Speaker Open Auditions Information
Auditions Currently Closed
Once a year, TEDxGatewayArch opens up the audition process. Stay tuned for 2018 auditions.
TEDxGatewayArch aims to sources innovators and trailblazers, especially in the fields of technology, entertainment and design to give a TEDx talk at a future event. We look for speakers who are passionate, engaging and have the ability to tell a compelling story. Speakers must also have an intrinsic connection to St. Louis.
We look for two distinct types speakers:
Learners & Thinkers would be described as people who:
are an expert (passionate) in their field, breaking new ground; can bring us a new (surprising) idea or can challenge a belief with a new argument; bring evidence or observations helping us draw a larger conclusion.
Creators & Doers would be described people who:
are leading artists, technologists, performers, or designers; can share their work or give us a window into what’s being done in their discipline; more about sharing their discipline or big project than a “big idea”; create technology demos and highly visual presentations.
At the auditions, the selection committee will avoid subjects that are political, religious or are based on faulty science. We are not interested in ‘great public speakers’ doing their canned talk on stage. We want more of “I didn’t know that was happening here” or “Look what they’ve done/discovered”.
Determination will be made with the intention of creating an inclusive and equitable community of thought leaders. We want the audience to discover the innovation that is happening in this region, be inspired by people doing cool things in other fields and ask 'what can I do that will make a difference'.
Auditioners get 3 minutes to present his or her idea without the aid of A/V equipment (but you can describe proposed graphics). Come prepared to deliver an ‘elevator pitch’ of your idea along with a quick review of your background. Stage presence and ability to relate a concise and engaging idea will be weighed heavily.