TEDxBrayfordPool & TEDxYouth@BrayfordPool


We're pleased to open applications for TEDxBrayfordPool and TEDxYouth@BrayfordPool 2019. In a change to our usual process we'll be creating 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 ubiquitious

  • Solely about overcoming adversity or obstacles

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


xDEMO is our unique auditions and training programme for successful applicants. Our selection committee will will invite shortlisted applicants to give a five minute presentation based on their application in front of a live audience. Based on the presentation the selection committee will then choose this year's speakers! We'll also be giving the audience the chance to vote for their favourite speaker to join the line-up too! 

KEY DATES - TEDxBrayfordPool

Friday 1st March - Applications Open
Friday 29th March - Applications Close
Monday 15th April - Shortlist invited to xDEMO
Sunday 28th April - xDEMO 
Friday 10th May - Script draft deadline
Monday 13th May - Script feedback
Friday 24th May - Final script deadline
Monday 1st June - Workshop 1
Monday 29th July - Workshop 2
Monday 12th Aug - Workshop 3
Saturday 7th Sept - All speaker rehearsal
Friday 13th Sept - Tech rehearsal
Saturday 14th Sept - TEDxBraydfordPool



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. You have the option of attaching a video file with a maximum length of two minutes. The submission will be reviewed by our selection committee, who will reply by email. Please aim to be concise, limiting your answers to approximately 150 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 and attend mandatory coaching and presentations workshops. Failure to meet these requirements may result in your invitation to participate in the event being revoked. TEDxBrayfordPool 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 close on Friday 29th March. Applicants will be contacted no later than Monday 15th April.


Applications for TEDxYouth@BrayfordPool close on Friday 12th April. Applicants will be contacted no later than Monday 29th April. 

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 for TEDxYouth@BrayfordPool should be between 16 and 26 years old. Older applicants will be considered if relevant to those aged between 16 & 26. Anyone under the age of 18 will need the consent of a legal guardian. Evidence of this will be required.

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

  • Presentations will be between 5 and 15 minutes in length, with final length determined by the TEDxBrayfordPool 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 TEDxBrayfordPool or TEDxYouth@BrayfordPool event; our audience wants to meet you and ask questions.

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

  • TEDxBrayfordPool reserve the right to amend the line-up for any event.