Doha will be first among 14 cities in six continents to host auditions, as registration opened yesterday for TED2013 conference themed ‘The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.’
TED, a non-profit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ expects to fill at least half of next year’s programme with people they discover through the process. The first auditions will take place at TEDxSummit 2012, hosted by the Doha Film Institute this April.
Audition events are also confirmed in Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Tunis and Vancouver – all between April and June 2012.
For Doha auditions, the online submission is still open on the following link http://on.ted.com/auditionsdoha.
TED will invite 30 of the best applicants to each audition, where speakers will have three-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.
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 a fit for the programme will nonetheless receive global recognition on TED.com. “The search was born of a realisation that TED’s best moments often come from unexpected places. We thought, why not leverage TED’s expanding global footprint to find even more of those undiscovered voices, to do something completely different?” said Chris Anderson, TED’s curator.
“Every TED conference weaves together a surprising mix of voices – and 2013 will be no exception,” said TED director and talent search judge Kelly Stoetzel.
“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.”
TED, started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, has grown to support 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 former UK prime minister Gordon Brown.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage.
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-organised events around the world, and the TED Fellows programme, 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.
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