Do you have an idea worth spreading?

TEDxLondon Ideas Search 2019

TEDxLondon is all about ideas worth spreading. Our speakers are a passionate group of communicators, educators and change-makers who bring ideas to life, make them memorable, and motivate others to take action. We carefully curate the topics and speakers for each event to ensure the most exciting and innovative ideas are featured on our London stage and beyond.

Ideas Search for TEDxLondon 2019 is now open!

TEDxLondon 2019 is about #BeyondBorders – a society beyond the limitations, boundaries, categories and labels that isolate and drive us apart – we want to build solutions to the challenges we face as a society, promote innovation and celebrate our humanity. We are looking for speakers who can explore our #BeyondBorders theme from different perspectives, fields and lived experiences.

As global citizens we live in an increasingly interconnected world where we feel the joy and pain, share the successes and mourn the tragedies of our neighbours around the corner and across the world. At TEDxLondon, we believe in building a shared future together by using our platform to give space to the unusual suspects, to uncover hidden expertise, to share stories of our common human experience, to amplify the great ideas of today and tomorrow and to support the architects of our future from every field.

For this Ideas Search, we are specifically looking for proposals related to:

  • Climate change and environmental science
  • Advances and new discoveries in health, epidemiology and genomics
  • Design and engineering for social change
  • Inclusive technology
  • Innovative architecture
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Ethics in artificial intelligence
  • Groundbreaking and new interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Art and activism
  • Social model of disability

If you have a great idea that fits with those themes, please tell us about it by completing the form:

Deadline for applications is noon on Monday 7 January 2019

If you're thinking of getting an idea in shape ahead of time, here's some information that might help

We aim to respond to all applicants with our decision by 18 February 2019. Please don’t be disheartened if your application isn’t successful this time, as we can only feature a small selection of applicants and it doesn’t mean you don’t have a great idea! With your permission, we will keep your application to consider for our future events.

To help you consider whether you might be right for us, and to understand more about what we’re looking for, please read our guidance below before applying.

What we’re looking for

It is important to us that everyone featured on the TEDxLondon stage have that magical combination of a fascinating idea coupled with the ability to share it in an engaging and relatable way. Some of the characteristics we are seeking to include are:

Novelty: we want innovative and original ideas – or ideas presented in a way unique to you and your experience/knowledge – we are not likely to feature motivational speakers, confidence coaches, business advisors or people who have given similar TEDx talks elsewhere in recent years.

Diversity: we actively seek diversity in ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, age, disability, education and non-traditional experts. We want to champion the voices that are often marginalised or underrepresented in our society.

Creativity: we are looking for speakers who present their ideas in a unique and captivating way, which is personal to their experiences, perspectives and expertises.

Credibility: we are looking for speakers who are committed to their idea and knowledgeable on the topic. You don’t need to have a PhD, published a book, or be a world recognised public figure. But we do ask that you have spent time understanding, developing and validating your ideas – this can be through your work, studies, research and/or lived experience.

Successful speakers come in many guises, from raw talent to vast experience, and we are always seeking the elusive ‘diamond in the rough’! Don’t be discouraged from applying because you feel you don’t conform to the image of the ‘traditional public speaker’.

What you get

Every speaker has their own motivation for participating and we hope you will benefit from your TEDxLondon experience in many ways. As a team, we are committed to:

– Mentorship and guidance throughout your TEDxLondon journey. You will have individualised coaching support from our Director and Curator, Maryam Pasha, and will have the opportunity to develop your public speaking skills through this process.

– Creating a professional platform with great exposure. This is an opportunity to spread your ideas to London and the world. We will facilitate this through filming and editing your talk to broadcast quality and promoting it to our community, online networks and press contacts.

– Assembling a dynamic, diverse audience and networking opportunities. Our last event sold out within days and we anticipate that this year will be no different. Our audiences are passionate about ideas and through our curation and communication on the day and in the run up to the event, we will create the best environment for your idea to be heard and spread.

– Delivering a professional event to showcase your idea. We have a committed speaker team of dedicated experts ready to help you prepare before the event and ensure that you have an incredible experience on the day. Our wider team of professionals works tirelessly to create an unforgettable experience for speakers and audiences alike, enabling you to present your talk in the best possible light.

What you give

As a TEDxLondon speaker you have an essential role in contributing towards making the event a great success. Commiting to speak is an important undertaking and we have some clear expectations of all our speakers:

– Commitment: speaking at a TEDx event is unlike no other. From experienced to first-time public speakers, we ask everyone to engage with our coaching and rehearsal process. You will be working closely with our Director and Curator, Maryam Pasha, who will tailor the coaching process to your needs, experience and time.

– Time: we ask all our speakers to have three meetings (in person or remotely) before the event with our Director and Speaker Coach, Maryam Pasha, to develop their talk. We also ask all speakers to attend one informal speaker rehearsal (Saturday 27 April and/or Saturday 11 May), the formal dress rehearsal on Friday 17 May and the event itself on Saturday 18 May. If you want more time for the preparation or rehearsal process, we can definitely make this happen.

– Passion: development of your talk takes effort! Your enthusiasm, positivity and willingness to collaborate throughout the process is essential.

There are lots of great resources to help you develop your idea before applying. These are our favourite:

If you have questions about your application, please contact our Speaker Scout and Applications Manager, Ashleigh, on ashleigh@tedxlondon.com.

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