We’re looking for the next generation of TEDxNewcastle speakers! If you have a great idea, inspiring story or creative vision for the kind of society you want to live in and want to share it with Newcastle and beyond, keep reading…


OPENx is our unique auditions and training programme, open to anyone who wants to share their ideas on the TEDxNewcastle stage. We want to hear new voices and discover new ideas from people who may never have thought the TEDx stage was for them. If you are selected, we work with you to help you shape your idea to be part of a TEDxNewcastle event in 2019!
TEDxNewcastle explores diverse ideas around the overarching theme of All Things Considered, and we’re looking for various interpretations on that theme.


Your talk can be about any topic as long as it’s an original idea or gives a new perspective on a current situation, issue or problem. Share your vision for your city, tell us about the world you want to live in, or showcase an amazing project you’re working on! Remember, a TED or TEDx talk is an idea worth spreading, so please do not submit ideas that are inaccurate, advertise a specific company or product, or are purely inspirational or motivational talks. Although many TED or TEDx talks are inspirational, it’s always the speaker’s great idea or brilliant new perspective that motivates the audience to make a positive change.

You absolutely don’t need to be a great public speaker or have your whole talk written before you apply. We’re looking for ideas and people with the passion and dedication to work with us to create an amazing TEDxNewcastle talk.


15 November : applications open
15 December : applications close
13 January : successful applicants invited to auditions day
3 February : auditions day in central London
5 February : 2019 winners announced
9 February : workshop 1
9 March : workshop 2
6 April : workshop 3
27 April : all speaker workshop
11 May : all speaker workshop
17 May : onsite speaker rehearsal

OPENx takes place in central London and is open to 16-25 year olds. If you’re over 25 and are interested in becoming a speaker, you can find out more here. At the moment we are unable to accept applications for anyone under 16.

That sounds like me! How do I apply?

You can submit your idea here. Closing date for applications is Friday, 31 May 2019. We will get back to each applicant personally by Wednesday, 5 June 2019 about the results and next steps.

Auditions and further training will be held locally within Newcastle City Centre.

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