Frequently Asked Questions


  • 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 2020 TEDxSeattle main event?
    • The full-day event of curated speakers, entertainment, and audience experiences will take place on Saturday, November 21st. Doors opened at  8:00am and the first speaker took the stage at 9:00am.
    • McCaw Hall is located at the north end of the Seattle Center on Lower Queen Anne. Directions, parking and public transit options, including the Seattle Monorail, are available here.
  • Will there be food? What are the lunch options?
    • We will provide beverages during registration and light snacks at the mid-morning and the mid-afternoon breaks.
    • PLEASE NOTE: McCaw Hall has clear restrictions on food and beverages. Only water, tea or coffee in containers with lids will be allowed inside the auditorium. 
    • There will be concessions for sale in the lobby area along with box lunches for those who purchase our All-Access ticket. Outside food is not allowed in McCaw Hall, so we encourage attendees to purchase the All-Access and join your neighbors for the activities and discussions scheduled in the lobby during our lunch break.
    • There are multiple restaurants in the immediate area, including the local, fresh food by Northwest chefs at the Seattle Center.


  • I’d like to explore a Sponsorship (what we call Partnership).
    • Simply email and we’ll be sure to get you the information you need. Thank you for your interest in partnering with us.
  • What if my company wants to provide a food/item/service to your attendees?
    • Thanks for your interest! Please contact and we’ll be sure to get you the information you need. Thank you for your interest in partnering with us.
  • Who are your sponsors?
    • A variety of organizations and businesses partner with us to provide the cash and in-kind services needed to make the annual TEDxSeattle event a reality. Visit our Partner page to learn more.


  • How do become a volunteer?
    • Thank you for your interest in joining the team. TEDxSeattle wouldn’t exist without the great work that volunteers do throughout the year and at our events. We are always looking to match skills and experience with the varying needs of the organization. Please go to our VolunteerMatch page to see what we need right now and how to apply.
    • You can also scroll to the bottom of the TEDxSeattle Homepage and sign up to receive announcements about future ticket sales, adventures, salons and more.


  • I would be a great speaker. What do I need to know, and how do I apply?
    • Thank you for your interest in presenting at TEDxSeattle. Registrations are closed for the upcoming annual event on Saturday, Nov. 21st, 2020. For the latest information on all TEDxSeattle events, including speaking in 2021, we recommend signing up for our newsletter to receive details and deadlines when they’re announced.
    • If you wish to prepare for next year, our speaker team recommends thinking about your “idea worth spreading,” and be ready to share detailed information about what makes you the ideal person to deliver this idea.  More information on how to prepare to submit a proposal can be found on our Speaker Submission page.
    • Another suggestion is to check out the mission of TED, which all TEDx events follow.
  • How do you decide on the speakers?
    • TEDxSeattle, as an independently organized TEDx event, follows the principles Chris Anderson, the head of TED, 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?
    • The 2020 prices and benefits for General Admission, All-Access, Student and Patron tickets will be posted in summer 2020. We encourage you to consider purchasing Patron tickets which make it possible for us to offer discounted tickets to Students with a valid ID.
    • TEDxSeattle relies on ticket sales and partnerships to cover all of our costs, per TED rules for independently organized TEDx events.
    • If you want to purchase General Admission tickets for a group of ten (10) or more people at one time, email  to find out about special offers.
  • Can I return my tickets? Can I exchange my tickets?
    • Tickets are non-refundable.  If you’re not able to use your tickets, you can transfer them to another person.
      • You can email your ticket to the other person. As long as the QR code is visible and able to be scanned at the door, they will be granted entry. A new name label can be created for their badge.
    • You may also be able to find someone who can use it through our Facebook page or other social media outlets.
    • Please note, we will not make the transfer for you.
  • When do tickets go on sale?
    • Tickets will go on sale in June 2020.
    • We occasionally offer a limited-time ticket for 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.
  • I can’t make it to McCaw Hall. How can I see the presenters in real time?
    • A big part of the TEDxSeattle experience happens on location. There are two floors of interactive exhibits geared towards spreading ideas and digging a little deeper into the world around us, plus the sheer energy of 2,000 people who are all interested in cutting-edge ideas.  This year, we will provide a live stream for those who can’t be there in person.  You can also follow us on social media for insights, interviews with the speakers, and commentary throughout the day.
  • Are kids allowed? Are there age minimums? Will teenagers like TEDxSeattle?
    • We work to keep the day engaging for all attendees, with experiences designed “for your seat” and “for your feet” in the auditorium and 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 to please step into the lobby if the little one starts making noises that could prevent others around you from hearing. We do have monitors in the lobby so you can continue to watch the event. If you need a room for nursing or pumping, please contact a TEDxSeattle volunteer.  
  • Is TEDxSeattle a 501(3)c? 
    • Yes. Any contribution made to TEDxSeattle cost is tax-deductible.
  • Are the tickets tax-deductible?
    • No, sorry but the ticket price is commensurate with the value of the event.
  • Is there assigned seating or is it first come, first served? We bought different tiers of tickets, can we sit together? What about accessibility?
    • Patron ticket holders are allowed early access to seating before the day’s opening session.
    • Student ticket seating is on McCaw Hall’s second tier.
    • Other ticket holders may sit with a Student ticket holder as long as there is room.
    • For McCaw Hall’s accessibility details, click here.  A CC screen will be set up in the front of the hall for guests with hearing impairments or limited English.  You may also use Microsoft’s Translator app to follow the presentations in real-time. Go here to download it for free.
  • I’m a member of the media and would like more info about TEDxSeattle.
    • To request information about TEDxSeattle or an interview with a speaker or someone on the TEDxSeattle team, please email
  • I’m a member of the media and would like more info about TED or to learn how the TEDx license program works.
    • Please note that TEDxSeattle event organizers are unable to speak for, or about, the TED organization or the TED Conference. Any inquiry regarding TED should use the form at this link to get more information. For questions about the TEDx license program, please contact Melody Serafino, TEDx Media Liaison at
    • While we appreciate any coverage, we kindly ask that all journalists and/or bloggers be respectful of the difference between the TED and TEDx brands. The ‘x’ in ‘TEDx’ stands for an “independently organized TED event.” Any headline or text which implies “TED” is coming to Seattle is misleading. For more information on TEDx, please visit the official TEDx Program page.

Still have questions?

As an all-volunteer organization, our ability to respond to emails and questions is limited until we get closer to our main event on Saturday, November 21st at McCaw Hall.  Our newsletter provides monthly updates and special announcements, or you can visit our Facebook page to see if the TEDx community can answer your questions. Thank you.