What is YOUR Idea?

TEDxSydney Summer 2018 Pitch Night · 13 February 2018

Thanks to everyone one who joined us at our Sumer Pitch Night – have a look at some of the images taken on the night. 

Summer Pitch Night Tuesday 13 February 2018 6:30 pm at Cake Wines Cellar Door.

We want You at TEDxSydney – either on stage or as part of the audience!

Last November, we held our inaugural pitch night and were blown away by the great ideas from the 21 presenters on the night. So if you are keen to try out your idea in front of a friendly audience, then this is your chance. Think of it as an open mic night for ideas and an opportunity to be seen and considered for TEDxSydney’s main event in 2018.

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 pitch for your 2-3 minute talk and if selected, deliver it in front of our TEDxSydney audience.

To apply: Fill in the form below with your 200-word pitch detailing your talk idea AND a 1 minute video of your proposed short talk.

The most compelling idea presented on the night, as selected by our curatorial team, will receive two full day tickets to TEDxSydney 2018. Two other presenters will receive a single ticket and all pitches will be considered by the curatorial team for upcoming events.

Deadline: Deadline extended to Monday 5th February, 5pm.

The event has already sold out in terms of attending as audience member. If you are successful and selected as a speaker you will have the opportunity to invite a guest.

Any questions – read the tips and FAQS below or email

Please note that you must be over the age of 18 to attend this event.

No Fields Found.

Things to think about:

  • We are looking for ideas on any topic or subject matter that demonstrate original thinking
  • That can be conveyed by you alone (no slides – it’s just you on stage)
  • 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?
  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?
  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.


I submitted last year and I wasn’t selected, can I submit the same idea again or can I enter a new idea?  Yes – of course, but consider refining your original idea, or submit something else entirely. See tips above.

I am under 18 years of age, can I present my idea at the Pitch night? Unfortunately no. As this a licensed venue no one under the age of 18 can enter the premises. We will hold a pitch event in advance of our next TEDxYouth@Sydney so watch this space.

How will the night run? There will be two sessions and presenters will deliver their short pitch in under 3 minutes. It’s a super fun night and there will be plenty of time to grab a drink and something to eat.

I submitted my pitch but I haven’t heard from you? The curatorial team will be looking at all the entries after the deadline and will let entrants know by 5pm, Wednesday 7th February.

How do you choose a winner/s? Members of TEDxSydney’s curatorial team will be there on the night and make a quick decision after the end of the second session as to winners of the tickets to TEDxSydney 2018, however we are listening keenly to everyone who presents on the night.

Can I come to TEDxSydney 2018 We’d love to see you there – register here.


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