Our TED@PMI application is now closed.

Thank you for your interest in being a TED@PMI speaker! We appreciate ALL of the big, impactful ideas that we've received. Please be patient as we read through the hundreds of submissions. We’ll be announcing our TED@PMI speakers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


Every year, TED works with a group of carefully selected companies and foundations like PMI to identify their best inventors, connectors, and creators. They oversee the curation process and provide one-on-one talk development training to sharpen and hone ideas and talks.

TED@PMI is a celebration of that need to reimagine those moments of inspiration and the mesmerizing experience of turning ideas into action.

This is an opportunity to let talents, ideas, and vision shine to the world.

We're going to showcase “doers” who turn ideas into action and inspiration into reality. Applicants will get to share their big, bold, creative idea beyond the TED@PMI stage, spreading it globally.

The culmination is an event where up to 15 speakers and performers from across the PMI universe will take the stage at this year’s Global Conference.

The event is produced, filmed, and hosted by TED and will generate a growing library of valuable TED Talks that can spur innovation and transform organizations.

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In the meantime check-out these two TEDTalks on The Future of Work:

“Why jobs of the future won't feel like work”, David Lee, TED@UPS 2017

  • Innovation expert David Lee says that we should start designing jobs that unlock our hidden talents and passions to keep us relevant in the age of robotics.

 “Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague”, Nadjia Yousif, TED@BCG 2018

  • Nadjia designs and implements programs for large financial services for a living and shows us how we can better embrace our tech — as colleagues.

Any pre-existing applicant intellectual property (“Applicant IP”) which Applicant possessed prior to submitting this TEDInstitute Application for PMI’s TED activation at Global Conference 2020, shall be and remain the sole property of Applicant. Applicant hereby grants to PMI – solely for the purposes of this TEDInstitute Application - a non-exclusive, non-transferable, irrevocable, world-wide, permanent, fully paid license to use, copy, modify, sublicense and display such Applicant IP as the same are ultimately incorporated into a TED presentation at Global Conference 2020. As applicable, Applicant will disclose to PMI the Applicant IP that will be used in or with the application provided to PMI and will clearly delineate any instances where Applicant IP will be used with, but not be included in the application. Further, Applicant will: (i) identify to PMI in instances where it is embedding or using third party intellectual property in or with the application materials provided to PMI; and (ii) indemnify PMI from any third party infringement claims regarding the use of any third party intellectual property. Lastly, the terms set forth in our Privacy Policy shall also apply regarding any personal information provided by the Applicant.