TED begins talent search for 2013 meet
TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
DOHA TED, a non-profit organisation, opened registration for its TED2013 conference on Wednesday.
In order to discover some of the world’s most remarkable voices and ideas, TED will host a 14-city global audition series.
The organisers of the conference expect to fill at least half of next year’s programme, theme ‘The Young.
The Wise. The Undiscovered’, with people they discover through the process.
TED’s curator Chris Anderson said, “The search was born out of a realisation that TED’s best moments often come from unexpected places. We thought of expanding TED’s global footprint to find even more of those undiscovered voices to do something completely different? The search is designed to bring together the most remarkable line-up in TED’s history. Given what we’ve already seen from our global TED community, we’re confident we will be wowed.” The audition events are confirmed for Doha, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Tunis and Vancouver – all between April and June 2012. TED has tapped local TEDx organisers in each city to produce the events.
For Doha auditions, the online submission is still open on the following link http://on.ted.com/auditionsdoha.
Online audition applications, which include the option to upload a short video, will be available for each city at least two months before the audition. From those submissions, TED will invite 30 of the best applicants to each audition, where speakers will have three to six minutes to deliver a proposed talk in English. Anyone, with the exception of those who have already spoken at an official TED conference or have a talk on TED.com, is eligible to apply to auditions in his or her nearest city. In some exceptional cases, TED will contribute to travel costs.
After auditions in each city, TED will post video of all candidates’ talks on TED.com, inviting the public to vote for their top choices.
Many of the 50 most popular selections will officially be invited to speak or perform at TED2013, and will make up at least half of the programme.
TED will offer coaching and audio-visual support as needed, as well as cover travel and accommodation to Long Beach, California. Members of the top 50 who are not fit for the programme will nonetheless receive global recognition on TED.com.
TED Director and Talent Search Judge Kelly Stoetzel said, “Every TED conference weaves together a surprising mix of voices and 2013 will be no exception. By adding the emerging trailblazers, under-celebrated sages and hidden geniuses we find on this global search to our usual line-up of well-known speakers. We hope to deliver the most thrilling TED conference yet.”