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About TED
TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about.  “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design—three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future.  The diverse audience of CEOs, scientists, creators and philanthropists are almost as extraordinary as the speakers,  who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, Bono and Pope Francis,  as well as music and dance performers.

TED was first held in Monterey, California in 1984.  In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and; and the TED Prize.  Today, more than 1000 talks from past TED conferences are now freely available online at   

About TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share in a TED-like experience.  At TEDxTarrytown and other TEDx events, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.  These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

TEDxTarrytown will foster and spread the application of great ideas

Imagine Tarrytown and the surrounding area’s most fascinating and engaging speakers coming together for one day to share their passions and discuss their visions for the world.

In recognition that Tarrytown and the Rivertowns are full of people with innovation, originality, and excellence at every level of study,  we have chosen to invite area residents to present their own ideas at TEDxTarrytown and, perhaps more importantly, to discuss each other’s ideas.

Who We’re Looking For
We are seeking speakers who have experienced an epiphany, or spark of knowledge, that led to personal or professional growth and change. Some examples could include growth through travel, adapting to a new culture, experiencing or creating art or music, or other significant life or career change. We are also seeking speakers who have found innovative ways to inspire learning and growth in others, whether in traditional educational settings, laboratories, studios, businesses, nonprofits, or informal and alternative learning spaces.

Your Talk
Your presentation, or “TED Talk” can run anywhere from 3-12 minutes in length: long enough to say something of significance, but short enough to hold everyone's attention and to be easily watched as a recorded video. The TED format has proven a carefully prepared talk of this length can have astonishing impact.  Your talk can include audience participation.  As per TED guidelines, speakers are not paid to speak.  We will give your idea a platform to flourish.

Other Requirements
You must be available to meet, in person, with your speaker-coach, who will be assigned to you from the TEDxTarrytown Speaker committee. Meetings will be held locally, via skype or phone and arranged by the speaker and their coach.  Speakers meet a minimum of two times with their coach.  Speakers must be available for a dress rehearsal, which will take place prior to or on the day of the event, earlier in the day.  

Over the past three years we’ve worked with speakers from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience in public speaking. We treat all of our speakers equally, regardless of experience. At TEDxTarrytown we are determined to help you deliver the very best talk you can. This reflects well on you and maintains the high quality of the TEDx brand. We work with you on your talk (and talk title) and provide in-depth feedback at each draft milestone to help craft it in the style of TED.

TEDxTarrytown will be following the TED speaker rules. For example, speakers are banned from "selling from the stage," and there is strict enforcement of the clock.
We encourage you to view past TED and TEDx Talks at
Take some time to watch the TED talk by June Cohen, Exec. Producer of TED Media, called, “What makes a great TED Talk?

Highlights include:
Evoke contagious emotion.  Tell a story.  Don’t lose the audience.  Start strong.  Focus.  Tell us something new.  Commit to rehearsing and practice often.  

The Illustrated Guide for TEDx Speakers offers a look into the preparation process.
The owner of TED, Chris Anderson, wrote TED Talks:  The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.   

Please look at our Speaker Resources before filling out your application.

Dear Potential Speaker,

Thank you for your interest in speaking at TEDxTarrytown!  TEDxTarrytown is a local, independently organized event that strives to recreate the unique experience found at TED, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about.  At its core, the fundamental goal of TED and TEDxTarrytown is to foster and spread great ideas.  We aim to provide a platform where the smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries, and most fascinating teachers will be inspired and will have the opportunity to inspire others.

Our event will be held at the Spellman Theater on the Tarrytown campus of EF on November 4, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  The diverse group of people present will be able to learn from one another, both as speakers, and as attendees, and will leave the conference driven to creatively improve our collective future.  

If chosen to speak, we will work together to craft your talk.  It will be filmed live and posted on the TEDxYouTube Channel. TED Talks have been viewed more than 100 million times worldwide and this exposure has transformed the careers of many TED presenters and performers.

Our team of organizers are passionately dedicated to this event and we hope that you will, by sharing your ideas, share in our excitement.  This is a licensed event, meaning that the rules and regulations we follow are set by the TED organization.  Thank you very much for and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kimberly Marcus, Organizer

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