Nominate the next TEDxKAUST speaker

We are thrilled to announce that the next TEDxKAUST event will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2021, under the theme True Grit.

Don’t miss your chance to nominate* yourself or someone as a speaker!


What is True Grit?

Grit is the sustained application of effort towards a long-term goal. It is the most significant predictor of lifelong achievement. Having true grit is to stick to your goals and persevere despite the obstacles you face along the way. It is a sustained application of effort to accomplish one’s purpose.

Nominate yourself or someone else by filling this form before Monday, January 21.

The talks need to be idea-driven rather than motivational or anecdotal. While it can be appealing to showcase entertaining stories, the focus should be on the idea or innovation, not the person or their background. Personal stories of the speakers should not overpower the clear presentation of new ideas.

*The speaker nomination is open to the members of the KAUST community only.

Watch past TEDxKAUST talks to find inspiration.

Share your story with us! 


What is the idea behind this theme?

#1 Perseverance and passion for long-term goals:
 To accomplish long-term goals, one must persevere and find the motivation for what they want to achieve. They can create a dynamic blueprint of the road they will follow to reach their end goal. These roads are riddled with small incremental short-term goals, which are as important as the final breakthrough.

#2 Growth mindset: Advancement in science and technology is accomplished through constant learning and accepting unanswered questions. A growth mindset embraces effort as the path to face diverse challenges in all aspects of an individual’s life. 

#3 Guts and Resilience: Manage the fear of failure: The road to success is never an easy path, a person must fail to learn, but a lot of people are afraid of failure; therefore, we need to know to control that fear and use it as a step to success wither in research, technology or our personal lives.


If you have questions, please email mram.alyami@kaust.edu.sa.

TEDxKAUST will be brought to you by KAUST’s Student Graduate Council, and it is sponsored by the Enrichment Office.