FAQ for Prospective Speakers

Hi! You’re probably reading this because you’re thinking about speaking, co-hosting, or performing at TEDxYouth@ChavisWay but aren’t sure what to expect or what to include in your application. Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn more about TEDx and check out some really cool TEDxYouth talks. 

First things first…what is TEDx?

  • 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. 

I’m interested in speaking. Where can I learn more?

Awesome – we really hope you apply! A couple things to keep in mind: 

  1. Your talk must be between 5 and 18 minutes. 
  2. Your “Idea Worth Spreading” must be your own and may not address political/religious agendas or directly promote a company, business, or product.
  3. This is a rigorous process and includes many deadlines along the way. You will need to commit to at least one virtual dress rehearsal and one in-person dress rehearsal, specific dates to be determined. Note: We are working on getting a teleprompter for speakers.
  4. You must be between the ages of 10 and 19 to apply and reside in the Triangle area (i.e., Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and surrounding suburbs)
  5. Before starting your application, you must verify that your idea is within TEDx Content Guidelines.  To do this, please review the following link from TED: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/tedxcontentguidelines.pdf

The theme of TEDxYouth@ChavisWay is “Inspiring Change.” How can I make sure my Talk qualifies? 

The theme is open to interpretation. That means presenters, performers, and speakers can use their choice of creative expression to highlight subjects of personal interest and passion that spark the process of change in our communities, peer groups, and social collectives. 

I’m interested in performing. What types of performances can I do?

We invite musicians and performers (for example: dancers, poets, artists) to share their art in between talks. If you’re unsure whether your performance meets these criteria, send us an email at tedxyouthchavisway@gmail.com. Remember: Performers must also apply!

Co-hosting is a possibility? Cool…what does that even mean?

Glad you asked! Co-hosts will be responsible for the following:

  • Introductions – Introduce each speaker/presenter by providing a brief bio and tease the presentation (about 30 seconds)
  • Time-keeping – Keep speakers on track by providing gentle time reminders
  • Announcements – Make the audience aware of any housekeeping announcements or changes to the program
  • Audience participation – Keep the audience engaged and lively

I want to see some examples before I submit an application. Where can I find some?

  • There is no shortage of amazing TEDxYouth talks. TED has compiled some of the best, which can be found here. Keep in mind, you do not have to be a nuclear physicist to apply! These are just some examples of talks that were outstanding.  If you have read this far, it’s probably because you think you have something to say. We think you do, too, and we can’t wait to hear what it is. 

Ready to apply? 

Click here to get started or visit our website at www.tedxyouthchavisway.com for additional information. The application deadline is January 15th, 2023.

Still have questions? Reach out at tedxyouthchavisway@gmail.com