The Creative Lecture/TED Talk competition is perfect for people who are dynamic storytellers and can captivate an audience. Students compete individually.

It’s time for you to give your TED Talk. Not sure what that is? Check out some of the most viewed TED Talks on TED.

Storytelling and effective oral communication skills are vital qualities for professional success. Captivating an audience and sustaining their attention and wonder with a compelling topic remains one of the most valuable abilities in an increasingly networked society. Because great stories about meaningful topics are so fascinating and valuable, TED Talks have become one of the most influential contributions to the Internet, garnering over a billion views. These creative lectures present bold ideas often through personal lenses and have elevated a public speaking format that has been replicated across the world. Watch some TED Talks on education here.

In 2019, the Creative Lecture Competition will offer ambitious, fearless, bold-thinking students a platform for sharing their ideas in a format that has been embraced by intellectual society.

The topic for the 2019 Creative Lecture Competition is SCHOOL SAFETY.

The 2018 PDK poll reported that parents lack strong confidence that schools can protect their children against school shootings, but favor armed police, mental health screenings, and metal detectors more than arming teachers to protect their children. What changes must our education system make to increase parents’ confidence that their children will be safe in school?

Competition Guidelines

  1. The presentation must be about the assigned topic.
  2. The presenter may use a slide deck (ex. PowerPoint or Prezi presentation), but may not use sound or any other props or materials, including notes. The slide deck is purely optional; highly effective TED Talks have been delivered with or without accompanying slides.
  3. The speech may incorporate the research
    or ideas of others, but should ultimately reflect the presenter’s original conclusions based on his/her synthesis of ideas and personal experience. Speech should be original, creative, and capture the audience’s attention.
  4. Each presentation is to be a minimum of four minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes. Contestants will respond to judges’ follow up questions. The entire presentation and question session will last a total of no more than 15 minutes.
  5. Presenters will receive a visual, non-verbal indication that there is one-minute remaining when they reach the 9-minute mark of their speeches.

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Creative Lecture/TED Talk Detailed Information