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 (un)knowing

At TEDxJacksonville 2014, we will explore the tension beeen the known and the unknown, between the use and the misuse of knowledge, and consider the virtues and perils of (un)knowing. (un)knowing is not ignorance, but rather a conscious decoupling from what have been held as immutable truths. What knowledge–if unlearned–would open minds? What must we (un)know in order to forge more robust connections between ourselves and our world? And if we were to acknowledge the many things we will never know, refusing to make up myths or ascribe meaning to the unknown, would we finally be free . . . or utterly adrift?

We invite you to join us at TEDxJacksonville as we reconsider what we know, and explore the power of (un)knowing.

How to apply: TEDxJacksonville will be held Saturday, October 25th, 2014.   The application deadline has past for this year. Preliminary speaker selections will be made by July 15 and finalists will be contacted for an exploratory interview. Final speaker selections will be made by July 30.


** 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.
Want to know what it’s like to give a TEDTalk?
Go behind the scenes at TED2009, during TED’s first year in Long Beach. Watch TED’s curator Chris Anderson working with the TED team (including June Cohen, Katherine McCartney and Jason Wishnow) to prep such powerful speakers as Elizabeth Gilbert, Phil Zimbardo, Seth Godin and Hans Rosling. What’s the secret? Jill Bolte Taylor says it best: “The fruit is always out on the limb. You’ve got to go out on a limb.”