar nominee, spoke about the power of the medium of film to address social issues. Ahmed Mohamed detailed his experience as a victim of racism and how he grew from it. Sanah Thakur talked about the fearlessly realising one's ambitions, while Balakarthiga Muruganantham showed the entire process of a book's journey from a mind to the shelves.
DPS-Modern Indian School conducted the 6th edition of TEDxYouth@DPSMIS on 5th November 2020. With the inability to host the event physically due to lockdown restrictions, the event was translated to an online setting as a live premiere was streamed on the TEDxYouthDPS Youtube Channel. It was the first-ever pre-recorded online event with an unlimited-access to audience as opposed to the 100 participant limit in the previous years.
DPS-Modern Indian School conducted the 7th edition of TEDxYouth@DPSMIS on 24th Januray 2021. With the inability to host the event physically due to lockdown restrictions, the event was translated to an online setting as a live premiere was streamed on the TEDxYouthDPS Youtube Channel. It was the second pre-recorded online event with an unlimited-access to audience as opposed to the 100 participant limit in the previous years.