The Hub, Otago Polytechnic

Making a Difference

Voice of the Future Auditions

Otago Secondary Schools 2017


What does “making a difference” mean to you?  

How do we work together to get from vision to action?


TEDxDunedin 2017 has the theme “Making a Difference”. The TEDxDunedin core team is seeking a super-nomination for a representative of the Otago secondary school community to speak on the TEDxDunedin stage in September 2017 (http://tedxdunedin.com).  TEDx aims to uncover remarkable ideas, stories and people – and we know we can find these in Otago’s schools: our voices of the future.  


We are holding a speech competition to audition for this prestigious opportunity.  The winner will be be forwarded as a “super-nomination” in a “Voice of the Future” slot being reserved for this purpose (note the TEDx speech slots require external approval so this “super-nomination” has to be confirmed – this should take a couple of days).   


The winner will receive coaching and support to develop their talk, suitable for the TEDx stage.  They will receive free entry to TEDxDunedin (ticket value $100) and a small trophy.  Up to five finalists will also receive free entry to TEDxDunedin (ticket value $100) and a certificate.   


Making a difference – voice of the future

This is not your ordinary speech competition:




Jacobi Kohu-Morris Jacobi was a keen speechmaker in his high school days, often representing at a national level in many different competitions — Lions, ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC, Nga Manu Korero, Race Unity and subsequently won trips to Gallipoli, Canada and the US. He studies Law and Commerce at the University of Otago.

Finn Campbell Finn is co-corganiser of Generation Zero in Dunedin – the youth-led organisation founded to help provide solutions for New Zealand to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities and independence from fossil fuels.  Finn is completing a Masters in politics.

Third judge (to confirm)


Each speech will be for a maximum of 7 minutes.  Visual aids (eg props and powerpoint) are allowed.

Key dates:

Entry: 5pm 7th July (see form below)


Auditions will be held 7-9pm on Tuesday 25th July at Otago Polytechnic’s G106.  Supporters are welcome.


TEDxDunedin Speaker confirmation: 28th July.

Coaching and collaboration: August

TEDxDunedin: 9th September,The Hub, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.


Contact: Samuel Mann (Otago Polytechnic)  Sam@TedxDunedin.com  021 735 493


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a programme called TEDx. TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDunedin, where x = independently organised TED event. At our TEDxDunedin event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.


TEDx Speaker guidelines:






Entry form:

Send to Sam@TedxDunedin by 5pm 7th July



Home phone:

Mobile phone:

School name:

School year:  9 10 11 12 13

Note:  You will be required to sign a media release.  Video will be taken and used for subsequent coaching and to showcase the audition process including at Tedx Dunedin. Audio may be used to compile a podcast for sustainablelens.org.  


Judging criteria


Speech structure (what): 10  
The opening, the body and the close of the speech.  The impact made on the audience.  What action (if any) is stated at the end.  
Speech development (how): 15  
The pattern chosen by the speaker, ie. a dynamic statement to introduce the speech, or a building-up to a dynamic conclusion.  How the material researched for the speech is used.  Does the speech flow in a manner which the audience can follow as compared to one that consists of a whole lot of unrelated ideas.  Is there a unifying theme?  
Effectiveness: 10  
Achievement of purpose and audience reaction.  
Technical elements: 15  
Directness, confidence, enthusiasm and feelings expressed by the speaker. Fluency, pronunciation, style and appropriateness. Appearance and poise.  Also gestures and movements used effectively and appropriately. Pitch, flexibility, volume and clarity.  
Making a Difference 20  
Vision linked to action.


Value of the ideas used.  These may be imaginative, creative, logical, persuasive etc.  Is there a worthwhile message?  Does the speech have substance?

TEDx X-factor: 20  
What is the #1 thing you want the audience to take away from your talk?

What makes this idea new, innovative, or important?

What makes you uniquely qualified to share this idea?


Expansion to TEDxDunedin 10  
7 minute talk should be capable of expansion at TEDxDunedin:

  • Capable of filling 20 minutes
  • Idea able to incorporate ideas from other speakers so that it can be seen to represent a wider youth voice.
  100       CUE CARD PENALTY:
Time penalty: §  up to 1 minute over time  – 5 points deducted

§  over 1 minute over time – 10 points deducted

Cue card, paper, written aids penalty – 10 points deducted