Nominations to speak and perform at TEDxExeter 2017 are now open

Imagining the world anew
Danny Dorling – Imagining the world anew

At TEDxExeter we seek exceptional people to share their ideas with our community. We welcome nominations for speakers and performers of any age or background – people with ideas worth spreading. You can now nominate yourself or someone you know or admire as a potential speaker for TEDxExeter 2017, which will take place on Friday 21 April 2017. Nominations must be in before midnight on Friday 9 September 2016. Read on to find out more.

TEDx talks are all about ideas. The format is simple – a powerful idea, communicated to connect with the audience and change the prism through which we view the world. Our talks are compelling, challenging, inspiring, and delivered without notes or complicated slides.

TEDxExeter is one of the UK’s foremost TEDx events, a platform for exceptional ideas, and a catalyst for profound change.

We hold an annual one-day conference which draws a diverse and passionate array of speakers, performers, demos and audience members – almost 1,000 people are there on the day.

We livestream the whole day, and in 2016 people gathered in over 30 viewing parties around the world, and viewers from 69 countries watched live online.

We also run community events throughout the year exploring issues with local relevance.

Talks from TEDxExeter have been viewed over 6.5 million times around the globe and so far four of our speakers have been featured on, one of the world’s leading platforms for big ideas, with more of our talks to be featured there soon.

All TEDxExeter speakers and the team are volunteers, committed to nurturing and amplifying the innovative ideas that we hope will make Exeter — and the world — a better place.

What is a TEDx talk?

If a lecture is a cup of tea, then a TEDxTalk is a double shot of expresso. A TEDxTalk is a way to condense your ideas into a compelling brief talk that spreads a big idea. We’ve discovered that these short talks can have a long lasting impact.

What is your big idea?

We are now looking for speakers and performers for TEDxExeter 2017 where we will explore the theme of Hope. It will be held in Exeter on 21 April 2017.

This year we will also hold smaller TEDxExeter events and we’ll consider your applications for them too.

So, how do we begin choosing individuals for the TEDxExeter stage? Who are we looking for?

In 2017 our speakers will explore some of the biggest challenges facing us all, looking at them through the lens of Hope. We look for speakers who are changing the world through their work and ideas. We approach speakers directly, and we also invite applications from people who want to be considered.

How do you become a TEDxExeter speaker or performer?

Apply now to speak or perform at TEDxExeter 2017 – or nominate someone you would like to see or hear. Applications close at midnight on 9 September 2016.

Never given a talk before?

Members of our team work closely with selected people to help them prepare and develop their talk or performance. All the speakers, performers and coaches volunteer their time to ensure a memorable and impactful experience on conference day.

How does it work?

Click here to complete the submission form.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You also have the option of attaching a video file with a maximum length of two minutes. Submissions will be reviewed by our speaker team, and we’ll reply to you by email by 1 October. Please be concise, keeping your answers below 150 words per question.


At TEDxExeter we are lucky to have many more nominations for speakers and performers than we can possibly use. Whether you are nominating yourself, or someone you’d love to hear speak or perform in Exeter, you will stand a much better chance of success if you read (and follow) these tips before you nominate.

1. What is the big idea?

At TEDxExeter, like its parent TED, speakers are selected for their “Idea Worth Spreading”. If you think your idea is new, make sure it hasn’t already been shared – especially at another TED or TEDx conference. Most importantly, make sure the nominee’s message is one that will make the audience wonder, one that will inspire, and one that will make them continue the conversation.

2. Think local, act global

We want our speakers to connect with the audience here in Exeter, but their ideas should have global significance and be applicable to the broader global community.

3. The right fit

Is your nominee the right person to share this big idea? Think about why you or the person you are nominating should take the stage to convey their message, and whether they are the best ambassador for that topic or idea. 

4. Sell your idea, not your product.

We often receive nominations from talented individuals looking to promote or sell their book, business or service. The TEDxExeter stage is not an opportunity for self promotion or to promote companies or organisations, but a platform for exceptional ideas and a catalyst for profound change. One of TEDs key rules is no selling from the stage.

There you have it! We sincerely appreciate the time, effort and thought that goes into each submission – and we look forward to revealing our line up of speakers in January 2017!

Click here to nominate now. The closing date for nominations is by midnight on Friday 9 September 2016.