TOPEKA, Kan. – We’re excited to announce an open speaker call for TEDxTopekaWomen 2016. Anyone who is interested in applying should go to www.tedxtopekawomen.com and fill out an application.
TEDxTalks are widely known as high quality, innovative, and thought provoking. Event organizers are looking for a wide variety of talks from a diverse speaker group with a strong focus on women and girls, issues that effect them, and their ability to be change-makers. The event will feature speakers from across the region, a live-streamed session from TEDWomen, as well as performing art pieces. All are encouraged to apply and to forward information to those they think would be a good TEDxTopeka speaker.
Giving a TEDx talk might look easy, but it involves a lot of hard work! Because of this, all speakers will need to agree to the following guidelines:
Speakers will be required to:
• Develop their full talk by September 27, 2016.
• Be willing to work with a TEDxTopeka speaker preparation representative to develop their talk and slides.
• Submit photos and bios to appropriate person by September 1, 2016.
• Submit all slides to TEDxTopeka by September 27, 2016.
• Be available for speaker rehearsal the entire day of the event (October 27, 2016).
• Be present for the entire TEDxTopeka event.
• Speakers understand that travel and lodging costs will be the responsibility of the speaker.
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In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTopeka, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxTopeka, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 9, 2016