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TEDxSydney Summer 2020 Pitch Night · 25 February 2020

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


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


The Details

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

  1. What’s your idea worth spreading? Develop your idea.
  2. Focus on your idea and then script your pitch 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 2020 We’d love to see you there – register here.


Pitch Night Submission Form

Fields marked with an * are required

(Maximum of 450 words) 

Tip: Copy and paste your script into this section and save your copy! No slides/powerpoint presentations.

Videos dont’t have to be a full 3 minute video

You can upload via Youtube or Vimeo - ensure video is set to private and include the link and correct password in the link above. Please note that your video will be viewed confidentially by TEDxSydney’s curatorial team and will not be posted or shared. Don’t forget to delete your video later. Also make sure to check that your video is actually working before adding a link. You can also send a link to a video on dropbox / google drive - whatever works for you.

Shortlisted speakers must be available for a rehearsal and sound check on the afternoon of the event at 4pm on Tuesday 25 February at Foxtel on Oxford in Paddington.

I understand that TEDxSydney receives hundreds of applications and that my entry may not shortlisted for the Pitch Night, I also understand that the curatorial team is unable to provide individual feedback on my entry. I acknowledge that if I am shortlisted to present on the night, that I understand that my Pitch is not an official TEDx talk and will not be filmed as such and that I am not guaranteed a place as an official TEDx speaker at any subsequent TEDxSydney event.





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