FAQ for Participants

What is the theme for TEDxYouth@DPSMIS 2019?
  The theme for this year’s event is ‘The Resolve To Reform’. A constant change in every aspect is the only thing that doesn't change in this world. When we visualize our path to that change, we often think that the lack of great ideas is the most crucial drawback we face. However, when we step into reality the most serious challenge, we face is our inability to summon initiative and bring about change for a better future. This applies to us on an individual level as each of us struggle to find the spirit to invest the time and resources on something we believe in. Socially, it involves encouraging, fostering and enabling this attitude.

Who will be the audience for this event?
  The event is open to all people from the ages 13 to 25.

Who get to be selected as participants/attendees for the event?
  Acceptance to be a participant/attendee is strictly based on the merit of the application. Your application has to differentiate itself from the masses and convey an interest to learn from ideas.

Who are the speakers and what will their talks be about?
  Our speakers will be revealed towards the end of October. In accordance with the spirit of TED, our speakers and their talks will be diverse, thought provoking, and interdisciplinary.

Will the speakers’ talks be available after the conference?
  Yes. Speakers’ talks will be uploaded on the TEDx Talks channel on YouTube after the event.

Will the event be live streamed?
  No. The event will not be live streamed. But speakers’ talks will be uploaded on the TEDx Talks channel on YouTube after the event.

When will the event be held?
  The event will be held on 7th November from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Where will the event be held?
  The event will be held at DPS-MIS, Al- Wakrah. Once you arrive at the premises, our volunteers will escort you to the auditorium for registration.
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/uGLRn8EiCco

At what time am I expected to arrive?
  Registration strictly begins at 3:45 PM. We expect all participants to arrive by this time for smooth registration.

What is the dress code for the event?
  The dress code for the event is strictly smart casuals/semi-formals. We request all participants to adhere to the dress code.

Will I receive a certificate?
  Yes. You will receive a certificate for attending the event.

FAQ for Volunteers

Who can volunteer?
  Volunteering is open to 11th and 12th grade students of DPS-MIS.

Can students from other schools apply for volunteering?
  No, volunteering is only open to students of DPSMIS.

Why should I volunteer?
  Volunteering is an enriching opportunity that opens numerous doors for you. Not only will you be able to apply pre-existing skills but you will be able to discover qualities in you that you never knew existed.
TEDxYouth@DPSMIS is an event that is run primarily by the students of class 11th and 12th. The fourth edition of our event focuses on the training of volunteers by different department heads and the collaboration between volunteers and the executive team to put on an event like never before.
Therefore, it is an excellent platform to develop skills that can be transferred to various other endeavors.

Do I have to require any previous experience volunteering?
  It is not mandatory to require any previous experience. However, it would be helpful if you would cite any areas where you have any sort of skill that will make you a good fit for the department you are applying to. But, if you are unable to cite any previous experience, do not refrain from applying!
The selection procedure primarily depends on how well articulated your application is.

What are the different departments that I can volunteer in?
  You can volunteer in five departments:

  •  Design
  •  Event Management & Logistics
  •  IT
  •  Marketing
  •  Press

Each department plays a vital role in the planning of the event and requires talented and energetic volunteers who can apply existing skills to practical situations.

What does a volunteer under each department do?
  A volunteer’s work depends on what the respective department head requires from you and how much work they delegate to you. It also depends on what you are applying for.

  • Design:
    If you are applying for Design, you will need a good creative vision to provide inputs and design various design elements. You will primarily be helping out with the Idea wall. This is an area where you need proof of your artistic ability.
  • Event Management:
    If you are applying for Event Management, you will play a huge part in the smooth execution of the event. Therefore, your duties include welcoming, registration, ushering, catering, and coordinating other logistical issues.
  • IT:
    If you are applying for IT, you will be involved in dealing with certain aspects of the website and the management of application forms. On the day of the event, you will be helping with the coordination of speakers’ presentations and mics. To be a volunteer under IT, you are required to have a good command over coding and be proficient in coordinating media and audio outputs.
  • Marketing:
    If you are applying for Marketing, you will be in charge of managing and promoting all of our online content as well as securing other offline channels that will help us gain maximum publicity. You will play a hand in cultivating our image and attaining a large amount of applicants from our target demographic by employing various creative marketing strategies.
  • Press:
    If you are applying for Press, you will assist the Head of Press in shooting the promotional video which includes brainstorming for ideas that set us apart and partaking in the overall production process of the video. You will also be in charge of shooting the pictures on the days leading up to the event and on the day itself. This is an area where you require a strong grasp over editing software, photography as well as video direction.

Will I receive a certificate?
  Yes. You will receive a certificate confirming your contribution as a volunteer.

FAQ for Spesakers

Who can apply as a speaker?
  Anyone is welcome to apply as a speaker as long as they are 15 years of age and above and have an interesting idea to share with the youth.

Who get to be selected as speakers?
  Selection of speakers strictly depends on the merit of the application received. The idea depicted in the application should be interesting, well substantiated, and most importantly, relevant to the youth.

How long does one’s talk have to be?
  In accordance with TEDx Rules, no talk can exceed 18 minutes in length.

Are there any restrictions on what a prospective speaker can talk about?
  Yes. There are Content Guidelines stipulated by TED which we will abide by to the greatest extent.
Content Guidelines: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/tedxcontentguidelines.pdf