Nominations/Applications are now open for speakers for TEDxTauranga 2016!

We are looking for speakers who are either based in the Bay of Plenty or have close ties to our region.

Who should we talk to next?


Who are we looking for?

  • Someone who can tell us an idea worth spreading
  • Someone who can teach us something new
  • Someone who is deeply fascinated with their own favourite topic (that kind of passion and enthusiasm is contagious)
  • Someone who can share that fascination with us by telling an engaging story
  • Someone who can prepare a talk between 5-15mins long
  • Their delivery could be:
    • As they are, just talking
    • Or with the support of a few powerpoint slides (photos are fine, graphs are fine, 1 word or 1 sentence on a slide is fine – but no bullet points are allowed)
    • Or with a physical prop
  • Someone who is based in the Bay of Plenty (Tauranga, Rotorua, Whakatane, KatiKati, Kawerau, Waihi, Opotiki etc) or has a strong BOP connection (eg used to live here, has family here)

Nominate a speaker for TEDxTauranga 2015 or Apply to Speak

What might they talk about?

Here is a list of the latest talks on the website. Can you think of someone who could give a talk like one of these?


  1. The secret sneaker market — and why it matters
  2. The chilling aftershock of a brush with death
  3. How I’m working for change inside my church
  4. The moral bias behind your search results
  5. This is what LGBT life is like around the world
  6. A musical escape into a world of light and color
  7. A breakthrough new kind of wireless Internet
  8. The coolest animal you know nothing about … and how we can save it
  9. A boat carrying 500 refugees sunk at sea. The story of two survivors
  10. The heartbreaking text that inspired a crisis help line
  11. How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed
  12. Art that lets you talk back to NSA spies
  13. The enchanting music of sign language
  14. How I teach kids to love science
  15. Social services are broken. How we can fix them
  16. Deep under the Earth’s surface, discovering beauty and science
  17. An Internet without screens might look like this
  18. We can now edit our DNA. But let’s do it wisely
  19. The secret US prisons you’ve never heard of before
  20. The unexpected beauty of everyday sounds
  21. Two nameless bodies washed up on the beach. Here are their stories
  22. Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women
  23. The future of flying robots
  24. How we can make the world a better place by 2030
  25. Home is a song I’ve always remembered
  26. You can grow new brain cells. Here’s how
  27. Design at the intersection of technology and biology
  28. Soon we’ll cure diseases with a cell, not a pill
  29. Climate change is happening. Here’s how we adapt
  30. Why some of us don’t have one true calling
  31. How my mind came back to life — and no one knew
  32. Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades
  33. Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local
  34. Alzheimer’s is not normal aging — and we can cure it
  35. 4 powerful poems about Parkinson’s and growing older

When is TEDxTauranga 2016?

  • Saturday 9 July 2016, 10am to 6pm
  • Venue: ASB Arena, BayPark
  • Audience: 1000

Nominate a speaker for TEDxTauranga 2015 or Apply to Speak


Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga / Saturday 9 July 2016
2016 Theme: “Curious?”