TEDxYouth@AvonRiver was everything. Somehow CYC managed to go from taking a Passion Project with some potential to hosting the first TEDxYouth event on the South Island! We didn't get there alone, with many many people helping us along the way. This is the first time we've done anything like this. WESPEAK has been in many ways our conference-style practice ground for such a big leap as the world of TED. We certainly have never had a 6 camera outside broadcast, livestreamed over the internet...crazy!
With many rules and regulations that come with working with a major global brand, we navigated a choppy course through 2015 to make it happen in the very nick of time. This was a huge undertaking for our small organisation and every part of our 3x3m office space was utilised to hold goodie bag stuff, t-shirts, equipment, catering stuff, furniture, props and it became an exciting hub for all the young people on the team. Working in such an energising way, all together, is THE dream of an organisation like ours and really fulfils what CYC is all about.
This is young people, an employee and a hell of a lot of passion. There's not much that can't be achieved when you don't see the ceiling, you just see the stars.
We would like to thank everyone on our organising team for helping out with TEDxYouth@AvonRiver. The volunteers, the young technical crew, the MCs, speakers and performers....and the audience - you all made this awesome! To our sponsors Christchurch City Council, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and McAra, we are forever grateful for your support - it couldn't have happened without it.
Let's do this again! We've applied for a licence renewal so we'll keep you posted!
Here are the finished TED talks in all their glory (one more to come!):
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