If you are an interested speaker or wish to nominate one, please read the GUIDELINES further below.

Speaker Nominations are now officially open.

We are accepting nominations for the Sat Sept 14th Big Gala (filming event) and the Friday Nov 8th TEDxSalon on Artificial Intelligence (no filming)

DEADLINES As we find speakers we like – we engage, then we book them, so there is no hard deadline. Sooner is always better. But we hope to have all nominations in by MAY 1st for the Annual show. Having said that – we could be booked by then – so dont wait til last minute.

For the Nov 8th Salon on Ai there is clearly more time. But we’d like to see submissions by July 15th.

Our Theme for the September 14th 2019 event is

PLAN B:   Alternative Thinking for an Uncertain Future

Our 2019 show will present brilliant minds delivering compelling insights into science, technology, social relevance, well-being, design, culture, and more.  Our plan is to curate new ideas, stories and alternative perspectives to inform our pursuit of meaning, work, wellness, joy, freedom, and purpose. Can a fresh understanding of the world guide us into an uncertain future?~~

IMPORTANT:  PLEASE read our guidelines below thoroughly before submitting. The actual Nomination form is at the very bottom of this page.

If you have questions you can always call the office at 415-785-8873, or send a direct email to the Executive Producer – Producer @ TEDxMarin DOT Org

It is not uncommon to self-nominate.

TOPICS: Here is a partial list of Topics which we hold a specific interest in for 2019, either at our Salons or at our September event. If you have a wow proposed talk that fits for our theme on a different topic? please by all means still submit.

  • The Brain and Consciousness
  • The Future of Medicine/Chronic diseases
  • Ethics and Technology / Ai and emerging issues and realities.
  • The World We Live In / The Critters within our bodies and around us… all the time.
  • Future of Education
  • The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence
  • Prisons/incarcerated America
  • The Elder Brain /The collective wisdom of our elders
  • Climate Change
  • The Communal Living movement
  • What’s the Good News
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • The Future HOME: Smart homes/materials/what our homes and spaces will be like in 30-40 years
  • What we need to know about 5G – the perils and opportunities.
  • Space travel/Mars
  • Synthetic Life
  • China: What we need to know
  • The Future of Entertainment / immersive entertainment technologies
  • New Economic Models
  • Robotics
  • Cloning
  • Bridging the divides
  • Reimagining Gun Control
  • Why ARE we here
  • Quantum Computing
  • + more TBD


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 in a very new way. Speakers should be able to communicate in a 12 min speaking slot.

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.

If your talk is in essence a “motivational talk” then please explain EXACTLY how you are breaking new ground. There is a high bar to clear for us when considering a motivational talk. If you have questions call us at 415-785-8873.

ALL proposals must include RECENT Video examples of you giving a public talk. 

NOTE: Generally speaking, Talks which can touch peoples heart are far more interesting to us. However any talk that profoundly challenges us to thing differently on big issues, or offers possible solutions to life’s vexing problems, we will be interested.

Only 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 our office at 415-785-8873 if you have questions.

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.