In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. These events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. TED provides the rules and guidelines, but TEDxCharlottesville is independently organized and executed. Since 2013, TEDxCharlottesville has participated in the TEDx mission to bring awareness to the rich talent, creativity and innovation found here in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Thanks to the support of our generous partners, we are able to provide a quality community event, intended to spark deep discussion and thought among attendees, speakers, volunteers and the community as a whole. With these partnerships we are also able to offer complimentary tickets to non-profit and educational groups.
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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, 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. TED provides the rules and guidelines, but TEDxCharlottesville is independently organized and executed. Since 2013, TEDxCharlottesvile has participated in the TEDx mission to bring awareness to the rich talent, creativity and innovation found here in Charlotteville, Virginia.
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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California IN 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
If you know someone who belongs on the TEDxCharlottesville stage, or if you belong there yourself, we want to hear from you! Please visit our speaker recommendation section.
Multiple nominations for the same person won't influence the speaker selection team in any way. We review every nomination that comes in, and it only takes one.
We search year-round for presenters who will inform and inspire, surprise and delight. Our presenters run the world's most admired companies and design its best-loved products; they invent world-changing devices and create ground-breaking media. They are trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses.
How do I suggest a speaker?
Use our speaker recommendation form, and fill in as much information as you can. Our speaker selection team will reach out to you if they feel the speaker is a fit for the TEDxCharlottesville prgram.
Can I suggest someone I don't know personally?
Please do! Just let us know how you've heard about this person, and why you think they should speak at TEDxCharlottesville.
Can I suggest someone I work for, or a client of mine?
Can I suggest myself as a speaker?
Can I speak at TEDxCharlottesville by becoming a sponsor?
No. Sponsoring TEDxCharlottesville has many benefits, but a guaranteed speaking slot is not one of them.
Will it help if I submit multiple nominations, or have my friends nominate me several times?
No. It really only takes one suggestion.
Is there a deadline for suggesting a speaker?
We accept nominations all the time. It's best to get your suggestions to us as early as possible, so we can research them carefully and make the best decision on the speaker roster.
I want to speak at TEDxCharlottesville, but my usual talk runs 50 minutes. Can I get a longer slot?
We strictly enforce the clock for all speakers. TEDx is the place to condense your ideas into a compelling 18-minute talk that communicates your best ideas. We've found that a carefully prepared presentation of this length can have astonishing impact.
What do you pay speakers?
TEDx does not pay speakers. We do, of course, cover travel costs and provide excellent hotel accommodation. Other benefits include pre-conference coaching and training, special events, and gift bag. We are committed to creating an experience that's tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides.
An additional benefit of speaking at TEDxCharlottesville is that your presentation will become a TEDxCharlottesville Talk, part of our beautifully produced, broadcast-quality video series.