Speaker Nomination Form & Guidelines

Speaker Nominations for 2017 are now being accepted. We will officially accept applications thru May 15th, but applying earlier is WAY better.

Please read guidelines FULLY below before submitting. The actual submission form is at BOTTOM.

Our next show is scheduled for Sat Sept 9th 2017.  OUR THEME is:

BENDING THE BOX  Ideas.Myths.Possibilities.







TEDxMarin will explore emerging ideas, old myths and fresh possibilities that may fundamentally shift our emerging culture and future. Whether it’s the search for meaning, joy, profession or purpose, or a desire to innovate and address global and cultural issues, TEDxMarin 2017 looks to inspire and illuminate our Bay Area community with thought-provoking ideas re-framing our vision of what’s possible.

It is fine to self-nominate. SEE a LIST of TOPICS below, which we hold special interest in for 2017.


We seek accomplished and awe-inspiring speakers. Speakers while connecting genuinely with our audience must be able to convey a big idea with passion and authority. We’re looking for speakers doing amazing work, something truly important or unique to share, or perhaps can challenge our audience to think 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, 10 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 previous keynote style talks. 

NOTE: Generally speaking, we are not looking for self improvement / life or business coaching talks where the essence of that content is easily found elsewhere. But if you feel if you are truly saying something new and wow?  then by all means submit.

FYI-  Here are a few recent and successful TEDxMarin talks.

Paul Piff on GREED , David Sedlak on the Water Crisis , Robb Willer discussing forces that unite and divide us. Arash Bayatmakou on Little Big Steps.

Important: We will only consider speakers with a strong track VIDEO record of presenting keynote-type presentations. Podcasts/interviews and in-studio presentations do not qualify.

A TEDxMarin talk must be an original talk. It cannot be a repurposed 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 nomination 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.

TOPICS which are most interesting to us for 2017. This is not a complete list. If your topic is not listed here, thats fine, please still submit… as we are always open to new ideas.

  • Amazing Medical breakthroughs
  • Automation versus Jobs, What can we do?
  • Big Art
  • Body Language
  • Citizen responsibilities in the 21st Century
  • Compassion and Power
  • Creativity and the Brain
  • CrispR
  • Extreme Athletes
  • Fake News
  • Food as Medicine
  • Food Industry – New Radical Foods
  • Future impact of Virtual Reality on communication / activism / democracy/entertainment
  • Happiness and Contentment
  • Human trafficking
  • I’m 65, I’m retired, and I’ve got $xx in the bank. How the heck is that gonna last for 30 years?
  • Inequality
  • Living in another Country / How to do and Where to go
  • Longevity Research- Will our kids really live to 150 and is that a good thing?
  • LSD / Psilocybin, Research
  • Man to Mars
  • Mind over Matter
  • Nature versus Nurture
  • Nature/Photography
  • New Models for Housing and Communities
  • New Models of Healthcare
  • Post Capitalism / New Economic Models
  • Post Democracy – Hybrid forms of Govt.
  • Privacy / Internet of the Future
  • Singularity
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Universal Basic Income: how could *that* work?
  • What is the theater/entertainment experience of the Future

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