Play, explore and tinker – Create art out of anything

During this adventure, artist barry johnson will share ideas on creating art from found materials. johnson will lead a hands-on exploration of Seattle ReCreative, the Creative Reuse Store and Community Art Center. Learn about and create artworks out of reclaimed objects and through the practice of tinkering, learn new ways to think about how to solve problems and create all while having fun.…

Everyone has a song – welcoming refugees through music

What started as a place to sing became a refuge. Founded by Erin Guinup, just as the U.S. was closing its borders to citizens from select countries, the Tacoma Refugee Choir was determined to turn its musical practice into a celebration of human connection by welcoming voices from around the world. The Choir has created an original song to showcase the idea that it takes diversity to create…

Tips from Past Speakers

Get an insider's view of the process of preparing to give your talk. Discover the tips, tricks, and wish-I-knew moments from successful speakers. Jenn LaFreniere, TEDxSeattle Speaker 2017     Rex Hohlbein, TEDxSeattle Speaker 2017

Ending homelessness, block by block

Architects Rex Hohlbein and Jenn LaFrenier ask us to consider “Yes in my backyard” as an answer to homelessness. This father-daughter duo has an idea: let's reimagine our personal space by inviting homeless residents to move into beautifully designed, off-grid, homes built in residential backyards. Called “The Block Project” these tiny homes — built with neighborhood support and community…

TEDxSeattle 2018: Tall Order

A tall order, by definition, is demanding. It's a significant, and potentially unreachable, challenge. Meet the people setting the bar high, and taking the challenge head-on. The Schedule & Speakers 8:00am McCaw Hall opens 9:30am – 10:40am Session 1, awakening Hosted by KUOW's Deborah Wang Sam Dinning, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of King County's juvenile division Why we need…

An Evening With 2017 Speakers: Topics, Treats, & Wine Tasting

Come meet some of the 2017 speakers during an evening of wine tasting and savory and sweet small bites. This is a rare opportunity to meet the people who take the TEDxSeattle stage this year under the theme of Changing Places. In addition to learning more about this year's event, enjoy a tasting of The Estates Wine Room's distinctive Northwest wine collection along with delicious bites…

What Bigfoot can teach us about curiosity

Ranae Holland is a research biologist who spends much of her time trekking through forests with a camera crew, looking for evidence of a big furry man-ape. As a cohost of the Animal Planet television As a cohost of the Animal Planet television show Finding Bigfoot, she draws on her scientific skills to sift through evidence and testimony of the elusive legend. In this funny and personal talk,…

Frequently Asked Questions

General How do I learn about upcoming TEDxSeattle events/get on your mailing list? Subscribe here for emails providing information about the theme, speakers (both how to apply and who has been selected), ticket sales, events like Salons and Adventures, and other news about TEDxSeattle. When and where is the 2018 TEDxSeattle main event? The full-day event of curated speakers,…

Xolie Morra

Singer and songwriter Xolie Morra of the Seattle band "Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind", is an active representative of the Autism community, speaking personally about her life with Asperger's Syndrome. The Seattle Band is making a musical presence worldwide. With their appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, their success has been steadily growing strong. Performing with acts such as Crosby…

Tom Skerritt

Emmy Award winning actor, writer, and director Tom Skerritt is a much loved resident of Washington State. While an English major in Wayne State University, his interest in filmmaking led him to UCLA to study film directing. He worked in his first TV show with director Robert Altman, with whom he mentored as a filmmaker prior to being cast in the movie M*A*S*H. Other Classic films followed…

Maura O’Neill

Maura O'Neill places innovation at the center of her work, study, and attitude. Through her work in the public, private, and academic sectors, she has created entrepreneurial and public policy solutions for some of the toughest domestic and global problems. She was President Obama's first Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator at USAID where she had responsibility…

David Schmader

David Schmader is a multi-talented writer, playwright, newspaper columnist, and performance artist. With wit and intelligence he blends personal experience and biting humor to provide insight on difficult cultural issues. He creates autobiographical solo plays that include, Letter to AXL, (homophobia and the unifying power of anger), Straight ("pray away the gay" conversation therapy), and A…