Seeking ‘Renaissance Citizens’: Pitch TEDxBuffalo 2013
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • March 08, 2013 @ 1:22pm
Before you say “But nobody cares about my niche idea!” or “Gee, I don’t think I’m courageous or compelling enough to share my ideas in front of a crowd,” take heart in remembering who spoke at TEDxBuffalo 2012.
A bakery owner with a powerful beard, a deaf DJ, a gregarious chef, a landscape architect and an exceptional violinist all stood in front of the TEDx audience and spoke or performed passionately for 18 minutes or less. [See Cody Osborne’s photo gallery here].
While TEDxBuffalo 2013 and organizer Chaz Adams (@ChazAdams) will focus on the theme “Renaissance Citizens”—ambitious locals who excel in more than one facet of life—anyone with a powerful idea is encouraged to submit a two-minute video pitch to be a presented at TEDxBuffalo 2013.
To enter, go to this link and submit your video—preferably through YouTube, but Vimeo and Dropbox also work—of your pitch to be considered. If you’re a little confused how to film yourself, you can also schedule an appointment with the TEDx staff to shoot your brief plea for acceptance.
The entry period runs from now until April 30, entrants will be judged on content and presentation, and any prospective speaker must be available on Oct. 15, 2013.
For a refresher, here’s the wonderfully-boiled-down mission of TEDxBuffalo:
In keeping with the TED principle of “Ideas Worth Spreading,” the individuals involved with TEDxBuffalo 2013 have a passion for improving the Buffalo Niagara region. Central to core of this conference is the belief in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
Here’s a link to the official press release.