We are looking for: never-before-seen presentations, from people who have changed the world in terms of Technology, Entrepreneurship, or Design. You need to be the inventor, the founder, the creator; we are not looking for commentary on the works of others.
Presenters must have personally made very strong achievements in the area they propose to discuss: Do not ask to speak about entrepreneurship if you didn’t build a big company. Do not discuss a charity cause unless you started it, and it has been deployed at scale. (Not to be mean, but we’re not Kickstarter or GoFundMe.)
We will reject anything that sounds like “the world would be better if only everyone would do __________”.
Our audience is not looking for advice or “coaching” about how to live differently. We do not need professional or semi-pro “public speakers” who have given the same talk many times, or personal observations from an individual who is not famous. Our audience attends to meet and learn directly from inventors and designers and creators.[/box]
Please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions about Speakers first, to make sure your nominee will be suitable. If you plan to nominate yourself, you should also have a look at our Content Guidelines, which discuss the presentations in a bit more detail.
We try to give the courtesy of a response to all nominations, but in return we ask that applications be consistent with our guidelines. Pitches that take the tone of self-improvement, armchair philosophy, a pitch for a pre-traction startup, or “the world would be better if only people were different” will simply be deleted. Thanks for your cooperation.