Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When (and where) is TEDxTauranga?

  • 10am to 5pm Saturday 22 June 2019
  • Venue: Holy Trinity, 215 Devonport Rd, Tauranga

Q: What’s the schedule for the day?

  • 10:00am: The Beginning
  • 11:25am: Early Lunch
  • 12:45pm: Session #2
  • 1:40pm: Break
  • 2:15pm Session #3
  • 3:00pm: Break
  • 3:45pm: Session #4
  • 4:30pm: Networking and the End

Q: Breaks: How many breaks during the event?

  • There will be three breaks for lunch, afternoon tea and a late afternoon snack

Q: Food?

  • Yes! Food will be served in our 3 breaks
    All this delicious goodness will sustain you throughout a day filled with new ideas from some of the most innovative thinkers around, lots of amazing people to speak to and live entertainment! All included in your TEDxTauranga ticket!
  • There will be coffee and tea available at the venue
  • Please bring a refillable water bottle which can be topped up at Holy Trinity (and your keep-cup for coffee!)

Q: Coffee. I need it. What’s the story with coffee supply?

  • The show starts at 10am, but we’ll open the doors at 9am
  • Bring your keep-cups!
  • We’ll have barista carts to serve you all day for about $5 per coffee. Please remember to bring cash to speed up your service
  • All food and refreshments (including tea & filter-coffee) inside our doors is free all day

Q: Can I bring my own water bottle?

  • Yes, please do. We are determined to create zero waste for landfill this year, so please help us by bringing your own drink bottle to refill from the fountains
  • Bring your own keep-cup for coffee too so we use less paper coffee cups and washable mugs

Q: Do you have a mobile app?

  • Nope, sorry

Q: What is included in the ticket price?

  • Our line-up of 10 speakers + live entertainment acts + TED videos + food all day

Q: I need a refund on my ticket, what shall I do?

  • Email us at tickets@tedxtauranga.com with your details
  • We can process refunds up until 3 days out from the event (that’s when we confirm our catering)

Q: Can I change the name on a ticket?

  • Yes. We need the individual names of every person joining us because we print out lanyards/name tags with names on them
  • Email us at tickets@tedxtauranga.com with the details

Q: Do I need to print out my ticket?

  • No. We just need your name at the door so you can pick up your name badge / lanyard

Q: Can I buy tickets at the door?

  • No. Tickets will need to be purchased in advance from our tickets page with Eventbrite

Q: Is it true that this event is non-profit and volunteer based?

  • Yes! “Non-profit” means that any excess funds we generate from each event are utilised for the next one
  • Rule number one to get a TEDx licence is that all volunteers are unpaid
  • The speakers and entertainers are also unpaid. We reimburse the travel expenses of our out-of-town speakers
  • The TEDxTauranga team put in about 4000 hours collectively to bring this event to you, and no-one gets paid a cent
  • Funds we collect from ticket sales and sponsorship go toward running the event: food, venue hire, audio/visual, videography/photography, some advertising, travel expenses for out-of-town speakers

Q: Seating: Are the seats allocated? Can I change my seat throughout the day?

  • Sit where-ever you like! In fact, we encourage you to change seats when you come back from breaks

Q: Can I bring my kids?

  • Children / Young Adults aged 12+ are welcome. Any younger and the long day would take its toll

Q: What shall I wear?

  • Whatever is comfortable to you. Casual, semi-formal, or formal attire if you like

Q: Will I get to meet the speakers?

  • Yes. One of our sponsors will set up an area for the speakers during the breaks. Speakers who have been in the session before each break will be there

Q: Can I record or photograph the speakers presentations?

  • You may take photos/short-videos with the flash off
  • We’ll release the videos within a few weeks of the event for you to share around

Q: EFTPOS? Is Eftpos available?

  • You will need cash if you want barista coffee. Everything inside our doors is free.

Q: Who do I ask if I have a question on the day?

  • For general questions find anyone wearing the black TEDxTauranga T-Shirt with a small red “x” on the front and big logo on the back
  • Have a follow-up question for a speaker? Find the “Speakers Corner” in the breaks, that’s where they’ll be

Q: Parking: Where do I park? 4 ideas:

  • Take the bus!
  • Park in a Tauranga City Council parking building which are free on the weekends http://www.tauranga.govt.nz/Portals/0/data/living/parking/files/cbd_parking_map.pdf
  • Carpool! The conversation on the way home is bound to be interesting after enjoying all the thought provoking content from the day
  • There are 40 on-street parks around Holy Trinity when we are expecting 750 people, so stick to the 3 ideas above

Q: I can’t come for the whole day, is it ok to come and go as I need?

  • We have constructed this experience specifically for us to enjoy the entire day together. Please commit to it.
  • If you do need to leave the room whilst the show is in progress, we will ask you to wait outside until the next break as a courtesy to the speaker and other attendees

Q: After-Party: Is there an after-party this year?

  • No, we haven’t arranged anything. The team and speakers might end up in a local restaurant/bar so look out for us and join us!

Q: Is there wheelchair access?

  • Yes! Mobility carparks can be found next to Holy Trinity, accessed from 2nd Ave and there is wheelchair access from there into the building.
  • To comply with safety and fire regulations, those people in wheelchairs will have designated areas to sit within the Holy Trinity.
  • Please email us once you have purchased your ticket and let us know if you require a wheelchair spot so we can reserve a space for you

Q: Sign Language: Will there be a sign language interpreter for the hearing-impaired?

  • No, sorry. We made efforts to make this happen, but we couldn’t get it done 🙁

Q: What’s the difference between TED and a TEDx event like TEDxTauranga?

  • There are 2 or 3 official TED conferences every year including TED and TED Global. They cost about US$2,500 to US$10,000 to attend.
  • You’ll see about 50 to 70 live talks on stage over a 5 day period if you attend one.
  • Each of those talks is recorded and drip-fed to the public one per every week day on TED.com
  • In 2009 TED decided to empower passionate people around the world to create their own TED-like event by creating TEDx. The “x” means independantly organised.
  • Organisers apply for a licence (after spending about 6 hours studying the guidelines), and if they meet the criteria, are issued with a licence to run their first event with a maximum attendance of 100 people. If they do a good job, they can apply to renew their licence the following year