Connecting History to the future
virtual event
March 27th 2021 10 am


TEDxYouth@Newtown seeks to empower and inspire youth through the promotion of entrepreneurship and youth activism. This conference will bring together some of the best and brightest youth entrepreneurs, leaders, social and environmental activists in the PA and NJ area. Through the power and recognition of TEDx, this event will help catalyze the next generation’s agents of social change.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping 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.
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Organizing Team


Sonia Kurian  -            Sentience- The Beginning of a Revolution

Ashmit Dewan -          KARI - multi-functional transportation assistant

Sudiksha Mallick -      TRUE ME

Jon Ye -                      The assisted evolution of coral reefs

Pranav Perumal -        Nanobots

Samarth Mannikeri -   Expression

Richard Wang -          Quantum Mind

Will Nguyen -              Group Think

Pratham Mahesh -       Eco-friendly Stadiums

Sia Chitnis -                 Soil

Tanvika Boyineni -       Quantum Computing

Advisory Board

Lorraine Marchand

Lorraine Marchand, a former TedX J&J speaker (Johnson & Johnson),  has held executive leadership roles in the health care and pharmaceutical industry with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Covance, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, and Cognizant Technologies. As a public servant, Lorraine has served as Director of The National Diabetes Education Program for the National Institutes of Health; and she was the 2014 recipient of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Hannah Penn Leadership Award.

Lorraine is familiar with campus life as well. She has taught at Princeton University as the James Wei Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship. And currently, she is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and on the faculty of the Columbia Executive Education Program and the Precision Medicine Initiative.


Rajani Sree

Rajani Sree is an entrepreneur, non-profit board advisor, and Judge for American business awards. She serves in the LMT Economic Commission board, advising on issues having an economic impact on the community. She is a dynamic leader with a penchant for inspiring, motivating, and coaching teams for success. As a mentor to the TEDxYouth@Newtown, her goal is to encourage and nurture student leaders.


Rajani holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Wharton School, MS in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.