NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. We will accept submissions thru June 1st. Although as we find talks/speakers we like, we will book the show. Don’t wait too long to submit is the point!


OUR THEME for 2018 TALKS: Your proposed talk must relate in some way to our theme.

The Bigger Picture”:  Staying Human in a Digital Age


Astounding technology is about to become commonplace, and it will change everything. Where radical advancements reconfigure the convergence between our humanity and the technology we wield, we may need to rethink our search for meaning,  work, joy, profession and purpose. Our annual show will explore the pitfalls and promises of our technology-infused future. Nanotechnology and embedded sensors promise to augment our capabilities; blockchain and crypto currencies  could  upend  the ways we track ownership, distribute commodities, and manage wealth; gene science moves to rewrite the limitations of our heredity; immersive VR and telepresence redefines the real; and robotics, automation, and AI forces a hard rethink of jobs held by man and machine. From the molecular to the grand, the many new ways we’ll engage with technology are creating a changing experience of our very identity.

TEDxMarin 2018 will offer a big picture view of this emerging coexistence, and bring inspiration and wonder to our Bay Area community with thought-provoking ideas how we’ll live and thrive in the world to come.

Partial proposals can not be considered.

If you have questions you can call the office at 415-785-8873.

The actual submission form starts at BOTTOM of this page. It is fine to self-nominate.


We seek accomplished and awe-inspiring speakers. Speakers while connecting genuinely with our audience must be able to convey a big idea or brand new information with passion and authority. We’re looking for speakers doing amazing work, or know something few do. You should have something truly important or unique to share, or perhaps can challenge our audience to think about cultural/global issues in a very new way. Speakers should be able to communicate their ideas or story clearly, directly, with passion and authenticity. We typically have 6 min, 8 min10 min and 12 min speaking slots.

TEDxMarin is not the venue for first time/beginning speakers. We seek presenters who can argue for ideas which inspire. BIG ideas!, human stories – talks that will teach, entertain, make people think, make us laugh, cry or inspire actionWe are proud to bring high-caliber talks to the TEDxMarin community. To continue doing so, please understand that

ALL proposals must include RECENT Video examples of you giving keynote-style talks. 

NOTE: Generally speaking, we are not looking for business coaching talks where the essence of that content is easily found elsewhere. Talks which can touch peoples heart are far more interesting to us than are (as an example) talks on how to be more efficient at work or make more money. HOWEVER, if you feel you are truly saying something new and can wow in that arena?  then by all means submit.

FYI-  Here are a few recent and successful (in the room) TEDxMarin talks.

Paul Piff on GREED , David Sedlak on the Water Crisis , Robb Willer discussing forces that unite and divide us. Cassie Jaye’s Talk on the Mens Rights movement and Eric Corey Freed on growing buildings.

Important: We can only consider speakers with a strong track  record of presenting keynote-type presentations. Podcasts/interviews and/or panel discussion are interesting but do not qualify.

A TEDxMarin talk must be an original talk. It cannot be a re-purposed or updated talk /or one that is already available online at a different venue.

Only full and complete submissions can be considered. So please, take your time assembling your proposal info fully for the form below. Because we get many nominations we are not able to answer all submissions. You can call the office at 415-785-8873 if you have more questions.

The TED Commandments

These are the official guidelines from TED on how to prepare your talk. These tips are given to all TED Conference and TEDx speakers as they prepare their TEDTalks. They will help speakers craft talks that will have a profound impact on your audience.

  • Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something new/never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.
  • Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams … and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
  • Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.
  • Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!
  • Don’t flaunt your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off.
  • No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don’t even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.
  • Don’t read your talk. 
  • End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it.
  • Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend … for timing, for clarity, for impact.

Speakers must tell a story or argue for an idea. They may not use the TED stage to sell products, promote themselves or businesses. Every talk’s content must be original and give credit where appropriate. Speakers cannot plagiarize or impersonate other persons, living or dead.

Speakers must be able to confirm the claims presented in every talk — TED and TEDx are exceptional stages for showcasing advances in science, and we can only stay that way if the claims presented in our talks can stand up to scrutiny from the scientific community. TED is also not the right platform for talks with an inflammatory political or religious agenda, nor polarizing “us vs them” language. If Talks fail to meet the standards above, TED reserves the right to insist on their removal.