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“If you think you have something to say, say it. You never know what your words will inspire.”Paige Zhang (2011 speaker)
How to Apply
So now that you’re here, you’re probably wondering how to be a speaker at the 2012 TEDxTerryTalks. It’s pretty simple; we’re not going to ask for much – just a video and a short application. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 26th at 11:59PM.
STEP 1: THE VIDEO
We don’t want something fancy, just a simple home-made video of you. Why? So we can gauge your speaking style.
Details: speak for about 60 seconds on your proposed topic, and remember, we’re looking for students who are engaging, interesting and entertaining (this doesn’t mean you have to crack jokes constantly). Our main TEDxTt page currently houses our latest student speakers, so if you want to get a sense of what seems to work as far as public engagement is concerned, do check them out – they all rock.
Once you’re happy with your video, put it up on YouTube (or any other video hosting site for that matter) and put the link into your application (see step 2). Feel free to give us a shout if you need help with this – as well, there will be the odd time here and there, when we’ll have a booth out with a video camera ready for action.
In the past, we’ve noticed that we had quite a few queries on the video part of the application- i.e. having difficulty getting access to a camera, a little intimidated with the whole video thing, etc. Just remember that the video is primarily requested to give us a sense that you’re reasonably capable of speaking. As well, the video quality achieved using something like a webcam or the camera on your laptop is plenty good. As an example, here is one of our team showing you the sort of thing we’re looking for. Note that if you’d prefer to keep your video application private, you may do so by adjusting your own privacy settings on the video server.
STEP 2: APPLICATION DETAILS
It’s really easy – trust us. We just want you to send us the information as requested below. Feel free to attach additional materials (CV, essays, media, etc) if you wish.
Name: (Last, First)
Contact Information: (Email, Phone)
Student Information: (Faculty, Department, Degree Program & Specialization, Year@UBC, Student Number)
Your Video: URL or attached.
Written Proposal of your talk*: (Proposed Title, Description – 300 words max)
*Note: The length of all TEDx Terry talks are exactly 18 minutes or less. The venue will be LSC 2 of the Life Science Centre – this is a fully media capable lecture hall with a maximum capacity of 350 seats. Talks will be filmed and archived online.
STEP 3: CHECK IMPORTANT DATES
Please pencil the following dates into your calendars when you apply as they are required for all TEDx Terry talks speakers:
First Meeting: Oct. 3rd (Noon-1pm)
First Rehearsals: Oct 11-12 (Evenings, after 5pm)
Showtime: Saturday, Nov 3rd
READY? SEND US YOUR APPLICATION!
Send your complete application to us with “#TEDxTt application” and your name in the subject heading at email@example.com
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org