2018 Speaker Application
Thank you for your interest in TEDxSeattle!
Speaker submissions are open April 16th - April 30th, 2018.
(The application must be filled out by the speaker candidate.)

Note, to complete this application you will need a copy of your rough draft ready to upload.
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We'll start with the basics...
What's your full name? *

And phone number? *

Which is your preferred method of contact? *

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (typically 12-15 minutes in length). 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 local communities around the world.

Let's talk about your idea worth sharing.

This is the central component behind what drives an effective TED and TEDx talk. Additionally, this is what separates TED style talks from presentations, lectures or keynotes.

An easy way to think about framing your idea is to simply start with What if? or What happens when? For example: What if we used cellulose from an apple to grow a human ear? What happens when you plant fast-growing bamboo trees in a desert? What if we fundamentally misunderstand compassion?

Whatever your idea, make it simple and clear. Avoid technical terms and jargon. Your idea statement needs to be easily understood by anyone and should be the driving force of your first draft.

In one or two sentences, what is your idea worth spreading? *

Now, upload a draft of your proposed talk. Your draft should be between 1500-2000 words and directly address your idea worth spreading.

If you haven’t already, please read our speaker submission webpage that contains many resources including our tips for submitting. *

If your draft is larger than 10MB please include a link to a Google Drive or Dropbox account.
Why must our audience hear this idea? And why now? *

Remember your first audience is about 2,800 people in Seattle's McCaw Hall. Why will they want to listen? What makes the idea relevant to them?
Why are you the ideal person to give this talk? *

Sometimes it’s about your credentials, sometimes not. What is it in your background or experience that connects you to this topic and gives you insight? Why is it personal or a passion for you?
Do you currently live in the Pacific Northwest? *

If not, would you be able to travel here if we cannot find funding?
TEDxSeattle speakers receive extensive coaching by our team and, on average, devote 50+ hours to the process.

Coaching starts with helping you clarify and distill your idea in writing. Speakers write multiple drafts of their talk with input and guidance from their coach. Speakers also receive professional presentation coaching and can get help with their slide deck if needed. Pretty great, huh?
Below is a breakdown of those coaching milestones spread throughout the year. Are you willing and able to meet the following?

Second draft July 13th
Third draft August 17th
Fourth draft September 14th
Final draft October 1st
Rehearsal window (three required) Oct. 1st - Nov. 9th
Technical rehearsal Nov. 16th
What would a good coaching relationship look like to you? *

We believe coaching is a reciprocal process. A big part of our job is to listen well and ask good questions. We'd love to hear your perspective.
Are you willing to communicate directly with the TEDx speaker team? *

You may have staff that can help with writing, slide creation, or logistics. You're welcome to get support from any source. However, we require direct, unfiltered access to the speaker at all times when working on drafts and presentation. We find speakers whose schedules don't allow direct feedback are not a good fit for this process.
TEDx Talks

Even though every TED and TEDx event is slightly different, we'd like you to be familiar with the basic form and style. Please watch a few videos before submitting.
The Speaker Team will review your application and contact you if you’ve been selected to move forward in this years' process.

Speaking candidates who move forward will be asked to pitch their talk in-person to our speaker team on May 19th. This provides an opportunity to showcase your unique self and charisma, giving the team a full picture of what your talk may look like. Final speaker selections will be made after these pitches have taken place. Candidates will be informed by mid June if they’ve been accepted.

Please be patient and trust that we review each submission very carefully! You can refer to our submission page for more details about submitting.

Thank you! We’re excited to review your application. Please scroll down and click Submit Application to finalize your submission.

If have any other questions you can write them below or email ideas@tedxseattle.com.
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