TED Talks in Sydney - frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve answered some of the most common questions below. Please read through these to see if your question has been answered, and if not, use our Contact Form to get in touch.

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What does it mean if I’m a TEDxSydney ‘Member’?

This means you’re part of our TEDxSydney online community. As a Member of the TEDxSydney community, you will be eligible to register for all of the TEDxSydney events throughout the year, including our flagship annual event and our regular Salon sessions. You will also receive our regular newsletter, featuring information about upcoming TEDxSydney events; and fresh new ideas from within the community and beyond. You will also have an optional public profile page on the TEDxSydney website.

You can sign-up to become a Member on our Member Registration page. Once a member, you can login at any time via the link in the header.

Speaking at TEDxSydney

I have a great idea, and my friend has one too. Can I suggest a speaker?

If you’d like to suggest a speaker for TEDxSydney, please take time to carefully complete our speaker nomination form. As our curatorial team receives hundreds of submissions each year, we may not be able to reply to each submission.

TEDxSydney 2018

How do I attend TEDxSydney 2018?

Attendance to TEDxSydney 2018 is open to all TEDxSydney Members on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, become a member and log into your online account. Once logged in, visit the TEDxSydney 2018 event page, choose your attendance type and click the appropriate ‘Register’ button. 

If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to become a member or log in prior to registering.

What is the schedule and timing for TEDxSydney 2018?

TEDxSydney is a full day event, with registration starting at 7am.  The first session will begin at 8:45 sharp, so come early to have time to check-in, grab a coffee and explore the Hub before the sessions start!

The day includes 4 sessions of talks and performances, with the final session ending at 6:30pm.  Immediately following the final session, we hope that you can join us for the After Party to connect with other attendees, speakers, team and volunteers.

How much does TEDxSydney cost?

General Admission prices for attendance in 2018 will remain at $350 for the full day. TEDxSydney is designed as a full-day event and there are no half-day or session options.

In 2018, we are also offering a limited number of early release, concession and unique packages. Register as soon as possible to avoid missing out! You can find details of the pricing options and packages on our event page for TEDxSydney 2018.

In previous years, I needed to make an application in order to attend TEDxSydney. Do I still need to do that?

You no longer need to complete an application to attend. Registrations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis for all TEDxSydney Members.

Will the move to a bigger venue change anything about TEDxSydney?

Everything you loved about TEDxSydney is still there at ICC Sydney – transformative talks, stellar live music and original films. Plus, we have created The Hub, a unique space for you to experience and explore in between the sessions and at the start and end of the day. The Hub is a place to meet others, engage with our partners, find your Tribes and maybe even find yourself!

Who will be speaking at TEDxSydney 2018?

Speakers, performers and films will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event. Keep an eye on our communications and social media posts to receive our speaker announcements!

What support do you provide for those who have special access needs?

We do our best to ensure that all members of our community can enjoy the day.  The ICC Sydney Theatre is equipped with lifts and specific seats for wheelchairs and for people with limited mobility. We allow people with assistance animals to attend the event with their animals.

The venue can also provide FM Radios for the hearing impaired.

If you have further special access requirements, please contact us at info@tedxsydney.com.  You can also purchase your registration and choose “Please have someone contact me to discuss my access requirements” when you activate your registration.

Do you accept companion cards for those that require a carer’s assistance in order to attend?

We do accept companion cards so those with carers can attend.  Please simply book your registration and, during the registration activation process, choose “Please have someone contact me to discuss my access requirements” when you activate your registration.

How old do I have to be to attend?

You must be 13+ to attend TEDxSydney. Attendees aged 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over who has also registered to attend the event. Please note content is considered appropriate for 15+.

Will TEDxYouth@Sydney be on at the same time?

TEDxYouth@Sydney is no longer held on the same date as our main event. Make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter to receive announcements about the next TEDxYouth@Sydney.

Event Registration – Concessions, Groups, Refunds and Transfers

Who is eligible for a concession?

The concession price of $175 is available to holders of the following cards: Pensioner Concession Card, Seniors Card, and Student Cards (full-time students only). You will need details of your card in order to register your attendance. Also, please bring your card with you on the day. Please note that there are a limited amount of concession places available, so register soon to avoid missing out.

Can I register my partner / friend / colleague at the same time?

Yes, you can register multiple people in one transaction. In the purchase confirmation email, you will be asked to have each individual attendee activate their registration separately. This is compulsory for entrance to the event, and each attendee will need to be a TEDxSydney member. The venue seating is by General Admission, meaning you can sit beside whoever you choose.

