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Get ready for a night of riveting talks by remarkable people.

The theme for this year’s TEDxFIU is “Reimagine Possible.” We’re looking for eight speakers – students, alumni or faculty, from any discipline – who do this on a regular basis.

“Our speakers this year will have to demonstrate not only a great idea, but they will need to take the audience on a journey and have them reimagine their own sense of what is possible,” says TEDxFIU organizer Eduardo Merille, who is also the FIU director of marketing and new media.

FIU joined the global TED movement last year to resounding success. Nearly 600 people attended the inaugural event and TEDxFIU talks have received more than 100,000 views on the TEDx YouTube channel.

“TEDxFIU is the stage for the free thinkers and the innovators among us,” says TEDxFIU organizer Deborah O’Neil, who is also the editor of FIU Magazine and associate director of News and Communications.

Do you have what it takes to be a TEDxFIU speaker?


We are looking for eight dynamic students, alumni and faculty members to present their big ideas on Nov. 7. To be considered, first, you’ll need a story worth sharing about an experience, project or idea that has the potential of taking us beyond the world we know. Then, you’ll need to be able to connect with a discerning audience. And, finally, you’ll need to inspire organizers.

“Blow my mind. That’s what I want our speakers to do at TEDxFIU,” says O’Neil. “Share an original idea about an unoriginal topic. Dazzle us with a world we’ve never imagined. Speak from the heart so authentically that we want to rush on the stage and hug you.”

If your idea is ready for primetime, apply by Sept. 13. Don’t forget to include a video of your talk. Speakers will be announced Sept. 30.

Application Tips

  • Have a big idea worth sharing
  • Be prepared to tell us your idea in 5 to 18 minutes
  • Create a video to submit with your application
  • Consider whether your talk can be enriched by visual aids
  • Watch a few TEDTalks for inspiration
  • Don’t sell your product or service
  • Be genuine

To receive regular TEDxFIU updates, follow us via Facebook, Twitter or email. For any additional questions, contact organizers Eduardo Merille at emerille@fiu.edu or Deborah O’Neil at oneild@fiu.edu.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.