What is a TEDx Talk?
A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes.
Why under 18 minutes?
This short talk model works because it only demands the audience’s attention for a short period of time, decreasing the chance of minds wandering or daydreaming. For TEDxVanderbiltUniversity, talks will be under 10 minutes in length.
What is a great, well-formed idea?
It can be one of two things:
- Something that’s new and surprising; an idea or invention that your audience has never heard about.
- A great basic idea (that your audience has maybe already heard) with a compelling new argument behind it that challenges beliefs and perspectives.
In other words, an idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes certain evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion. A great talk for TEDxVanderbiltUniversity will present something that is an original idea or original content.
Types of “talks”
- The big idea that makes one or two strong points and is important
- The tech demo that displays (but does not sell) a clever new invention that the speaker was part of creating
- The performance by a group of Vanderbilt community members
- The artist’s statement explaining the meaning and process behind what they create
- The “dazzle with wonder” about the amazement of science and discovery
- The small idea that focuses on an interesting concept.
- The “issue” talk that exposes the audience to an issue they may not otherwise know much about