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Know the Format

Watch lots of TED and TEDx talks to become familiar with the format. We are looking for idea-centered talks, not motivational speeches, personal histories or sales pitches.

Support the Theme

Make sure your talk idea fits within the theme of our event. We are looking for a broad range of topics and ideas, but your talk should connect in some way with the overall focus of the event. 

Provide Credentials

You don’t have to be THE expert on the topic you want to discuss, but you should be AN expert – or at least have some relevant experience or personal connection to the idea.

Our 2019 Theme: "The Next 200"

The state of Mississippi recently celebrated its bicentennial year and many exciting things are on the horizon for our city, our state and the world at large. Our 2019 event is a forward-looking exploration of the next 200 years to come, including the ideas, perspectives, challenges and solutions that will shape our future. While talks should address ideas that are relevant to local audiences, talks should also appeal to the global TED and TEDx audience. Talk ideas may address the near or distant future and should present ideas that are new, exciting and compelling. 

Ready To Submit Your Talk Idea?

All submissions will be reviewed by the TEDxJackson speaker committee and evaluated based on originality, adherence to TEDx guidelines, audience appeal and speaker credentials. Only a limited number of speakers will be accepted, and only accepted speakers will be notified. You may check on the status of your submission by emailing us.

The TEDx Illustrated Speaker Guide is an especially helpful resource for planning your talk. We recommend reviewing it before submitting your talk idea. 

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What's your idea? (This is the most important part of your application. We're looking for big ideas, not topics.)

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