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Speaker Application for TEDxHilliard 2018

Applications and videos are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.


Wanted: Speakers and performers who can inspire, predict, reflect, challenge, educate and/or resonate with the audience.

Founded in 1984, TED is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (between 5-18 minutes). TED events cover almost all topics — from science to business to global issues. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

TEDxHilliard aims to answer an aspirational call: showcase some of our best and brightest thinkers, doers and visionaries with ideas that will shatter bias, ignite creativity and move us action.

On August 15, 2018, TEDxHilliard will hold it’s third even and the theme for 2018 is Pathways.

The human experience is a journey. A journey filled with pathways – some straight and predictable, others curvy and challenging. Some pathways lead us to new experiences, while others help us achieve something more.

Each sector has a slightly different meaning of a pathway. In science or medicine, a pathway is a chain of reactions associated with a particular metabolic process. A learning pathway is a specific course of action that helps the learner progress in their education. In general, pathways are critical for all professional and personal growth.

If we pay attention, the experiences, challenges or questions that arise for each of us have the potential to change the trajectory of our work and life. To change or guide our pathways, TEDxHilliard 2018 will highlight the experiences, challenges, questions, and pathways that lead to innovation, new products, better community relations, or a deeper understanding of the human condition.

Apply by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 to share your story.

Please keep in mind we are looking for stories that help reveal Pathways. They can be in any of these categories:

  • an idea worth spreading
  • an amazing personal story
  • a stunning performance
  • a jaw-dropping technology demo
  • a brand new piece of work/research
  • a unique “how to”
  • a slide show of remarkable images
  • a review of a unique trend or set of data with your unique lens
  • anything that you think would fascinate, excite, educate, inspire or delight the rest of us

If selected, speakers/performers will be required to participate in some speaker training as well as a dress rehearsal.


To be considered by the curatorial team, anyone applying needs to submit a 60 to 90 second video of the idea you want to share at TEDxHilliard. We will not consider any nominations during this time that don’t include a video.


To apply two things are needed:

1. Fill out application  – APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED


2. Submit a video to this email address:

If you don’t submit a video, we will not remind you and we will not review your application.  


The curatorial team will review submissions and notify applicants in April 2018 via e-mail.

Thank you for your interest in TEDxHilliard.  Please encourage others to apply and/or attend this fabulous event!

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