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TEDxHickory 2023 Speaker Application

Welcome to the Speaker Application!  The TEDxHickory 2023 theme is "THE POWER OF X" and the event be held on Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. 

Do you have a story or idea worth sharing with others on the TEDxHickory 2023 theme "THE POWER OF X"?   YES?!  Well, we would like to invite you to submit your talk below.

Please remember these important points when submitting your talk proposal:
  • Please know who your audience is: Your talk should be directed at a general audience. (Avoid industry jargon)

  • Your presentation should focus on one unique aspect of the story. Don't try to cover too much. It should not be a sales pitch and absolutely do not promote your corporation or personal business.

  • Your content must be accurate. All talks on the TEDxTalks channel represent the opinion of the speaker, not of TED or TEDx, but it is your responsibility not to provide misleading information.  Please review the TED Content Guidelines by clicking this link to read in advance and ensure your talk would fall within the guidelines.  If talks violate the TED guidelines, they reserve the right to insist on their removal from TEDx branded distribution outlets, and license renewal for our local organization is unlikely.
In order for your application to be considered, you will be asked to provide a 3-5 minute video of yourself discussing your proposed talk and explaining why you feel your talk would be a good match for our event. You will receive instruction for submitting that video later in the application.

Please complete and submit all areas of the form, and make sure you read the instructions at the bottom about the video submission we request.  If you have any questions, contact:
1. Let us know who you are and how to get in touch with you.
2. Please share links to any your social media pages (if applicable):
5. Have you given this talk at any other events (either online or in-person)?
8. Please check one or more of the following TED categories that you feel your talk pertains to.
Finally, why should you present your talk at TEDxHickory 2023?

In order for your application to be considered, please submit a 3-5 minute video letting us know why we should choose your talk for our event.  The video can be very simple and shot on a camera phone or computer webcam.

There are 3 different ways you can send us your video:

1. You can send us an email at with your video file attached.

2. You can post your video on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. and send us an email with the link to the video at

3. You can send the video by text/iMessage to 828-962-4188.

With any of these methods, please include in the email or in your text message your name and "TEDxHickory".

You can complete this application by clicking the "Submit" button below and then send your video to us in the coming days.

Please note: your application will not be considered until we have received your video.