Call for TEDx Speakers

Three rows of stacked words, TEDx in Red, Nevins Library in black, and a small x=independently organized TED event

Speaker Application Form

Do you, or someone you know, have a brilliant idea on what it means “to connect” that you would like to share with the wider community?

The Nevins Library is excited to host TEDxNevinsLibrary, “Making Connections,” on October 15, 2022.

A library can be a unique forum for sharing ideas and building community. Our mission in hosting TEDxNevinsLibrary is to help build bridges and address the growing problem of broken connections within ourselves, our community and the natural world.  Today, more than ever, the need to have and maintain connections is crucial to our well-being.  We are seeking a variety of speakers from different disciplines who have ideas and innovations around the theme of “Making Connections” and can give a compelling presentation.

A few things to know about TEDx talks are the following:

  • Speaking at a TEDx event is on a voluntary basis. Speakers will not be paid.
  • A TEDx event is not a platform for professional speakers, but instead, for those who don’t have one. We are looking for a fresh take on what it means to make a connection.
  • TED prohibits “bad science.” Any scientific claims made must be based on expert-scrutinized data.
  • TED prohibits talks that are designed to be divisive, with inflammatory political or religious agendas, and those that are using “us vs. them” language. The talks are intended to be for building consensus and “outside-the-box thinking.”
  • Talks are limited to less than 18 minutes. Speakers will be asked to deliver their talks without notes or with minimal notes.

Do you have a new take on making connections? Start the process of becoming a speaker by filling out the Speaker Application Form.

The selection process to be a presenter at TEDxNevinsLibrary is as follows:

  • Prospective speakers will complete and submit the TEDxNevinsLibrary Speaker Application, including a video clip by July 1, 2022
  • Auditions will be held, reviewed, and speakers chosen by August 15, 2022
  • Script review and coaching will precede presentation on October 15, 2022

A TEDx talk is an exciting chance to share your unique idea with the community and beyond, but is it also a serious commitment. Please familiarize yourself with the TEDx Speaker Guide and Content Rules before submitting your application.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxNevinsLibrary, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxNevinsLibrary event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.