We’re looking for the next generation of TEDxLondon speakers! If you’re aged between 16 and 25 and have a great idea, inspiring story or creative vision for the kind of society you want to live in and want to share it with London and beyond, keep reading…


OPENx is our unique auditions and training programme, open to anyone who wants to share their ideas on the TEDxLondon stage. We want to hear new voices and discover new ideas from people who may never have thought the TEDx stage was for them. If you are selected, we work with you to help you shape your idea to be part of a TEDxLondon event in 2019!

TEDxLondon explores diverse ideas around the overarching theme of Beyond Borders, and we’re looking for various interpretations on that theme. Now in its third year, our previous OPENx speakers have explored chicken shops as important social hubs, the connection of technology and creativity, unconventional career paths and new ways to think about youth offending – and these are just a few examples.

What we are looking for

Your talk can be about any topic as long as it’s an original idea or gives a new perspective on a current situation, issue or problem. Share your vision for your city, tell us about the world you want to live in, or showcase an amazing project you’re working on! Remember, a TED or TEDx talk is an idea worth spreading, so please do not submit ideas that are inaccurate, advertise a specific company or product, or are purely inspirational or motivational talks. Although many TED or TEDx talks are inspirational, it’s always the speaker’s great idea or brilliant new perspective that motivates the audience to make a positive change.

You absolutely don’t need to be a great public speaker or have your whole talk written before you apply. We’re looking for ideas and people with the passion and dedication to work with us to create an amazing TEDxLondon talk.

That sounds like me! How do I apply?

  1. Download or open Seenit Capture on your iPhone or Android device.
  2. Sign up or log in and allow all popups eg microphone and push notifications.
  3. Enter the Project ID: openx2019
  4. Head to the “Shot list” section and follow the instructions in the app.
  5. Enjoy and have fun!

After applications close, we will be in touch with all applicants personally, and successful applicants will be invited to an in-person audition (see Key dates below for more details). If you have any questions, check out our FAQ for more information or give us a shout via email at

key dates

15 November : applications open
15 December : applications close
7 January : successful applicants invited to auditions day
3 February : auditions day in central London
5 February : 2019 winners announced
9 February : workshop 1
9 March : workshop 2
6 April : workshop 3
27 April : all speaker workshop
11 May : all speaker workshop
17 May : onsite speaker rehearsal

OPENx takes place in central London and is open to 16-25 year olds. If you’re over 25 and are interested in becoming a speaker, you can find out more here. At the moment we are unable to accept applications for anyone under 16.

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OPENx talks from previous years

Jamala Osman, OPENx Winner 2018
From the block to the bank
Alex Lloyd, OPENx Winner 2018
What if we could do youth justice better?
Laura Caccia, OPENx Winner 2018
Is code poetry the new avant-garde?
Akashi Alam, OPENx Winner 2018
Why fried chicken shops are essential spaces for young people
Rasheeda Page-Muir, OPENx Winner 2017
Grime, the silent feminist revolution
Emmanuel Opoku, OPENx Winner 2017
Lost in the numbers: The story of young migrants
Tom Boon, OPENx Winner 2017
Why your actions don’t always define you