In the SLIC blog this week, read about an opportunity for libraries to get involved in helping the first Glasgow TedxYouth Conference reach a larger audience.

An exciting new TEDx event has been introduced for the Year of Young People 2018. Following the success of the TEDxGlasgow events over the past six years, whose talks have amassed in excess of 9 million views worldwide and secured the organisation the position of the most established TEDx organisation in Europe, the team wished to commit to developing something custom in response to the #YoYP18 initiative. In 2017, 300 students were invited to attend an afternoon session with complimentary passes and access to interview speakers. In 2018, things are being ramped up significantly.

The new standalone TEDxYouth@Glasgow event has been launched to showcase the amazing talents of young people in Scotland, whilst providing them with a unique platform upon which they can share and access diverse and revolutionary ideas. As well as presenting delegates with networking and learning opportunities, this new major event is being co-designed and delivered by a team of young people including students from Glasgow’s Clyde College.

The role of libraries

TEDx appreciates that many young people will not be able to attend the event in person, so they are asking libraries if they can become involved to let young people see and hear the event livestream.

These are possible ways libraries may want to get involved:

  • Advertise that young people can see/hear the TEDxYouth@Glasgow livestream in their local library
  • Make a number of public PCs available for this purpose on 31st May
  • If possible, project TEDxYouth@Glasgow on a larger screen in the library so it can be viewed by groups
  • Libraries could also work with youth teams to come up with imaginative ways to engage young people in conversation about the selected topics.
Exciting speakers announced

There will be ten fantastic speakers at the Conference, who are each experts and spokespeople for a range of varied projects and organisations, ranging from Outlander and The Hobbit actor John Hunter Bell to mountaineer Mollie Hughes and The Food Medic Hazel Wallace. Find out more about all the speakers here.

Premiering at the SEC Armadillo on the 31 May 2018 (the day before TEDxGlasgow), TEDxYouth@Glasgow will welcome over 2000 young delegates (aged 12-26 years) and will also be able to access on livestream. This major event will be delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation and Glasgow Clyde College.

All of the talks will then be made available via YouTube and on the website after the event to support global access.

Gurjit Singh Lalli, founder and curator of TEDxGlasgow, said; “We've benefited from a hugely receptive and collaborative audience (and one of the largest conference audiences in Scotland) in Glasgow for our events over the past five years but we've always been more focused on an adult audience. The 2018 Year of Young People offers us an incredibly exciting chance to create a project that offers students a rich and ‘real life’ learning experience, as well as delivery of a major event to a younger audience. We can't wait to invite all of Scotland’s youth to attend!”

For more information please visit: www.tedxglasgow.com/youth