TEDxTerry Talks: Apply to Speak


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Important Note: Speaker Application Deadline: October 7th October 13th, 2015


So now that you’re here, you’re probably wondering how to be a speaker at the 2015 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, October 7th at 11:59PM. Tuesday, October 13th at 11:59PM


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 minute or so (no more than two minutes please) 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 all of our past 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). Also, feel free to give us a shout if you need help with this.

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.


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 (password if privacy settings dictate)

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 ~400 seats. Talks will be filmed and archived online.


Please pencil the following dates into your calendars when you apply as they are required for all TEDx Terry talks speakers:

Applications Due: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 (before midnight).

Chosen speakers notified by: October 15th, 2015

First Meeting: Week of October 19th to 23rd (To be determined)

First Rehearsals: Week of Oct 26th to 30th (one of two evenings TBD, 6pm to 9pm) (~half speakers each night)

Second Rehearsals: November 2nd to 5th (one of two evenings TBD, 6pm-9pm)

Final Chance for Rehearsal (and room check): November 6th (3-6pm)

Showtime: Saturday, November 7th, 2015


Send your complete application to us with “#TEDxTt application” and your name in the subject heading at terrytalks@gmail.com

Got questions?

Email us at terrytalks@gmail.com