Submit Your—Unique Idea

TEDxCambridge speakers have compelling ideas, pioneering insights, and innovative research to share. We dedicate an extraordinary amount of time and resources into preparing them to give the talk of their lives.

If you know someone with a groundbreaking idea, please encourage them to submit it. If you have one yourself, we would like to hear from you. Your idea submission will go directly to our curation team.

Idea guidelines

TEDxCambridge does not feature talks on politics, religion, pseudoscience, or ideas that are primarily inspirational, motivational, or self-promotional. Please only submit an idea that represents all three of these essential requirements:

The idea is IMPORTANT
The idea is INTERESTING
The idea is UNIQUE

Speaker FAQs

No. We review each idea, and it only takes one.

No. Sponsoring TEDxCambridge has many benefits, but a speaking role is not one of them.

TEDxCambridge does not feature talks on politics, religion, pseudoscience, or ideas that are primarily inspirational, motivational, or self-promotional.

Due to the thousands of submissions received, we’re only able to open dialogues with applicants whose ideas represent all three of the essential requirements listed above. The idea must also be something the audience has not yet heard, would intuitively know, or be able to guess during the presentation.

We accept idea submissions all the time. It’s best to submit yours as early as possible, so we can carefully evaluate it and make the best decision on the speaker program.

TEDxCambridge speakers participate in a rigorous 1-year professional talk design, delivery, and performance coaching program. The average time commitment is 4 hours per week, for a total investment of approximately 200 hours.

TEDxCambridge does not pay speakers. We do provide them with extensive professional coaching and training. We are committed to creating an experience that’s tremendously fulfilling and beneficial for our speakers and audience. Another benefit of speaking at TEDxCambridge is that your presentation may become a featured TED Talk.