Do you have an Idea Worth Spreading?

We invite applications from those of you with big, unique, and new ideas worth spreading.

Our next event:

Theme: 2020 Vision: Clarity through the Lens of Insight and Hindsight

Target Online Date: February 2021 (final date TBD)

Application deadline (for Feb 2021 event): Sunday, November 29, 2020

TIMELINE for FEB 2021 Main Event: 

  • Applications accepted until November 29, 2020

  • Speakers being considered for the February event will be notified by December 5, 2020

  • Working sessions with selected candidates will begin the week of December 14, 2020.

Our next TEDxLehighRiver event, due to COVID-19 restrictions, will be a virtual event.  Speakers who are selected will present their talk on the iconic round red rug, filmed at Lehigh Valley Public Media, home of PBS39 public TV and WLVR radio in Bethlehem, PA and then aired virtually online. 

Application acceptance will continue beyond November 29th as part of our rolling application process. Applications received after Nov 29th will be considered for other future events, including Salons or Virtual Conversations, as they are developed.

What is a TEDxTalk?

A TEDxTalk is a showcase 

for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes. (In fact, some of the greatest TEDTalks have been as short as 5 minutes long!)

What is a great, 

well-formed idea?

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.

VIRTUAL CONVERSATION with TEDxLehighRiver speaker curator and coach, Lisa Getzler

Who should apply to be a speaker?

Do you have an idea worth spreading? We invite applications from those of you with big, unique, and new ideas worth spreading.

Are you or is someone you know the right speaker to share:

  • An idea that represents BIG thinking, beyond 

       what we already know and understand; ideas that

       explore new applications and creative innovations?

  • Something innovative that you are doing?  

  • Important work that you are doing, unique to our community? 

  • Something about which you are passionate?

We are looking for thought leaders with BIG IDEAS; risk-takers making strides in research, changes in our social contract, advancing ideas that challenge convention. 

How to become a speaker:

1. Submit a speaker application.

Applications are now available for our next event. 

Complete and submit the online application form.

We accept applications on a rolling basis. 

2. Speakers with great ideas will be considered and contacted by the TEDxLehighRiver curating committee. 

3. Coaching

The coach is a guide for the speaker on their journey of refining and delivering the talk of their life. Coaches help speakers step back from their idea, see fresh perspectives on what parts of the talk best support their idea, and which should be removed, and how they can structure content in a clear, concise and compelling way. Coaches will help balance analytical and emotional components that will really engage the audience. It is important that speakers can make a time commitment to work on drafts, work with coaches to review and refine, and repeat multiple times until the talk is ready.