About us

TEDxYouth@Shadyside is organized by a group of high school juniors and seniors motivated by the goal of sharing innovative ideas. Hosting a TEDx event became a natural extension of our informal academic discussions. We are inspired by the transformation of Pittsburgh, and we hope to both learn more ourselves and to spread this knowledge through TEDxYouth@Shadyside.


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to the mission: ideas worth spreading. Started as a conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende, and Gordon Brown.

On TED.com, talks from the conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talk videos. A new talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix, and many websites.

TED’s initiatives include: the TEDx program, which gives free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities; the annual TED Prize, which grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world; the Fellows program, which helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community; and TED-Ed, which creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators for use in classroom instruction or independent learning. Learn more about TED »


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 such an event, TED Talks and live speakers combine to spark deep conversation. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where “x” notes that the event is independently organized. The main TED staff provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but these events are self-organized. Learn more about TEDx »

A TEDx youth event license follows the same format as the standard event license and falls within the same TEDx event rules, except this event is oriented towards youth. TEDxYouth events can be organized by youth, adults, or a combination of both.

Meet our team.

Shaan Fye
Juliana Sandford

Event Founders

Amy Hartzell

Adult co-organizer


Abby Todd
Eliza Fisher
Oliver Zunder



Dan Counihan

Video & Multimedia Editor

Anna Jovin
Lauren Levy

Student co-organizers


Megan McInerney
Akshay Amesur


Ashvin Dhawan
Madigan Wolfanger
Meredith Cummings



Rachel Goodwin
Giridhar Viswanathan
Sikhender Shergill
Mia Jamiolkowski


Sound like something you can see yourself doing? We’re looking for younger students to fill roles as some of our team members graduate and head to college.

Join the team