Less “Who We’re Looking For”, More “Why”
Speakers come from all walks of life, disciplines, and industries, 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 will be 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.
Note: Speaker applications for 2014 have closed, but you may continue to send an idea for the 2015 season. Thank you to all applicants!
Becoming a Speaker
Start by reading our speaker information packet. It contains information about what TEDx conferences are and your role within them. You should also watch some TED Talks online to or browse our Talks page see what it’s like to speak at this type of conference. Once you’re ready, fill out our application form below. Our speaker selection committee will then review your idea and and contact you. If accepted, you will begin the curation process and be integrated into the event.
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 TEDxNaperville 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 little place at TEDxNaperville.
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 you 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
The entire TEDxNaperville 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 to the right. When ready, apply below.