Calling all artists, designers, and decorators!

Two of the largest elements at any TEDx event are the design of the event and the stage itself. In order to make this as inclusive as possible, we would like to request local artists, decorators, set and event designers, and all creative people to submit a proposal for what you think would best represent our area.

This is a unique opportunity to explore what you would do with a TEDx event, and we are sure that it will be a portfolio piece for years to come! The design of the event will live on in professional photos and videos on the TEDxMcAllen site as well as the TEDx YouTube channel.

TEDx Stage

If you are not an artist, designer, decorator, or event person but know someone who is, please share this with them.

We look forward to your creativity!

This area will contain the most current information.
Updated 06/08/2015

Please download the RFPs here:


TEDxMcAllen is currently and actively seeking proposals from highly qualified graphic artists, stage, set, and event designers and/or agencies.

The event will be taking place October 6, 2015 at the McAllen Public Library.

Virtual mock-ups of requested items and any proposed items will be necessary for the team to consider you or your agency.

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.

Please reference the branding and promotions rule set here

Please reference the TEDx Stage Design manual, here.
and more info here

Our audience are highly influential members of the greater McAllen community who are open to new ideas.  Our event should reflect progress and moving forward, with a touch of local flair.

The theme of our 2015 event is Breaking Borders. While we do want to address our relation to the physical border we share with Mexico, we also want to address a greater metaphoric border that we are crossing as our region is expanding commercially, technologically and culturally.

TEDxMcAllen is a non-profit venture. All staff members work on a volunteer basis.
TEDxMcAllen is prepared to compensate the chosen graphic design team with an in-kind sponsorship and will be considered a TEDxMcAllen Partner in organizing the event.
Monetary compensation will be contingent on revenue from the event.

Parties 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 are due by Friday, June 19th at 12:00AM
Selection will be announced no later than June 20th.

An informative bid meeting will be held on Wednesday June 12th at 10:00AM at TechSpace at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N Main Street, McAllen, TX 78501 to provide more information, have questions answered, and receive overall clarification.

TEDxMcAllen is not responsible for any cost that is incurred in the preparation of the 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.

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