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 TEDxJohannesburg is not a typical conference—our audience has an unusually high expectation of the speakers and the quality of their talks. To ensure that we meet these expectations, the TEDxJohannesburg team works with speakers well in advance of the conference to help them shape presentations that will succeed on the TEDxJohannesburg stage. Please note that although we are hosting three different events this year, we might not necessarily be able to place every suggested speaker. And while we draw and keep a list of potential speakers from those suggested, being on this list does not equal an automatic invitation to speak at our next event, or at any future event organised by TEDxJohannesburg.


How do I suggest a speaker?
Use our “Suggest a Speaker” form, and fill in as much information as you can. This form goes directly to our speaker selection team.


Can I suggest someone I don’t know personally? You ask for their email address, and I don’t know it.
Please do. Just let us know how you’ve heard about this person, and why you think they should speak at TEDxJohannesburg


Can I suggest someone I work for, or a client of mine?


Can I suggest myself as a speaker?


Can I speak at TEDxJohannesburg by becoming a sponsor?
No. Sponsoring TEDxJohannesburg has many benefits, but a guaranteed speaking slot is not one of them. 


Will it help if I submit multiple nominations, or have my friends or employees nominate me several times?
No. It really only takes one suggestion.


Is there a deadline for suggesting a speaker?
We accept nominations all the time. It’s best to get your suggestions to us as early as possible, so we can research them carefully and make the best decision on the speaker programme.


I want to speak at TEDxJohannesburg, but my usual talk 50 minutes long. Can I get a longer slot? 
We strictly enforce the clock for all speakers. TEDxJohannesburg is the place to condense your ideas into a compelling 18-minute talk that communicates your best ideas. We’ve found that a carefully prepared presentation of this length can have astonishing impact.


Do you have keynotes or panels?
At TEDxJohannesburg everyone hears every presentation; there are no breakout sessions or tracks, no keynotes, and very rarely are there panels.


What do you pay speakers?
TEDxJohannesburg does not pay speakers. We do, of course, cover travel costs and provide hotel accommodation — as well as pass to the TEDxJohannesburg events. Most speakers stay for the duration of the conference, soaking up the inspiration and connecting with other fascinating attendees, who range from scientists to musicians. 


Are there any additional benefits to speaking at TEDxJohannesburg
An great benefit of speaking at TEDxJohannesburg is that your presentation will become part of our beautifully produced, broadcast-quality video series of talks. Offered free to the public, TEDxJohannesburg talks have proven highly effective at spreading local ideas to global audiences.