Youth Speaker Open Auditions Are Now Closed

 
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Once a year, TEDxGatewayArch opens up the audition process. 

 
 

Youth Speaker Audition Application

  • YOUTH APPLICATIONS ARE FOR OUR YOUNG FRIENDS AGES 12-18
  • APPLICATIONS CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT 2/26
  • COMMITTEE WILL NOTIFY APPLICANTS BY 3/9
  • LIVE AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD 3/17
  • A MAXIMUM OF 30 APPLICANTS WILL BE SELECTED TO AUDITION

    TEDxGatewayArch aims to source young innovators and trailblazers, especially in the fields of technology, entertainment and design to give a TEDx talk at our upcoming 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 the St. Louis region.

    We look for two distinct types speakers:

    Learners & Thinkers would be described as people who:

    are passionate experts 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.

    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.

    If you fit this criteria, or would like to nominate someone who does, please complete the following application.