We want your remarkable ideas worth spreading!
Do you have a burning passion for something that the world needs to know about? Can you speak about it? Is it a remarkable idea worth spreading? Will it entertain, inspire and inform us all at the same time? Is it suited to a TED-like experience?
Do you have an amazing story to share or have you thrived in a crazy place?
We’re not looking for self-promoters or product pushers, we don’t want jargon, waffling or spouters of new age fluff. What we do want are riveting talks beautifully delivered by remarkable people who are doing profound work in the world.
And we are looking for speakers who understand the great service and value that such a volunteer-run TEDx experience brings to our communities and country.
To deeply appreciate the uniqueness of TEDx we invite you to spend an evening on TED.com to immerse, and indulge, in the variety of intelligent and inspiring ideas worth spreading from people all over the world. And don’t forget to watch TEDx Talks from your fellow citizens of Cape Town here: www.tedxcapetown.org
If this sounds like you, read on!
Dates to commit to as a TEDxCapeTown 2014 speaker:
Dates are subject to change based on the final event date and feedback from you on suitable dates, but these are the rough times, and the amount of events you will be expected to attend, to give you an idea of the input required. We are flexible and accommodating, but we do expect a high level of commitment from speakers.
Please note: We expect you to take part in the process to prepare you for the intellectual performance of your career.
If you cannot commit to these requirements we reserve the right to exclude you from the final speaker line up.
- Deadline for first batch of entries: 31 December 2013
- Speaker network evening 1: Thursday 6 February 2014 (evening)
- Selection of finalists: Monday 10 February 2014
- Deadline for second batch of entries: 30 April 2014
NB: While speaker applications after this date may be considered, we will only be considering applications where we feel the event requires more diversity of ideas, meaning that most applications after this date will not be considered.
- Speaker network evening 2: Friday 9 May 2014 (evening)
- Selection of finalists: Monday 12 May 2014
(First batch of finalists encouraged to attend this evening as well)
- Speaker coaching sessions: As soon as possible - August 2014 (approximately 1 hour each in duration)
By appointment, in person or skype, with speaker coaches.
First session to be completed by May, and speakers are expected to attend a minimum of three one-on-one or small group coaching sessions.
- Speaker, sponsors, team social 1: Thursday, 22 May 2014 (evening)
- Pumping up your social media: A beginners guide to engaging online. Saturday 14 June 2014 (half-day)
- Speaker, sponsors, team social 2: Friday, 4 July 2014 (evening)
- Dry run/ Dress rehearsal: 15/16 August 2014- (full day attendance required)
- Speaker dinner: 21/22 August 2014. (evening)
- TEDxCapeTown 2014: 22-23 August 2014 (not finalised yet!) - (full day attendance required)
- Feedback speaker breakfast: 6/7 September 2014. (morning / half-day)
Are you still interested in talking at TEDx?
We want those people who will stand on a stage and engage an entire audience by inspiring imaginations, empowering others to action and leaving a legacy of ideas delivered with authentic execution. These TEDxTalks will be filmed and they will live online, to inspire and spark connection like a snowball on a mission!
So who are we looking for?
- The inventor – sharing an innovation with world-changing potential
- The teacher – sharing valuable knowledge in a memorable way to teenagers or adults
- The prodigy – young talent ready to break out
- The artist – showcasing inspiring work in a compelling new way
- The performer – music, comedy, dance, drama or something completely different
- The sage – wisdom the world needs from those who have learned it the hard way
- The enthusiast – with an infectious passion about a topic they can share
- The change agent – helping shape the world’s future with work that matters
- The storyteller – vivid, original and meaningful, with a talent for connection
- The spark – with a powerful idea worth spreading
Topics can range from technology, design and entertainment to art, environmental science, leadership, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and more!
In the spirit of TED, we are looking for inspired speakers for our next TEDxCapeTown event who support the theme of ‘Amazing People, Crazy Places’. We are wanting local voices that few have heard before. We want those who can present their work and passion in a new light, and who have perspectives that the global TED community may not have access to. We are looking for amazing people, crazy places and ideas worth spreading!
Think you have what it takes?
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this TED?
TED isn’t a who, it’s a what. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future.
How is a TEDx event different from a TED conference?
TED conferences are organized and run directly by TED. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
Can I speak at TEDxCapeTown?
Maybe. Do you have an idea worth spreading? Is it remarkable? Will it entertain, inspire and inform us all at the same time? There are no canned pitches at TED. Watch a few TEDtalks before you consider reaching out to us. This is not your average conference.
If I nominate someone, will they get to speak?
Not necessarily. Nominating a speaker does not guarantee that they will be approached.
How long does the presentation have to be?
Speakers get up to 18 minutes to present on stage (but plan for 12). For examples of the TED talk style, potential speakers are encouraged to watch the videos on the TED website.
What sort of topics will be considered?
Topics can range from any of the following (included but not limited to):
- Art and Design
- Biology and Chemistry
- Finance and Marketing
Do speakers get paid to present?
Sorry, no. As per TED guidelines, speakers are not remunerated.
Can speakers seek funding whilst onstage?
Speakers are prohibited from both selling and seeking financing while onstage.
What legalese can I expect?
Speakers are required to sign a speaker permission release form prior to presenting.
Where can I find TED speaker guidelines?
Take a look at the TED guidelines for speakers