Submit Your Pitch To Speak At TEDxBuffalo 2014

Applications to speak at TEDxBuffalo 2014 are now closed. Speakers will be notified of their selection by (or before) Monday, June 30. Have a different question about speaking? Email

TEDxBuffalo 2014 speaker auditions
Please read these details of our event before submitting your pitch. Your time is valuable, and you only get one shot at getting your idea onto the TEDxBuffalo stage in 2014.


Since 2011, TEDxBuffalo has taken place each October at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center. TEDxBuffalo is an independently licensed TEDx event that follows the guidelines put in place by the TED conference 20 years ago. Using TED’s unique 18-minute time limit, we are able to provide the audience with a day’s worth of talks on a variety of topics that are sure to inspire and educate. TEDxBuffalo strives to bring fresh faces with breathtaking ideas and projects to the stage in front of over 300 people in attendance and countless more watching live online.

TEDxBuffalo 2014 is an all-day event and will take place on Tuesday, October 14.


This year’s theme, “In Motion”, builds upon TEDxBuffalo 2013, which celebrated our city’s “Renaissance Citizens”. Now that we’ve acknowledged our city’s Renaissance, it’s time to recognize those who are hard at work bringing about positive change in our community — those who are truly “In Motion”.


The TEDxBuffalo team is now accepting pitches to speak at TEDxBuffalo 2014!

  • We will accept pitch videos through Saturday, May 31.
  • Speakers will be notified of their selection by (or before) Monday, June 30.

Citizens “In Motion” who are chosen to speak at TEDxBuffalo should take note of the time commitment necessary to help us put on a successful event. In the months leading up to the event, speakers will work with a coach (a member of the organizing committee), watch several TED and TEDx videos,  and attend several table reads. Speakers will also attend a full-day rehearsal one or two days before the event (Sunday, October 12 or Monday, October 13) and are expected to attend the entire event on October 14.


Pitch videos are your chance to sell yourself, your work and your big ideas to the TEDxBuffalo committee.  Be sure to introduce yourself, tell us a bit about your background and describe the talk you plan to give.

We know it’s impossible to compound a full talk into your two minutes. We’re not looking for the whole thing — we’re looking for your love, passion and ability to speak eloquently about your topic.

Once you have your video completed, submitting it is easy!

  • Upload your video to YouTube.
  • Type in a short, basic title and description for your video. Please make sure to include your first and last name. Video tags and category types are acceptable, but not necessary.

Upload a video to YouTube

  • Set the video privacy to “Unlisted”.

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  • Fill out our simple form below, including the link to your video.
  • Click submit!

If recording a video independently is not an option, please email so we can assist you.


As with the TED conference that grants our license, TEDxBuffalo is looking for one key thing: Ideas Worth Spreading. But we are, specifically, looking for ideas that are “In Motion”, or can get the audience empowered and moving.

While we are based in Buffalo, and keen on talks that have something to say to or about Buffalo, TEDxBuffalo talks should be able to relate to anybody watching them (perhaps with subtitles) around the world. Somebody in South Africa watching your talk should not have to wonder why “Elmwood” matters so much.

Types Of Talks That Work:

Types Of Talks That DO NOT Work:

  • Life lessons, self-help, and motivation talks (without core knowledge to spread).
  • Unproven or non-peer-reviewed science.
  • Promotion of self, business, or unbalanced espousing of political or social views.
  • Offensive content that could not be viewed by a classroom of minors (with exceptions for some medical/social topics.

View and/or download the official press release for this announcement.