Speakers come from all places and disciplines, but what they all have in common is one big idea and the passion to share it.

Everyone has a story to tell, but we’re not just seeking storytellers, we’re seeking the truly unique, radical ideas behind them.

As a speaker, your objective is to share your idea in an engaging way and to answer the question, “Why?” That is, Why do you care and why should the attendees care? If you’re up to the challenge and passionate about your idea, we’d love to hear from you.

Please apply below after reading the information on this page. Speaker applications are currently being accepted for the 2017 event. All applications will be reviewed. If your application is accepted, our Speaker Selection Committee will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Become A Speaker


Read our speaker information packet. Watch a number of TED Talks online or browse our Talks page to learn about speaking, and about some of the ideas shared.


Fill out the speaker application and tell us about your idea. This is your opportunity to convince us your idea deserves a stage.

Review & Selection

Our Speaker Selection Committee will review your proposal and respond to you. Please note this may take some time.

Curate & Refine

If selected, we’ll begin working with you to perfect and expand your idea presentation for a TEDx audience.



At specific deadlines as the event nears, you will be required to submit a variety of information, such as a biography, talk outline, and pertinent slides, if any will be used.

These deadlines are imperative as we cannot plan the conference without them. Failing to meet deadlines may result in dismissal from the speaker lineup.

Working Together

As a speaker, you agree to work alongside TEDxElPaso organizers to help present your idea. Though you may know your topic the best, we know our attendees and TED’s purpose, and only through working together can we best present your idea.

Please be aware that it’s not about egos at TEDxElPaso, but about ensuring speakers, attendees, and the global TED audience have an outstanding world class experience.


You’ll be expected to be present throughout the duration of the conference as attendees, partners, and other speakers will want to further explore your idea. Please be sure you are available all day, on the day of the event.

You may also be required to rehearse your talk with organizers in person, via Skype, or in a Google+ hangout as your presentation is refined. If this or any other criteria will be an issue, please let us know.

Guidelines for Your Talk

TEDxElPaso talks run between 10 and 18 minutes, so your talk should be focused and sharp. If you exceed your time, the coordinator will ask you to end your talk. Your talk should go deep rather than broad. It should include visuals that develop your ideas. It can include unique aspects of personal experience or projects that are powerful and illuminating. Corporate, political, or religious plugs from the stage are an abuse of the TEDx platform and are unacceptable.

The entire TEDxElPaso organizing team is here to help you with any kind of information or preparation you may need. We will also help you blend your talk into the theme and other speakers’ talks. Begin your research by viewing our speaker resources, then apply.

Become a Speaker


Speaker Information Packet

TEDx Speaker Release Form