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The SUBMISSION window IS CLOSED * (except to discuss remote talks see below)

With much thought over the winter, we have decided to take a sabbatical in 2024. After 14 straight years of producing 2-3 sold-out shows a year, we want to recharge our creative batteries. Which means we will not be producing any shows with speakers in 2024.

We expect to pick things back up in 2025.

For now, we kindly ask you to refrain from sending in a nomination until we re-open the nomination window. This decision is part of our effort to ensure a fair and well-prepared selection process for our future shows.

During this sabbatical, we will be working with a few speakers to produce “remote talks.” These are one-camera TED talks done at your home or office and then uploaded to TED. TED treats them the same way as talks filmed in front of a live audience. Many remote talks are as successful (millions of views) as talks in front of a theater audience. It is always about the content and quality of talk that wins the day.

If you wish to explore a remote talk with us- (It’s a rigorous process as well)
Please call the office directly at 415-785-8873 / don’t fill out a nomination form

To learn about our process in general,  please read below.

If, AFTER READING THE GUIDELINES BELOW.…you STILL have specific questions for future talks and nomination windows, please call the office at 415-785-8873. Thank you.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW about being a speaker for TEDxMarin is on this page.

We are always happy to discuss ideas with accomplished presenters.



TEDxMarin is for serious-minded and seasoned public speakers.

ONLY COMPLETE and well-developed submissions are considered.

The actual Nomination form is at the very bottom of this page. 

WHEN OUR NOMINATION WINDOW IS OPEN- It is common to self-nominate

We always seek speakers offering new research, big ideas, compelling stories, or fresh perspectives on accelerating real change in the world, wellness, joy, freedom, or purpose. Wow, and genuinely new thinking, stories, and ideas are what we seek.

We feature A-list speakers bringing thought-provoking ideas on broad topics focusing on how we’ll live, cope, work, stay healthy, and thrive in the world to come.



We value diversity. While connecting genuinely with our audience, speakers must be able to convey a big idea or truly new information with passion and authority. We’re looking for speakers doing fantastic work. It would be best if you had something truly important or unique to share or perhaps something which can challenge our audience to think about something important in a new way. Speakers should be able to communicate in a 12-16 min speaking slot.

TEDxMarin is not the venue for first-time/beginning speakers. We seek presenters who can argue for ideas that inspire. BIG ideas! Human stories – talks that will teach, entertain, make people think, make us laugh, cry, or encourage action. We are proud to bring high-caliber talks to the TEDxMarin community.

REMEMBER– You are sharing ideas, not issues.

What is your big idea?

Ideas often start with “What if” or “What happens when?” What if we used plant cells to grow human skin? What if we fundamentally misunderstand compassion? Etc.

Ideas refresh and reframe our perspective. 

Below are three simple tests to apply to your talk. If just one helps frame your concept, you’re probably coming to a solid idea.

Does your talk:

  1. Reframe an existing paradigm? – Sometimes, the world agrees to look at a situation or idea from a similar perspective. What happens when we change that vantage point slightly? What new insights or understanding might we glean from a shift in perspective?
  2. Challenge an existing paradigm? – Does tradition or mindset cause us to accept, unexamined, certain conditions or ideologies? What happens when we refute the status quo? What would happen if the existing paradigm were removed?
  3. Offer a completely new paradigm? – Will your talk reveal a never-before-seen concept, technology, or methodology? Is it a true breakthrough?


These types of talks need to break new ground. If your talk is, in essence, a “motivational talk, ” please explain to us in your submission how EXACTLY you are breaking new ground in your submission. There is a very high bar to clear for us when we consider a motivational talk.

If you have any questions, call us at 415-785-8873.

ALL proposals must include RECENT Video examples of you giving a public talk and a draft script

What we tend to like.
Talks that make us FEEL

Generally speaking, Talks that can touch people’s hearts and are aimed at making this world a better, healthier place are far more interesting to our audience.

Any talk that profoundly challenges us to think differently on significant issues or offers unique solutions to life’s or the world’s vexing problems? Or shares breakthrough science… we will be more interested in reviewing.

Only complete submissions can be considered. So please fully assemble your proposal info for the form below. Because we get many nominations, we cannot RESPOND TO ALL SUBMISSIONS. You can call our office at 415-785-8873 if you have questions. Please do not send in nominations when our submission window is closed.

Speakers should tell a story or argue for an idea. They may not use the TED stage to sell products or promote themselves, books, webinars, consulting practices, or businesses. Every talk’s content must be original and give credit where appropriate. Speakers cannot plagiarize or impersonate other persons, living or dead.