Why does TEDxToronto have an application process to attend?
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxToronto, where x = independently organized TED event. There are several recommendations that TED provides to organizers to help create a TED-inspired atmosphere at TEDx events. Among these, TED encourages prospective TEDx attendees to complete application forms to gain a better understanding of the community who is interested in supporting the ideas presented by our speakers.
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. Our team is not tasked with evaluating individuals, but their applications. All applications will be reviewed, and we thank everyone for their interest.
How will I know if my delegate application has been accepted?
After the application review process is complete (mid-September), we’ll contact (via e-mail) those who we’d like to invite to be delegates at this year’s event. Upon accepting the invitation, invited delegates will be able to purchase a ticket for $100 (via designated link). This ticket includes all conference sessions, snacks, lunch, a ticket to the official TEDxToronto after party, and all applicable taxes. Please bring a copy of your ticket and your ID upon registration to The Sony Centre on October 26.
Why is there a fee to attend TEDxToronto?
TEDxToronto is a non-profit 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 & satellite events. We do not turn away successful applicants who cannot pay the full fee. We have set aside a portion of our tickets for those who are unable to afford the $100 ticket. 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.
I didn’t receive an invite. Are there other ways for me to get involved with this year’s conference?
We apologize that we’re unable to accomodate all who wish to attend TEDxToronto. We’ll be live streaming the event at various venues across the city and would love for you to join us at one of our viewing parties. Please check the TEDxToronto website for up-to-date information on locations. We’ll also create an Accepted 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. Additionally, we have a series of TEDxToronto Salons leading up to the conference that are open for attendance on a first come, first served basis. We encourage all applicants to once again apply for next year’s conference.