We're pleased to open applications for TEDxBrayfordPool. we'll be creating our themes based on the applications we receive, so you can apply with any idea! 

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


KEY DATES - TEDxBrayfordPool



Sat 8th Feb - Applications Open
Sun 8th Mar - Applications Close

Wed 11th Mar -  Speaker Selection

Fri 13th Mar - Applicant notification

*Coaching and Presentation Workshops are a mandatory part of the TEDxBrayfordPool process and successful applicants will be expected to attend all session.


Mon 16th Mar - Orientation & Head Shots

Mon 6th Apr - Speaker Workshop

Mon 20th Apr -  Speaker Workshop

Mon 27th Apr - Speaker Workshop

Mon 4th May - Speaker Workshop

Mon 11th May - Speaker Workshop


Fri 15th May - Tech Rehearsal

Sat 16th May - TEDxBrayfordPool

NB: All dates subject to confirmation.


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 Sunday 8th March. Applicants will be contacted no later than Friday 13th March.


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: Applications with a heavy focus on mental health will not be considered this year.


  • PLEASE NOTE: We cannot 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 of the 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 at any time.