Do you have an idea worth spreading? Our third TEDxUtica event will take place on September 17th, 2016 in Utica, NY. Before you say “yes,” know that this is not your usual conference. We’re looking for WOW! Our speaker roster will balance academics, artists, community leaders, changemakers and those with amazing stories and lessons to share. In the Spirit of TED, each speaker will be given a maximum of 13 minutes to share their idea.

The 2016 TEDxUtica theme is ‘SPARK’: We’ve all had that spark of inspiration or creativity. But what happens after the spark? Have you turned that energy into a compelling project, movement or an idea worth spreading? We want to hear about it.

Before you submit your talk for review, please read the TED Speakers Guide. We also recommend watching a few TED talks to get a feel for the format. Note that the selection committee may ask you to present further to us before your talk is accepted. If accepted, you’re also committing to work with the TEDxUtica team to make your talk as powerful as it can be. We’ll offer constructive feedback as you hone your talk in the weeks and months leading up to TEDxUtica.

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