Talent Night FAQs

Talent Night application information & FAQ’s


What is Talent Night?

TEDxAmsterdamWomen is hosting the second edition of Talent Night, where ten young and inspiring women present their game changing ideas on stage in under 3 minutes.

At the end of the night, a jury (with audience participation) will select one lucky contestant to present their ideas on the main stage during the TEDxAmsterdamWomen event on December 9.

Join us for this unique and exciting evening of ideas, drinks, and networking.

Do you have an undiscovered idea worth spreading? Apply to be a contestant!


What are the criteria to become a contestant?

Female / Woman identifying
Below 30 (a bit older? No worries!)
Your idea fits one of the pillars: Technology, Entertainment, Design, Global Issues, Business, Art & Music, Science or Sustainability
Be available on all dates mentioned below


Talent Night application process:

  • August 1 – October 1, 2019: Talent Night applications can be submitted. This includes your entire written pitch.
  • October 9: Shortlisted candidates are notified. They must then submit a video pitch (max 2 min.)
  • October 15: Video pitch due.
  • Finalists are chosen, and receive feedback from our coaches based on their video submission.
  • November 8: Ten contestants present their ideas at Talent Night, the jury will select the winner before the end of the evening together with input from the coaches.
  • December 9: The winner will bring their pitch to the TEDxAmsterdamWomen mainstage.


The application includes:

  • A one-sentence summary of your idea worth spreading. What is your pitch about?
  • Your entire pitch, written out. Give us at least 300 words. Remember that the pitches must be under 3 minutes
  • Help us understand how your pitch relates to this year’s theme
  • Please answer the following questions at the beginning of your written pitch


What is the link of the idea to the theme?
Which pillar does the idea fit to: Technology, Entertainment, Design, Global Issues, Business, Art & Music, Science or Sustainability
What is your idea worth spreading?
What is your call to action?
What is the impact you want to make on the world and on the audience? What is the ripple effect and the wave? 
Why is this TED-worthy? 
Do you have any public speaking experience?


Guidelines for your pitch

We are looking for great ideas relating to this year’s theme, touching on one of the TEDx pillars – Technology, Entertainment, Design, Global Issues, Business, Art & Music, Science or Sustainability. Please note that there will be no selling from the stage, no political agendas, no proselytizing and only reliable, good science.

Your idea should be new or surprising. It can challenge a pre-existing belief. Or it can be a great basic idea with a compelling new argument behind it. An idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes evidence, observations and draws a larger conclusion.

A few questions you could ask yourself are: Is my idea new? Am I telling people something I’m pretty sure they have not heard before? Is it interesting? Think about how your idea might apply to a room full of varied kinds of people. Who might be interested in it? Is it factual and realistic? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, try to refine your idea. Also consider the solution – is there one? What’s the status quo? What’s the problem with the status quo? If you are presenting new research, make sure your idea is backed up by data and peer-reviewed. 

Taking the above into account, here are some quick tips as you work on your application:

  • What’s your idea worth spreading? Develop your idea to be one clear sentence.
  • Focus on your idea and then script your pitch in support of it.
  • Make an outline and write a script. Start with a strong introduction, then deliver an effective story that builds to a conclusion.
  • Remember, even if you are telling a personal story – where are you going with it? What’s your idea?


Guidelines for the video pitch

  • Max 2 minutes
  • Tell us about your ideas, do not read up your entire pitch
  • Show your presentation skills
  • Create a new video in a calm environment with good sound (don’t send us a video of you presenting at a different event)


Does my pitch need to be in English?

Yes, all applications and pitches need to be done in English.


Do I have to be based in Amsterdam?

No, we are happy to welcome all participants regardless of location as long as you currently live in the Netherlands. However, if you are joining us from out of town, please be aware that you are responsible for any associated expenses.


I submitted my pitch but I haven’t heard from you…

Our team will be looking at all the entries after the deadline and will let applicants know on Wednesday, October 9. If you haven’t heard from us by then it might be because we have the incorrect contact details for you, so please reach out to us at talentnight@tedxamsterdamwomen.nl.


When and how will I be informed about the final selection?

After we have reviewed all initial applications, we will update you via email on October 9 if you have been selected to proceed to the video submission round. After the round of video submissions all finalists will be contacted individually.


I was chosen as a shortlisted candidate and then missed the video submission deadline for my application. What now?

If you missed the deadline but feel passionately about your idea, please reach out to us at talentnight@tedxamsterdamwomen.nl. We’ll evaluate this on a case-by-case basis.


If I’m selected, do I need to deliver my pitch in person or can it be done via Skype or a recording?

All pitches must be made in person. This is about giving you a stage to convey an idea worth spreading. We think you need to be present in person to connect with the audience and to ensure that your pitch makes the biggest impact.


I submitted the same pitch for another stage and was not selected, can I submit the same idea?

Yes, but consider refining your original idea or submit something else entirely. See tips above.


How do you choose finalists and winners?

Members of TEDxAmsterdamWomen’s curatorial team will be reviewing all applications and videos. On Talent Night, after hearing all the talks and audience input, our jury will make a decision.


Is the application and event only for women?

We are welcoming of all humans regardless of gender identity. TEDxAmsterdamWomen specifically focuses on the unique way in which women and those who identify as women contribute to the world and women’s issues. We are looking for ideas that reflect this.