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speaker in 2025?

 

The round red carpet at a TEDx event is reserved for those calling out for change. The call is to go, do great things, be better than you’ve ever shown yourself to be. Yet those on the red carpet have but one instrument, the transforming power of an idea.

The spotlight may be on the speaker, but the focus is on the idea. The speaker must transmit the idea with fidelity and integrity, handing it as a gift to the audience, to unlock and call forth the best from all who encounter it.

Please note: We are only accepting speaker applications from within BC.

This is for two reasons:
1) We want to respect the x in TEDx. Our event is locally organized and we want our speakers to be locally sourced.

2) We want all of our speakers to attend a minimum of 5 in-person coaching sessions before the actual event. This is unrealistic for people living outside BC but it is a very important part of our coaching process.

 

Here’s what our speakers have to say about their experience.

FAQ for Prospective Speakers 2025

  1. What is TED?

TED is a global community that welcomes people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. The focus of any TED or TEDx event is for selected speakers to share their “ideas worth spreading”. For more information, visit www.ted.com

  1. What is TEDxSurrey?

TEDxSurrey is a locally organized event in Surrey, B.C., that operates under a license from TED. TEDxSurrey was formed in 2018. Our first event took place in 2019 with 100 attendees. Since then, our event has grown to become recognized for its exceptional production value and is now the largest TEDx event in BC. At every event, attendees experience an unmistakable shift in thinking and their hope for a better tomorrow is renewed.

We are committed to building a strong, sustainable TEDxSurrey community made up of past speakers, sponsorship partners, and volunteer teams. We reach out into the Surrey community to build partnerships with influential organizations and, in 2022, established a partnership with the Surrey School District. Also, in 2022, we introduced TEDxSurrey Salons that have become another strong link with our community. We are committed to becoming an important part of the fabric of the Surrey community and reflect the diversity, dynamism and growth of our city.

  1. Where and when will TEDxSurrey 2025 take place?

The TEDx Surrey 2025 event will take place on Saturday January 18th, 2025, at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. This is a beautiful, professional theatre with excellent acoustics and seating capacity for over 1,000 people. It is a wonderful venue for speakers to share their ideas.

  1. What is our theme for the day?

Our theme continues to be, “A Shift in Thinking”. We want our audience to shift their thinking in such a way that it may change their actions, which could result in a strong, positive change in the direction of their lives.

  1. How will the day be structured?

This outstanding event will feature twelve speakers, live music, and several energizers/entertainers who will invite audience participation. The speakers’ talks will be professionally videotaped, and their videos will be uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel where potentially millions of people can watch their video.

  1. What type of speaker ideas is TEDxSurrey 2025 looking for?

We are looking for speakers with compelling ideas in six separate areas: science; technology and design; art, music, and sport; human rights, law, and business; current topics with a global lens; compelling personal development stories.

  1. What are the essential criteria in the selection of speakers?

To be selected as a speaker for TEDxSurrey, we are looking for the following:

    • A compelling idea. The speaker’s idea needs to be powerful and impactful. It should inspire peoples’ hearts and minds, and “shift the audience’s thinking” in a significant and meaningful way.

    • Expertise, experience, and a depth of understanding of their idea. Speakers need to have a high level of expertise or rich experience related to their idea.

    • Experience as a public speaker. We are looking for speakers with a strong stage presence who have had experience presenting to audiences of a significant size (100 or more) in a variety of settings.

  1. Once speakers are selected, is there a coaching program to prepare them for the event?

Each selected speaker will be involved in a 3-month intensive coaching program provided by a highly-skilled Coaching Team. Every outstanding TEDx talk is made up of 3 pieces – content, structure and delivery. Speakers are selected for their idea (content), and our coaching team will guide and support them through crafting their structure and understanding how to connect with the audience through their delivery.


Past speakers rave about the quality of the coaching program, although they will also say that it was rigorous and demanding! The TEDxSurrey coaching program provided the foundation for 5 of our 12 speakers from 2022 being recognized by TED for the outstanding quality of their videos and TED selected them to be shared with their 34 million subscribers. This recognition is a clear reflection of the quality of the TEDxSurrey coaching program.

  1. If I want to apply as a speaker, how can I find out more about TEDxSurrey?

Attend one of our Prospective Speaker Information Meetings.

We will
hold two separate workshops (dates, times and locations TBA) for prospective speakers to learn more about TED and TEDxSurrey. If you wish to apply as a speaker, it is highly recommended that you attend one of the Information Meetings. There will be opportunities to meet the TEDx Surrey Team, get a taste of the TEDx speaker experience, learn the 4 essential elements of a successful TEDx talk, and find out more about the application process.

Presenter: Alan Warburton, TEDx Surrey, Licensee & Curator.

10.
How are speakers selected for TEDxSurrey 2025?

A Curation Team is responsible for selecting the 12 speakers for TEDxSurrey 2025. As indicated above, we are looking for speakers with compelling ideas in the six separate areas noted in Question 6.

The first step for applicants will be to complete an Application Form (that will be made available on our website at a future date) and submit it by the deadline (TBA). There will be several other steps in the selection process, which will be outlined at the Information Meetings.

11.
How do I register to attend one of the Information Meetings?

Sign up to be notified about our next set of information sessions via the form below.

Prospective Speaker Information Sessions

 We will be holding two separate workshops for prospective speakers to learn more about TED and TEDxSurrey. If you wish to apply as a speaker, it is highly recommended that you attend one of the Information Meetings. There will be opportunities to meet the TEDxSurrey Team, get a taste of the TEDx speaker experience, learn the 4 essential elements of a successful TEDx talk, and find out more about the application process.

To be notified of dates and receive information about these sessions and the application process, fill out the form below.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Vivien Ip, Curation Team Coordinator, at vivien@tedxsurrey.ca