Share your story


Applications to speak at TNW2020 are open now.


At TNW, we inform, inspire, and connect people who love tech. If you’re a thought leader, share our goal and you’d like to speak at TNW2020, we want to hear from you.



A TNW talk isn’t just a story or a list of facts.
It involves insightful observations and an exciting conclusion about the future of technology. This could be: a compelling story, a conceptual “how to”, a presentation on a pressing industry issue or an interactive educational discussion in a small setting.

TNW Conference is known for being daring, bold, and supportive of new and disruptive minds.

What you need to know

We setup this process to structure our workflow and to get a good overview of sessions proposed in order to make an educated decision. Email is just not efficient and actually undoable. We look at each and every submission and review on a rolling basis.

Alright, let’s get down to the details.

Step-By-Step Guide

1. Who should apply?

  • Executives and operational thought leaders from tech giants
  • C-level executives from the most innovative corporates and most successful scaleups
  • Top tech investors, designers, product leads and creatives.
  • Leading authors in tech and business

2. What’s the story you want to tell?

We’re mainly interested in an engaging story. When writing your application, think about why your story matters, the value it provides the audience, and how your story will be remembered. Consider your end goal – is it to inspire, motivate, or raise awareness?
(If your goal is to promote a product or deliver a sales pitch, we’re not interested).

Make sure that your content fits into one of our tracks (tracks will be updated to TNW2020 soon).

Overall, your session should be inspirational, actionable, and/or educational.

3. What format fits this story best?

A presentation that establishes a strong main idea related to a track. The main idea should inspire, motivate, educate, and engage audiences with a clear conclusion.

Fireside chat
An informal conversation or interview between two people that reveals new stories from speakers.

Panel Discussion
A live discussion about a specific topic or trend amongst a selected group of panelists (max 3), hosted by a professional moderator.

Roundtable Session
Deep conversations on specific topics in small and interactive groups. Roundtable session delegates need to book their seats pre-event. Note: This format is highly popular amongst the TNW audience and is fully booked within a few days after registration opens.

4. Title and abstract

Pay close attention to your title.
First impressions matter and you want to ensure that it stands out from the crowd. It should be short, catchy and present a (single) clear idea or message.

Your abstract should be no longer than 80 – 100 words, and please include the three key takeaways for the audience (hint: why should they come to your talk over someone else's?).

5. When can I submit?

Right now! Go for it. We’ll close submissions in 2020, and we’ll be reviewing on a rolling basis. Just make sure to read the fine print before submitting:

The Fine Print

  • All speakers receive a complimentary speaker pass and a +1 ticket to the event
  • There is no charge to speak
  • When selected, the costs covering the logistics (travel, accommodation, etc.) are covered by the speakers themselves
  • Content has to be original, new, or adjusted for this event.
  • Each session can have a maximum of one person per organization (we like collaborations and different views)
  • Successful proposals are chosen based on the proposed idea and speakers suggested. Changes in subject or speakers have to go through the content team and may lead to session deletion.
  • Spaces are limited and some proposals may be offered a slot in a different format or stage than originally applied for.
  • Once offers are accepted, speakers and session content confirmed, we will announce the speakers on the website.

OK, I’m ready!

Cool, we can’t wait to read your application.


Some of our previous speakers

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    Zoe Saldana

    Actress & Entrepreneur,

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    Strava & Hillary Clinton Campaign

  • André Kuipers

    André Kuipers


  • Cassie Kozyrkov

    Cassie Kozyrkov

    Chief Decision Scientist,

  • Gilad Lotan

    Gilad Lotan

    VP, Head of Data Science,

  • Larry Sanger

    Larry Sanger


  • Ali Rayl

    Ali Rayl

    Vice President, Customer Experience,

  • Emanuele Madeddu

    Emanuele Madeddu

    Executive Vice President, Global Brand Strategy,
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  • Corinne Vigreux

    Corinne Vigreux


  • Sir John Hegarty

    Sir John Hegarty


  • Francesca Bria

    Francesca Bria

    Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer,
    City of Barcelona

  • Jonathan Rochelle

    Jonathan Rochelle

    Director of Product Management,

  • Sally Eaves

    Sally Eaves

    CTO and UN social Impact strategy Advisor,
    Emergent Technology

  • Michael Martin

    Michael Martin

    Global Head of Digital Products,

  • Gillian Tans

    Gillian Tans


  • Jack Constantine

    Jack Constantine


  • Jaya Baloo

    Jaya Baloo

    Chief Information Security Officer,
    KPN Telecom

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