We’re looking for the next generation of TEDxLondon speakers!

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’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…

What is OPENx?

OPENx is our unique auditions and training programme, open to anyone who wants to share their ideas on the TEDxLondon stage.

If you are selected, we work with you to help you shape your idea to be part of a TEDxLondon event in 2022 and beyond!

TEDxLondon explores diverse ideas around the overarching theme of Beyond Borders, and we’re looking for various interpretations on that theme. Now in its fourth 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 are we 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?

Applications for OPENx are currently closed but we open to re-open them in 2022. If you’re interested, sign up to the mailing list below to stay posted.

Being an OPENx speaker was a transformative experience.

Stepping out onto a stage in front of people who were all open to new and sometimes challenging perspectives was an experience I will never forget.”

Alex Lloyd, OPENx Speaker

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Watch OPENx Talks from previous years