This year ISP launched a new event based around TED Talks. Our Secondary and Bachillerato pupils were given the opportunity to participate in this exciting new competition. The theme for this year’s event is “Young Voices, Big Ideas”.

What is a TED talk?

TED defines themselves as a “nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.”

Selection process

The selection process was very rigorous and the students were asked to send a video briefly explaining their idea for their talk. Out of 23 applicants we picked 3 semi-finalists: María Sopedra Montilla, Sara Martin Martinezand Nuria Arjona Camargo.

The training

Over the past few months the semi-finalists received training in school to help them develop their ideas into a talk. The pupils performed their talks to a group of parents and teachers and were given feedback. The talks were very well prepared and executed professionally. Below are the topics of our pupil’s talks.

  • María Sopedra Montilla: The importance of safe spaces
  • Nuria Arjona Camargo: “I am not her”
  • Sara Martin Martinez: Stepping out of your comfort zone

Our Finalist

After a very difficult decision we chose Nuria as our Fontenebro finalist. Nuria will perform her speech alongside the other finalists from ISP schools later on in the year.

Well done Nuria, María and Sara for the incredible job you have done during this international opportunity!

Clare Croft
TEDx Youth Coordinator