San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Ever wanted your chance to give a TEDx Talk? Here it is!
The main stage at TEDxFultonStreet is mostly booked with stellar presenters... but sometimes our curation team misses a great speaker. On Tuesday April 29th, we're hosting an Open Mic Audition, where anyone who wants a chance at presenting can have it!
Contestants get one minute to impress the group, and whoever the audience wants to invite back will get to deliver a TEDx Talk at TEDxFultonStreet this June.
It's free to participate, so come and meet the team! Many of our volunteers will be there, as well as a few of the confirmed speakers. This is an early opportunity to meet some of the TEDxFultonStreet community, completely free. (One drink minimum, please.)
What kind of speakers are being booked?
We’re looking for individuals who have somehow changed the world, in terms of Technology or Entertainment or Design… who can share an original presentation that will be enlightening for a general audience of attendees. Our audience is comprised of creative individuals across a range of industries, who are seeking both information and inspiration.
“Learning from the Source”
is a concept we value highly:
people discussing things they have done,
discovered, proven, or otherwise created.
(By contrast, we’re not interested in analyses of the works of others, unless there’s a new and provable discovery in the analysis itself. Discussions that sound like life-coaching or calls-to-action for social causes might be emotionally compelling, but this is a conference specifically about Technology and Entertainment and Design - our community is looking to learn directly from the innovators who have shaped at least some part of the world in which we live. Not everyone needs to be world-famous yet, but everyone does need to be a creator.)
It’s better to say “here’s what I did,” rather than
“here’s what I think other people should do."
The best guideline would be to talk about an accomplishment of yours that has touched the lives of many others - and either the history of how you created it, or the future of how it may change the world further.
There’s more about this on the TEDxFultonStreet website at:
What if all the "contestant" tickets are sold-out, and I still want to audition?
We are leaving room for on-site registration. The point of this event is to give people an opportunity to have a voice, and to let the audience vote on individuals who our curation team might have overlooked. If you want to try a turn on the mic, we want to make it happen. Also, remember, the Organizer and curatorial team will be present, so you can always find us directly. In short, the first step is showing up.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
-The TEDxFultonStreet Team
When & Where
About TEDxx = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.
The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.
The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.
For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration