Speak at TEDxVictoria 2014

RRU Staff

TEDxVictoria is now seeking speakers for TEDxVictoria 2014: Pursuit of Knowledge.

Courageous people with big ideas are encouraged to apply to speak, and applications will be accepted online from July 1 through July 21. A total of 14 to 16 speakers will be selected from a range of disciplines for the full-day event, set to take place Saturday, Nov. 22, at the McPherson Playhouse and several other special venues.

What’s the secret to being selected? Follow an idea in the Pursuit of Knowledge. This theme for the fourth-annual event reflects on increasing the learning aspects of TEDxVictoria. This year, the event is reaching out into the Pacific Northwest, with some special-guest TED Fellows and impressive youth speakers already confirmed. Attendees can expect to be awe-struck with topics on underwater robots, blue whales, women’s education in Afghanistan, and extreme-weather photography. TEDxVictoria 2014 will also showcase exciting new engagement opportunities for audience members and speakers alike.

“We are really going to push limits this year by focusing on building the experience outside the main stage of TEDxVictoria,” says Founder and Creative Director Dylan Wilks. “From interactive art, to online interviews, to live music and performances and some crazy new social innovations, we really want people to remember the whole experience.”

Speakers are welcome to apply more than once, but the Speaker Curation Team is looking for quality over quantity. There is no application form for performances. Applications will be live on tedxvictoria.com between 8 a.m. on July 1 until midnight the evening of July 21. Unfinished or late applications will be disregarded. Submissions will not be reviewed until after the process is closed, so eager speakers can expect to hear back by mid August to find out if that bucket list can be checked.


You can apply online until July 21.

Attend the event

TEDxVictoria 2014: Pursuit of Knowledge
Where: McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square)
When: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Tickets: $60–$120, available starting Monday, September 1, 2014
Website: tedxvictoria.com
Facebook: facebook.com/tedxvictoria
Twitter: @TEDxVictoria

About TEDxVictoria

Founded in 2010 by Carol-Lynne Michaels and Dylan Wilks, TEDxVictoria has since grown into Vancouver Island’s largest annual TEDx event, growing from 400 attendees in 2011 to more than 750 in 2013. Notable past speakers have included photographer Garth Lenz, who’s TEDxVictoria 2011 talk went viral and was featured on TED.com, science journalist Bob McDonald, Olympian Adam Kreek, and Raffi Cavoukian, known the world over as the children’s entertainer Raffi.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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. TEDxLive is a new extension of the TEDx program. TEDxLive events are twice a year TEDx events built around the live webstream of the TED Conference. Instead of featuring local speakers and pre-recorded TEDTalks videos, TEDxLive events enable TED enthusiasts all over the world to experience all 12 sessions of the TED Conference. In addition to the live webstream, TEDxLive event may contain local speakers and performers.

This event is called TEDxVictoriaLive, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxVictoriaLive, our attendees will experience the TED Conference, live via webcast. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDxLive program, but individual TEDxLive events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

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 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 recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, 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-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows 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. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.