Do you have an idea worth spreading?

2021 Submissions Now Closed

TEDxSydney is on the hunt for fresh ideas. If you think you have a cracker of an idea for a TEDx talk, then we want to hear from you. 

As we step into the future, we have never taken more comfort in hard science, groundbreaking research and a fact-based approach to our future. In 2021, TEDxSydney is looking to uncover remarkable ideas that will help shape the next 5, 10 and 50 years.

This is an opportunity to be considered for TEDxSydney’s suite of events including our Main Event on 17 September 2021, broadcast from the Sydney Opera House

We are looking for 2-3 minute talks, on any topic that demonstrates original thinking and that can be conveyed by you alone. No slides, no sales pitches – just incredible ideas! 

We are especially keen to hear cutting edge research and ideas across STEM, architecture, design, medicine, health and beyond.

All you need to do is send in your written pitch for your 2-3 minute talk AND a 1min video of you delivering your scripted pitch

If selected, you will then deliver your idea in front of a TEDxSydney audience and TEDxSydney’s Curatorial Team.


Submission Deadline: NOW CLOSED


IMPORTANT: Read the tips and FAQS before you complete your entry


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TEDxSydney Ideas Search

New Date: 3 August 2021

Time: 6:30PM

Location: The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St Paddington


How to Apply

Fill in the form below with your suggested script (up to 450 words) detailing your talk idea AND video link.

Our Curatorial Team will select a shortlist and you never know, we might see you on stage at the next TEDxSydney Ideas Search event.

Things to think about:

  • We are looking for ideas on any topic demonstrates original thinking
  • The idea must be conveyed by you alone. No slides.
  • No selling from the stage, no political agendas, no proselytising and only good science.

Tips on crafting your pitch from our Curatorial Team

  1. What’s your idea worth spreading? Develop your idea.
  2. Focus on your idea and then write a script  in support of it.
  3. Ask yourself – is my idea new? Is it interesting? Is it factual and realistic? What makes me the right person to talk about this idea?
  4. Consider the solution – is there one? What’s the status quo? What’s the problem with the status quo?
  5. Make an outline and write a script.
  6. Strong introduction, effective stories, build to a conclusion.
  7. Remember, even if you are telling a personal story – where are you going with it? What’s your idea? Your story is not enough … a story must support the idea.
  8. Don’t forget to include your video pitch.
  9. If selected, rehearse your short talk and then rehearse some more!
  10. If selected, preferably no notes.

What makes a good idea for a talk? 

Your idea can be new or surprising, or challenge a belief your audience already has. Or it can be a great basic idea with a compelling new argument behind it. An idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.

A few questions you could ask yourself are: Is my idea new? Are you telling people something you’re pretty sure they have not heard before? Is it interesting? Think about how your idea might apply to a room full of varied kinds of people. Who might be interested in it? Is it factual and realistic? If you are presenting new research, make sure your idea is backed by data and peer reviewed. If you answered “no” to any of these questions, refine your idea.

FAQS here

Can I come to TEDxSydney 2021? We’d love for you to join us – register here.





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