Youth Speaker Open Auditions

 
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Application Now Open!

Once a year, TEDxGatewayArch opens up the audition process. We are looking for local youth thought leaders to speak at our July Youth event or September 2018 flagship conference.

 
 

Youth Speaker Audition Application

  • YOUTH APPLICATIONS ARE FOR OUR YOUNG FRIENDS AGES 12-18
  • APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE 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.

     
     

    Youth Speaker Audition Application

    By submitting your information through this form, please confirm availability to attend live audition on Saturday, March 17, if selected. Tentative time 10am-1pm.

    Also confirm availability of multiple speaker workshops, facilitation sessions, and practices throughout the year (more details to be provided if selected).

    Our Youth event will be held in July, the flagship event date is Sept 14th, but we also use this audition process to source for future events.

    You may complete this form for yourself or nominate another.
    Speaker Name *
    Speaker Name
    Please confirm availability to attend live audition on Saturday, March 17, if selected *
    Tentative time 10am-1pm
    Yourself or Nomination?
    Are you completing this form for yourself or nominating another? *
    If yourself, you may skip this section and click SUBMIT. If you are nominating another person, please complete the following contact information for yourself:
    If yourself, you may skip this section and click SUBMIT. If you are nominating another person, please complete the following contact information for yourself: