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 this year’s TEDxSeattle event?
    • The full-day event of curated speakers, entertainment, and audience experiences will be held the Saturday before Thanksgiving at McCaw Hall. This year, that’s November 17th.
    • 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 and light snacks during registration, at the mid-morning break, and during the mid-afternoon break.
    • PLEASE NOTE: McCaw Hall has clear restrictions, and only water in a sealed bottle is allowed inside the auditorium. In other words, please finish that coffee or tea before heading in to your seat!
    • 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. Box lunch pre-orders will end on November 1st.
    • Other concessions will be available for sale at McCaw Hall, and there are multiple restaurants in the immediate area, including the local, fresh food by Northwest chefs at the food court in the Seattle Center Armory.


  • I’d like to explore a Sponsorship (what we call Partnership).
    • Simply email Partner@TEDxSeattle.com 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 Partner@TEDxSeattle.com 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 contributions volunteers make 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.
    • Please note, we select our day-of-event volunteers 4-5 months in advance of the November event.
    • You can also scroll to the bottom of the TEDxSeattle Homepage to receive all the announcements about future ticket sales, adventures, salons and more. We look forward to seeing you!


  • 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. 17, 2018. For the latest information on all TEDxSeattle events, including speaking in 2019, 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.
    • Another suggestion is to check out the mission of TED, which all TEDx events follow.
  • How do you decide on 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 2018 prices and benefits for General Admission, Student and Patron tickets can be found on the Tickets page. Patron tickets make it possible for us to offer discounted tickets to Students with a valid ID.
    • TEDxSeattle relies on tickets and sponsor partnerships to cover all our costs per TED rules for independently organized TEDx events.
  • Can I return my tickets? Can I exchange my tickets?
    • Tickets are non-refundable.  If you’re not able to use your tickets, you may be able to find someone who can 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 went on sale June 30th, 2018.  We occasionally offer a limited-time discounted ticket for those who attend 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.
  • 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? Are the tickets tax-deductible?
    • Yes. Any ticket cost above the general admission price, like a Patron ticket, is tax-deductible.
  • 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.
    • We have added accessibility options during the ticket purchase process in order to provide accommodations for guests with specific hearing, vision, and physical needs.


  • 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 media@TEDxSeattle.com.
  • 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: TEDxPR@ted.com.
    • 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, Nov. 17 at McCaw Hall. Please consider visiting our Facebook page to see if the TEDx community can answer your questions. Thank you.