to be a TEDxMemphis speaker
2024 APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 29
Before you apply...
Share Your Idea
TEDxMemphis strives to program a conference each year with talks that represent the most innovative ideas coming out of Memphis. We want our next conference to be full of engaging, dynamic, thought-provoking TED talks. Whether a simple idea or a complex issue, great TED talks start conversations. When people describe TED Talks you’ll hear words like “surprising,” “inspirational,” “provocative,” or “illuminating.” Thank you for your interest in being a part!
TED Talks are required to be shorter than 18 minutes, and we hope to have Talks of varying lengths, tones, and topics. Some of the most compelling TED Talks are just a few minutes long while driving interest and engagement from the audience.
TEDxMemphis Conference Details
WHEN: September 28, 2024
WHERE: Memphis University School Theatre
THEME: The miXtape
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 29, 2024, at 11:59pm
MANDATORY INFORMATION SESSION DATES (all speakers must attend one): March 26 or 28, 2024
MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL DATES (all speakers must attend one): September 26 or 27, 2024
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. 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 communities around the world.
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, TED Talks video 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.)
TEDxMemphis launched in 2015 to bring local ideas to the global TED stage. For each annual conference, we choose a roster of speakers to share TED talks with a Memphis audience, while professionally filming those talks to distribute locally and throughout the TED network.
2024 Theme: The miXtape
We're building a playlist of big ideas for Memphis and beyond -- what will you add to the mix? With its variety of tracks, diverse experiences, the element of surprise, and the opportunity to curate and personalize, a mixtape is designed to spark connection through a shared experience: to move and be moved. How will your idea strike a chord?
Memphis is a vibrant city teeming with innovators, visionaries, and changemakers, and TEDxMemphis: The miXtape will bring these voices together to share big ideas with the community on the TEDx stage. If you've got a fresh, new idea or want to remix a standard, apply for the opportunity to add your voice to TEDxMemphis: The miXtape by February 29, 2024.
Please note that the theme is meant to inspire you, not to be taken literally. While you're welcome to talk about music, you are by no means limited to it!
Official TEDx Resources (these will be helpful to review before applying!)
Before Public Speaking
To better understand how we think about ideas, please watch Chris Anderson’s video (below). Getting ready to speak at TED or a TEDx event? Check out the full playlist to help get you prepared.