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The mission of TEDxJacksonville is to be a catalyst for positive change, opening minds with inspiring ideas. Our goal is to present talks on issues that matter to our community and to spark a real dialogue about how to make a difference.

If you have an idea that is clear, concise, compelling, original and relevant, we want to hear about it! We have a dedicated committee that reviews all speaker applications, and because we want yours to shine, we’ve developed guidelines about what does (and doesn’t) work on the TEDxJacksonville stage.

We are eager to consider ideas that:

  • Are radically new
  • Showcase fresh approaches to enduring problems
  • Challenge our conceptions about what’s possible
  • Expose us to cutting-edge research, technology or design
  • Energetically redefine the human experience

We reject ideas that are:

  • Vague or underdeveloped
  • Based on pseudoscience rather than quantifiable and specific data
  • Purely personal or motivational in nature
  • Already ubiquitious
  • Solely about overcoming adversity or obstacles
  • Motivated by or seek to promote corporate, political, or religious agendas

This year’s conference will take place Saturday, October 20th, 2018. Speaker applications will be accepted beginning March 1st. The speaker application deadline is June 30th. (If you want to review the application, but aren’t ready to complete it, you may view the application here.) After successfully completing your application, you will receive an email with additional information about the selection process. Finalists will be contacted for an exploratory interview and speaker selections will be made by July 15th. 

• Presentations will be between 5 and 15 minutes in length, with final length determined by the TEDxJacksonville coaching team. 

• Presenters may not be paid for their talk.

• No podium.

• All talks will be video recorded and uploaded to the TED YouTube channel for global viewing.

• Presenters should plan on being present throughout the TEDxJacksonville event; our audience wants to meet you and ask questions.

• Presenters must have copyright ownership of any images or video included in their talk. If you use an image under a Creative Commons license, cite the source at the bottom of the slide.

Thank you again for your interest in TEDxJacksonville!

Though we consider each application carefully, please note that fewer than 20% of applicants are contacted for interviews.

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