Would you like to speak at TEDxHastingsSt2021?

Applications for 2021 are now open.

You may now register your interest to speak at TEDxHastingsSt 2021. TEDxHastingsSt 2020 happened on 12 September successfully with 7 speakers including TED alum and international performing artist Amanda Palmer. We are now looking for speakers for 2021.

Are you doing something different? Do you want to spread your idea, invention, creation with Hawke’s Bay and the world?

If you are interested in committing to the following, then please read the FAQs, and fill in the form below.


  • Your idea presents a new approach in technology, entertainment, design, or anything else
  • You can deliver your idea in less than 18 minutes
  • You are willing to take constructive criticism about your talk
  • You are able to work with coaches to polish your presentation
  • You are available for a Saturday presentation in 2021 (date to be confirmed)
  • You want international exposure for your idea (videos of event posted online)

Do you know someone else who might be interested? Please share this blog post with them.

If you have registered previously, please register again to update your info.

Frequently asked questions:

How will I benefit from speaking at TEDxHastingsSt?

You will be associating yourself and your idea with the TEDx brand both locally and around the world. Many of our speakers from 2018 & 2019 have signed new clients and traveled the world on speaking engagements as a direct result of their talks at TEDxHastingsSt. Your talk will be presented locally and filmed for online sharing under the TEDx banner. We cannot promise that your talk will boost your career, but we can provide you with the support and platform that has been successful for some of our past speakers.

What is the theme?

It does not matter right now. We want to know your idea.

What if I’m not a professional speaker?

We are not necessarily looking for professional speakers. We are looking for the right speakers. A good TEDx talk must be focused, well-researched, and entertaining while presenting a unique/ novel idea. The audience should walk away feeling educated and excited. Can you balance focus, research, entertainment, and novelty?

What if I’m not ready to give my talk?

You should have plenty of time to get ready. Our coaches will help, but you have to do the hard work of preparing and giving your talk. Are you ready to get ready?

What if I own a business with investors?

We suggest you speak to your investors first. They may have reasons for you to reserve your idea for a later time. Is your idea ready?

What if I get promoted at work?

Speak to your employers about your talk. When the date is confirmed, be sure they know that you need the date free. Is your career ready?

If you have read all of the above and still want to register your interest, please click https://forms.gle/Lzc2HsVZ1fWbjzMT7

Want to speak at TEDxHastingsSt 2019?

Since November, we’ve had several people register their interest in speaking at TEDxHastingsSt this year, but we’re still looking for more if you or someone you know might be interested.

You may register your interest here: https://goo.gl/forms/snDC1KfUiUPejaVt2. Also, please forward the link to anyone you think should speak at TEDxHastingsSt this year.