TEDxSeattle 2018: Tall Order


A tall order, by definition, is demanding. It’s a significant and potentially unreachable challenge. Looking to the past, we can find wildly successful tall orders. Some may even seem small when viewed through the lens of today’s challenges. This year, we identify and examine ideas that stretch goals, strive for the seemingly unattainable, and explore what happens when a goal proves to be “too tall.”

The Speakers

With more than 200 applicants this year, the speaker selection team identified a diverse mix of activists, researchers, artists, leaders, and innovators.

  • Amy Ansel, Founder of Titan Bioplastics & Titan Hemp
  • Sam Dinning, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of King County’s juvenile division
  • Kirk Grogan, Digital Strategist and marketing & sales consultant
  • barry johnson, Multi-Disciplinary Artist, children’s book author, and editor
  • Anirudh Koul, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Researcher and data scientist
  • Colin MacDonald, Design Director at Parkour Visions, and play enthusiast
  • Deseo Carmin, Spanish music with an edge
  • Chuck Murry, M.D., Ph.D.Director, UW Medicine’s Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
  • Sara Sanford, Executive Director, Gender Equity Now (GEN)
  • Anastacia-ReneeSeattle Civic Poet, former Hugo House Poet-in-Residence, and author
  • Judy Twedt, Climate Researcher, atmospheric scientist, and data sound artist
  • Jono VaughanArtist, transgender activist, and Asst. Prof. at Bellevue College
  • Joe Kye, violinist-looper and vocalist

Interactive Activities

During the lunch break, we will set up tables where attendees can meet, mingle and discuss topics and areas relevant to our current world. Topics can range from Education, Changes in Seattle, Access to Health Care, or the best hikes within an hour of the city. To ensure the topics are close to your heart, we are asking YOU to suggest the topics for each table. What’s important to you? What do you think is an idea worth discussing and sharing?
It’s an easy and fun way to share great ideas with other thoughtful people at this once-a-year event. Just visit our reservation page and tell us what actions and ideas you’d like to exchange with your neighbors.

Box Lunch Pre-Orders

This year, we are offering Box Lunches available for pre-purchase. Each option includes a sandwich, chips, and a dessert bar. One of the options is vegan/gluten-free. Since outside food is not allowed in McCaw Hall, we encourage attendees to select one of these options and join your neighbors for the activities and discussions scheduled in the lobby. Pre-orders will end on Thursday, November 1st.


Experience TEDxSeattle 2018 on Saturday, November 17. Tickets on sale now.

A look back at TEDxSeattle 2017

Deborah Wang standing on the stage with the TEDxSeattle logo behind her on the big screen at McCaw Hall

Host Deborah Wang on the TEDxSeattle stage in 2017

Group of people taking a selfie in the audience lobby

Selfie with TEDxSeattle 2017 speaker, Aji Piper

Audience inside the McCaw Hall auditorium talking to one another

A stretch and speak break during the morning’s session at TEDxSeattle 2017

Two attendees pose inside the 7 fooot tall red X built for climbing on and into

View from the back of the stage looking towards the audience during a TEDxSeattle 2017 presentation

Date November 17, 2018
Time 8am Doors Open to 4:30pm

McCaw Hall

321 Mercer St

Seattle, WA, 98109

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Amy Ansel

Combining people, programs and processes to create plant-based materials to change how we create just about everything.


Anastacia-Reneé is a writer, performance artist, and workshop facilitator who has been described as a queer super-shero of color. She […]

Anirudh Koul

Anirudh Koul is a noted AI expert with experience in deep learning, computer vision, robotics and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He […]

barry johnson

Barry Johnson is a multi-disciplinary artist and author who works across all mediums.  He is known to constantly shift the […]

Chuck Murry, M.D., Ph.D.

Chuck Murry is a physician-scientist at the University of Washington, where he founded and currently directs the Institute for Stem […]

Colin MacDonald

Colin MacDonald sees a playground sprouting from the handrails and staircases of the urban landscape. A decade of practicing and […]


DESEO CARMIN plays a sultry fusion of Latin, Jazz-Funk with the spice of flamenco. In other words, “Spanish music with […]

Joe Kye

Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, violinist-looper and vocalist Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews since launching his music […]

Jono Vaughan

Jono Vaughan is a Seattle-based artist who currently serves as a highly-rated Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Bellevue […]

Judy Twedt

Judy Twedt is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who set out to better understand the physics of global climate change by pursuing […]

Kirk Grogan

Kirk Grogan is a marketing and sales strategist in Seattle, WA and has worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies. He […]

Sam Dinning

Sam Dinning is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in King County. Working in the Juvenile Division, Sam is part of a […]

Sara Sanford

Sara Sanford founded Gender Equity Now (GEN) to bring gender balance to the U.S. workplace. She is the architect behind […]

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSeattle, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSeattle event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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