Become a Speaker

Do you have a TEDx talk in you?

We like to think that everyone has a TEDx talk in them, at some point in their lives. If you know someone who's at that point, we'd like to hear about them and consider them for our stage.

The process is simple: Start by filling out this nomination form (yes... you can nominate yourself)

From there, we review submissions and make contact. We can't interview everyone, but if we're interested in the talk concept you're proposing, we start with scheduling a short conversation with one of our curators, and we match speakers to our event themes. Because we're an entirely volunteer team, please note that we may not be able to contact you for several weeks.



Can I suggest someone I don't know personally? You ask for their email address, but I don't know it.

Please do! Just let us know how you've heard about this person, and why you think they should speak at TEDxCalgary.

Can I suggest someone I work for, or a client of mine?

Yes. It's their ideas that matter!

Can I suggest myself as a speaker?

Yes. Again, we want to hear about ideas that you think are worth spreading, including your own!

What is the submission deadline for speaker nominations?

There isn't a deadline. We accept speaker nominations throughout the year, and review them continually as part of scouting for great ideas. Our decision to contact a potential speaker is based on their perceived fit with a particular event theme (which may be in the future), rather than a given event timeline.

What do you pay speakers?

TEDxCalgary does not pay speakers. This is a matter of TEDx policy, and the same applies to speakers at TED. Where we select a speaker who must travel from outside of Calgary, we do pay for flights, hotels, and reasonable meal expenses.