Speaking & Performing Application

About TEDx

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, official TED videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


The application is open: November 1st, 2017, 7:00 am.

Application deadline: December 1st, 2017, 5:00 pm (PST)

Applicants can be anyone interested and passionate about spreading a new idea. This includes students, staff, faculty, and community members.

Event Theme: Collective Genius


TEDxPCC is an evening event happening April 19, 2018. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.

TEDx speakers are not paid for their talks, nor compensated for any expenses getting to the event, and the talks must strictly adhere to the TEDx guidelines or the speaker may be removed from the program.

If selected, your talk would be filmed and edited for posting on the TEDx YouTube channel. It may also be chosen to appear on the official TED website, TED.com. Your talk could be up to 18 minutes, on any topic your idea worth sharing falls into — technology, entertainment, science, design, business, humanities, etc. Unorthodox, interactive or performative talks are encouraged.

Speakers are required to work with a TEDxPCC speaking coach who will help you write an outline and script, create slides for your talk, and provide feedback on your verbal and nonverbal delivery. You must also be available for periodic check-ins with the organizers. Speakers will rehearse their talk for weeks or months in advance and will attend at least three mandatory rehearsals with the coaches and organizers, including a dress rehearsal. A preparation timeline with specific milestones will be negotiated to fit your schedule needs.

Terms and conditions

Due to the volume of applications, incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Misrepresentation of information on the application will result in immediate disqualification.

Selection timeline:

  • Applications are collected until December 1st at 5:00 pm PST
  • Review of applications by selection committee (up to three weeks)
  • All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been chosen.

Privacy note:

All application content will remain strictly confidential and will be used for internal review and communication purposes only. We will never share your information with a third party.

Non-discrimination policy:

TEDxPCC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. TEDxPCC does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran or refugee status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of our speaker opportunities.

Language policy:

We do not require applicants to be native English speakers. Many do, in fact, have other native languages. Because the TEDxPCC event is conducted in English, English proficiency is a requirement. This is to ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience.

Application Tips

  • Be concise. We purposely don’t give you a lot of space. That’s because we’re more interested in what you have to say than how you say it.
  • Actions > Academics. Your education holds a little weight, but we want to see what you’ve done, what you’re currently working on and what you want to achieve or create in the future. A formal education is not necessary if you have done something remarkable.
  • Don’t be afraid to brag! Tell us about what makes you exceptional. We’re choosing from a very talented pool of applicants so we encourage you to be brave and stand out from the crowd.
  • Apply early. Applications are open for a month but don’t wait until the last day to submit your application.
  • Share links that help us get to know you better, and don’t forget to double-check that your links are all working.
  • Save an offline copy. We recommend you look at the application form first, then spend time offline composing your answers in Google Docs, Microsoft Word or a similar word-processing program. Please remember to keep an offline copy. We cannot be responsible for text that gets lost.
  • If you think you don’t have the slightest chance of getting selected, apply anyway! In fact, many speakers never would have imagined spreading their message on the TEDx stage. Let us be the judge!