Speaker Application and Nomination

***Speaker Applications for 2017 are now closed***

Do you want to speak at TEDxZumbroRiver 2017? Ready to share your compelling idea? Are you up for the challenge?

TEDxZumbroRiver is an evening event that will feature approximately 8 live speakers. We want to showcase some of the amazing ideas and people we have here in Rochester and Southeastern Minnesota. In addition to inviting thought leaders from across the country, we want to invite you to apply as a speaker for TEDxZumbroRiver.

Speaking at TEDxZumbroRiver

We’re not just seeking good storytellers, we’re seeking the unique, compelling ideas behind them. As a speaker, your objective is to share your idea in an engaging way and to answer the question, “Why?” Why do you care? Why should the attendees? Why does your idea deserve to be on stage? If you’re up to the challenge and passionate about your idea, we’d love to hear from you!

Speaker Application Deadline: Midnight on December 31, 2016

Requirements

Deadlines: At specific deadlines as the event nears, you will be required to submit a variety of information, such as a biography, talk outline, and pertinent slides. These deadlines are imperative as we cannot plan the conference without them. Failing to meet deadlines may result in dismissal from the speaker lineup.

Working Together: As speakers, you agree to work alongside TEDxZumbroRiver organizers to help present your idea. Though you may know your topic the best, we know our attendees and TED’s purpose, and only through working together can we best present your idea. Please be aware that egos have little place at TEDxZumbroRiver.

Required rehearsals: Perhaps you have given many successful talks. A TED/TEDx is a different type of talk. As such you WILL also be required to rehearse your talk with organizers. We prefer such rehearsals in person, but we may try to accommodate rehearsals via Skype, or in a Google+ hangout as your presentation is refined. If this or any other criteria is an issue, please let us know soon.

Attendance: You’ll be expected to be present throughout the duration of the conference as attendees, partners, and other speakers will want to further explore you idea. Please be sure you can be available all day.

Guidelines

TEDxZumbroRiver talks run anywhere from 3 to 18 minutes: Your talk should be focused and sharp. If you exceed your time, the event coordinator will ask you to end your talk. Your talk should go deep rather than broad. It should include stunning visuals that develop your ideas. It can include unique aspects of personal experience or projects, powerful and illuminating.

Corporate, political, or religious plugs from the stage are an abuse of the TEDx platform and are unacceptable. We will also not select any talks that are divisive or promote irresolvable conflict. Pseudoscience is unacceptable.

Should you be accepted as a speaker, the entire TEDxZumbroRiver organizing team is here to help you with any kind of information or preparation you may need. We will also help you blend your talk into the event’s theme and other speakers’ talks.

Once you feel ready, please complete the short speaker application linked below. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Complete the Speaker Application / Nomination Form