Call for TEDxUSW speakers and volunteers

TEDxUSW 2020-21

TEDx is once again coming to USW.
Could you take your place centre stage?

This volunteer organised event is being streamed online in February 2021 and as a graduate, we invite you to come forward as a potential TEDxUSW 2021 speaker.

Do you have 'ideas worth spreading'? Are you passionate about a topic or have insights to share on your favourite subject?  With all our tomorrows under scrutiny as never before, share your thoughts and inspire others as part of TEDxUSW 2021.

The deadline for submitting your speaker idea is 12 noon, Sunday 6 December.  Decision taken by the TEDxUSW panel is final.

You can take part from anywhere in the world. With the format of the event having to adapt to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we will be welcoming both in person (TBC) and virtual speakers. Both types of speaker will pre-record their address with the as live event being transmitted on 11 February 2021.

Download the speaker application form, complete and return to [email protected] to register your interest.

We look forward to receiving your application.


When will TEDxUSW be held? 11 February 2021 will be the as live launch day.

Who can take part? TEDxUSW welcomes speaker and volunteer applications from all graduates, students and staff. Given the format of the event, speakers can be based anywhere in the world, not just in Wales.

How will the format of the event be different?  Given the ongoing pandemic some usual arrangements have had to change. Speakers who are shortlisted by the panel will have the option to record their address remotely or alternatively will be invited to covid- secure recording facilities between December 10th and January 10th (tbc). Recordings will then be transmitted on 11 February 2021 as part of our as live event.

Do I have to know exactly what I want to say as a speaker before the deadline of Sunday 6 December? Your application needs to convey your passion and provide an overall summary of what you wish to present. 

What will the panel be looking for in a speaker proposal?  Successful speaker proposals will be those that demonstrate an energy in bringing an idea to life. As a speaker, you will need to have credibility on the topic you're presenting and ideally be actively working on the idea/ in this area. 

If I'm chosen as a speaker, what's the time demand on me? If you're recording your address remotely, you may need to spend some time setting up the appropriate space and background. If we are able to invite you to our covid-secure recording facility in Cardiff (tbc), you will need to be available for up to 3 hours that day. We recommend all speakers practice their address to ensure their recorded edit is a pitch perfect! All speakers need to keep their speaker address to no longer than 18 minutes, maximum. 

How else can I take part if I don't want to be a speaker? There are several opportunities to take part in TEDxUSW. If you have an interest in operations, video editing, or communications then do step forward. An initial deadline for expressions of interest is also on Sunday 6 December, although as additional opportunities are firmed up there will be more chances to volunteer in the coming months.

Who is organising TEDxUSW? The organising committee is made up of several graduate volunteers and staff from USW Alumni and USW Careers. Check out profiles on the dedicated Facebook page.

Who can I contact if I have further questions? Please email [email protected] with any queries.

TEDxUSW is an independent event organised by volunteers from across the University of South Wales community. 

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TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe through TEDx events. These events are organised by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities. 

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