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Frequently Asked Questions


What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Our Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

In fact, everything we do — from our TED Talk videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.


What is TEDx?

The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED. Learn about TEDx event types.


When and where will TEDxToronto take place this year?

The TEDxToronto 2017 conference will take place at Evergreen Brick Works on October 27, 2017.


How many TEDxToronto conferences have there been thus far?

2017 will mark the 9th annual TEDxToronto event. The event started as a small conference in 2009 with 120 people at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille and has grown to over 1,000 attendees.


I would like to speak or perform at TEDxToronto – how can I apply?

We encourage you to nominate a speaker or performer that would have an impact on the TEDxToronto stage. You can nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations will stay open until May 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.


Can anyone attend TEDxToronto as a member of the audience? Where can I buy a ticket to attend the conference?

Stay tuned for more information about TEDxToronto 2017 and delegate applications. Sign up for our newsletter for future opportunities.


Why does TEDxToronto have an application process to attend?

The TEDxToronto audience is just as important as the speakers on the stage. An application process the organizing team curate a diverse cross section of the Toronto population who are passionate about ideas worth spreading. We look for enthusiastic applicants who are committed to attending the event, and those who are eager to share knowledge beyond the conference itself. Delegates are selected based on a process that considers only the information provided on the application form. It is important to note, the organizing team is not tasked with evaluating individuals, but rather their applications. Every application is reviewed and scored independently by at least two TEDxToronto committee members.


How will I know if my delegate application has been accepted?

After the application review process is complete, successful applicants will be contacted via e-mail. Upon accepting their invitation, delegates will be able to purchase a ticket for the event. Making the event accessible has always been a key priority for TEDxToronto organizers. As such, tickets may be made available to successful applicants who require assistance.


Why is there a fee to attend TEDxToronto?

TEDxToronto is a nonprofit organization. Our event is run solely by a team of dedicated volunteers, and money collected from ticket fees is allocated back to the conference to support costs for venue, operations, food & after party. Charging a fee means that TEDxToronto can become a more self-sufficient organization, ensuring that TEDxToronto programming and events can be sustained into the future and that we can continue to reach new and broader audiences. Please note that we do not turn away successful applicants who cannot pay the full fee; tickets will be made available to successful applicants who require financial assistance.


How much does the ticket cost for TEDxToronto?

Once you are invited to register, you will be sent a link to purchase your ticket. Tickets are $250 + tax, which includes entry to the conference and the after party. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.


My delegate application was accepted. Can I bring a guest to the conference with me?

Since TEDxToronto audience members are selected and invited based on applications only, guests are not permitted. Everyone interested in attending the conference as a member of our audience must complete the delegate application form.


 I didn’t receive an invite to attend as a delegate. Can I join a waiting list?

We will create a waiting list in the event that invited delegates are unable to attend. You will be notified should your name move from the waiting list to our list of invited delegates.


How long is the event?

The conference is a full-day, followed by the after party in the evening.


I am a member of the media. How do I obtain a media pass?

There are only a limited number of media passes available for the conference. For any inquiries, please contact lisa@tedxtoronto.com.


 How can my company get involved as a partner or sponsor of TEDxToronto?

Please visit our partners page for further information. You can email partnerships@tedxtoronto.com with questions.


Who runs TEDxToronto?

TEDxToronto is planned, organized and executed by a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers.


How can I receive your news and announcements?

You can sign up for our newsletter. All applicants who are accepted as delegates will be added to our mailing list, in order to receive future announcements and communications from TEDxToronto. If you have any questions about your e-mail preferences, contact us at hello@tedxtoronto.com.

 Other questions?

Contact info@tedxtoronto.com with any questions and we’ll get back to you.