Please read these details of our event before submitting your pitch. Your time is valuable, and you only get one shot at getting your idea onto the TEDxBuffalo stage in 2015.
Since 2011, TEDxBuffalo has taken place each October. TEDxBuffalo is an independently licensed TEDx event that follows the guidelines put in place by the TED conference 20 years ago. Using TED’s unique 18-minute time limit, we are able to provide the audience with talks on a variety of topics that are sure to inspire and educate. TEDxBuffalo strives to bring fresh faces with breathtaking ideas and projects to the stage in front of hundreds of people in the audience and countless more watching live online.
For TEDxBuffalo 2015 — our fifth year — we’re changing things up a bit! This year’s conference will take place on Thursday, October 22, tentatively from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (Yes, at night!) We will also be moving to a new venue: Asbury Hall at Babeville, on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.
The TEDxBuffalo team will begin accepting pitches to speak at TEDxBuffalo 2015 on Sunday, March 1. Consider this your advance warning, and start getting your pitch ready now! Pitch submissions will be open through Friday, April 10.
Those chosen to speak at TEDxBuffalo 2015, should take note of the time commitment necessary to help us put on a successful event. In the months leading up to the event, speakers will work with a coach (a member of the organizing committee), watch several TED and TEDx videos, and attend several table reads. Speakers will also attend a rehearsal one or two days before the event and are expected to attend the entire event on October 22.
SUBMITTING YOUR 2-MINUTE PITCH:
Pitch videos are your chance to sell yourself, your work, and your big ideas to the TEDxBuffalo committee, so be sure to introduce yourself, tell us a bit about your background, and describe the talk that you plan to give. We know it’s impossible to compound a full talk into a 2-minute video, and we’re not looking for the whole thing — we’re looking for your love of, passion for, and ability to speak eloquently about your topic.
Need some inspiration to get your pitch video going? Wondering if your idea for a talk will work at TEDxBuffalo? Click here for some tips on what we’re looking for — and some examples from past TEDxBuffalo conference.
Once you have your video completed, submitting it is easy! Stay tuned for instructions on how to submit your pitch video.