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Speaker & Performer Applications for
TEDxBrayford Pool 2024

We're pleased to open applications for TEDxBrayford Pool 2024. This year we join forces with TEDxKyiv for a one-of-a-kind collaboration to help amplify voices from wartorn Ukraine. Preferential treatment will be given to Ukrainian applicants living in the UK. 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



Mon 1 Apr

Stage One Applications Open

Fri 31 May

Stage One Applications Close



Tue 2 Jul - Evening

Speaker/Performer Orientation & Head Shots (Time TBC, The Green Room, Lincoln)

Sat 2 & Sun 2 Nov 

TEDxBrayfordPool 2024 (Time TBC, Lincoln Arts Centre, Lincoln)


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

Tue 2 Jul to Sat 31 Aug - Weekly Release

Mandatory eLearning Programme

W/C Mon 22 Jul, Mon 29 Jul,  Mon 12 Aug

1:1 Coaching Check-ins (In-person, virtual or telephone) 

Tue 13 Aug & Tue 10 Sep - 6pm - 7pm

Group Coaching Sessions (Virtual)

Tue 17 Sep & Tue 1 Oct - 6pm to 9pm

Group Coaching Sessions (In-person, The Green Room, Lincoln)

Tue 15 Oct & Tue 29 Oct - 6pm to 9pm

Group Coaching Sessions (In-person, The Green Room, Lincoln)

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.

The application process is broken into two parts:

Stage One Applications | Written Application | CLOSING SAT 31 MAY, 10PM

Please complete the application form below. Please aim to be concise, limiting your answers to approximately 500 words per question. You need to demonstrate your uniqueness or the unique perspective of your idea worth spreading, your credibility as an expert (either through qualification or experience) and how your talk fits with the ethos and purpose of TED/TEDx's global goals. You'll also need to demonstrate that you are located within our community or adhere to the geographic criteria of special events. 

Our team will respond by Mon 3 Jun either inviting you to progress to stage two or letting you know you've been unsuccessful this time. We will always try to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Stage Two Applications | INVITATION ONLY | Video Application | CLOSING FRI 14 JUN, 10PM


Successful stage one applicants will be invited to upload a 3-minute video about their talk to a secure cloud service. Video submissions will be reviewed by our full selection committee and the final decision will be made by Sat 22 Jun.


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

  2. 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 reserves the right to change the line-up at any point.

  3. 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 however for 2024 only we may consider applications from displaced and resident Ukrainian nationals. 

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

Application Guidance



Application Form
Terms & Conditions


  • 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 will 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.

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