Applications to speak are Closed


The Selection Process To Speak At The 2019 TEDxNewcastleUniversity Conference Is Closed To New Applicants. The process will begin again in September for the 2020 conference.


Application phase is now underway and is closed to new applicants but if you have an amazing idea, or are considering speaking at the 2020 conference, please get in touch via Please note, contact via this route will not guarantee speaking at any TEDxNewcastleUniversity event. We appreciate your enthusiasm - keep an eye on the website for next years conference!


If you aren’t familiar with TED, or TEDx conferences, TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. If want to know more, visit the official TED website.

For further general information about the 2019 conference, please visit this page

If you have any queries prior to applying, please email

Deadline for speaker applications: 4TH January 2018

Speakers notified of selection: w/c 7th January 2019

(Expect to be contacted before this for conversation, confirmations, pitch sessions etc.)

Dress rehearsal: 2nd March 2019

Main TEDxNewcastleUniversity conference - 3rd March 2019

TEDx rules for speakers

  • The TEDx talk must be under 18 minutes

  • A good TEDx idea is either:

    • 1. Something new

    • 2. A great basic idea with a new interpretation that challenged current perspectives

  • It should not be simply a story or a list of facts

  • There is to be no political agendas, no religious proselytising or quackery on stage

  • Speakers cannot sell a product or service on stage (there should be no financial agendas)