Casting the vision for TEDxBoise 2020 (See what we did there?)


Can you see yourself sharing an idea from the TEDxBoise stage on April 11th? If so, roll up your sleeves and begin preparing your application.

The application link will open September 1 (and close at 11:59pm September 22). If you’re subscribed to our newsletter, you’ll receive an email alerting you that it’s live. In the meantime, here’s what you’ll need to have ready to apply:

  • A concise summary of your idea. Show us you can distill it into a bite-sized morsel. (Tip: “Twitter test” it. Can you Tweet it in a single Tweet?)

  • A few sentences on why the idea is worth spreading. Is it new? Is it a new take on an existing idea? Why does the world need your idea? (Tip: Check out existing TED and TEDx talks to see what has already been said on your topic. Make sure you can back your idea with credible proof—not just your anecdotal experience.) 

  • A few sentences on why you’re the right person to share it. We won’t need a full bio and you don’t have to be a great speaker—TED-style talks are about ideas, not speaking ability. Tell us how you’re connected to your idea.

TED offers these guidelines and suggests the following prompts to help you (and us) vet your idea:

  • What's a controversy in your field that a general audience would understand?

  • What's a common misconception you'd love to clear up?

  • Why is this idea important and to whom?

  • Who would disagree with you and why? 

  • How did you carry out this idea in your own work?

  • What's the big idea behind your new project? How did you sell that idea to funders and collaborators?

Mark your calendars (really—we mean it: mark them!)

  • Application link opens: September 1

  • Application link closes: September 22 at 11:59pm

  • Selected applicants receive invites to pitch their ideas: October 2

  • Applicant pitch sessions: October 6-10 (please save all dates until notified)

  • Speakers notified of selection: October 14

  • Speaker workshop: October 26

  • Mandatory rehearsals:

    • February 29

    • March 14

    • April 4

    • April 10

  • The main event: April 11 at JUMP!

What’s expected:

  • Speakers will be required to attend the speaker workshop on October 26, each of the rehearsals listed above, and five individual coaching sessions with TEDxBoise speaker coach Kirsten Holmberg. Our team wants you to own that red dot like a boss; these sessions help you prepare your content and delivery.

  • Practice. A lot of it. Most of our speakers spent an average of 1-2 hours per week preparing for their talk over the course of many months—and much more in the four weeks leading up to the event. Are you ready to take on that challenge?

  • Flexibility and humility. Your expertise—your idea—will earn you a spot on the dot if selected. And we genuinely dig your awesomeness. TEDx talks are a specific genre and the process is different than others. You’ll need to be coachable and willing to adapt to the format.

  • Community. By being a TEDxBoise speaker, you’re joining a special group of people. Our tribe of speakers and volunteers enjoys each other, works hard, and sticks together. You’ll be a champion for our event in person and on social media before, during, and after the event.

For bonus points, we recommend reading up on all things TED- and TEDx-related. Review the links below to round out your understanding.

What is a TEDx talk?
Content guidelines
The makings of a great talk