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Now open: Speaker applications for 2022 TEDxDePaulUniversity


Camera in recording studio aimed at red TEDx X structure
Do you have a message to share on TEDx's signature circular red carpet that seeks to inspire speakers and audiences to reflect on the process of transformation from one actuality to another? Apply to be a 2022 TEDxDePaulUniversity speaker. (DePaul University/Randall Spriggs)

Update on Dec. 3: The application portal will close on Monday, Dec. 6, at 9 a.m.

Do you have a story to share? A lesson learned? A life-changing transformation? An idea worth spreading?

About TEDxDePaulUniversity
For the sixth year, DePaul plans to host its university-wide event, TEDxDePaulUniversity. Set for Wednesday, May 4, 2022, the hybrid event will take place online and at the Holtschneider Performance Center.

The world-famous TEDx platform provides a megaphone for ideas shared at local events, such as the ones held at DePaul. To date, DePaul's TEDx videos have generated more than 2.5 million views on YouTube. Past speakers say participating in TEDxDePaulUniversity led to professional opportunities, such as visibility for their academic work, speaking engagements throughout the world, media interviews and networking growth.

The 2022 theme is Metamorphosis. It seeks to inspire speakers and audiences to reflect on the process of transformation from one actuality to another. Whether a personal internal change or the evolution of an entire community, Metamorphosis captures humanity's commitment to progressive improvement.

Apply to be a speaker
All DePaul students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to apply to be a 2022 TEDxDePaulUniversity speaker. Applications are due by Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. and must relate to this year's theme, Metamorphosis. Following a committee review, the speakers selected will be notified in early January.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. Two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available for free at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established: The Audacious Project which takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.​