DISCOVERYx 2017 :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

DISCOVERYx 2017: Annual TEDx Event at Nationwide Children's Hospital

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital Presents

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DISCOVERYx is a TEDx-inspired event that will showcase ten presenters sharing their “story behind discovery” here at Nationwide Children’s. Through this venue, we will share thought-provoking ideas to spark conversation, make connections and inspire others.

Friday, June 23, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Stecker Auditorium

Enthusiasts from all disciplines at NCH are welcome to apply. The ten selected presenters will receive professional coaching in preparation for a live TEDx-like event on June 23, 2017. 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.

Recordings from last year's event (2016) can be found on the DISCOVERYx 2016 website.

Application Information

A competitive application process for 10 speaking opportunities will be opened up to Nationwide Children’s Hospital employees and trainees with a story behind a discovery that made a difference (or could make a difference) to improve pediatric health.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 31 @ 5:00pm.

Applicants will need to explain in 100 words or fewer the story behind their discovery and/or how their discovery 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 theymay 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:

If you experience any technical issues, please email your video to OR send as secure file transfer.

To apply to be a speaker at DISCOVERYx 2017, please visit

Training Schedule (Mandatory for Selected Speakers)

Selected speakers must be available to schedule and attend four speaker training sessions and a live rehearsal with our experienced TEDx speaker coach (to be completed from April 27-June 22, 2017). 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.

  • Speaker orientation (1.5-hour in-person workshop with all speakers and key volunteers). April 27 @ 10:00-11:30am
  • Speaker coaching session #1 (30-45 minutes per speaker) via conference call. May 4-5
  • Speaker coaching session #2 (30-45 minutes per speaker) via conference call. May 18-19
  • Speaker coaching session #3 (40-50 minutes per speaker) in-person. May 31, June 2
  • Speaker practice session with peer group (30 minutes per speaker). June 14
  • Speaker rehearsal. Rehearsal day June 22, 2017.
  • Day of Event June 23, 2017 1:00PM-4:00PM Stecker Auditorium, NCH Education Building

VIDEOTAPING: DISCOVERYx 2017 will be videotaped during the live event on June 23 and recordings will be publically available following.

LIVESTREAMING: DISCOVERYx 2017 will be broadcast during the event.

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