TEDxSeattle is a self-sustaining, volunteer-run, non-profit with a license from TED to independently organize a local TED event.  What started in 2010 as TEDxRainier with an audience of 600 for a one-day event, has evolved into TEDxSeattle with an audience filling McCaw Hall’s 2800 seat auditorium.

  • 130 speakers, including some who have gone on to speak at TED Global.
  • 15 million views of our online speaker videos.
  • TEDxSeattle Salons which explore different topics through TED videos, in-person panels and include audience discussion. Past Salon partners include the Pacific Science Center, MoPop (formerly EMP), Town Hall, and the WTIA.
  • TEDxSeattle Adventures are an ongoing series of unique, intimate events designed to offer participants unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access to the people and places that make this community so dynamic.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events bringing people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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 each TEDx event is self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TEDxSeattle is committed to diversity of thought, sharing as broad a range of ideas as we are able, and to fostering and serving a fully inclusive attendee base. In our speaker curation process as well as in our open registration, we place no limits on race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity, or gender expression. We believe our community’s collective and individual talents, skills, and perspectives make us all more influential and innovative. We encourage, and use, inclusive language in our written and live communications.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Originally started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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