TEDxOttawa

2019 Speaker Applications Now Open

What does TEDxOttawa Expect from its speakers?

First and foremost, as a celebration of ideas, we want to see you bring yours!

Your TEDx presentation can be an absolute maximum of 18 minutes (lately TEDx talks are between 12-15 minutes): long enough to say something of significance, but short enough to hold everyone’s attention. While those few minutes may be shorter than you’re used to, TEDx events have proven that a carefully prepared talk of this length can have astonishing impact. (See TED.com for examples.) Once you have the spark of an idea growing, know that the next thing we
expect of our speakers to work closely with our TEDxOttawa coach.

If selected you will be required to work closing with one of our two amazing TEDxOttawa speaker coaches who share TED best practices to ensure your talk inspires and provides a call to action.

Where else will my TEDxOttawa talk be seen?

After the event is over, your presentation will be submitted to TED for approval and then posted on the youtube TEDxtalks website as well as on our TEDxOttawa.ca website. It could even be featured on TED.com itself, where videos routinely receive hundreds of thousands or even millions of viewers. All talks will be recorded at TV production quality. If you’re still new to the TED experience, here are a few talks worth checking out to see what we mean.  Speakers will only have access to the final TED approved video.

Are there any other rules for TEDx talks?

As a TED offshoot, TEDx events will be following the official TED speaker rules. We do not accept talks that are talk about politics, weapons, ammunition, cigarettes, cannabis, online gambling, sex-related or are commercial in nature — no “selling from the stage,” please — and there is strict enforcement of the clock. TED has never paid speakers to appear, but has always committed to creating an experience that’s tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides, and as a TEDx event we plan to do the same. Even though you may have delivered 10 or 100 or even 1000 presentations, this one is different. TED Talks are not standard presentations — they are performances, stories or experiences. Do not think of TED as a conference; it is much more like theatre.

All invited speakers must sign a speaker release

What is TEDxOttawa looking for?

We look for speakers who inspire others with their “Idea Worth Spreading.”

Many will apply, but only a few will be selected to speak at TEDxOttawa. What makes a great TEDx speaker? It’s a combination of certain characteristics. We look for speakers who inspire others with their “Idea Worth Spreading.” Amazing, Funny, Jaw-Dropping or Beautiful are some of the characteristics we desire. Speakers should be persuasive, ingenious and informative. And should be ready to deliver the most awesome speech they have ever given. The speakers we need are those who have done something incredible or discovered something astonishing — something they can give to each and every member of our audience. Something the audience can carry home and use to change the world in their own way. Remember, your talk should not only be a Story Worth Telling, but must ALSO have an Idea Worth Spreading. A deep passion and dedication to a cause, a concept or a journey is within every TEDx speaker. The ideal speaker changes the world around them and will change you as well.

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About TEDx

x = 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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less.

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