Proposals are being accepted through April 15th to create the logo and branding for TEDxMcAllen 2016.

McAllen, TX: The TEDxMcAllen 2016 event board would like to invite all members of the graphic design and visual arts community to respond to the open Request for Proposals (RFP) for Logo and Branding of the TEDxMcAllen 2016 event. Proposals will be reviewed, with a winner chosen in mid-April to visualize the components of the 2016 theme for TEDxMcAllen “Home Grown.”

The full RFP may be viewed here: 

The theme “Home Grown” presents the opportunity for our speakers and attendees to grow and nourish the ideas that are presented, created, and shared at our event. The “Home Grown” approach is the ability to cultivate something on your own without the need for outside assistance, such as our unique independence as an area in South Texas. While that may traditionally mean smaller batches, those smaller batches produced with the love and compassion of undivided attention and focus tend to yield better quality. By planting proverbial seeds at our event, we will enable the community to help nurture, cultivate, and grow the ideas that are on the stage.

The purpose of this request for proposals is to give local artists and designers the opportunity to show the world what they envision our theme to mean through visual arts. How would you visualize the theme of the event? How would you convey our message through your artwork?

Graphic Designers or Agencies should be ready to create banners, name tags, schedules, lanyards, pencils, notebooks, t-shirts, online banners and logos for social media sites, as well as aid in content to share online. In addition, marketing materials such as email and document letterhead and templates will be requested and digital media for speaker introductions, pre and post speaker video fills, and sponsorship logo splashes for the projection video screens.

Virtual mock-ups of requested items and any proposed items will be necessary for the team to consider you or your agency. As an example, please view the packet of the winner of the 2015 TEDxMcAllen call for designers at

 TEDxMcAllen is an independently organized event licensed by TED.  We strive to hold the ideals and maintain the quality that you would find at a TED event.  To maintain our licenses organizers must stay true to a strict set of rules enforced by TED.  Designers must maintain these rules. These rules are available via the TED website at

 TEDxMcAllen is a non-profit venture. All staff members work on a volunteer basis. All monies raised from ticket sales will be put back into the production of the event. TEDxMcAllen is prepared to compensate the chosen person/team with an in-kind sponsorship and will be considered a TEDxMcAllen Partner in organizing the event.  Monetary compensation will be contingent on the available budget from the event.   

Graphic Designers who are interested in submitting a proposal should send renderings of the package that they will offer along with any contact information via email to or mail them to TEDxMcAllen c/o Drew Lentz 601 N Main McAllen, TX 78501.

All proposals due by Friday, April 15th 2015 at 11:59PM.
Selection will be announced no later than Monday, April 18th 2016.
All materials should be ready to go to press the first week of May.

An informative bid meeting will be held on Saturday, April 9th at 10:00AM at TechPlace, on the 3rd floor of the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N Main Street, McAllen, TX 78501. This will be a chance to have questions answered, receive overall clarification, see examples of past events, and get a feel for what we are looking for.

 TEDxMcAllen is not responsible for any cost that is incurred in the preparation of the graphic designers’ proposal package. We reserve the right to make or not make a selection at the conclusion of the RFP process. Submission of an RFP response does not constitute a contract of any kind with TEDxMcAllen, TEDx, or TED events whatsoever.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TEDxMcAllen is set to take place Tuesday, August 9th, 2016. For updated and current venue and ticket information, please visit or email

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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