Apply to Speak

“Seeds for the Future”

Speaker applications for our 2022 event are now closed.

Instructions

  1. For your application, you must be able to submit an unedited 3 minute video of you speaking. It can be a recording done over Zoom or a video of you publicly speaking at a prior engagement. If you have a link to a video, please copy it in a word document and then upload the word document to the application.
  2. Please make sure your responses are between 3-5 sentences long for every question. We are looking for enough information so that we can properly evaluate your application.
  3. When thinking about your talk, please follow the following guidelines from TED.
    1. No bad science
      1. TED and TEDx are platforms for showcasing and explaining genuine advances in science that are backed by research.
      2. Scientific claims by speakers should be based on data that has survived scrutiny by experts in the field. Speakers should be transparent about the basis for any factual claims, and the scientific evidence for them.
      3. The consequences of pseudoscience can be especially severe, and speakers should not misuse scientific language to make unsubstantiated claims.
    2. No political or religious agendas.
      1. No talks with an inflammatory political or religious agenda, nor polarizing “us vs them” language.
      2. We seek to build consensus and provide outside-the-box thinking, not to revisit familiar, unresolvable disputes on these topics.
    3. No selling from the stage.
      1. Speakers cannot promote their own products, books, or businesses, or those of a company which employs them. Talks can only feature technology, product demos, or books that inform an idea presented in a talk.
    4. Copyright
      1. Every talk’s content must be in compliance with copyright law.
      2. Speakers must inform you beforehand of any third-party material that will be used in their presentations and seek written permissions to copyrighted materials when applicable.
      3. TED cannot assist with this process nor act as a consultant on individual cases. Use these Copyright Guidelines to help you understand how to ensure the speaker clears everything with permission before they record their talk.
    5. Good luck!

FAQ’s

Do I need to have a final draft of my talk with my first submission?

No, you don’t need a final speech of your talk, but you do need a good outline of what you will use to write your talk if you make it to the next round of applications. The outline should be no more than 1 page in length.

How many rounds will there be until I find out?

As of right now, expect for there to be 2 rounds of the selection process.

Is there a video component required for the application?

Yes, you need to submit a 3-minute video of you talking. It can be a recording done over Zoom or it can be a video of you publicly speaking from a previous engagement. The video should not be so highly edited that we cannot get a good sense of your speaking ability.

Do I need to be seated or standing in my video?

You can record as you are most comfortable, or with what you have available. If the final event is recorded, TEDx recommends being seated to give the talk.

Does my video have to be on my topic or can it be any topic?

We want to get the truest sense of your stage presence, your video may be on any topic that you feel gives us the best representation of your ability to present your talk.

If granted a slot to speak at TEDx, how long can my talk be?

The maximum length of your talk for our event should be 15 minutes. However, most talks typically range from 6-12 minutes.

How long should my answers on my application be?

We expect answers to range from 3-5 sentences in the first round.

What are some guidelines that I have to follow for my talk?
There are 4 main guidelines that every talk must follow. They are,
1. No bad science
2. No political agendas
3. No religious agendas
4. No selling from the stage.
What can I use in my talk?

Outside of the content guidelines, you cannot have any copyrighted materials in your talk. This includes images, videos, and music etc., unless you have written permission to use the materials for the talk and on YouTube. Our team cannot assist in you acquiring the rights/permission to use copyrighted materials.

How many people will be chosen to speak at the TedxUniversityofDelaware Event?

Right now, we are expecting there to be 8-12 speakers.

Can people who have no affiliation to the University of Delaware apply?

Yes, though we do give priority to those with an affiliation to the University.

Does my talk have to directly relate to the event theme?

No, we want a wide array of talks from multiple disciplines – our themes are selected to be broad enough to encompass this.

What happens if I am selected?

We have a team of volunteers who specialize in coaching speakers and helping you to craft the best talk you can give! We will work with you for several months prior to the event date to get you ready for the talk of a lifetime! There will be several rehearsals for all of our speakers to help you prepare for the stage as well.

When will this event be held?

We are currently planning for this event to be held on a Saturday in October 2021. Given the uncertain nature of holding large events, we are not sure if the event will be in person or virtual. More information about the modality of this event will be available as we approach the fall, we ask for your patience with this part of the planning process.