WE'RE LOOKING FOR TALENTED STUDENT SPEAKERS AND PERFORMERS TO TAKE THE TEDxACU STAGE IN MARCH 2019.
READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW TO AUDITION AS A SPEAKER OR PERFORMER.
To Apply to Speak, Create a Video Pitching Your Presentation Topic
The video you submit should be short -- no more than 5 minutes -- and explain what your TEDxACU talk would be about. Your goal is to convince the selection committee that you'd be a great speaker who has something interesting to share.
The talk must feature an “idea worth spreading,” but you aren’t limited to any topical area or discipline. Also remember that TED talks aren’t always about “academic” topics. Having a great idea that comes from your personal life experience can make a big impact as well.
Need some ideas or inspiration? TED’s website — ted.com — features hundreds of videos you can check out to get a better idea of what a TED talk looks like.
TED talks cannot sell things, proselytize (preach), or advocate for a political party or candidate. You can talk about politics or religion, but conversion to a cause can’t be the main goal of your speech.
Your talk should engage with ideas and people respectfully. Offensive talks will be disqualified from consideration.
Remember that you are speaking to a wide audience with diverse amounts of knowledge and experience. Don’t assume that your audience members will have specialized knowledge about your topic.
While you won’t use notes for your TEDx talk, you are welcome to use them in your video. However, we will not accept presentations that are read word-for-word from notes or cue cards.
This competition is only open to current ACU students. Everyone else interested in speaking should apply through our speaker application process at tedxacu.org/speak.
Your Video Should Show You Speaking in a Setting that Mimics a TED Stage in the Following Ways
The video should show your whole body as you speak. We aren’t looking for videos that only show your face or your face and hands. We are looking for videos that show us you can speak with poise, that you can stand and talk without a podium, and that your body language is confident.You must use a visual aid, and that visual aid must be visible in your video. While computer-generated visuals (i.e., PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi) are commonly used in TEDx talks, some of the most successful talks have used atypical visuals — objects, drawing on a whiteboard/flip chart, etc. Do some brainstorming about the type of visual aid that would be most successful for your presentation.We want to see you delivering your speech, so don’t spend too much time thinking of a creative location for your video. Your message is what matters most.
Here Are Some Tips for Choosing Where and How to Film Your Speech
Choose a larger room, such as a classroom or your living room, where you will have access to a projector or TV screen and can film from far enough away to get your whole “stage” into the camera frame.You are not required to have an audience present when you film your talk, but it would probably be helpful to have someone helping to run the camera and make sure things are framed correctly.
Aren’t TEDx Events Just About Speeches?
It’s true that most of the videos TED posts online are talks, but TED and TEDx events include performances in addition to great presentations. That’s one of the perks of attending a TED or TEDx event that you don’t get from only watching videos online.
And just like our talks, we’ll be looking for performances that embody the spirit of TED’s commitment to “ideas worth spreading."
ACU has some amazingly talented students, so we’re asking you to think outside the box. How could your spoken word performance address issues of global justice? How could your improv scene make us reconsider social norms? How could your choral or instrumental performance make us question the world around us? How could your dance routine give us a new way to see science, math, poetry, life?
The possibilities are endless.
To Apply to Perform, Create a Video of Your (or your group's) Performance
TEDxACU performances will all be 10 minutes or less, so your video also needs to be 10 minutes or less.
You are responsible for finding any props/music you’ll need and finding a space where you'll film your video.
Just like talks, TEDx performances cannot sell things, proselytize (preach), or advocate for a political party or candidate. You can mention politics or religion, but conversion to a cause can’t be the main goal of your performance.
And of course, any performances that are inappropriate, disrespectful, or offensive will not be considered.
This competition is only open to current ACU students. Everyone else interested in performing should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.