Frequently asked questions

Answers to all your burning TEDxUW questions.

Could I get a quick breakdown of the event details for TEDxUW 2015?
Sure! TEDxUW will take place on November 14th 2015 at the Centre of International Governance and Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. TEDx conferences typically have a theme in place and our theme for this year’s conference is “The Power of Collaboration”, in its realest and broadest form. Our phenomenal speakers will be exploring collaboration within an eclectic range of frameworks (from political and corporate collaboration to collaboration in our daily lives and relationships) and the day is going to be completely reflective of the theme. The schedule for the day will be published on our website shortly!
How can I attend TEDxUW?
We care about our audience just as much as we care about our speakers; they are two crucial components of our event. In order to attend the event, you will need to take part in an application process. Due to rules in place for independently organized TEDx events, we can only select 100 lucky delegates so you can say that the process is fairly competitive.

So, what are we looking for in our delegates? People who are passionate about all things TED and ideas worth spreading, individuals who are enthusiastic, driven, eager to learn and meet individuals from various walks of life. The application process consists of one simple application form with a couple of questions that you will need to answer, try to be yourself and be honest in your application. Each application will be reviewed carefully and scored independently by our Attendee Relations team. More information on the application process timeline and the form itself will be found on our website and social media channels closer to the time.
I really want to get involved with TEDxUW! How can I be a part of the movement?
We love having new people join our TEDxUW family of change-makers and we have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. You can be a part of the movement in many ways: through applying to be a speaker/nominating a potential speaker, applying to join our core team, being one of our powerhouse volunteers (our greatest pride!), covering our event as media, partnering with us, being a sponsor, the list is endless. If you want to get involved, e-mail us at and we can help you out!
I would like to perform at TEDxUW- how can I apply?
There is no doubt that Waterloo’s got major talent! If you’d like to perform at TEDxUW, e-mail us at because we’d love to learn more about you and your talent! Though our performers for this year have already been selected, feel free to get in touch with us and leave a message, we’ll keep you in mind for next year.
How can I recommend a speaker for TEDxUW 2015?
At TEDxUW, we really care about the speakers you have in mind! With that said, every year, we have a Speaker Nomination Process in place whereby you can nominate either yourself, somebody you know or somebody you think would make a great TEDx speaker. The deadline for this year’s Speaker Nomination Process has now passed, however, if you still have any burning requests and you feel like you just have to let us know, please get in touch with our Speaker Relations Director, Sep, at and our Speaker Relations team will take your request into consideration (especially with respect to passing your nominations onto future years!).
My company is interested in getting involved as a Sponsor for TEDxUW. How can I make this happen?
That’s great to hear! Get in touch with us today by sending Matt, our Sponsorship Manager, an e-mail at; he will get in touch with you as soon as possible with next steps.
I am a member of the media, how do I obtain a media pass?
Media passes can be organized through Alida, our Outreach Manager. If you’re interested then get in touch with her and e-mail us at We can organize next steps and discuss the process. Limited media passes are available so if you’re interested, do let us know as soon as possible.
I’ve been accepted to attend! What do I need to know?
Congratulations, you are one of the 100! Know that we are super excited to meet you! The dress code is trendy casual, so feel free to express yourself and be as comfortably dressed as you want. The schedule for the day of as well as further details will be e-mailed to you shortly.
I didn’t make it pass the application process but I really want to experience the event and watch the talks! What do I do?
We’re sorry about that; the application process is very competitive but this doesn’t mean we don’t care about you or appreciate your enthusiasm in TEDx! Ideally, we would love to open our doors to each and every one of you. With that said, this does not in any way mean we don’t care about you! We’re holding a live stream event on Nov 14th from 1 - 7:30 pm at the Student Life Centre, Great Hall, on UWaterloo’s main campus. Bring your family, friends and colleagues and enjoy 12 incredible TEDx talks. You can also tune into the live stream in the comfort of your own home; the live stream can be accessed on our website, Don’t forget to stay involved with all the action by joining us via social media. We look forward to interacting with you.
I paid for my ticket but I don’t think I can make it anymore. Is it possible to get a refund?
Oh no! We’ll miss you. Sadly, with our current set up, we do not do refunds!
Where do I find more information on other TEDx events?
There are multiple TEDx events that take place every day in every corner of the world! Attending even one can prove to be a life-changing and eye-opening experience, which you do not want to miss out on. For more information on TEDx events in your region and around the world, visit TED's website for a complete listing. Happy searching!
I have a question that has not been answered, what do I do?
That’s not cool, we want to help you out! Send in any queries you may have to and someone from our stellar core team will get back to you as soon as possible and answer all your questions!