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TEDx in Aberdeen: renowned organisation looks for speakers for their new annual event

The inaugural event will be hosted in the Aberdeen Arts Centre on 31 July and will include different speakers, as well as hundreds of attendees.

By: Mireia Jimenez

This independently organised TED event is looking for local voices who are willing to share “world-changing ideas” within the theme of “New Ways of Seeing Old Things”.

Speaker applications will remain open until April 30th and those selected will connect with other speakers and receive extensive coaching for the occasion, which can take up to more than sixty hours.

This opportunity has captured the attention of many students due to the positive effects that it can provide to their studies and future career.

The Gaudie has contacted TEDx to ask how students could benefit from becoming a speaker, as well as the details of the coaching process.

TEDxAberdeen Programme Curator Elisa Doucette, commented: "Our theme, 'New Ways of Seeing Old Things' is perfectly set for a student speaker to shine. With the constant changes in technology, education, and culture, younger applicants have already started offering some brilliant proposals on their experiences that illustrate how much growth and innovation a bit of newness can add.”

“Any speaker who is selected will be offered the regular contact and coaching with our Programme Curator, as well as a Speaking Coach that is specifically chosen to help them with their public presentation and presence.”

When talking about how the event would impact the Aberdeen community, TEDxAberdeen Licensee Moray Barber said: “An independently organised TEDx is focussed on community only. There is no political or business agenda behind a TEDx – it is an opportunity for everyone to share their ideas and that, to me, feels like a great way to continue the dialogue on the future of the region and inspire others into action.”

Finally, they also affirmed having contacted the Universities of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon, as well as North East Scotland College (NESCOL) and “will be following up with some specific asks in the run-up to the event.“


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