Apply to speak


Are you going to be one of the lucky few walking out on the famous red carpet?


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)

Application form

Name *
Please provide the web link to your LinkedIn profile if you have one
e.g. Engaging, Topical, Humour
For instance, what character traits did they demonstrate?
Aim for no more than 100 words
Aim for no more than 100 words
Are you committed to talking on March 3rd 2019? *
Agreement to Terms and Conditions *
I understand/agree that • Travel and accommodation costs are typically not reimbursed • Any exceptional travel and accommodation reimbursement is at the full discretion of TEDxNewcastleUniversity • My talk will not include product pitches or be conducted for financial gain • I will not solicit a business or provide discounts or offers • There is no guarantee of presenting • All decisions are at the full discretion of TEDxNewcastleUniversity
GDPR Statement
TEDxNewcastleUniversity will never share submitted details with 3rd parties. Submitted details will only be used for the TEDxNewcastleUniversity 2019 conference All details will be deleted once their intended use has finished unless agreed otherwise by the individual