Closed: 2019 Speaker Submissions

TEDx is about IDEAS and we are focused on shining a light on the boldest, brightest, and most innovative ideas that can change how people think about the world.


TED/TEDx talks are generally 18 minutes or less. At TEDxAtlanta, talks are between 6 and 16 minutes. We curate ideas all through the year but the application deadline to be considered for the 2019 flagship event is September 6, 2018.  If applying for the upcoming flagship conference, the ideas must be relevant to the conference theme.

TEDx talks ARE:

  • Unique perspectives on important and timely issues given by subject matter experts

  • New inventions, scientific and/or economic theories that will change the way we live, work and/or play inventions do not need to be commercially available

  • Universal insights gained through unusual or unexpected personal experiences


  • "How to be more successful" presentations

  • Motivational talks

  • Personal narratives

  • Canned talks that have been given in another conference/event

  • Commercial, sales pitches for a company or a product

  • Fundraising asks for a cause/company

Note: Enlisting your network to barrage us with nominations will not earn you a spot on the speaker line-up. Talks given at other TEDx events will not be considered. 

 The 2017 TEDxPeachtree Speakers.

The 2017 TEDxPeachtree Speakers.

Who Are TEDx Speakers?

Speakers can range in age from high schoolers to septuagenarians and beyond.  


  • Speakers must demonstrate expertise, and where relevant, credentials in the field they are speaking about

  • Speakers may not promote themselves, their company, or a product from the TEDx stage.

  • Speakers cannot be paid for their talk

  • Speakers must have an average of 1-2 hours per week to devote to TEDx between selection and the event date

  • Speakers must agree to receive coaching by TEDxAtlanta’s coaching team

  • Speakers must attend the full dress rehearsal on March 14, 2019 as well as the entire event on March 15, 2019

The Nomination Process

All interested speakers must complete the form in full below by September 6, 2018. No other form of application will be accepted.

Important Dates

September 6, 2018 - Nomination Closes

Throughout September - Shortlisted Speakers Notified

Oct 2, 2018 - 2019 Roster Announced


Speaker Nominations for the 2019 show are now closed.

Submissions re-open in January 2019 for TEDxAtlanta 2020