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Got an idea for TEDxTalk for TEDxQueenstown?

We are currently taking applications for speakers for TEDxQueenstown. If you are interested in speaking (or would like to nominate someone as a speaker) for our event please contact us at

Remember that TEDxTalks are a global brand and not everyone who applies gets to talk. Sometimes the subject matter is inappropriate for TEDx (no political or religious agendas, pseudoscience or commercial promotions), or the pitch (TED are very strict on commercial promotions appearing in a TEDxTalk) and in others it might be the content (not every story is TEDxTalks story)

We’d like to give you some idea what we at TEDxQueenstown look for in a prospective TEDxTalk:

We want to hear an idea that has never been shared before.

We are interested in stories that show your curiosity and enthusiasm for your subject.

Laughter is always a good in a TEDxTalk.

Failure is as important as success and is warmly welcomed in any TEDxTalk.

A TEDxTalk is a story with beginning middle and end. It takes the listener on a journey and provides an insight into the subject that they did not have before. It is not a conversation, sales pitch or rant. It is not an expression of an opinion. Nor is it an opportunity to bask in the limelight.

In thinking about pitching yourself and your story to us please consider the following:

A TEDxTalk is up to 18 minutes long. It can be shorter but it cannot be longer.

You’re expected to learn your speech, no stage notes are allowed in a TEDxTalk

If you’re a professional speaker, we’ll be looking for something different to your usual presentation style

A TEDxTalk is not a commercial platform for your career, company or creative endeavours. You take the stage and stand on the red circle for the love of sharing an idea.



What can I speak on?  

TEDx is about Ideas Worth Spreading – so we want to hear about your amazing, awesome, hilarious, life changing and unmissably interesting IDEA!

What can’t I speak on? 

TEDxTalks can’t be overtly commercial, so you may talk about your business or past projects, but you can’t use this as a sales platform.

Will I be compensated for my talk? 

No, TEDx rules specifically forbid payment for talks.

Will my talk be available online as a TED Talk? 

YES! All the talks at TEDxQueenstown will be uploaded to TEDx Youtube and then linked on our website after the event. This link is available for you to post to your community and help us spread your idea. The best of the best sometimes are chosen by TED to be hosted on their site and be part of their permanent collection. All the more incentive to craft a fantastic talk!

Where do I find out more information?

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What now?

If you are still interested in applying to speak please complete the below speaker application form.

Speaker Application Form