Frequently Asked Questions


  • Why should I attend the virtual event instead of just waiting for the videos to be released online?
    • Great question! While all of our speaker’s talks will eventually make it online, the virtual event will include content and interactive experiences that will only be made available via the virtual event, such as audience interaction, live hosting, and more. We encourage you to tune in for the virtual event to get the full TEDxSeattle experience.
  • 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 2021 TEDxSeattle main event?
    • The event will take place on Saturday, November 20th, beginning at 1:00 pm PST and ending at about 4:30 pm PST, and will be free and virtual. You can enjoy it from where you’d like as long as you have an internet-connected device. Please register to find out more.
  • Will your event provide captions?
  • Will your event provide ASL Interpretation?
    • We will happily provide ASL Interpretation upon request. Please send us an email by November 6th if you would like for us to provide these services.


  • 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.
  • 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 I 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. 20th, 2021. For the latest information on all TEDxSeattle events, including speaking in 2022, 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 2021 event will be completely free. Please register to find out more.
  • Can I return my tickets? Can I exchange my tickets?
    • Since this year’s event is free, no need to worry if you register and end up not being able to attend. Given the virtual format, we do not have a limit to how many people can attend so there is no need to free up your ticket for someone else.

Other Questions

  • Is TEDxSeattle a 501(3)c? 
    • Yes. Any contribution made to TEDxSeattle cost is tax-deductible.
  • 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.  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.