The Sessions

HIV/HCV Testing Van

YTH Live attendees were able to visit the HEPPAC mobile van for free HIV and Hepatitis C testing. The HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County took care of everyone! Visitors chose either a quick oral test for HIV or HIV/HCV combined finger prick. Recommended HIV testing for youth and young adults; HCV testing for boomers. Sponsored by Orasure Technologies.

Social Media Lounge

Need a little hand-holding and TLC when you try to embed a video, publish a WordPress blog post, or follow-along on Twitter? Attendees spent a few minutes (or an hour) in the Social Media Lounge with the folks behind and YTH’s very own Youth Advisors. They were available throughout the conference to help with the simplest tech challenges to the mighty!


Hack Your Health: More Than Just Fun and Games

Gamification improves knowledge retention and program personalization through game-based interventions. As a growing trend in interactive engagement strategies in healthcare, learn from this exciting panel’s best practices for content development, testing, scaling, and more.

Creating Safe Spaces to Delete Bullying

Whether it happens online or off, bullying has devastating effects on any community. This panel discusses strategies to turn the tide by empowering both victims and bystanders through mobile apps, peer education, and online communities. Learn how they created safe spaces by merging health and tech.

Holistic Wellbeing: Online and Offline

Most young Americans today lead an online life as well as an offline one. The danger of abuse exists in different ways online from the ‘real world’ and must be addressed with different strategies. Presenters in this panel discuss solutions to developing a healthy life online and combating online dating abuse.

Apps that Tap Into Your Health

Mobile apps have opened the floodgates to a world of accessible health information at people’s fingertips. From a mobile app that tracks and reveals the real costs of drinking, to an app that delivers video-based behavioral interventions, this is just the beginning.

Let Youth Speak: Stories for Transformative Change

Stories are vital to human identity: our pasts are a collection of memories woven together into a story, and we speak of our future as something to be written. In our online global age, digital stories allow viewers to identify with and learn from those whose stories they may not share. Topics explored in this panel include abortion and youth identity.

What Works in Tech for Youth Health: The Facts

So we believe in tech for health, but where exactly does our belief come from? These panelists present research that reviews the current health tech landscape, offering ways to use what we already know to improve health outcomes.

Text: Still Reaching Teens

It’s easy to get excited about the possibilities of the freshest technologies for health outcomes, but there’s one platform that’s been available to the mainstream for over 15 years: the good old text. Many teens send over 100 texts per day so they’re as relevant as ever, especially in developing nations around the world. Presenters show how they harness text creatively.

Learning Together: Using Peer Education Strategies with Youth

Ubuntu is a Xhosa word meaning, “I am who I am because of who we are.” It is a philosophy acknowledging that we exist in community and our identities and lives are deeply interrelated. Projects presented on this panel embody ubuntu through peer education, where youth build one another up and together create knowledge, health and community.

Permalinks: Developing Stability and Health with Foster and Unstably Housed Youth

The instability of homeless and foster youths’ lives can make it difficult for these young people to receive comprehensive life guidance and sexual education. These new projects target at-risk youth and offer vital life skills and relevant health knowledge.

The Evolving Classroom: How Tech is Disrupting Traditional Education for the Better

This isn’t your grandparents’ classroom. Teaching has moved on from the traditional blackboard and standard lecturing to now embrace technology in exciting new ways. Panelists discuss their approaches to improving the learning process with tech… and more importantly, reveal their own lessons.

#Y4Y (Youth for Youth): Youth Centered Design

Young people know what they want, and with the right skills and tools, youth-driven design can manifest effective, unique solutions. From education about the unintended dangers of recreational drugs to pressurizing government to provide clean water, projects in this panel showcase the great power of youth to make change.

Engaging Youth to Engage Youth

Who better to talk to youth about the toughest issues than youth themselves? A changing sexual landscape means that young people, who share the same concerns as one another, speak the same slang, and are involved in the same trends, can have much more power to reach their peers effectively on a mass scale.

Maintaining Emotional Health: Apps that Go Deeper

Mens sana in corpore sano: a healthy mind in a healthy body. Though he had no idea what an app was, Roman poet Juvenal knew what he was talking about. Today apps and digital tools help young people maintain a healthy mind and heart, through digital networking, expression and self-care.