TEDxYoungCirclePark has issued a call for speakers for the independently organized TED event which will take place in South Florida in November 2019.  In the spirit of TED and TEDx mission, the event will feature “ideas worth spreading” on topics relative to the environment, education, economy and technology.

The TED format has become widely popular for sharing “short, powerful talks” online, talks known for their depth and brevity, usually running no more than 15 minutes.  TED talks have reached more than 500 million people on YouTube and Ted.com and through TED and TEDx conferences.

The TEDxYoungCirclePark event will take place Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Young Circle Arts Park in Hollywood, FL.  Prospective speakers can express interest in presenting and submit proposals HERE.  The deadline for speaker submissions is August 15, 2019.

TEDxYoungCirclePark is seeking six to nine local speakers.  The local organizing committee will provide speakers with guidance, training and support in preparing their presentations.  All presentations will be captured by a professional video team for sharing and promotion on social media and YouTube.  Select presentations may also be featured on Ted.com.

The organizing committee is specifically interested in curating an event that features speakers from local academia, government, business and community and nonprofit organizations on topics that provide a “deeper dive” into:

  • Environmental and sustainability issues with a specific interest in sea level rise, coastal sustainability and water management.
  • Health and education issues with a specific interest in how environment impacts health, how tech impacts health and healthcare education.
  • Technology development issues with a specific interest in technology at the intersection of environmental, education and health issues, as well as virtual reality and venture capital.


Have you got a idea or deeper understanding, that you would like to share?

Share it with us through TEDxYoungCirclePark.

The theme of TEDxYoungCirclePark event will be formed around the thought of a Deeper Dive.  According to Merriam Websters, a Deep Dive has recently taken on the meaning of “a thorough examination of a subject or topic.”

What is your idea or experience to be shared, and how has it given you deeper  understanding of a person or thing?

Why speak at TEDxYoungCirclePark?

We are committed to creating an event where participants are challenged to communicate their passions in an exciting and engaging dialogue. At TEDxYoungCirclePark, speakers will be given the floor and will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas.

Don’t worry, we are here to support those who are chosen and make sure they are ready for the challenge.

The format of TEDxYoungCirclePark will allow speakers and attendees to digest and debate the talks and encourage the exchange of ideas and information among all participants.

Your Talk

Your presentation, or “TED Talk”, should be anywhere from 8-18 minutes in length: long enough to say something of significance, but short enough to hold everyone’s attention and to be easily watched as a recorded video. The TED format has proven a carefully prepared talk of this length can have astonishing impact.

TEDxYoungCirclePark will be following the TED speaker rules. For example, speakers are banned from “selling from the stage,” and there is strict enforcement of the clock.

An additional benefit of speaking at TEDxYoungCirclePark is that your presentation will be made available online following the conference at the TEDxYoungCirclePark website, and possibly on TED.com, where some talks have been attracting online audiences upwards of a million. TED Talks have been viewed more than 100 million times worldwide and this exposure has transformed the careers of many TED presenters and performers.

TED has never paid speakers to appear, but has always committed to creating an experience that’s tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides, and as a TEDx licensee we plan to do the same.


If, after review of this information, you feel that you would like to be part of TEDxYoungCirclePark, we ask you submit an application HERE.

Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2019

Upon receipt of your proposal via email, we will shortlist candidates and the finalists will be informed by email and mobile. The shortlisted candidates will then be invited in for personal interviews with the speaker curation team after which the speakers of TEDxYoungCirclePark will be announced publicly once finalized.


Please note that if your proposal is accepted as a TEDxYoungCirclePark speaker, you are expected to:

1) Reply to emails in regard to your speech and other documentation as required within a reasonable time period.

2) Attend rehearsals of your speech.

3) Attend meetings with the curating team at confirmation and closer to the date of event. 


If, after review of this information, you feel that you would like to be part of TEDxYoungCirclePark, we ask you submit an application HERE.

Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2019


TEDx has put together a TED Commandments for speakers. These 10 tips are the heart of a great TED talk. Please keep them in mind while developing your proposal.


1. Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.


2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.


3. Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples.  Tell stories. Be specific.


4. Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!


5. Don’t fill your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off.


6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specificically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don’t even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.


7. Feel free to comment on other speakers, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!


8. If possible, don’t read your talk. Notes are fine, if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!


9. You must end your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it, and your talk may not go up on the website.


10. Rehearse your talk – with the speaker coaches and in front of trusted friends … for timing, for clarity, for impact.



Andrew Zullo (Organizer)