TEDxWindsor features innovative speakers and entertainer from the area and across the continent. A TEDx generally features a powerful, unique idea… and an idea is anything that can change the world.
A successful TEDx talk is more than just a lecture which delivers facts alone. TEDx talks focus on a powerful idea that is supported by facts. It doesn’t have to be a scientific breakthrough, a genius invention, or a complex legal theory. It can be a simple how-to or a human insight illustrated with the power of a story, or a beautiful image that has meaning. Or perhaps just a reminder of what matters most in life.
The System of Everything
What are Systems? They are the invisible connections that intrinsically link everything that we do. From our careers to our health, to transportation, education, and our own family lives – systems govern it all. Every tiny piece of the system works together to build our current lifestyles.
Are these systems working for us, and is it time to take a closer look at them? Maybe it’s time to break the system. Re-make the system.
At the inaugural TEDxWindsor event in March, Laura Briscoe and Jeni Van Kesteren showed us that the educational system could be improved by teaching Math and Art at the same time. At TED2016 Anthony Goldbloom talks about how many of our jobs will be replaced by automatic machine systems. Bastian Schaefer talks about a new system emerging and the possibility of building airplanes with 3D printed parts.
Let’s explore. Examine the old system and if it calls for it, create a new protocol… one that we’ve adapted to life as we know it in the new millennia.
You are required to submit a 2 minute MAXIMUM video at the end of this application. Please have it ready to be submitted before starting this application.
Who we’re looking for
TEDx talks cover a vast array of topics across a variety of areas. If you’ve identified a unique issue that you are passionate about, the TEDx platform can be a perfect place to share it.
Perhaps you have identified a challenge or problem that is important to you. The difference between a speech on this subject and a TEDx talk is that TEDx speakers present an issue and propose possible solutions.
The best TEDx talks are original, unique, and engaging. Ideas that resonate for you are likely to do the same for others. The TEDx stage is your chance to present an idea or issue, or a new spin on an existing topic that has never been discussed before.
Can I speak from my own experience?
Your story can provide an excellent basis for your talk. You will have unique insight and be passionate about your subject. Insight and passion are vital components of a TEDx talk.
Even though your story is fascinating, after viewing thousands of TED and TEDx talks, we know that merely sharing your biography does not make a successful presentation. Some talks end up being stories of self which offer compelling anecdotes from a person’s life but provide no central idea that wraps the narrative together. These stories are often heartbreaking, unusual, fascinating, popular talks that offer interesting commentary on local culture. But without the wrap-around of an idea, they’re just stories or biographical sketches. They aren’t idea-centered talks.
Rather than simply relaying your experience, think about how you might use it as a link to an overall throughline.
What makes a good TEDx talk?
The common perception is that only the most inspiring, animated individuals give the best TEDx talks. In fact, it is not the person we are searching for but the person’s idea or innovation.
We are looking for ideas that need to be defended, not something self-evident but an interesting argument, perhaps with an antagonist.
The most successful speakers change perceptions with their talks. This could be anything from a scientific discovery that changes how you think about frogs to a philosophical argument that reshapes your notions of the cosmos.
Does my talk need to follow a particular format?
TEDx talks do not have a prescriptive approach or formula. This is what makes each one so unique. If you watch TEDx talks regularly, you will see that people give talks on a wide variety of topics and present them in lots of different ways. Often, the more creative, the better.
There are seven different types of talks you might want to use as the basis of your own. You want your talk to be more than just a copy of someone else’s, but watching other TEDx talks is a good place to start.
Take a look at the types of talks below. Do any seem like a good fit for your idea?
You will have a chance to select from this list when you make your submission.
Examples: Bryan Stevenson, Onora O’Neill, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
THE TECH DEMO
Examples: Tan Le, Markus Fischer, Raffaello D’Andrea
Examples: Usman Riaz + Preston Reed, Arthur Benjamin, Pilobolus
THE ARTIST’S STATEMENT
THE ‘DAZZLE WITH WONDER.’
Examples: Yoav Medan, Marcus Byrne, Janna Levin
THE SMALL IDEA
Examples: Mary Roach, Joe Smith, Charlie Todd
THE ‘ISSUE’ TALK
Frequently asked Questions
I don't have much speaking experience. Can I do a TEDxWindsor talk?
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What types of talks will not be selected?
TED recommends that TEDx organizers avoid talks that cover these three areas: religion, politics, and pseudoscience. Additionally, we will not be selecting talks that are primarily motivational in nature, as other conferences are better suited for them. Instead, we are looking for talks that have very strong ideas. See above for the subject areas we are interested in showcasing.
Can I become a TEDx speaker by being a sponsor?
No. Sponsoring TEDx has many benefits, but a guaranteed speaking slot is not one of them. Use the Contact Form at the bottom of this page if you’d like to know more about this rule.
Do TEDx speakers get paid?
TEDx speakers are never paid.
What is the time commitment if I'm selected to present?
Before you apply, it is worth considering whether you can spare the time required to perfect your talk. You’d be surprised to learn the amount of work it takes to create a good talk. It can take up to 3-4 months with drafts and rehearsals to craft a talk. Speakers will need to provide drafts to the TEDxWindsor team at the agreed milestones. This helps us track the progress of the talk and provide constructive feedback. Being accepted as a TEDxWindsor speaker is just the beginning of the process. We provide a robust speaker coaching program that will help you and the other speakers give the talk of your life. This will include core idea development, story coaching, and presentation coaching. Expect to spend 8-10 hours directly with a coach. This time is in addition to the work that you will do on your own, writing, memorizing, designing and practicing your talk. We have rehearsals the week of the event, with a full dress rehearsal the day before. It is not necessary for your talk to focus on Santa Barbara or local issues. At TEDxWindsor , our aim is simply to include speakers who live and work in and around the area. We are looking for ideas that originate in our community but are widely relatable.
What if I have more questions?
You can email us on the contact page and we will do our best to answer!