TEDxDePaulUniversity 2020 Speaker Application
Thank you for your interest in being a part of TEDxDePaulUniversity 2020. We are accepting applications from the DePaul community -- faculty, staff, students and alumni -- until Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. (CT).
When filling out the application, keep in mind that we aren't merely looking for good speakers and performers; we're looking for "ideas worth spreading." TEDx talks and performances should be ideas that change perceptions, connect with emotions, are widely relatable and conveyed in 18 minutes or less. Submissions should also consider this year's theme "The Unexpected." Need inspiration? Explore TED's vast video library at TED.com or past TEDxDePaulUniversity talks on our website, which have more than 2 million views.
The TEDx platform is a great way to share your innovative ideas with the world. The most memorable talks take a significant amount of time to sharpen, and we are committed to helping you deliver the best talk possible.
BY FILLING OUT THIS APPLICATION, YOU AGREE TO:
1. Adhere to the timeline for submitting drafts of your talk (shared at time of acceptance)
2. Work with our speaker coaches at mutually agreed upon times
3. Attend the kick off meeting the evening of Jan. 27
4. Attend one in-person rehearsal on March 9 or 10, and the technical rehearsal on April 23
5. Be present for the duration of the event on April 24
NEXT STEPS: After you fill out this form*, it will be submitted to the selection committee. You will be notified through the contact information you provide below on or before Jan. 22 if your talk has been accepted. To learn more about TEDxDePaulUniversity, visit
*Only one entry per person will be accepted. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
First and last name
How did you hear about the application?
University events calendar
Select your affiliation with DePaul.
Please note that we are only accepting applications from the DePaul community at this time.
Proposed title of your talk.
This can be a working title.
What is your 'idea worth spreading'?
In 200 words or less, tell us what your talk or performance would be about, why this topic is important to you, and how your idea connects to the theme, "The Unexpected."
Please provide a link to your 2-minute (or less) YouTube video pitching us your idea.
Tell us why the world needs to hear your idea. How does your idea connect to the theme? Why is it timely? What is your call to action? Please note that we are not looking for professionally edited videos. This video can quickly be accomplished on any smart phone and most computers. Here are the simple steps to upload a video to YouTube from your computer, Android or iPhone device:
. TIPS: Please be sure the video you post is set to public so we can view it; Make sure we can see you on camera talking about your topic, not a voice over of a PowerPoint; Your video will not be viewed past the two-minute mark, so make sure it is concise. If you need additional assistance, email
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