TEDxBrownschool features innovative and influential speakers and entertainers from the local area and thought-leaders from around the country.

If you know someone who belongs on the TEDx stage, or if you belong there yourself, we want to hear from you!  

A TEDx talk has a powerful idea at its core, what TED calls, ‘an idea worth spreading.’

The most successful TEDx talks are more than just lectures which deliver facts alone. A TEDx talk is centered on one powerful idea that is supported by facts. It doesn’t have to be a scientific breakthrough, a genius invention, or a complex legal theory. It can be a simple how-to or a human insight illustrated with the power of a story, or a beautiful image that has meaning. Or perhaps just a reminder of what matters most in life. An idea is anything that can change how people see the world.



About our speakers

At TEDx, we search year-round for presenters who will inform and inspire, surprise and delight. Our presenters run admired companies and design amazing products; they invent world-changing devices and create ground-breaking media. They are trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses.

If you belong on the stage yourself, we want to hear from you! Use our Speaker submission form by clicking the submit button on this page. If you know someone who would be a good candidate, forward them this page and encourage them to submit a proposal.



Who we’re looking for

TEDx talks cover a vast array of topics across a variety of areas. If you’ve identified a unique issue that you are passionate about, the TEDx platform can be a perfect place to share it.

Perhaps you have identified a challenge or problem that is important to you. The difference between a speech on this subject and a TEDx talk is that TEDx speakers present an issue and propose possible solutions.

The best TEDx talks are original, unique, and engaging. Ideas that resonate for you are likely to do the same for others. The TEDx stage is your chance to present an idea or issue, or a new spin on an existing topic that has never been discussed before.




The common perception is that only the most inspiring, animated individuals give the best TEDx talks. In fact, it is not the person we are searching for but the person’s idea or innovation.

We are looking for ideas that need to be defended, not something self-evident but an interesting argument, perhaps with an antagonist.

The most successful speakers change perceptions with their talks. This could be anything from a scientific discovery that changes how you think about frogs to a philosophical argument that reshapes your notions of the cosmos.




TEDx talks do not have a prescriptive approach or formula. This is what makes each one so unique. If you watch TEDx talks regularly, you will see that people give talks on a wide variety of topics and present them in lots of different ways. Often, the more creative, the better.

There are seven different types of talks you might want to use as the basis of your own. You want your talk to be more than just a copy of someone else’s, but watching other TEDx talks is a good place to start.

Take a look at the types of talks below. Do any seem like a good fit for your idea?

You will have a chance to select from this list when you make your submission.




The talks that make one or two solid points, and it’s important. 
ExamplesBryan StevensonOnora O’NeillChimamanda Ngozi Adichie


An onstage look at some ingenious new invention that the speaker was a part of creating. 
ExamplesTan LeMarkus FischerRaffaello D’Andrea


Music, dance, magic, puppetry, or some other performance that will captivate your audience. 
ExamplesUsman Riaz + Preston ReedArthur BenjaminPilobolus


In these talks, artists showcase their art and explain the meaning and process behind what they create. 
ExamplesRaghava KKLiu BolinAparna Rao


These talks are mainly about the amazement of science and discovery. 
ExamplesYoav Medan, Marcus ByrneJanna Levin


These talks are not about one big, world-changing idea, but instead a very engaging take on an interesting topic. 
ExamplesMary RoachJoe SmithCharlie Todd


These talks expose your audience to an issue that they may not otherwise know much about. 
ExamplesRodrigo CanalesLawrence LessigRose George


TEDxBrownschool Applications

    Remember, you will need to share with us a 1-2 minute video at the end of this application, so if you do not yet have it ready, please go and record that video and come back to finish your application. You can pause at anytime and come back to it later.
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  • In a single sentence, tell us your Idea Worth Spreading. This is not the title of your talk, it's your big idea that the world needs to know.
  • Please explain how your topic fits into the above area. The more specific you are, the more likely your Talk is to be selected. We are looking for talks that address themes, concepts, ideas, solutions in this area.
    Select a talk type based on the descriptions given on the Speaker Information page.
  • What sparked your Idea? How has the Idea developed so far? What key points do we need to know? What questions do you want to explore? What do you hope the audience will? Why is it the speech of your life?
  • Hometown, profession, family, anything that adds context to your idea.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.