Do you provide a discount for not-for-profits?

As a not-for-profit ourselves, we are aware of the financial challenges of not-for-profit companies and the financial sacrifices that many of their employees make in order to work in this sector. We also know that employees of not-for-profits are in a unique position to help spread the ideas from the stage to wider parts of the community.

In 2018, we have decided to make a limited number of discounted registrations ($175) available to employees of not-for-profits. You will need to provide confirmation of your employment with a not-for-profit in order to attend at this discounted price. This offer is limited to a small number of registrations on a first-come first-serve basis, so get in quick.

UPDATE 9 March 2018: The not-for-profit registrations have proven to be extremely popular and sold out quickly.  Unfortunately, we are not currently in a financial position to provide any further not-for-profit registrations at this time, but we are happy to add your name to our waiting list.  If we get to a point where we are able to provide another release of not-for-profit registrations, we will extend this offer to those on our waiting list first.  You can join our waiting list by contacting us via our Contact Us page.

I want to buy a number of tickets for my company. How can I do this?

There are two primary ways that corporate teams can be part of the TEDxSydney experience. The first is via our standard registration process which is open to all members of the TEDxSydney community. As such, if you wanted to send 3 people to the event, you can purchase 3 registrations (in one transaction), and each attendee would sign up as a member (if not already a member) and activate their registration individually.

The second pathway is through a corporate partnership which have a wide variety of benefits, including easy registration for groups. If you’d like to know more about partnership opportunities, please visit our partnerships page.

I’m not a company. Can I get group tickets or a group discount?

We do not provide group discounts, but you can purchase a group of registrations in one transaction. An email confirmation will then instruct you to activate each registration separately. Please remember that attendance is reserved for members of TEDxSydney and Partners, so each person attending as part of a group must activate their registration separately in order to attend.

Can I cancel my registration after I have paid for attendance?

We are a not-for-profit organisation and our budget is always very tight. Late cancellations cost us money as we will have already confirmed numbers for the venue, tote bags, etc.

For this reason, cancellations made by 14 May 2018 will receive a refund (less $35 admin fee). No cancellations will be accepted from 15 May 2018, but you will have the option to transfer your registration at no additional cost (see below).

Cancellations must be made via emailing audience@tedxsydney.com.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Registrations for the Event may be transferred if the proposed Transferee is also a Member of the TEDxSydney community, with a completed profile, and the request for transfer is received in writing to us at audience@tedxsydney.com prior to 13 June 2018.

Is my registration tax deductible?

While TEDxSydney is a not-for-profit, registrations for our events are not tax deductible.

Is my contribution to your Pay It Forward initiative tax deductible?

Unfortunately, your generous contribution to our Pay It Forward program is not tax deductible. However, your generosity is greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged on event day!

Technical Issues

I tried to sign up, but I didn’t receive my confirmation email! 

Sometimes this can happen but there’s an easy fix. Head on over to our password reset page, and enter the email address you used for your account. You’ll receive an email with a link to change your password. After that, you’ll be able to access your account.

I see “403 Forbidden” when I click link in my confirmation email.

The link in your email expires in 48 hours. Simply head to our password reset page to set your password. After that, you’ll be able to login to your account.

I can’t remember my password.

Simply head to our password reset page to set your password.

How do I change (or delete) my TEDxSydney website account?

You need to log in, then you can edit or hide your profile, switch subscriptions on and off, update your photo etc. This is where you can delete your profile if you need to.

I get the message “ERROR: There is no user registered with that email address.” when trying to reset my password, then “FIELD_CUSTOM_VALIDATION_EXCEPTION: This Email is Already in use.” when trying to create a new account. Help

We’re working to resolve this issue. Until then, you’ll need to contact us to get this fixed.

Can I change the email address connected to my account.

You certainly can! The steps are as follows:

  1. Login to your member profile with your old email address.
  2. Change your old email address to your new email address and select “update” at the bottom of the page.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email from us that will be sent to your new email address. Click the link contained in this email to confirm the change.
  4. Now you can login to your TEDxSydney account using your new email address as your username. Your password remains the same.

Event Registration – Technical Difficulties

I don’t know where to go to register for an event.

You will first need to login to your member profile (there’s a login button on the top right of the page). Once you have done this, you can register from the event page, which you can find under the Events menu.


I would like to get involved. Do you need any volunteers?

We will most certainly be looking for volunteers to help with TEDxSydney 2019!  Applications will open early in 2019 and you can register your interest here to ensure you receive notification at that time.


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