TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading
ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a
conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, and today
covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more
than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas
in communities around the world.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program
of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like
experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark
deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded
TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides
general guidance for the TEDx
program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
(Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TEDxMemphis launched in 2015 to bring local ideas to the
global TED stage. For each annual conference, we choose a roster of speakers to
share TED talks with a Memphis audience, while professionally filming those
talks to distribute locally and throughout the TED network.
Have an Idea Worth Sharing?
TEDxMemphis is searching for speakers with talks that
represent the most innovative ideas coming out of Memphis. We want our next conference
to be full of engaging, dynamic, thought-provoking TED talks. A great TED talk starts conversations. When people describe TED Talks you’ll hear words like “surprising,”
“inspirational,” “provocative,” or “illuminating.”
Because TEDxMemphis has limited space for speakers but a
long list of potential candidates, we ask those interested in speaking to
complete an application. Our TEDxMemphis committee reviews all submissions and
chooses a group of TED talks that we think will make for a compelling
conference. We are deeply committed to presenting a diverse range of talks from
diverse speakers, so we carefully curate the programs to reflect this.
We should also note that TED Talks are required to be shorter than 18 minutes, and we hope to have Talks of varying lengths. Some of the most compelling TED Talks are just a few minutes long.
Ready to Apply?
If you’ve got a great idea for a TED Talk, fill out this
application and submit by October 27,