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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

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 powera 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

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.

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.

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. Remember … “Ideas change everything”!


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.

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.

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.

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 6 of our speakers from 2022 and 2023 being recognized by TED for the outstanding quality of their videos and TED selected them to be shared with their 34 million TEDx YouTube subscribers. This recognition is a clear reflection of the quality of the TEDxSurrey coaching program.

Attend one of our Prospective Speaker Information Meetings.

We will hold two separate workshops (dates, times, and locations are listed below), for prospective speakers to learn more about TED and TEDxSurrey. We expect all applicants to attend one of the two Information Sessions as they contain valuable information about TEDxSurrey and also provide a detailed presentation on the four essential elements of a TEDx talk.

The information sessions will be held on:

  • Wednesday August 21st, 2024 on ZOOM (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m)

  • Saturday August 24th, 2024 in-person at the Semiahmoo House in South Surrey (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

If you are unable to attend one of the designated times, you may request a recording of the Zoom call by emailing a request to by August 21st. Application forms should only be submitted AFTER attendance of an Information Session, and once submitted, applicants will not be permitted to resubmit their applications or draft scripts.

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

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 starting August 14th, 2024) and submit it by the deadline (September 6th, 2024). There will be several other steps in the selection process, which will be outlined at the Information Meetings.


Eventbrite registrations for our Information Sessions will be available on our website ( starting on July 1st, 2024.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Vivien Welland, Curation Team Coordinator, at


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.

Eventbrite registration for Information Meetings will be available on this website from July 1st.

Application forms will be available on this website from August 14th.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Vivien Ip, Curation Team Coordinator, at