Following the phenomenal success of TEDxNorwichED: Thinking Differently, TEDxNorwichED: Inspiring Generations, TEDxNorwichED: Dream Big and TEDxNorwichED: Look Again, we are pleased to announce that TEDxNorwichED is back on the 25th April 2020, for our 5th anniversary with TEDxNorwichED: Make The Difference – the only TEDxED event in Europe in 2020!
APPLICATIONS OPEN ON 1st November and close on 22nd November at 11:59pm.
Don’t miss your opportunity to apply!
Please make sure you take a read through all the information below before applying – you’ll find the link to the application form at the bottom of this page.
However, if you’ve read this before, click on the button to the left to apply now, or access a saved application.
Applications are open to anyone – from the unknown to the famous – you do not need to have done any public speaking before to apply – but obviously, we do ask that you are confident that you can present a TED-style talk! However, coaching is available to help you develop your speaking style and skills.
We want to hear your ideas worth sharing which match our theme of Make The Difference.
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 ‘Make The Difference’ theme is purposefully broad – anything that can be linked back to the theme goes – it’s up to you.
Join us at 19:00 on 6th November on our Facebook Page for a free and interactive application masterclass through Facebook Live. You’ll find out all you need to know about applying, hear past TEDxNorwichED speakers talk about their experience, plus get top tips and insiders information on how to make an amazing application!
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 broad mix of speaking experience apply.
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.
You don’t need to work in education, nor does your talk have to be ‘about’ education. About half of our speakers (and 40% of our attendees) each year would not class themselves as ‘educationalists’, but they had relevant ideas to share that fitted with our themes.
What we do ask is that you are interested in, and passionate about, education in its broadest sense. This could include education in schools, careers, health and wellbeing, workplace education, leadership development, self-development for our attendees and many many more.
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 9 before!
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 philosophy.
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 and unique place to do a TEDx talk:
It goes without saying, but it must be ‘TED’ style. If you’ve never seen a TED video, we advise you to 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 of Make The Difference 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 audience’s 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 rehearsing, 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 Make The Difference theme.
It must fit within the time allocated. Speakers will be given a time 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 few 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 people 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
Here are our top tips for making an amazing application:-
When you submit your application you’ll be asked to agree to the following:-
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 using an online application system, kindly provided by YouNoodle. Click on the link below to be taken to the system.
– You will then need to register. Once registered, click on TEDxNorwichED 2020 to start your application.
– You will then be taken to the main application form – you can see the questions with some answers having word limits, and the compulsory questions marked with an asterisk *.
– You can save and return to your application at any time.
– Once you are happy with it, press next, and next again to be taken to the overview page, where you can check it out one more time- it is from this page you can submit your application.
– A wide-ranging panel will review the submissions and provide their comments.
– We will then take these comments into a selection meeting, chaired by our lead organiser and with a range of people on it- in this (often long) meeting we make the very difficult decisions about our programme and who fits where!
– We will then notify you of the outcome by 7th December 2020. If you are accepted, we ask you to keep this a ‘secret’ for now!
Applications close at 23:59 on FRIDAY 22nd November.
All applicants will hear the outcome of their applications by 7th December 2020.
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