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Audition to speak at TED -- join the TED Idea Search!

in Rick Rader MD, Info Blast

AADMD INFO BLAST - For AADMD Members and Friends

One thing for sure is that there is no shortage of "big thinkers" in the AADMD.
This might be a great opportunity to showcase some ID/DD related TED level ideas and programs. Go for it.

Rick Rader, MD
AADMD VP Public Policy, Advocacy



Dear TEDster:

It's time for the TEDNYC Idea Search, a quest for the next great TED speaker. Could it be you? You’re invited to pitch your amazing idea to try out on the Idea Search stage in New York this January -- with the potential to share your talk online or live onstage at TED2018 in Vancouver!

The theme of TED2018 is The Age of Amazement, so we are looking for ideas that connect to that theme from all angles. Are you working on cutting-edge technology that the world needs to hear about? Are you making waves with your art or research? Are you a scientist with a new discovery or an inventor with a new vision? A performer with something spectacular to share? An incredible storyteller? Please apply to audition.

Here’s how to apply:

Sit down and think about what kind of talk you’d like to give, then script a one-minute preview of the talk.

Film yourself delivering the one-minute preview (here are some insider tips for making a great audition video).

Upload the film to Vimeo or YouTube, titled: “[Your name] TED2018 audition video: [name of your talk]” — so, for example: “Jane Smith TED2018 audition video: Why you should pay attention to roadside wildflowers

Then complete the entry form, paste your URL in, and hit Submit!

Important dates:

The deadline to apply to the Idea Search is Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at noon Eastern.

The Idea Search event happens in New York City from the morning of January 23 through the morning of January 25, 2018. Rehearsals will take place on January 23, and the event happens in the evening of January 24.

TED2018 happens April 10–14, 2018, in Vancouver.

Don’t live in the New York City area? Don’t let that stop you from applying — we may be able to help get you here.

We can't wait to hear your idea!

The TED Idea Search team

PS: Curious to learn more? Read about a few past Idea Search events: TEDNYC auditions in 2017, in 2014 and in 2013.

Watch talks from past Idea Search events that went viral on our digital archive on

Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic (more than 2 million views)
Sally Kohn: Let’s try emotional correctness (more than 2 million views)
Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries (currently at 1.4 million views!)
Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry (just shy of a million views)
Todd Scott: An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator (also juuust south of a million)

And here are just a few speakers who were discovered during past talent searches -- and who've seen more than a million views on their great ideas:

Ashton Applewhite: Let's end ageism (1m views)
Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with the lions (2m views)
Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace (4.7m views and a TED Book)

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