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Are you passionate about an idea? Have you participated in any work you found impactful? Are you ready to share your idea?
Below is our suggest a speaker form. You may nominate yourself, a friend/colleague/professor, or someone you don't know who you feel would be a great speaker.
Any and all suggestions are appreciated and will be reviewed. 
Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we will only be able to contact those invited to further explore their talk idea with our Speakers and Programming team. 
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Listen to some past speakers

What better way to think about your own ideas than hearing others? We've featured a couple here for you to get started.


Brian Kateman

Brian Kateman argues that the "reducetarian" movement can empower individuals to eat less meat with respect to their own diet in an easy and manageable way.


Jason Ramos

Jason Ramos is an aerially-delivered firefighter. Join him as he shares his journey from the plane to the pen, and the impact he's made beyond just putting out the flames.


Aashna Shah

Aashna struggled to balance her achievements with an identity she kept secret. Her quest for a single piece of a paper and a license to live will inspire and challenge you.

Are you a CUNY student?

We offer a separate Student Speaker Competition for CUNY students who want to share their ideas. Follow the link below to learn more. 


Our Speakers and Programming team works around the year reviewing Suggest a Speaker form submissions. The team works with selected speakers on their talk drafts and helps refine their great idea.


We have a couple of submission criteria:

  • Must be familiar with TED Talks and TEDxCUNY;

  • Cannot pitch a talk with a political or religious agenda;

  • Cannot sell or otherwise promote a company/brand/product;

  • Must present scientifically accurate ideas;

  • Cannot be a professional/recurring speaker. 

View our FAQ here for answers to common questions about our speaker application process. 

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Suggest a Speaker

Name and Contact

Speaker's Name and Contact

What can you imagine the proposed speaker giving a TEDx Talk on (or, if nominating yourself, what do you see yourself speaking about)?

What do we need to know about this proposed speaker? Why are you recommending them/yourself?

Please provide any necessary supplemental information or links (if any).

Thanks for submitting!

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