Registration for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries opens Oct. 10

Oct 05, 2016
Courtesy of: Merlin Quiggle Matt Cail speaks at the Edmonds Center for the Arts during the inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event held last year. Cail was one of 23 TEDx speakers from the region who shared ideas to spark conversation and connection.

Some of the region’s greatest minds will again share the stage at a locally organized TED conference.

The second TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. There will be morning and afternoon breaks, as well as a pause for lunch.

Thousands watched the inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event, with the theme “Creating New Futures,” last year.

Tickets to TEDxSnoIsleLibraries are free, but online registration is required at Registration for this year’s event will open Oct. 10.

“These tickets quickly became very hot items in 2015, our inaugural year,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries communications director and TEDx organizer. “We encourage early registration.”

Now a global phenomenon, TED Talks are short, powerful presentations of 18 minutes or less from leaders of technology, entertainment and design to spark conversation and connection.

Last year’s speakers included Ben Hempstead, chief of staff at ElectroImpact, Sarri Gilman, founder of Cocoon House and One Childhood, Matt Cail, owner of Super Charge Marketing, Sujan Shrestha, chief executive officer of Himalayan Dog Chew, and Tammy Mach, daughter to the owners of R&B Enterprises.

This year’s speakers have yet to be revealed.

“We’ll be making that announcement in the coming weeks,” Harvey said.

In addition to the speakers, the IdeaLab will again be part of the experience at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

“This year will include a new opportunity for TEDx attendees to interact with presenters and event sponsors and other organizations through idea and innovation spaces within the IdeaLab,” Harvey said.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet Edmonds artist Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks, who was selected through the Snohomish County Arts Commission to serve as the 2016 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event artist.

“She is creating an interactive art installation which will be a centerpiece of the IdeaLab,” Harvey said.

Registration options will be available for full-day, half-day morning and half-day afternoon at Edmonds Center for the Arts, as well as 16 off-site locations where the event will be live streamed.

The conference will be live streamed at the following 13 Sno-Isle libraries: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Snohomish and Stanwood.

Additional steaming sites will be at the Snohomish Public Utilities District auditorium in Everett, the University of Washington-Bothell and Edmonds Community College. No registration is required for those locations.

Last year’s TEDxSnoIsleLibraries received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees, speakers and partners.

“It was a powerful day,” said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries. “The 2016 event reinforces Sno-Isle Libraries’ role in transforming communities, convening people for public discourse and programs that address community needs and interests.”

The inaugural event drew more than 700 attendees for the live event at Edmonds Center for the Arts and thousands more viewed the live stream at off-site locations or on their own devices.

In 2015, speakers and performers took the stage with subjects ranging from innovation strategies to preparing for a NASA mission to Mars.

“It was clear as we prepared for last year’s event that we have a deep well of ideas and innovations in our region,” Harvey said. “We barely scratched the surface then on ideas which were submitted. Inspiring nominations of amazing people doing innovative work came to us from the speaker nomination process that we hosted last spring.”

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a key partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

“It’s critical to the purpose and values of the library district to make this event free for everyone, ensuring free and equal access to information and ideas,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our support of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries was completely validated by our results in 2015.”

Though TEDx events are independently organized, some of the best TEDx Talks have been featured on and viewed millions of times from all over the globe.

TED started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, and today covers almost all subjects, from science to business to global issues.

The Sno-Isle Libraries event, under license from TED, is designed to spread ideas, information and provide opportunities to explore, connect and cultivate new ways of thinking.

Watch all 23 of the TEDxSnoIsleLibraries videos from last year’s event online at

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