Frequently Asked Questions



  • When and where is the event?
    • TEDxSeattle 2017: Changing Places is from 9:30am to 4:30pm, November 18th at McCaw Hall.
    • McCaw is located at the north end of the Seattle Center on lower Queen Anne. Directions, parking and public transit options, including the Seattle Monorail, is available here.
  • Will there be food? What are the lunch options?
    • We will provide beverages and light snacks during registration, at the mid-morning break, and during the mid-afternoon break.
      • PLEASE NOTE: McCaw Hall has clear restrictions on what can be brought into the auditorium. Only water in a sealed bottle is allowed in. In other words, finish that coffee or tea before heading to your seat.
    • Lunch is not provided. There are multiple restaurants in the immediate area, including the local, fresh food by Northwest chefs at the food court in the Seattle Center Armory.


  • I know someone who would be a great speaker. How do I apply to be a speaker?
    • The window for speaker submissions was April 10- May 10, 2017. We expect to open speaker submissions about the same time in 2018. To receive updates on the exact time, check back here, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook.
  • How do you decide on speakers?
    • TEDxSeattle, as an independently organized TEDx event, follows the principles Chris Anderson outlines in his video, “TED’s secrets to great public speaking.” We encourage anyone interested in becoming a speaker at TEDxSeattle or any TEDx event to watch.


  • How much are tickets?
    • General Admission tickets are $80. Students with a valid ID are eligible to purchase the $35 discount ticket.  We have a limited number of student tickets and ID is required day of.
      • TEDxSeattle relies on tickets and sponsor partnerships to cover all our costs per TED rules for independently organized TEDx events.
  • Can I return my tickets? Can I exchange my tickets?
    • Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are transferable through our ticketing system. Please note, we will not make the transfer for you.
  • When do tickets go on sale?
    • To date, our tickets have gone on sale in late August. We occasionally offer a limited time discounted ticket for those of you who attend TEDxSeattle events outside of our main event in November. To learn more about those events,  subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media .
  • Are kids allowed? Are there age minimums? Will teenagers like TEDxSeattle?
    • We work to keep the day engaging for all attendees, with an experience design for your seat and “for your feet” with activities in the hall and in the lobby. Older teenagers will likely get the most out of the event. But you know your kids best. Will they enjoy it?
      • Parents with babies we ask you step into the lobby if the little room starts getting fussy (or silly—any noises that might make it difficult for those nearby to hear the speaker.) We do have monitors in the lobby where you can watch the event and if you need a room for nursing or pumping, contact a TEDxSeattle volunteer.  
  • Is TEDxSeattle a 501(3)c? Are the tickets deductible?
    • Yes. Any ticket cost above the general admission price is deductible.
  • Is there assigned seating or is it first come, first served? We bought different tiers of tickets, can we sit together? What about accessibility?
    • Partner and Patron ticket holders are allowed early access to seating before the day’s opening session. Student ticket seating is in McCaw Hall’s second tier. Other ticket holders can sit with a Student ticket holder as long as there is room. For McCaw Hall’s accessibility details, click here.