Be A Speaker

We’re always looking for thought leaders, innovators and risk takers to share their ideas and talents with our community and beyond. If you are interested in taking the stage at TEDxFargo as a speaker or performer, we’d love to hear from you. If you know someone else that has a great idea or talent to share, we encourage you to tell us about them too. Below are the guidelines and details on the different options for how to get in the running to be considered to give a talk or be a performer at TEDxFargo.

  1. Participate in a TEDxFargo Open Mic 
    • In-person
    • Video submission
  2. Speaker + Performer Nomination

Speaker + Performer Guidelines

What is a speaker?
An individual who presents a great, well-formed idea, demo, or discovery to an audience

What is a performer?
A group or individual who chooses to share their talent/vision with an audience through music, puppetry, dance, poetry, or other forms of artistic expression

For more information on giving a TEDx talk, click here.

TEDxFargo Open Mic

TEDxFargo will host two Open Mic events where individuals are given the opportunity to pitch their best ideas or showcase their talents in person for a chance to take the stage at TEDxFargo 2019. For those unable to make it to the in-person Open Mic events, videos can be submitted via the website. See the details and guidelines about the Open Mic below.

Dates + Locations (In-person Open Mic Events)

  • Thursday, March 21st  |   7:00pm – 9:00pm CDT
    The Prairie Den  |  122 1/2 Broadway, Fargo
  • Saturday, March 23rd  |  Noon – 2:00pm CDT
    West Acres Mall  |  3902 13th Ave S, Fargo


  • Both speakers and performers may participate in Open Mic
  • Each person will have 90 seconds to share a preview of their idea or performance
  • No slides or videos may be used
  • Simple props are allowed
  • Only one idea may be pitched
  • Walk-ins are welcome if space and time are available
  • Pre-registered participants will get first priority


Online Submissions

If you are interested in doing a talk or a performance at TEDxFargo but aren’t able to participate in one of the in-person TEDxFargo Open Mic events, please submit your video online!


Speaker + Performer Nomination

If you know of an individual that you feel would be a great fit to give a talk or a performance at TEDxFargo, you may nominate them by filling out the nomination form. Please be aware that TEDxFargo is a highly sought-after opportunity so we receive numerous requests. If we have questions or would like more information, we will get in touch with you.