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 for a Friday, Nov 8th TEDxSalon (no filming). That Salon is intended to be an evening exploring Alternatives in Healthcare and Wellness.

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 don’t wait til last minute.

For the Nov 8th Salon there is clearly more time. But we’d like to see submissions by Aug. 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.  We plan 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.


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.