At TEDxCanberra, new, interesting and important voices are given the chance to take the stage and talk about their vision. If you know someone who should be on the TEDxCanberra stage, please suggest we look at them.
For tips on suggesting a presenter, see the FAQ below.
About our presenters
At TEDxCanberra, we look year-round for presenters and artists who will say or do something new, inspire, delight and amaze. Our presenters are ideally from Canberra or relatively nearby (but don’t have to be), they may run companies, or may be the junior person with the big idea. They design, perform, think, and most importantly, do. They’re trusted voices, they’re unknowns, they’re mavericks, raconteurs, iconoclasts and geniuses.
Past TEDxCanberra presenters have been Nobel Prize laureates and Australians (and Young Australians) of the Year. TEDxCanberra also seeks out emerging voices from across all disciplines, seeking to introduce them to our community before they become mainstream.
Suggest a presenter
If you know someone who belongs on our roster, or if you belong there yourself, we want to hear from you! Please use our Presenter Nomination Form, and tell us why this person would be well-matched to the TEDxCanberra stage.
Multiple nominations for the same person won’t influence the presenter selection team in any way. We review every nomination that comes in, and it only takes one.
FAQ – Presenting at TEDxCanberra
TEDxCanberra isn’t a typical conference. The audience has high expectations of the speakers; the presenter team works with presenters well in advance of the conference to help shape a presentation that will succeed on stage. TEDxCanberra is the place to give the best talk of your life (because it’s only when you take the stage at TED that it might be better).
How do I suggest a presenter?
Use our form, and fill in as much information as you can. This form goes directly to our presenter 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 presenter?
Can I speak at TEDxCanberra by becoming a partner?
No. Read more about partnering with TEDxCanberra here. Partnering with 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 or employees nominate me several times?
No. It really only takes one suggestion.
Is there a deadline for suggesting a presenter?
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 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 astonishing impact.
Do you have keynotes or panels?
At TEDxCanberra, everyone hears every presentation; there are no breakout sessions or tracks, no keynotes.
What do you pay speakers?
TEDxCanberra does not pay speakers. We wish we could, but it’s not allowed under the rules we have to follow.
We will cover your travel costs and provide hotel accommodation as well as a pass to TEDxCanberra for you and a guest. Most presenters stay all day, soaking up the inspiration, and connecting with other fascinating attendees, who range from rocket scientists to concert pianists. We’re 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 TEDTalk, part of our parent organisation’s beautifully produced, broadcast-quality video podcast series. Offered free to the public, TEDTalks have proven extraordinarily effective at spreading ideas.