On June 9th, TES was proud to present the first ever TED talks to be given by students of the High School. What started as an idea to stimulate the Enrichment Group, ended with an evening of inspiration and passion, in which five students were selected to present their talks to a wider audience.
TED, which stands for ‘Technology, Entertainment, Design’ is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED was founded in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, but nowadays covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. The increasingly popular talks are viewed and shared by thousands via the Internet.
The TES students’ talks all addressed the topic ‘Chasing our Passions’, yet the subjects varied from Yuko Nogawa’s What’s so good about passion?, to Ryan Chang’s Entrepreneurship, to Faris Wienrich’s Artificial Intelligence, to Alex Lee’s Memes, and finally Kevin Chen’s The Power of Learning Languages. All five talks were extremely thought-provoking, as was evidenced by the Q&A session after each talk, which could have gone on a lot longer if time had allowed. Audience members, consisting of parents, staff and special guests, were astonished by the confidence and knowledge with which each student delivered their talk. Indeed, Special Guest Speaker Mr Tim Berge of ICRT Radio stated that he found it hard to come up with words to follow such eloquent speakers.
Esther Wainright, who has been guiding the Enrichment Group together with Daisy Rana since the beginning of the year, was justifiably proud of the students’ achievements and hopes that the popularity of TES does TED will increase following this first successful evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.