TEDxSydney Summer 2020 Pitch Night
What is YOUR Idea?
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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.
Think of it as an idea search and an opportunity to be considered for TEDxSydney’s suite of events including our flagship event on 22nd May 2020 and TEDxSydney Salons.
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!
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: Friday 14 February at 5pm
TEDxSydney Pitch Night, Ideas of Note
Date: Tuesday 25 February 2020
Time: 6:00 – 9:30pm
Location: Foxtel on Oxford, 11 Oxford Street, Sydney
NB: Finalists should be at the venue at 5.30pm for a briefing before the event starts.
Tickets to attend the event have SOLD OUT
How to Apply
Fill in the form below with your 100-300 word script 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 Pitch night.
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
- What’s your idea worth spreading? Develop your idea.
- Focus on your idea and then script your pitch in support of it.
- 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?
- Consider the solution – is there one? What’s the status quo? What’s the problem with the status quo?
- Make an outline and write a script.
- Strong introduction, effective stories, build to a conclusion.
- 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.
- Don’t forget to include your video pitch.
- If selected, rehearse your short talk and then rehearse some more!
- 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.
Can I come to TEDxSydney 2020 We’d love to see you there – register here.
Pitch Night Submission Form