Submit a Speaker Idea

TEDxSanDiego Speaker Submission Guidelines & Form


SUBMISSION PROCESS

We are now accepting submissions for TEDxSanDiego 2023. 

TEDxSanDiego is always looking for great ideas worth spreading that we can bring to our community on the TEDxSanDiego stage. The submission form is open for anyone. You can submit for yourself or for someone else!

Curation Team Review: Please note that the curation team reviews submission during the 3 month curation cycle that starts 8 months prior to each event. During this period, we’ll reach out if we identify that your submission is one we’d like to engage further. Given the number of submissions, we will not be able to respond to all inquiries. Thank you!

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN A TALK ON OUR STAGE?

Contrary to what many may believe, TEDx talks aren’t just motivational talks or stories – they must revolve around a central idea. This idea doesn’t have to be completely new – it could be a unique approach to an old problem, or a new perspective that provokes insight.

Some ideas that have made good TEDx talks in the past are:

  • A unique perspective on important and timely issues given by subject matter experts
  • New inventions, scientific or economic theories that will change the way we live, work or play.
  • Universal insights gained through unusual or unexpected personal experiences

Here is what we look for in a strong submission:

  • The nominee presents a crystal-clear, singular idea within 7-15 min.
  • An idea that addresses a topic of acute interest to our audience or a pressing challenge in our community.  — Remember you are sharing an IDEA not an ISSUE.
  • We are looking for ideas from San Diego and for the World. Thus, we only work with candidates from San Diego and in some cases broader San Diego County.
  • The idea was founded in proven data / evidence or experience and has broader application than just to the speaker’s life or situation.
  • The idea is novel: We have not heard it before at TEDxSanDiego or from any other TED or TEDx speaker. (Research your idea first on TED.com)
  • One of the most important aspects of creating a great talk is to show a willingness to be vulnerable.
  • See TED guidelines: HERE

Conversely, talks that aren’t a good fit for TEDxSanDiego include:

  • “How to be more successful” presentations
  • Motivational talks
  • Personal narratives
  • Canned talks that have been given in another conference or event
  • Sales pitches for a company or a product
  • Fundraising asks for a cause or company

Please note the following considerations:

  • Speakers must demonstrate expertise, and where relevant, credentials in the field they are speaking about
  • Speakers and performers may not promote themselves, their company, or a product from the TEDx stage.
  • Speakers and performers cannot be paid for their talk
  • Speakers must have an average of 1-2 hours per week to devote to TEDx between selection and the event date
  • Speakers must agree to receive coaching from the TEDxSanDiego coaching team

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE SPEAKERS PREPARING THEIR TALK AS WELL AS ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT

  • You’re required to be responsive and provide talk outlines, slides and other information we ask for by our deadlines. You’ll be going through a 3 to 4 month coaching program that leads you through the talk’s development.
  • You’re expected to work with the speaker coaches to modify your talk to optimize impact accordingly and at the pace you agree on with them.
  • You must be present at the entire event, for the dress rehearsal and preferably also at speaker/sponsor gathering.
  • We also emphasize that you are available for interaction with attendees before and after your talk at the day of the event.

ONLY COMPLETE AND WELL-DEVELOPED SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED

This form collects your name and email address so that we can follow up with your speaker nomination request if need be. We never sell, rent, or share this information with outside parties.