TEDxMSU isn't a typical conference. Our audience has high expectations of the speakers; the TEDxMSU Speakers Committee works with speakers in advance of the conference to help shape a presentation that will succeed on the stage.

Where do I start?

Formulating an idea begins with deciding on an interesting question about a core challenge that people or students face. Typically this is a question that has either failed to have been answered effectively in the past, would significantly increase growth, or avoid a serious market issue. Next, apply online!

How do I suggest a speaker?

Fill out our speaker nomination form, and our Speakers Committee will contact the individuals directly and ask them to fill out an application.

Can I suggest someone I don't know personally?

Please do! Just let us know how you've heard about this person, and why you think they should speak at TED.

Do I have to be affiliated with MSU to apply to be a speaker?

No. All applications will still be openly accepted and considered, regardless of MSU affiliation. However, as the purpose of TEDxMSU is to promote ideas tied to MSU, there will be a strong preference for applicants affiliated with the University.

Can I speak at TEDxMSU by becoming a sponsor?

No. Please reference the rules for sponsoring a TEDx event. Sponsoring TEDxMSU has many benefits, but a guaranteed speaking slot is not one of them.

Does my TEDxMSU Talk need to be a speech or presentation? 

No. We are also looking to include a number of talks that involve interactive demos, music, and other kinds of performances.

What do you pay speakers?

TEDxMSU does not pay speakers. We do, of course, offer accommodations for travel costs, as well as complimentary passes to our conference. Other benefits include pre-conference coaching and training, special events for networking, the gift bag, and broadcast-quality video production of your Talk. We are committed to creating an experience that's tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides.

Why apply to host a lab?

Hosting a lab provides an excellent stepping-stone in a development process of a business or any idea. It engages a large audience, and taps into the proactive TEDx community.



Email us @ tedxmsu@msu.edu.