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TEDxPearlStreet is looking for thought-leaders, innovators, artists, change-makers across all domains of human endeavor who want to share their vision and ideas with the world.

What We Look For

We look for – BIG ideas, human stories, talks that will marvel, teach, provoke action, make one reflect, entertain, cry or bring change & impact in society!

TEDxPearlStreet isn’t a typical conference. The TEDx audience has high expectations of the speakers; the TEDx curation team works with speakers well in advance of the conference to help shape a presentation that will succeed on the TEDx stage.


TEDxPearlStreet is the place to give the talk of your life, and our team is here to help you succeed!

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How to speak at TEDxPearlStreet


At TEDxPearlStreet, we search year-round for presenters and performers who will inform and inspire, surprise and delight. Our presenters run some of the most admired companies and design the our best-loved products; they invent world-changing devices and create ground-breaking media. They are trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses.


No matter how accomplished a presenter may be, everyone starts by completing the speaker nomination form. Speaker nominations are reviewed on a rolling basis for future events, and we hold virtual auditions 2x per year. To get started just click on the button below and submit your information.

Selection Process:


TEDxPearlStreet curation team works throughout the year to identify speakers with ideas worth sharing - we are always looking for speakers with relevant and impactful ideas! Our curation team reviews each application and evaluates each idea presented. Below are some helpful hints on what makes a good TEDx talk:

What makes a good idea for a TED talk?

Like a good magazine article, your idea can be new or surprising, or challenge a belief your audience already has. Or it can be a great basic idea with a compelling new argument behind it.


An idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.

Do I need to be an expert on my topic?


You do not need to be the world’s foremost expert on the topic, but you do have to be an expert. Please remember that the audience relies on you to give accurate information, so whatever you say in your talk, please fact-check — especially facts you may take for granted: statistics, historical anecdotes, scientific stats. If you're drawing an example from a discipline that is not your main area of knowledge, use research from widely accepted and peer-reviewed sources, and, if at all possible, consult with experts directly.


Is my idea ready?

Write your idea down in one or two sentences. Ask yourself three questions:

1) Is my idea new?

Are you telling people something you're pretty sure they have not heard before?

2) Is my idea interesting?

Think about how your idea might apply to a room full of varied kinds of people. Who might be interested in it?


3) Is it factual and realistic?
If you are presenting new research, make sure your idea is backed by data and peer-reviewed. If you are presenting a call to action, make sure it can be executed by members of your audience.


If you answered “no” to any of these questions, refine your idea. Ask someone you respect who doesn’t work in your field, and if they answer “no” to any of these questions, refine your idea. If your TEDx event organizing team answers “no” to any of these questions, refine your idea.

If you are selected:
After completing your nomination, we will reach out to you and setup a ZOOM call to discuss your talk and review the requirements for participating in this year's event. 

Applications are now open!

Submit your application before March 10, 2023 to be considered for our spring event!

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