Who selects the speakers?

All speakers and performers are selected by TED. In our selection process, content is king. We choose speakers based on their ideas, not their job titles.

When will speakers be notified?

Speakers selected for TEDinArabic will be notified in November, approximately six months before the March 2023 event in Doha.

Who will see my talk?

You’ll deliver your talk live at the TEDinArabic event in Doha, March 2023. The audience will include a diverse cross-section of thinkers, creators and thought leaders, with a mix of backgrounds, occupations and interests. The event will be filmed and talks will be edited and featured on the TEDinArabic site. Talks are then poised to reach a larger and broader audience through online media channels.

What is the time commitment?

Giving a TED Talk is a collaborative process. Those selected to speak will work in tandem with the TED team to develop their talks, and are expected to be flexible, receptive, and open to feedback. The time commitment for preparing a talk for TEDinArabic is 50 hours minimum for scripting and editing, plus 3 video rehearsals with the TED team, and dedicated time in the weeks leading up to the event to memorize the talk. Speakers will spend several days on site with their fellow presenters and the TED team ahead of the official event, attending workshops, rehearsals, and—of course—TEDinArabic, the event.

A preview of the process…

You’ll develop your central idea with the curator, through phone calls, script drafts, and emails. Once that’s set, you’ll develop your talk – this means writing and rewriting drafts every few days, doing research, practicing performance, incorporating feedback, and having video rehearsals. Approx. 5-7 weeks before the event, we’ll finalize and lock your talk script so you can focus on memorization and performance and TED’s research team can complete a thorough factcheck. Then, you’ll work with our curation and production team on-site in Doha for three days. On average, speakers spend 50+ hours preparing and rehearsing to give a TED Talk. Giving a TED Talk is a real commitment, and you get what you put into the experience.

How can I make sure my application stands out?

Focus. Typically a TED Talk is built upon a single strong idea, with no more than three or four key supporting points, woven into a compelling narrative.

Include supporting information. Use research, examples, and/or powerful anecdotes to support your points. Not only will it strengthen your arguments, but it will give us a sense of how you think.

Use conversational language—short, active, and jargon-free. Consider that much of your audience will not be as familiar with your idea as you are. So try to describe your concepts in a way that most people would understand, without compromising the quality of your thoughts and ideas.

Put an idea, not a product, at the center of your application. Talks that feel like sales pitches or business presentations undermine the power of your idea. Instead, tell us about the problem you’re solving, an idea you’re excited about, a vision for the future, a common way of thinking or doing things that you are turning on its head.

Be your own fabulous self. Don’t feel you need to play-act the “TED speaker.” We’re looking for people who are authentic, who have something to say and their own honest way to say it. Use your real accent, your real gestures, your everyday words—be you!


TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.