General FAQs

What is TED and TEDx?

For more information about TED and TEDx, please visit here.

What is TEDxUQ?

For more information about TEDxUQ, please visit here.

Can I speak at TEDxUQ 2022?

Speaker applications are currently open for TEDxUQ 2021. If you are interested in speaking, please complete an application for here

Speaker applications for TEDxUQ 2022 have now closed. To stay updated with opportunities to become involved with TEDxUQ in the future, sign up to our mailing list here.

Can I volunteer with TEDxUQ 2022?

Applications to join the TEDxUQ team as an Event Day Volunteer have now closed. To stay updated with opportunities to become involved with TEDxUQ in the future, sign up to our mailing list here.

Can I or my organisation partner with TEDxUQ?

If you are interested in partnering with TEDxUQ in 2022, please contact [email protected].

Who is speaking/performing at TEDxUQ 2022?

The speakers and performers for TEDxUQ 2022 will be announced closer to the event. Sign up to our mailing list here to be the first to hear our announcements.

FAQs for Speakers

When can I apply? And who can apply?

Applications are always welcome throughout the year from UQ affiliates, the wider Brisbane community, and Australia. If you would like to be considered as a TEDxUQ Speaker, please apply here

What happens when I apply? And do I get a response?

You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted. All applications are reviewed by the TEDxUQ Curatorial Team once per year during the annual speaker selection period. The exact dates of this period are announced every year by TEDxUQ across relevant media channels. You will be notified on the progression of your application once it has been reviewed.

What is the process after I submit my application?

All applications will be carefully evaluated by the TEDxUQ Curatorial Team during the annual speaker selection period. If your application is successful, you will progress to the interview stage where you will have the opportunity to present your idea in greater detail. All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application. 

If I progress to the next stage, how can I prepare for my interview?

The purpose of the interview is to learn more about you and your idea. The interviews will be short, relaxed, and conversational. Please ensure your idea is well thought out and you’ve considered why you would like to present your idea at TEDxUQ. You can ask us any questions you may have about TEDxUQ as well. There is no special preparation you will need to do, nor will you need to bring anything along to the interview – just be yourself!

What is the time commitment like for a speaker?

Being a TEDx speaker is an exciting opportunity and requires a significant commitment for several months leading up to the event. You will be expected to submit a number of drafts as you develop your talk within clearly defined deadlines. Moreover, there will be several rehearsals and speaker training sessions organised for the month ahead of the event. 

If selected as a speaker for TEDxUQ, what type of live audience should I expect to address?

TEDxUQ brings a TED-like experience to the UQ and wider Brisbane communities. Tickets will be available to members of the UQ community (students, staff, alumni), as well as the general public. Accordingly, it is typical for such an experience to be attended by people from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds and specialities. 

I know someone who would make an exceptional speaker. Can I nominate them to speak at TEDxUQ?

TEDxUQ does not have a dedicated speaker nomination process. We suggest that you forward the speaker application link to the person you believe would be a suitable speaker, as all applicants must be involved in the application and interviewing process to be considered.

I have spoken at TEDx events in the past. Can I still apply to speak at TEDxUQ?

TED and TEDx platforms are about ideas worth spreading and we certainly understand that one speaker may have many ideas to share. However, all applicants must put forward an original talk presenting a new idea to the audience. During the speaker selection process, preference may be given to an idea that has not yet been shared on the TED or TEDx platforms.

What happens if my application to speak at TEDxUQ is unsuccessful?

Every year we receive incredible applications across diverse disciplines, resulting in a very challenging selection process. An unsuccessful application does not mean that the idea presented is not worth spreading. We invite unsuccessful applicants to consider applying again in the future.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I request feedback?

The process of interviewing, selecting, and preparing speakers for the TEDxUQ event is, though rewarding, incredibly challenging and requires our full commitment and attention. This means that unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we can provide detailed feedback to our unsuccessful applicants. However, we continue to encourage unsuccessful applicants to engage with the TED and TEDx platforms and invite them to consider applying again in the future.