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Speaker & Performer Applications for
TEDxBrayford Pool 2023

We're pleased to open applications for TEDxBrayford Pool 2023. We'll be choosing our themes based on the applications we receive.

We are particularly interested in people who have something that's new and surprising; have an idea or invention that our audience may never have heard about; or have a great idea that our audience may be familiar with, however, you have a compelling new argument that challenges beliefs and perspectives. In other words, ideas that aren't just a story or a list of facts; a good idea takes certain evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.


We are eager to consider ideas that:

  • Are radically new

  • Showcase fresh approaches to enduring problems

  • Challenge our conceptions about what’s possible

  • Expose us to cutting-edge research, technology or design

  • Energetically redefine the human experience

We reject ideas that are:

  • Vague or underdeveloped

  • Based on pseudoscience rather than quantifiable and specific data

  • Purely personal or motivational in nature

  • Already ubiquitous

  • Solely about overcoming adversity or obstacles

  • Motivated by or seek to promote corporate, political, or religious agendas

  • Relate exclusively to mental health

  • Are designed to sell personal services such as coaching or marketing

What We're Looking For



Sun 30 Apr

Applications close
Fri 12 May

Applicant responses


Thu 12 Oct

Speaker Dinner (TBC)

Sat 14 Oct

Tech rehearsal (Time TBC, The Engine Shed) 
Sat 14 & Sun 15 Oct

TEDxBrayfordPool 2023 (Time TBC, The Engine Shed)


ALL coaching dates are mandatory for all successful applicants. In-person session will take place in Lincoln

Thu 1 Jun

In-person coaching orientation & headshots. Mosaic Digital Hub, Lincoln (Time TBC)

Tue 6 Jun

Virtual Coaching (6pm-7.30pm)

Tue 27 Jun

Virtual Coaching (6pm-7.30pm)

Tue 18 Jul

Virtual Coaching (6pm-7.30pm)

Tue 5 Sep

In-Person Coaching (6pm-9pm, location TBC)

Tue 19 Sep

In-Person Coaching (6pm-9pm, location TBC)

Tue 3 Oct

In-Person Coaching (6pm-9pm, location TBC)

Tue 10 Oct

In-Person Coaching (6pm-9pm, location TBC)

Key Dates


Before you apply, make sure that you have read the TEDx Content Guidelines. Applications that do not adhere to this guidance will not be considered. Please complete the submission form below and our team will respond as soon as possible after applications close. The submission will be reviewed by our selection committee, who will reply by email. Please aim to be concise, limiting your answers to approximately 500 words per question.

In order to satisfy the criteria of our licences from TED, successful applicants will be expected to meet deadlines set by the committee, submit a full script for review of content and referencing, and attend mandatory coaching and presentation workshops. Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in your invitation to participate in the event being revoked. TEDxBrayford Pool reserve the right to change the line-up at any point.

Please remember, everyone involved with TEDxBrayfordPool is a volunteer; speakers and performers are unpaid.

Applications for TEDxBrayfordPool 2023 close on Sun 30 April at 10pm

Whilst anyone is welcome to apply to speak or perform at our events, applicants from Lincoln and Lincolnshire will be given preferential consideration over those from further afield. Applicants from outside the UK will not be considered.  

​Please note: Applicants under the age of 18 will need the consent of a legal guardian. Evidence of this will be required.





  • PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept applications from outside of the UK.

  • Applicants under the age of 18 will need the consent of a legal guardian. Evidence of this will be required.

  • Presentations will be between 5 and 15 minutes in length, with the final length determined by the TEDxBrayford Pool coaching team. 

  • Presenters may not be paid for their talk.

  • Successful applicants will be required to participate in mandatory coaching and presentation workshops. 

  • No podium.

  • All talks will be video recorded and uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel for global viewing. 

  • Presenters should plan on being present throughout the whole TEDxBrayford Pool event; our audience wants to meet you and ask questions.

  • Presenters must have, and be able to demonstrate, copyright ownership of any images or videos included in their talk. If you use an image under a Creative Commons license, cite the source at the bottom of the slide.

  • TEDxBrayford Pool reserve the right to amend the line-up for any event at any time.

Application Guidance
Application Form
Terms & Conditions
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