Become a Speaker


Do you have what it takes to speak at TEDxJacksonville? We’re looking for unique voices with insights from a wide range of disciplines, including existing and emerging technology, culture, sustainability, design, education, medicine, science and government, to name a few. When TED was conducting a global talent search for its most recent conference, it compiled the following list that perfectly captures the kind of voices we’re looking for. Which one are you?

The Inventor… sharing an innovation with world-changing potential
The Teacher … sharing valuable knowledge in a memorable way to teenagers or adults
The Prodigy … young talent ready to break out
The Artist … who can showcase their work in a compelling, new way (Don’t just talk about it. Show us your work!)
The Performer … music, dance, comedy, drama … or something entirely different
The Sage … wisdom the world needs from those who have learned it the hard way
The Enthusiast … with an infectious passion about a topic they can share
The Change Agent … helping shape the world’s future with work that matters
The Storyteller… vivid, original, meaningful … with a talent for connection
The Spark … with a powerful idea worth spreading

This year’s theme is Into the Machine

Today we are in the infancy of a second Machine Age, one with profoundly disruptive potential. Man and machine have melded. Artificial intelligence is real. Virtual communities feel authentic. We enjoy near-boundless access to information that enriches our lives, in exchange for allowing invisible machines to decrypt our every impulse and keystroke.

Our perceptions of reality, our structures of meaning, our sense of identity—all are touched and transformed by the machines we have built to mediate between our world and ourselves.  But whether it’s public relations machines curating our culture, or therapeutic implants transforming our biological limitations, or social machines crowdsourcing solutions to intractable problems, we are right to wonder which of us—man or machine—is truly in control.

Machines are the essential engines of our future progress. Advances in manufacturing, communications, computer technology, and processing power will dramatically accelerate the brilliant reinvention of our world, and fundamentally transform our lives. But the question remains: what role will humanity play in this new Age?

How to apply: TEDxJacksonville will be held Saturday, October 24th, 2015.   The deadline for speaker applications is June 30th. Preliminary speaker selections will be made by July 10th and finalists will be contacted for an exploratory interview. Final speaker selections will be made by July 15. Open the application by clicking the button below.



** Please note, TED rules prohibit us from engaging a speaker or performer that is affiliated with any of our sponsors. If you work for Jacksonville University or Baptist Health therefore, while we are incredibly appreciative of your contributions to our community, we cannot consider your application to speak or perform at TEDxJacksonville.