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June 20, 2018 1:00-4:00pm | Stecker Auditorium

DISCOVERYx is a TEDx-inspired event held annually.  This year's talk will showcase at least 6 presenters sharing “their story behind discovery” here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). Through communication, speakers will share thought-provoking ideas to spark conversation, make connections and inspire others. Enthusiasts from all disciplines at NCH are welcome to apply. The selected presenters will receive professional coaching in preparation for a live TEDx-like event on June 20, 2018. An oversight committee will select speakers based on their passion and potential to deliver innovative ideas to the community. We hope you will join us for this year's event as we explore and celebrate the story behind discoveries that make a difference to improve pediatric health.

You can view the recorded June 23, 2017 event at this link: 

TEDx coaching provided to DISCOVERYx presenters by Ruth Milligan, APR, Executive Speech Coach of Articulation Inc: http://articulationinc.com/ 

Did you know?
3 previous DISCOVERYx speakers went on to speak at the Annual TEDx Columbus event, and one will be going to the Annual International TEDx event in Vancouver in April! Congratulations to Tamekia MizLadi Smith!



Selected speakers must be available to schedule and attend four speaker training sessions between April-May and a live rehearsal on June 19 with our experienced TEDx speaker coach. Training sessions will help to shape and mold presentations to fit the TEDx-like model, including guidance for visual presentation, conciseness, and engagement.

Applicants who cannot fit the required training sessions into their schedule should not apply.

VIDEOTAPING: DISCOVERYx 2018 will be videotaped during the live event on June 20 and recordings will be publically available following.


A competitive application process for 6-8 speaking opportunities will be opened up to Nationwide Children’s Hospital employees and trainees with a story behind a discovery or idea that made a difference (or could make a difference) to improve pediatric health. Deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 23 @ 5:00pm. Applicants will be notified by mid-April.

Applicants will need to explain in 100 words or fewer the story behind their idea or discovery and/or how their discovery/idea contributes (or could contribute) to improving pediatric health.

Applicants must also submit a two-minute (or less) video to pitch their idea. Part of the DISCOVERYx format is identifying passionate, energetic speakers who can move the audience. Applicants may upload their video via the application page or they may upload a video to YouTube (no other video hosting sites will be accepted) and paste the video’s URL (link) in the video upload field on the application page.

Videos may be created using any device available to the applicant, including cell phone video cameras and other mobile devices. All video submissions must primarily include the speaker/applicant who, if selected, will present at DISCOVERYx. (Acceptable file formats for video submission are .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, .3GPP, .WebM). Here are a few examples of the style of talk we are looking for:

Applicants may begin the application by selecting "DISCOVERYx Application" which is located under the DISCOVERYx tab located on the top of the page. If you experience any technical issues, please email your video to kathryn.wagener@nationwidechildrens.org OR send as secure file transfer via: http://anchor.columbuschildrens.net/secure-file-transfer.