TED Under 20: 5 Inspiring TED Talks from Teens Just Like You

You might think of TED Talks as the domain of seasoned business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and other influential individuals. But a growing number of accomplished teens are now joining their ranks.

In case you haven't heard of it, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is, in short, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas—ideas about everything from science to business to global issues. Those ideas are most often spread through short, powerful talks, known as TED Talks. Some of the world's most influential movers and shakers have delivered TED Talks on subjects as varied as how butterflies self-medicate, the mathematics of love, and how to run a company with (almost) no rules.

TED attracts a wide array of incredibly gifted speakers, and you might be surprised to learn than many of them aren't even out of high school yet. TED Under 20 features talks from scientists, musicians, and other innovators who are all in their teens—proving that you don't have to be a "grown-up" to share your ideas and make a difference in the world.

Here are five of the best TED Under 20 talks. They just might motivate you to think twice about sleeping in tomorrow!

1. Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

2. Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

3. Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor

4. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys: Bluegrass virtuosity . . . from New Jersey?

Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose, and Naomi Shah: Award-winning teenage science in action

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