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Calling out to TEDx Brussels suporters and audience members. Ever thought you could be a TED speaker? Well now you can give it a try.

Yes, it's true: you could share your idea with a worldwide public from the stage of TED 2013. Until 2 May, you can register to take part in auditions organised in Amsterdam to find the best in global speaking talent and great ideas worth sharing.

‘The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.’ is the theme. TED has started a worldwide talent search from Doha to Sao Paolo and from New York to Sydney, auditions will be organised in fourteen different cities to spot new talent. We think it would be great if members of the TEDxBrussels audience could be some of the chosen few.

Our friends at TEDxAmsterdam are organising one of the European auditions on 20 June. The thirty most talented speakers amongst the applicants will be invited to give a TED talk with a maximum duration of six minutes to be judged by global TED curator Chris Anderson. Registration to apply for an audition place is possible between 12 April and 2 May 2012.

From TED to TEDx

Over the years, many, many speakers have contributed to spreading the TED virus, from Bill Gates to Malcolm Gladwell. With the launch of independent TEDx licenses to local groups, over 3,000 TEDx events have been held over the past five years.

The TEDxBrussels editions of 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the ‘world premiere’ of TEDx KIDS@Brussels are part of a large community. One of the main aims of all TEDx events is for their speakers to be invited onto the big stages of main TED events or uploaded to the main TED.com site. TEDx Brussels has been especially successful in this. To give just a couple of names from TEDxBrussels: John Bohannon, Charles Hazlewood, Gabe Zichermann, Paddy Ashdown and Mikko Hypponen have either appeared in person or had their TEDx Brussels videos featured prominently on the TED homepage.

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TED auditions

So, how does it work? Well, very simple: on the TED website you fill out an application form, where you explain what kind of performance you'd like to do and what the topic of your talk will be. Then you have to upload a one-minute video to show your talent. After the deadline of 2 May, TED will pick the best thirty applicants and will then invite them to do their talk in the presence of Chris Anderson. The best speakers from all fourteen audition rounds will make it to the stage in California. But what they are looking for? The website explains it all: exciting inventors, teachers, change agents and storytellers who are passionate about their ideas... what are you waiting for?

The TED audition in Amsterdam takes place on 20 June. Registration to compete for a place at the audition closes at 2 May, so don’t wait any longer and fill out the form on on.ted.com/auditionsamsterdamDon’t forget to upload your video. For more information on the ‘admission criteria’, please see: http://conferences.ted.com/TED2013/auditions/.

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