2019 Event Information

Have you a big idea worth spreading?  Have you always wanted to be a TEDx speaker?  This is your opportunity!

What: TEDxDrogheda – Theme: The People. The Planet. The Future

Where: Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Louth

When: 15 March 2019, 18:30 – 21:00

Who: 100 event attendees and 8 speakers


We are inviting speakers to present a diversity of ideas at TEDxDrogheda 2019, to inform, entertain, and stimulate discussion. Our goal is for all participants to leave the event empowered to effect positive change in our community.

TEDxDrogheda will provide a platform for the brightest minds to be inspired and to inspire others.

We are committed to creating an event where participants are challenged to communicate their passions in an exciting and engaging dialogue. At TEDxDrogheda, speakers will give the best talk of their lives and then will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas. We are here to support those who are chosen with speaker training, and make sure they are ready for the challenge. The format of TEDxDrogheda will allow speakers and attendees to digest and debate the talks and encourage the exchange of ideas and information among all participants.

Speaker Information:

Who We’re Looking For

Anyone over 18 years of age who has a great idea they want to share with the world. The theme of TEDxDrogheda 2019 is “The People. The Planet. The Future”. You can interpret the theme in any way you wish, bringing your own interests, passions and knowledge to bear.

Your Talk

Your talk will be from 8-15 minutes in length, to be decided by the organising committee. This is 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 shown that a carefully prepared talk of this length can have an astonishing impact.

TEDxDrogheda 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 TEDxDrogheda is that your presentation will be made available online following the conference on the TEDxDrogheda 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 you are unfamiliar with TED or the format of a TED Talk, we invite you to view some past TED and TEDx Talks at http://www.ted.com/.



If you would like to be part of TEDxDrogheda, we ask you to fill in the application form and upload a 1 – 2 minute video to Youtube (select “Unlisted” format, to allow people with the link to view it) explaining your concept briefly, and why you would be a great TEDx Drogheda speaker. The final line up of speakers will be chosen from these videos. SUBMISSIONS WITH NO VIDEO ATTACHMENTS/ LINKS WON’T BE REVIEWED.

Please send us the following information:

Contact Number*
A brief biography (max 300 words)*
LinkedIn/ Facebook/ Twitter links to your profile
Outline of your talk (max 300 words)*
A Youtube “unlisted” video link to your 1-2min proposed talk*
* – mandatory information

Email your application forms to Anna: admin@themilldrogheda.ie

Proposal deadline: 14th February 2019

Please note that if you are chosen as a TEDxDrogheda 2019 speaker, you are expected to:

1) Reply to emails from the organisers within a reasonable time period.

2) Attend our speech training session – 2nd March, 9am – 5pm

3) Attend speech rehearsal – 15 March, 2pm – 5pm

If you do not comply with the following, we will be forced to reconsider your application at any time before the event.


17 responses to “Speaker Callout”

  1. How soon do you need the video?

    What do you need from it that is different to the text section giving the outline for the potential talk. Happy to upload something, just not 100% sure what you need from the video – to be different / or the same as the text outline requested>

    • themillted says:

      Hi Simon,

      You can hold off sending the video for the moment, but in relation to the content, it should probably be the same as the text, we just want to see how potential speakers hold themselves in front of the camera, etc.

  2. Itching to do this…am glad the deadline is soon as it will make me act more quickly. fingers crossed. Ted Talks are really inspiring

  3. Hi there,
    I’m proposing some creative / performance work – would a good idea be to attach example videos of my other work, rather than repeating myself on video and in text?
    Thank you

    • themillted says:

      Hi Ciarán,
      I suppose any content highlighting your ability to speak-up in front of an audience will do.
      Thank you for your interest!

  4. Hello team,
    I sent in my submission and wanted to check if you received it? or is there an email I can send in details to?
    Thank you

  5. Nicola Connolly-Byrne says:

    Hi TedX!!! I have put through two applications to be a speaker. I didn’t get a confirmation email or an acknowledgement notice to say my application is complete or anything to indicate you have received it. Is this normal?? I’m a bit concerned given the closing date is only a few hours away

    • themillted says:

      Hi Nicola,

      There has been an issue with our confirmation page, I will try and sort this out as soon as possible. I can confirm that all applications are coming in to our email address anyway, thank you for pointing this out to us!
      Kind regards,

  6. Mark Farrelly says:

    Hi there,

    Whenever I tried to submit my application I kept getting the error messages. I submitted the application without the video and it worked fine. Is there an email address I could send the video to?



    • themillted says:

      Hi Mark,

      I can confirm that we have both your application and your video on file. Apologies for any inconvenience caused!

  7. Aidan Murphy says:

    I just completed the online form and uploaded the short video file also.
    The upload page then returned to it’s vacant look.
    Can you please advise if you received my complete submission ?
    Many thanks,

  8. N. Lizette Beri says:

    I just came across this and I want this opportunity and experience. Am in Cameroon, Africa. Can I apply as a speaker?

  9. janie lazar says:

    Hello there, can I submit my on-line application and video by close of play tomorrow?
    I most definitely want to apply

  10. Mark Downey says:

    Hi there, just seeing this. Is it too late to send in the application tomorrow, September 30?

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