TED (TECHNOLOGY, ENTERTAINMENT, DESIGN)
TED is an annual conference held in Vancouver, Canada that brings together the brightest minds of our generation to share their ideas with a curated audience of open-minded individuals. Based on any number of subjects, these “TED Talks”, are then made available online for free so that their ideas may be spread throughout the world. (Photo by Ryan Lash / TED)
TEDx (INDEPENDENTLY-ORGANIZED TED EVENTS)
Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program gives local communities the opportunity to create TED-like experiences locally through their own event. Since the program’s creation, tens of thousands of TEDx events have spread throughout the world in places like Dubai, Tokyo, and, of course, Naperville.
TEDXNAPERVILLE, A CHICAGO AREA IDEAS CONFERENCE
TEDxNaperville is the longest-running independent TED event in the Chicago area and the Midwest. Since 2010, we've shared radical ideas with the Naperville community, including talks from Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, former Chicago Police superintendent Gary McCarthy, microbiologist Jack Gilbert, and virality media expert Emerson Spartz.
OUR VISION AND GOALS
GIVE VOICE TO IDEAS TOILING IN OBSCURITY
There are brilliant nobodies, working on amazing initiatives right in your backyard. You've never heard of them or seen their work, but they're silently changing the world. TEDxNaperville is built to give voice to those individuals and ideas.
GIVE NAPERVILLE A KICK IN THE PANTS
TEDxNaperville continually strives to pop the perception bubbles we create around ourselves and our communities. We seek to expose you to ideas you've never experienced and content that makes you uncomfortable. Because change doesn't occur in a bubble.
DRIVE OUR COMMUNITIES FORWARD
You can't change something until you know about it, and TEDxNaperville is committed to presenting unique and challenging ideas. Our goal is to change a single mindset, which leads to a change in the community, and eventually, the world.
ADVENTURES (EST. 2012)
Adventures are field trips for grown ups, designed to increase awareness and community. Each year, attendees explore scientific institutions, businesses, community initiatives, or just have fun doing an activity, all while connecting with their local Chicago suburban community.
SALONS (EST. 2018)
Salons are intimate, micro experiences around our Chicago area community. They usually focus on a single live speaker and a single idea. Attendees engage in a deep dive session with the speaker, usually while eating, drinking, and connecting in new and fun ways.