TEDxPortland Ideas Booth

TEDxPortland 2018

March 5 – April 5, 2018

  • Family-friendly
  • Handicap Accessible Friendly

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Free and open to the public

Submit your idea for a chance to present at TEDxPortland!

The Oregon Historical Society has partnered with TEDxPortland for an exciting opportunity for you to make history! We believe TEDxPortland is a wonderful reflection of our city and want to give our community an opportunity to steer the conversation and influence the event like never before.

TEDxPortland is calling for anybody who has an Idea Worth Spreading! Their speaker program has room for one more person, and it could be you!

Visit the Ideas Booth to share your Idea in 90 seconds or less. If your Idea is chosen, you will be selected to present on stage at the Keller Auditorium on April 21 in front of 3,000+ attendees.

Located in our pavilion, the TEDxPortland Ideas Booth will be free to engage with for one month starting March 5.

Days / Hours of Operation:

Monday, March 5 – Thursday, April 5, 2018

Monday through Saturday / 10am – 5pm
Sunday / Noon – 5pm

Ideas will be reviewed by the TEDxPortland curation team, and one presenter / Idea will be selected on April 6, 2018.  

Once selected, the presenter will be assigned a professional speaker coach and graphic design resource to hone your talk and develop visual aids.

TED Commandments to help develop your Idea / Talk:

  1. Dream big. Strive to create the best Talk you have ever given. Reveal something that has never been seen. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an Idea that could change the world.
  2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
  3. Make the complex plain. Don't try to dazzle intellectually. Don't speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.
  4. Connect with people's emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!
  5. Don't flaunt your ego. Don't boast. It's the surest way to switch everyone off.
  6. No selling from the Ideas Booth / or stage! Do not talk about your company or organization. Don't pitch your products or services or ask for funding. 
  7. Don't read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!
  8. End your talk on time. You have 90 seconds to share just enough to land a spot on the Keller stage. Watch the clock! 
  9. Rehearse your Talk in front of a trusted friend before jumping into the Ideas Booth - for timing, for clarity, for impact.
  10. Have fun. 

TED & TEDxPortland are nonprofits devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful Talks (18 minutes or less. In this case 90 seconds or less!). 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 140+ countries and 100 languages.