10 year old girl from Pune becomes youngest Indian Speaker at TEDx New York

What do you want to become when you grow up? is the question elders ask the kids but isn’t it wrong in a way suggesting that it is okay for a kid to wait until they grow up. Why not talk about their present? what they want to do or want to be at present says Ishita Katyal from Pune who was invited to speak at TED Youth Conference in New York. Ishita Katyal is the youngest Indian Speaker at TEDx New York
youngest Indian Speaker at TEDx New York

Ishita Katyal speaks at TED2016 – Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Ishita Katyal, a 10-year-old Pune writer and middle-school goer who quite extraordinarily debuted as the opening speaker at the TED2016 (Technology, Entertainment, Design), a nerdy conference of some of the world’s smartest people.

With geeks from top organizations like Google and Tesla, Apple and Uber attending the conference, also the big names such as Al Gore and Bill Gates are present at the annual conference.

A small 10 year old girl’s message was simple: Put children first, give kids a chance. “Instead of asking children what they want to do when they grow up, you should ask them what they want to be right now,” she told while addressing a packed audience, composed and self-assured before a brain bank that unnerves the best public speakers.

“We can do a lot in this moment, in the present. The problem is our world has many forces working against the dreams of children.” Adults, she said, chronically underestimate kids, and in the process they pass on fear to children who are born without fear.

“My dream for the future is that people think 10 times before raising school fees, a hundred times before going to war with another country, a thousand times before wasting food and water, and ten thousand times before letting their child’s childhood go away,” she said. “I hope you adults can look after the world long enough to give us our chance.”

After she concluded to rousing cheers a selfie session happened with  scientists and savants, poets and philosophers, mandarins and musicians who ambushed her in the lobby.

youngest Indian Speaker at TEDx New York

Her proud mother, Nancy Katyal, an image consultant in Pune, recalled how Ishita, who wrote her first book “Simran’s Diary,” came into limelight after she organized a TEDx talk at her school Vibgyor High, Balewadi, last February, Reported Times of India.


The TEDx New York conference video is not released yet but here’s a video at TEDx which happened earlier in India before she became youngest Indian Speaker at TEDx New York

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