Thanks for beginning the application to submit your TEDxCharleston: CURRENTS idea. This guide is to help you DETERMINE if you have an idea worth spreading, MAXIMIZE your time spent and INCREASE your chance of selection. Read below, and hit CONTINUE to complete your application.

An idea worth spreading brings business, scientific, artistic, or cultural breakthroughs to our stage. Ideas focus less on mechanisms for how something works; instead your talk should provoke thought on why this idea MATTERS to the local and global community at large. Best TEDx talks are living ideas worthy of conversation and collaboration, woven into stories audiences comprehend, relate to, and take away.
TEDx talks are not exclusively motivational or inspirational in scope. TEDx talks do not pitch or 'plug' products, services, or published works. TEDx talks do not take a position in political or religious debate including new age ideas, and only support credible science over pseudoscience.

A great TEDxCharleston application showcases fluency in your topic. We look for enthusiastic speakers who demonstrate subject matter expertise and a level of mastery that allows them to make a clear thesis about why others should care.
Your application should not only provide a clear "big idea" but provide proof of execution of your idea in the community, at school, or within a professional body. A strong application connects your idea to the TEDxCharleston theme, CURRENTS, and offers examples for how it enriches our community.

No two TEDx speakers are the same. You don't have to be a seasoned speaker to stand on our stage, but you must have passion and a willingness to work and make your talk great! Audiences crave big ideas delivered in bite-sizes through a combination of authenticity, conviction, and storytelling.
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