Apply to Speak!

First read the instructions below, and then you can fill out your complete application by clicking below.


So now that you’re here, you’re probably wondering how to be a speaker at TEDxUBC 2018. It’s pretty simple; we’re not going to ask for much – just a video and a short application. All undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent alumni are welcome to apply. The application deadline is Friday, January 1st at 11:59PM.

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We don’t want something fancy, just a simple home-made video of you. Why? Just so we can gauge your speaking style a little bit.

Details: speak for about minute or so (no more than two minutes please) on your proposed topic, and remember, we’re looking for students who are engaging, interesting and passionate. Our old Terry website currently houses all of our past student speakers (under TEDxTerryTalks), so if you want to get a sense of what seems to work as far as public engagement is concerned, do check them out – they all rock.

Once you’re happy with your video, put it up on YouTube (or any other video hosting site for that matter) and put the link into your application (see step 2). You can set it to unlisted if you prefer it not be too public, or you set it to private (just make sure you set it to be password protected and leave us the password).

In the past, we’ve noticed that we had quite a few queries on the video part of the application- i.e. having difficulty getting access to a camera, a little intimidated with the whole video thing, etc. Just remember that the video is primarily requested to give us a sense that you’re reasonably capable of speaking. As well, the video quality achieved using something like a webcam or the camera on your phone is plenty good. As an example, here is one of our old terry team showing you the sort of thing we’re looking for. Note that if you’d prefer to keep your video application private, you may do so by adjusting your own privacy settings on the video server.

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It’s really easy – trust us. We just want you to send us the information as requested below. Feel free to leave links to additional materials (CV, essays, media, etc) if you wish.

Name: (Last, First)

Contact Information: (Email, Phone)

Student Information: (Faculty, Department, Degree Program & Specialization, Year@UBC, Student Number)

Your Video: URL or attached (password if privacy settings dictate)

Written Proposal of your talk*: (Proposed Title, Description – 500 words max)

*Note: The length of all TEDxUBC  talks are exactly 18 minutes or less. The venue will be LSC 2 of the Life Science Centre – this is a fully media capable lecture hall with a maximum capacity of ~400 seats. Talks will be filmed and archived online.

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Please pencil the following dates into your calendars when you apply as they are required for all TEDx Terry talks speakers:

Applications Due: Friday, January 1st, 2018 (before midnight).

Chosen speakers notified by: January 5th, 2018

First Meeting: Week of January 8th to 12th, 2018 (To be determined)

First Rehearsals: January 31st or February 2nd (one of two evenings, 6pm to 9pm) (~half speakers each night)

Second Rehearsals: February 26th or 27th (one of two evenings, 6pm-9pm) (~half speakers each night)

Final Chance for Rehearsal (and room check): March 2nd, 2018 (3-6pm)

Showtime: Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

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Fill your complete application clicking the above link.

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Got questions?

Reach out to us via our Facebook Page (quicker response time) or email Dave Ng at