Get Involved

All TEDx events are organised by volunteers.

Let us know how you might be able to help. All volunteers have specific roles so we’re looking for your passion for TEDx Talks and your professional experience.

We’re currently looking for the following voluntary roles:

Partnership and Sponsorship Manager

Finding and managing our valued partners and sponsors. Working with our Director.

A background in business development, sales, PR or marketing would be preferable.

Approximately 3 - 4 hours a week.

Social Media Coordinator

Social media posting across all our channels in the lead up to events and live posting on the day of the event. Working with our Marketing Manager.

A background in social media and marketing is ideal.

Approximately 3 - 4 hours a week plus a full day during events.

Event Coordinator

Working with our Event Manager in the lead up to the event and on the day of the event too.

A background in event planning and management is preferable.

Approximately 1 - 2 hours a week, plus a full day during events.

If you are interested in any of the above roles, please contact us with details of your professional experience and why you want to volunteer using the form below or by emailing us volunteers@tedxkingston.com.

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Apply To Speak

Applications to speak are not currently open.

Speakers have been selected for our next event.

Please do not contact us about applying to speak until the application process is officially open.

What is a TEDx Talk

A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes.

Why under 18 minutes?

This short talk model works, since it only demands the audience's attention for a short period of time, decreasing the chance of minds wandering or daydreaming about lunch. In fact, some of our greatest TED Talks have been as short as 5 minutes long!

What is a great, well-formed idea?

It can actually be one of two things:

  • Something that’s new and surprising; an idea or invention that your audience has never heard about.

  • A great basic idea (that your audience has maybe already heard) with a compelling new argument behind it that challenges beliefs and perspectives.

In other words, an idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes certain evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.

Types of talks

When searching for speakers, you can keep in mind these seven different types of talks — not every speaker’s talk has to be exactly the same.

The big idea

The talks that make one or two very strong points, and it’s important. Examples: Bryan StevensonOnora O'NeillChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The tech demo

An onstage look at some clever new invention that the speaker was a part of creating. Examples: Tan LeMarkus FischerRaffaello D'Andrea

The performance

Music, dance, magic, puppetry, or some other performance to captivate your audience. Examples: Usman Riaz + Preston ReedArthur BenjaminPilobolus

The artist’s statement

In these talks, artists showcase their art and explain the meaning and process behind what they create. Examples: Raghava KKLiu BolinAparna Rao

The “dazzle with wonder”

These talks are mainly about the amazement of science and discovery. Examples: Yoav Medan, Marcus ByrneJanna Levin

The small idea

These talks are not about one big, world-changing idea, but instead a very engaging take on an interesting topic. Examples: Mary RoachJoe SmithCharlie Todd

The “issue” talk

These talks expose your audience to an issue that they may not otherwise know much about. Examples: Rodrigo CanalesLawrence LessigRose George