About TEDxYouthCroydon

TEDxYouthCroydons mission is to create a platform in Croydon for young people to celebrate ideas worth spreading locally.

2011 saw the London riots erupt onto the streets of Croydon.  In light of these events, we believe that TEDxYouthCroydon will shed a positive light on the young people of Croydon, who felt they were not being heard.  We aim to give them back their voice and celebrate all the great things about the Borough of Croydon and London.

This Year’s event will be held on Saturday November 14th 2015, at The Brit School.  On the day we will hear and see performances from amazing young speakers who will share their ideas, thoughts and journey of their vision of Worlds Imagined for a brighter future.

TEDxYouthCroydon is part of the universal TEDxYouthDay which is a series of TEDx events happening in over 100 countries around the world coinciding with Universal Children’s Day in late November.  Around 17,000 young people will be taking part in this very prestigious event. The TEDxYouthDay theme this year is Made In the Future.

Our Vision

A world where young people’s opinions and ideas are valued, and their best interests are safeguarded by decision-makers, the media and their communities.


Our Mission

We want to support the ongoing recovery of Croydon following the 2011 riots, giving young people the chance to reclaim their voice and spread positive ideas worth sharing by:

  • Creating an annual event in Croydon which provides a platform to enable inspirational young people to share their passions and knowledge through dynamic talks and performances.
  • Allowing them to be creative, challenge and inspire themselves, their peers and the outside world, sparking discussions and connecting with like-minded people.
  • Being an on-going soundboard of ideas, facts and information that will inspire and help young people, local to Croydon and beyond, to achieve their full potential through a social media presence, blogs and newsletters.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, 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. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.