|Participants in the TEDx youth programme|
The event, which is scheduled to take place at Georgetown University on November 19 from 1pm-7pm, is sponsored by RasGas, Qanect Communications and Youth Arabia (QTR8).
Prominent speakers for this independently organised event will include Sir Frank Williams, founder of Williams F1, and Sheikha Hanadi Nasser bin Khaled al-Thani, DCEO of Nasser Bin Khaled Group and a leading Qatari businesswoman.
Partners of this inaugural event include MADA, a non-profit organisation that empowers people with disabilities through the use of communication technologies and Georgetown University.
“Doha will be one of 83 cities around the world holding events to commemorate the UN Universal Children’s Day,” said Uzair Mohammad, co-curator of TEDxYouth@Doha.
“Plans are on board to make our event a highly interactive one, with a framework of several discussion forums and information-sharing via Facebook and Twitter.”
The bilingual event, with simultaneous translations between Arabic and English, is expected to attract a large number of 15- to 18-year-old high school students in Qatar. Its aim is to harness the potential locked inside young people and show them, through various activities available at the event, how they can be an agent for change.
“This event is intended to help educate the youth about TED and TEDxYouth@Doha, while also showcasing the limitless opportunities which lie ahead of them,” said Yasser Masood, founder and co-curator of TEDxYouth@Doha.
“We want youth from all over the GCC to be part of a global conversation about building their future.”
TEDxYouth@Doha is a programme created in the spirit of TED’s mission, a non-profit organisation which started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago.