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?

Details about the 2018 conference will be announced in the spring.


How many TEDxToronto conferences have there been thus far?

2018 will mark the 10th 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?

Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when nominations open for 2018.


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

We have removed the application process to attend the conference, and tickets can be purchased directly (for general tickets only). Learn more about these changes.


How do I apply for a subsidized ticket?
A limited number of subsidized tickets will be available for those who require financial assistance. Stay tuned for more details.


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?

General tickets are $250 + tax, which includes entry to the conference and the Official After Party. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.


How long is the event?

The conference is a full-day, followed by the Official 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. Everyone who attends TEDxToronto 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.