TEDxCharleston Seeking Idea Makers & Shakers in 2017

TEDxCharleston announced it is now accepting speaker and performer applications for its 2017 theme, SHAKE IT UP. Applicants have until March 1 to submit ideas and performance samples online at tedxcharleston.org. Now in its fifth year, the event will take place Oct. 18 at the Charleston Music Hall.

With the SHAKE IT UP theme, chosen speakers will share ideas that challenge a status quo, question stagnation and inactivity, and inspire audiences to take local and global action. Organizers are seeking speakers and performers making an impact in fields such as technology, business, arts, culture, science, environment and education. All talks and performances are recorded and shared online.


“Because this is a milestone year for TEDxCharleston, we are shaking up expectations for our event as a whole,” says Edith Howle, curator of TEDxCharleston. “We are looking for speakers and performers who have ideas that cause disruption and turn something on its head. We know we have those innovators in our region, and it’s our goal to tap them for a life-changing experience on stage and give them the opportunity to spread their ideas with Charleston and our global online community.”

TEDxCharleston is an all-day immersion experience at the intersection of science, art, performance and business. It is designed to enrich the Charleston, South Carolina community through presentations and entertainment that inspires, engages and transforms.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.


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