NOTE: This form is to nominate someone else as a speaker. If you wish apply to be a speaker yourself, please fill out this form instead.

We're inviting anyone with an idea worth spreading to apply to speak at TEDxBirmingham. What is an idea worth spreading? Chris Anderson, the curator of TED, explains TED's broad definition of an idea in TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

"It doesn't have to be a scientific breakthrough, a genius invention, or a complex legal theory. It can be a simple how-to. Or a human insight illustrated with the power of a story. Or a beautiful image that has meaning. Or an event you wish might happen in the future. Or perhaps just a reminder of what matters most in life."

So do you know someone with an idea worth spreading to others? Tell us about them! If it fits within our programming needs, we may invite them to share it at a future TEDxBirmingham event, a series of independently organized events in the spirit of the TED Conferences. Nominees don’t have to be a professional speaker to speak at TEDxBirmingham! If selected, our team will work with them to take their talk to the next level.

TEDx talks focus on “ideas worth spreading.” We look for talks that demonstrate new ways of approaching old problems, challenges to the status quo, fascinating research, innovative technology and design, and jaw-dropping performances. Many of the nominations we receive are lectures, personal stories, and motivational talks. These types of talks, while meaningful, differ from our focus for TEDxBirmingham.

So what are we looking for? Inventors, teachers, artists, scientists, change agents, storytellers, big-picture thinkers, prodigies, performers, makers, technologists … you name it. What we’re not looking for: business proposals, fundraising pitches, self-promoters, or motivational speakers. 

TEDx events are multidisciplinary, so we welcome talk proposals from all subject areas. Our firm content restrictions are: no commercial agendas, no pseudoscience, and no inflammatory political or religious agendas.

We thank you wholeheartedly for nominating a speaker to our curation team and helping us on our quest to find the best ideas in Birmingham. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot respond to every one, but we do read and consider them all.

* 1. Your contact info

* 2. Nominee's contact info

* 3. Tell us briefly about the nominee. Occupation? Any honors or distinctions? Recent work?

* 4. What is the nominee's big idea worth spreading? How might it benefit the Birmingham and/or global communities? (Hint: This question is more important than all others combined. Be brief, but be clear and specific. Don't just tease an idea or pitch a title.)

* 5. Please provide up to three links that help tell us more about the nominee and their work. For example, online video or audio featuring them, or any articles or web pages about or by them.

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