Less “Who We’re Looking For,” More “Why”
Speakers come from all walks of life, disciplines, and industries within or beyond Tucson, but what they all have in common is an idea and the passion to share it. Everyone has a life story to tell, but we’re not seeking stories, we’re seeking the truly unique, radical ideas behind them. The “who” and “what” doesn’t matter as much as the “why.” As a speaker, your objective is to share your idea in an engaging way and to answer the question, “Why?” Why do you care? Why should the attendees? Why does your idea deserve to be on stage? If you’re up to the challenge and passionate about your idea, we’d love to hear from you.
Please apply below after thoroughly reading and understanding all requirements. Please be aware it could be some time before we contact you about your application.
HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER
Read our Speaker Information Packet.
Then watch some TED talks online or browse our Talks Page to learn about speaking.
Fill out the speaker application and tell us about your idea.
This is your opportunity to convince us your idea deserves a stage.
REVIEW & SELECTION
Our speaker selection committee will review your proposal and respond to you.
Please note this may take some time.
CURATE & REFINE
If selected, we’ll begin working with you to perfect and expand your idea presentation for a TEDxTucson audience.
Deadlines: At specific deadlines as the event nears, you will be required to submit a variety of information, such as a biography, talk outline, and pertinent slides. These deadlines are imperative as we cannot plan the conference without them. Failing to meet deadlines may result in dismissal from the speaker lineup.
Working Together: As speakers, you agree to work alongside TEDxTucson organizers to help present your idea. Though you may know your topic the best, we know our attendees and TED’s purpose, and only through working together can we best present your idea. Please be aware that egos have a little place at TEDxTucson.
Attendance: You’ll be expected to be present throughout the duration of the conference as attendees, partners, and other speakers will want to further explore your idea. Please be sure you are available all day. You may also be required to rehearse your talk with organizers in person, via Skype, or in a Google+ hangout as your presentation is refined. If this or any other criteria is an issue, please let us know.
GUIDELINES FOR YOUR TALK
TEDxTucson talks run for only 3 to 18 minutes, so your talk should be focused and sharp. If you exceed your time, the coordinator will ask you to end your talk. Your talk should go deep rather than broad. It should include visuals that develop your ideas. It can include unique aspects of personal experience or projects, powerful and illuminating. Corporate, political, or religious plugs from the stage are an abuse of the TEDx platform and are unacceptable.
The entire TEDxTucson organizing team is here to help you with any kind of information or preparation you may need. We will also help you blend your talk into the theme and other speakers’ talks. Begin your research by viewing our speaker resources, then apply below.