Following the phenomenal success of TEDxNorwichED: Thinking Differently and TEDxNorwichED: Inspiring Generations we are pleased to announce that TEDxNorwichED is back on the 28th April 2018, with TEDxNorwichED: Dream Big – the only TEDxED event in the Europe in 2018.
WE ARE NOW STARTING OUR SEARCH FOR TALKS AT THE EVENT.
Applications are open to anyone – from the unknown to the famous – you do not need to have talked before to apply – but, obviously, we do ask that you are confident that you can present a TED-style talk!
We want to hear your ideas worth sharing, which fit with our theme of Dream Big.
For information about our theme, make sure you check out our homepage– there you will find a summary of what we are looking for at the event.
Our ‘Dream Big’ theme is purposefully broad – anything that can be linked back to the theme of Dreaming Big goes- it’s up to you!
Our theme for 2018 is Dream Big. Talks must fit, in some way into this theme. However, the theme is purposefully broad.
Just some ideas of the types of talks we are looking for are given below- you don’t need to meet all of these in your talk- but hopefully this gives you a flavour of how we are interpreting the theme!
We want our speakers to take us on a journey of exploration.
We want talks that continue the conversation- and spark new ones- about Education in its broadest sense, which is not limited by any perceived restraints.
We want talks that help us as we share ideas, share inspiration, and dream big together.
We want speakers that help us as we explore how we can inspire people to dream big dreams, to dream outside the box.
We want talks that help us to search for the dreams that define us and our education system, and answer the question how we can get people ready to pursue their dreams.
We want speakers who will encourage us to discuss how we can spark imagination, invention and ingenuity, and how we can help people become catalysts for change.
We want speakers who help us explore what our tomorrow looks like, and what could happen in education if we allowed ourselves to dream big.
Finally, we want speakers who genuinely believe that it is only by Dreaming Big that Big things can happen.
A note about education.... whilst this is a TEDxED event, we invite talks from a wide spectrum- it does not need to be about traditional education, nor do you need to work in education yourself. After all, there is lots that education (and we take education in its broadest defitiniton) can learn from the wider world!
Applications to speak are open to ANYONE! Yes, that includes you….
All we ask is that you have an idea or message worth sharing, or you make us think or question. If you’ve read through all of the information on this page, and want to have a go, we do strongly encourage you to apply. Some of our best speakers have been those who were on the cusp of not applying, but who are now so glad they have!
You don’t have to be a professional speaker, or had much (or indeed any) public speaking experience. We can help you build the skills you need. Of course, you are also welcome to apply if you have had tons of public speaking experience each year we have a right mix of speaking experience apply.
You don’t need to work in education, nor does your talk have to be ‘about’ education. About half of our speakers (and 55% of our attendees) each year would not class themselves as ‘educationalists’, but they had relevant ideas to share that fitted with our themes. But what we do ask is that you are interested in, and passionate about, education in its broadest sense.
We are also especially looking for young people themselves to apply to speak- so if you know a young person who has an idea to tell or story to share, please encourage them to apply. We’ve had speakers as young as 10 before!
If your idea or talk needs it, you can also apply as a group to speak- but there must be justification for the talk being delivered by more than one person. If you want to do this, ask the lead person of your group to fill in the form, and make it clear that there will be more than one of you on stage! An example of where this has worked well before is when a young person and adult(s) have shared the stage to give a truly multi-generational take and view.
Whilst our applications are open to anyone, there are some things we don’t want to see- whether that be because of TED’s rules or our own event methods.
So we aren’t looking for people who:-
We appreciate that you have a choice of where to apply to speak! Here are some of the things that we, and our previous speakers, feel makes TEDxNorwichED a fantastic place to a TEDx talk.
To get a flavour for what a TEDxNorwichED event is like, check out the highlight videos from 2017.
Here are some key stats about our previous events:-
It goes without saying, but it must be ‘TED’ style. If you’ve never seen a TED video- go watch some! Or even better- check out some of our videos from last year.
It must tie in with our theme, in some way- yes, we’ve said this before, but this is key. However, our theme is purposefully broad.
You must be able to ‘own the stage’- you will have the stage to yourself for the length of your talk- and it goes without saying that you will need to engage and hold your audiences attention. We can help you feel confident with speaking though- so don’t let it put you off!
Your talk must be practiced and practiced- we appreciate taking on a TEDx talk is a big commitment, and thank you in advance for the time you will put into practicing, perfecting and polishing your talk – but know that all the effort will be worth it when you present on the day and are part of of the conversation around our Dream Big theme.
It must fit within the time your ar allocated. Speaekrs will be given a slot of between 5 and 18 minutes for their talk. This fits with the TED style and rule-book. Some of the most popular TED talks are short talks, and very fee TEDxNorwichED talks are allocated the full 18 minutes. We will ask you as part of your application how long you would like- but reserve the right to offer you a different length of talk.
It must be unique- not something that popped could have heard you give elsewhere. The ideas may, of course, not be brand new, but the talk must be.
It mustn’t rely on a traditional powerpoint- you can use our screen in anyway you like during your talk, and you don’t need to use it (about half our talks don’t use the screen)- but aim for powerful images, key words, videos, quotes etc, rather than death by powerpoint!
Your talk can also innovative in the way you present it, and by TED rules we are encouraged to select some talks that are innovative in the way they are presented.
Here are our top tips for making an amazing application:-
So, you’ve made it to the bottom of the page! Thank you for reading everything above- it will help you craft an amazing application!
We really hope you want to submit an application to speak.
Here is how the process works..
We are happy to be partnering with YouNoodle who have provided us with our new application system.