Want To Be On TED? Now’s Your Chance!

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If you think you have an “idea worth spreading,” then listen up–you could well be the next TED star!

No, I don’t mean “listen up Bill Gates” or “Al Gore,” but you, as in “reading this post” you. The TED organization – dedicated to global conferences – has launched its first-ever open audition for a spot in its TED2012 conference in California. Meaning: “Average” Joes and Janes who’ve admired TED luminaries from afar now have a chance at the intellectual spotlight, too.

Here’s how: The first step is to create a one-minute video via YouTube or Vimeo reflecting the theme of “Full Spectrum” – finding creative means to reach an audience. This could include improv/audience interaction, a new invention, a rant, a performance or a talk given in front of a custom-animated movie, says TED.

“We’re holding this audition to give a chance to the undiscovered talent we know is out there — and especially talent that can help us continue to reinvent the ancient art of the spoken word,” the organizers said.

Finalists chosen by a judging panel will give their presentations in front of a live audience of TED staff and TED community members in New York on May 24. The best auditions will either be posted on the website or win an invitation for a main-stage presentation at the conference next year.

For full details on how to submit an entry, visit TED’s blog post about the audition.

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