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TEDxSantaCruz gathers leading thinkers, makers, and artists to share their ideas that create real change in Santa Cruz and around the world. TEDxSantaCruz is dedicated to producing events that feature stimulating presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that spark new ideas and opportunities.

TEDxSantaCruz speakers are chosen through a highly curated process that takes into consideration ideas, speaker styles, and the flow the day. The speaker selection committee works with the speakers to prepare and develop their talks, each of which will be from 3 to 18 minutes long.

We feature speakers from both Santa Cruz County and from around the world who want to spread their unique ideas through TEDxSantaCruz. Speakers must be available the day before the event for rehearsals and must stay all day on April 13th to attend the event and after party. Travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the speaker, unless otherwise agreed to in advance. You can read more about speaking at a TEDx event in the TEDx Speaker Guide [PDF].

After you have submitted your nomination form, you will be contacted if the team would like to schedule an interview. We receive over a hundred applications for the event so we don’t respond to each application personally. Applications will close when we have selected our speaker line up for our April 13th event.