Registration opens Oct. 10 for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016

Registration to see and hear the region’s most fascinating thinkers, innovators and performers live onstage will open Oct. 10.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 will take place on Friday, Nov. 18 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Admission is free, but online registration is required at

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Watch the 2015 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker videos!  

“This event quickly became a very hot item in 2015, our inaugural year,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and TEDx organizer. “We encourage early registration.”

The event at Edmonds Center for the Arts will start at 9 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. with morning and afternoon breaks and a pause for lunch.

And who will be presenting that day?

“We’ll be making that announcement in the coming weeks,” Harvey said. “Our 2016 TEDx speakers are preparing a fascinating line-up of ideas for the audience.””

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.”

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 community viewing sites where the event will be livestreamed.

Viewing sites include 13 Sno-Isle Libraries facilities at Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Snohomish and Stanwood.

Additional public viewing 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 2015 event drew more than 700 attendees for the live event at Edmonds Center for the Arts and thousands more viewed the livestream at the public viewing sites or 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. Attendees and viewers also reflected a broad cross-section with an age range from 14 to over 80 and a geographic draw from British Columbia, California, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

“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.”

Other organizations that have chosen to become partners for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 include:

  • The Daily Herald
  • Edmonds Center for the Arts
  • Alaska Airlines
  • United Way of Snohomish County
  • The Everett Clinic
  • Economic Alliance Snohomish County
  • Institute of Flight
  • Community Transit
  • Snohomish County Arts Commission
  • Leadership Snohomish County
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound
  • University of Washington Bothell
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Crosscut
  • Starbucks
  • Island County Economic Development Council
  • KSER
  • City of Edmonds
  • Heritage Bank
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Anderson Hunter
  • OverDrive
  • Innovative-Polaris
  • First Washington
  • Pacific Copy & Printing
  • Snohomish County Public Utility District
  • Everett Community College
  • ED! Edmonds Downtown Alliance