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 starts at BOTTOM of this page.

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, 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 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. HOWEVER, if you feel you are truly saying something new and wow in that arena?  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.

The TED Commandments

These are the official guidelines from TED on how to prepare your talk. Chew them over one at a time and let them sit with you until each one triggers new ideas. 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.


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