3106 Ingersoll Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

Thank you for your interest in speaking at TEDxDesMoines. Please complete all required fields in the application below.

Once we receive your completed speaker application, you’ll receive communication from our team in December when we make our final selection. All speaker decisions will be made by the Curation and Executive Teams. You can also contact curation@thinkengagedsm.org if there are any further questions.

Completed applications are due by November 20th, 2020. 

Contact Information
First Name
Last Name
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Presentation Information
Please briefly describe what you're presentation will be about.
up to 400 words
We want to know about YOU, what makes you tick, what's your back story.
up to 250 words
Please select one topic from the following list as the area of focus for your talk.
Topic descriptions can be found below
Topic Detail
Sustainability With the trend in reducing waste, what responsibility do we have to contribute to waste reduction? People, Environment, Community, Hunger/Food
Wealth Gap What should/ could we be doing to ensure that our communities thrive? How do we help the Greater Des Moines area businesses grow? How can these businesses better invest in our communities?
Scarcity Disparities in community, health, etc. (Sustainability could tie here vice versa)
Pioneer Frontier Overcoming urban/rural divide
STEM/STEAM The inclusion and impact of art locally and globally
Identity How do you view yourself? How do others view you? What matters, why?
Legacy This theme will help individuals reflect on what they will leave behind... it could spark a conversation about what should be done today and beyond.
Resilience What does being resilient mean to you? How do you define resiliency in people, groups, cultures, etc.?
Human Potential How to recognize human potential (in family, work, etc.) and grow the potential to realization.
Iowa Nice Iowa Nice Reality? (Passive aggressiveness, conflict management and response, confrontation, etc.)
Understanding Human Behaviors Do you ever wonder why humans act a certain way or respond? From generational to environmental influences and more, explore the 'why' behind behaviors not understood by contrasts in personality and experience. Trauma informed approaches. (What happened to you?)
Publicity Release / Waiver
Yes, I understand that upon being selected as a TEDx Des Moines Speaker I will be asked to sign a Publicity Release/Waiver for the use of my personal image/likeness.
TEDxDesMoines will be recorded. Will you agree to sign a consent form?
If you will use slides for your talk, do you agree to make them public?

Submission of video

Speakers must submit a 3-5 minute video answering the following questions:

1. Why do you want to be a TEDxDesMoines speaker?

2. Tell us about your idea/topic.

It is important that you answer both questions in a clear manner. The video can be uploaded below, or you can share it with us on Vimeo, YouTube, or another file sharing mechanism.

Please note: Don’t fret…All we want is to see you on camera and hear your answers to these two questions. We won’t base our decision solely on the video. The video does not need to be done professionally. You can record your video anywhere and on any device you can access.

You can upload a video file up to 2GB
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