Please plan on completing these applications in one sitting.

STUDENT SPEAKER COMPETITION FORM

This application is intended for those who are interested in applying for our annual student speaker competition. Student Speakers will be allowed up to eighteen minutes to give a talk on the topic of their choice related to the 2017 theme Changing Channels.

The competition will play out in three rounds. If you are chosen to move on to the second round, you will be asked to present a five-minute excerpt of your talk to the board members during Sixth Week. More information will be provided once you are selected.

STUDENT PERFORMANCE COMPETITION FORM

Student Performances are a new addition to the annual Student Speaker Competition. Performers (up to five per group) will be allowed to take the stage at our TEDxUChicago event on May 6th.

This competition is intended to showcase individuals or small groups (max. 5 members) whose performances evoke thought and inspire ideas. Performances can take the form of many things, including spoken word, dance, song, and music. The sky's the limit! For reference as to what a TED performance is like, please refer to the sample videos below.

If you are applying as a group, please submit only one form for the group.

The competition will play out in two rounds. If you are chosen to move on to the second round, you will be asked to perform your piece in front of the TEDxUChicago board members. More information will be provided once you are selected.

SPEAKER Guidelines

  • Only current University of Chicago students (undergraduate or graduate) are eligible
  • You must fill out this form to audition
  • Speaker applicants may only submit one form
  • Present a 5-7 minute snippet of your proposed talk to the TEDx Board
  • Supporting slides are permitted

performer guidelines

  • Only current University of Chicago students (undergraduate or graduate) are eligible
  • You must fill out this form to audition
  • Performance applicants are allowed to submit multiple forms, provided they are applying with different groups
  • Please submit one form per group, NOT per individual

Benefits

  • Speak alongside world-renowned personalities
  • Win 2 free tickets for your guests
  • Be showcased on the TEDxUChicago website and TEDxTalks YouTube channel

Questions? Email info@tedxuchicago.com.

SAMPLE VIDEOS

Ji Su Kang describes herself as a 1.5 -- an immigrant who moves to a new country as a child. Immigration is not as binary as being legal or illegal, and Ji Su talks of her experiences conversing with lawyers and filling out work permits for her family at a very young age and addresses the need to include 1.5s in the dialogue of improving the immigration process in America.

Being a college student with a two-million dollar business under his belt, one might think that Jason Li has all the right connections. However, Jason argues that in life, it's not about who you know, but who you don't know yet. Jason Li is a first-year at the University of Chicago and an entrepreneur from California.