Speak­ing at TEDx­Can­ber­ra

We’re always look­ing for new voices and new ideas to add to the TEDx­Can­ber­ra com­munity.

Each TEDx­Can­ber­ra con­fer­ence fea­tures 15 – 20 of the region’s most innov­at­ive and influ­en­tial voices. At TEDx­Can­ber­ra, we search year-round for presenters who will inform and inspire, sur­prise and delight. If you know someone who belongs on the TEDx­Can­ber­ra stage, or if you belong there your­self, we want to hear from you! Please use our speak­er recom­mend­a­tion form.

About our speak­ers

At TEDx­Can­ber­ra, we search year-round for presenters who will inform and inspire, sur­prise and delight. Our presenters are lead­ers and begin­ners, old and young, artists and teach­ers and research­ers and busi­ness people. They are trus­ted voices and con­ven­tion-break­ing mav­er­icks, icons, and geni­uses.

We strongly bias our speak­er and per­former selec­tion to those who are demon­strably “dirty up to their armpits” in their sub­ject mat­ter. We want adven­tur­ers, explorers, dis­cover­ers, changers, break­ers of con­ven­tion, sci­ent­ists, teach­ers, artists, dan­cers, those break­ing ground and build­ing accept­ance for the mar­gin­al­ised, and those examin­ing the nex­us between pre­vi­ously unex­plored ideas.

We’re not inter­ested in people who want to push their own agenda for per­son­al gain, in motiv­a­tion­al speak­ers for the sake of motiv­a­tion, in self-help, busi­ness suc­cess, or self-improve­ment advisers and life coaches, in any­one pro­mot­ing pseudos­cience and woo, or those who have read about a top­ic and want to com­ment on it.

A TEDx­Can­ber­ra speak­er needs to be a doer as much as a thinker.

Mul­tiple nom­in­a­tions for the same per­son won’t influ­ence the speak­er selec­tion team in any way. We review every nom­in­a­tion that comes in, and it only takes one.

FAQ: Speak­ing at TEDx­Can­ber­ra

TEDx­Can­ber­ra isn’t a typ­ic­al con­fer­ence. The TEDx­Can­ber­ra audi­ence has high expect­a­tions of the speak­ers; theTEDx­Can­ber­ra speak­er team works with speak­ers well in advance of the con­fer­ence to help shape a present­a­tion that will suc­ceed on the TEDx­Can­ber­ra stage.TEDxCanberra is the place to give the talk of your life (well, unless you actu­ally speak at TED).

How do I sug­gest a speak­er?
Use our speak­er recom­mend­a­tion form, and fill in as much inform­a­tion as you can. This form goes dir­ectly to our speak­er selec­tion team.

Can I sug­gest someone I don’t know per­son­ally? You ask for their email address, and I don’t know it.
Please do! Just let us know how you’ve heard about this per­son, and why you think they should speak at TEDx­Can­ber­ra.

Can I sug­gest someone I work for or a cli­ent of mine?

Can I sug­gest myself as a speak­er?

When will you get back to me?

Our team receives a large num­ber of nom­in­a­tions each year and can­not guar­an­tee they will respond to each nom­in­a­tion indi­vidu­ally. If the team believes your idea might be suit­able for TEDx­Can­ber­ra either in the cur­rent year or for a later event, they will be in touch, but it might take some weeks or months.

Can I speak at TEDx­Can­ber­ra by becom­ing a part­ner?
No. Read more about part­ner­ing with TEDx­Can­ber­ra. Spon­sor­ing TEDx­Can­ber­ra has many bene­fits, but a guar­an­teed speak­ing slot is not one of them.

Will it help if I sub­mit mul­tiple nom­in­a­tions, or have my friends nom­in­ate me sev­er­al times?
No. It really only takes one sug­ges­tion.

Is there a dead­line for sug­gest­ing a speak­er?
We accept nom­in­a­tions all the time. It’s best to get your sug­ges­tions to us as early as pos­sible, so we can research them care­fully and make the best decision on the speak­er roster.

I want to speak at TEDx­Can­ber­ra, but my usu­al talk runs 50 minutes. Can I get a longer slot?
We strictly enfor­ce the clock for all speakers.TEDxCanberra is the place to con­dense your ideas into a com­pel­ling 18-minute or short­er talk that com­mu­nic­ates your best ideas. We’ve found that a care­fully pre­pared present­a­tion of this length can have an aston­ish­ing impact.

Do you have key­notes or pan­els?
At TEDx­Can­ber­ra, every­one hears every present­a­tion; there are no break­out ses­sions or tracks, no key­notes, and very rarely are there pan­els.

What do you pay speak­ers?
TEDx­Can­ber­ra does not pay speak­ers. We do, of course, cov­er travel costs and provide excel­lent hotel accom­mod­a­tion. Most speak­ers stay for the whole con­fer­ence, soak­ing up the talks and con­nect­ing with oth­er attendees. Oth­er bene­fits include pre-con­fer­ence coach­ing and train­ing and spe­cial events for net­work­ing. We are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an exper­i­ence that’s tre­mend­ously ful­filling and bene­fi­cial on all sides.

An addi­tion­al bene­fit of speak­ing at TEDx­Can­ber­ra is that your present­a­tion may become a TED Talk. Not all talks given on the TEDx­Can­ber­ra stage will auto­mat­ic­ally become online TED Talks, but we hope some do; of over 100 TEDx­Can­ber­ra Talks so far, three have been selec­ted for the main TED.com site.