Nomination tips

A TED Prize winner is a dreamer and a doer: that rare and powerful combination of someone who knows how to capture imaginations and how to make a measurable impact. Here, valuable advice for TED Prize nominators and finalists.

Nomination tips

  • The nomination form is designed to gather the nitty gritty information about the nominee. Each TED Prize nominee will be fully researched by the TED Prize team.
  • Remember that anyone is eligible for the TED Prize. While we love TED speakers, TED Fellows and TEDx community members, you don’t have to be connected to us to be considered for the TED Prize.
  • In the limited space you have on the form, focus on what makes your nominee’s work compelling. If you’re nominating yourself, tell us what gets you out of bed in the morning and what dream you have for the world. If you’re nominating someone else, tell us what sends sparks of excitement through your mind when you think about this person’s work and its potential to create change.
  • Write in the most accessible way possible, for people both inside and outside of your field. Beware of jargon.
  • Please note that we weigh single nominations as heavily as multiple nominations. We strongly discourage multiple nominations for the same person.

Advice for finalists

  • The heart of the TED Prize is the wish. It's worth investing time to refine it and push it further. At its most basic, a wish is: who + what + how = a better world. Who are you going to engage? On what issue, and in what way? For what kind of impact?
  • Use language that captures the imagination. Aim for fresh, image-rich descriptions that draw the reader in. The million-dollar question: Would someone be able to recall this wish a week after hearing it?
  • Is there a clear invitation for people to get involved? TED Prize wishes take crowdsourcing to the next level — it’s not about asking people to fund a project, but asking them to actively participate in it. Start with how the TED and TEDx communities can get involved, and branch out from there.
  • While TED Prize winners will be given up to three years to fully realize their wish, a substantial portion of your wish should be achievable in a one-year period. Think about what can happen in that first year, and how you’ll budget the $1 million.
  • Go beyond your distinguished track record — show us the potential for the future. That’s what makes you a TED Prize contender.