Q&A with our AYV Summit 2013 Creative Insider Alumni

And that’s a wrap! Last month we celebrated youth creativity with more than 100 AYV students and educators from 23 countries at our AYV Summit. This year we were very lucky to have four amazing Adobe Youth Voices Alumni partner with these Creative Professionals to learn the tricks of the trade and share a behind-the-scenes look of week’s events.

Creative Insiders

Kendall Lui, Zach James, Diamante Horton and Anny Liu* all did an amazing job documenting Summit and were so inspiring to work with (check out some of their photos here!). We asked them to share about their Summit experience – here’s what they had to say:

What did you learn at Summit? How was this a valuable experience?

KL: Summit was life changing for me. I did not realize how many different people from different countries I was going to meet, listening to their stories and learning more about their background was truly inspiring.

ZJ: AYV Summit gave us a great opportunity to meet with creative professionals and learn about their work while making important connections for our future.

DH: This was a valuable experience because I learned that technology continues to be a powerful tool for communicating globally.


Share your favorite moment during Summit with us.

KL: I loved watching all of the attendees interact during Ado-Bingo (Adobe Bingo) during the welcome/orientation ceremony.

ZJ:   During a meeting with some of the educators, I was able to share my knowledge about film and provide a lot of advice. It felt great.

DH: AYV Live! and the celebration that followed was an amazing experience to celebrate everyone’s success together at the end of the week.


Did you find yourself feeling inspired at any point during the week? When?

KL: I was inspired throughout the entire week at Summit. Watching youth come together from around the world to collaborate on film projects and overcome the language barrier was truly amazing.

ZJ: I was amazed by the work produced by the students during AYV Summit. They really blew me away and inspired me to keep on making my own projects.

DH: I was inspired during several different moments during Summit: interacting with the other social media journalists and Creative Insider Professionals, listening to the inspirational speeches of the guest speakers, and working with other youth. These moments helped me to develop further as a creative individual and as a person.


What is the best advice that you received from a Creative Insider Professional? 

KL: Make connections with the people you meet at the Summit – you never know what opportunities it may unlock.

ZJ: Trevor Hubbard shared the best advice. He told me how he started his company, and what he did to make it so successful.

DH: When you share important content on your social media networks, you will open up the opportunity for the best possible networking experience.


If you could share any advice with future AYV youth, what would it be? 

KL: “If what you do in the future isn’t creative in the traditional sense turn it into something creative.”

ZJ: “Take advantage of this opportunity that Adobe has given you. It might not seem like much right now, but they are giving you the chance to mold your life into an amazing one.”

DH: “Come to Summit with an open mind. Make the most of everything, take advantage of every opportunity there, have fun and make network connections!”


Thank you Kendall, Zach, Diamante and Anny for doing an amazing job at Summit. We look forward to seeing your future projects!

*Anny was unavailable to interview.