On November 7th, we invited dreamers, thinkers, and doers to join us in conversations about the defining moments that determine our courses through life. Whether in a relationship, the environment, business, personal growth, or national struggle, there are tipping points that rewrite our paths and build our future.
In our 5th year, TEDxNaperville had itself reached a tipping point, a critical mass where definitions of who we were and what our purpose was would be defined. To us, tipping points aren’t just decisions marked by change, but are also the possibilities that grow from our choices and connect us to others.
This year we opened up new areas of our conference venue and invited Jill Salzman to be our TEDx emcee. Our conference this year sold out weeks in advance with over 400 attendees enjoying the ideas spread throughout the day. We had two new adventures this year, a zipline tour from Lake Geneva Canopy Tours and a deep-dive into the world of chocolate with Le Chocolate du Bouchard. We also attempted our first live stream of the event, which was watched by hundreds of individuals around the world.
Collective hours worked: >2,500
Pizza slices consumed: 112
93% of attendees rated the event Good or Brilliant
98% of attendees said they’d attend another event
What you enjoyed the most: Networking, leaving cell phones off, production quality
Top reasons you attended: To learn something new, to be inspired
Top Industries Represented: Engineering, Marketing/Advertising/PR, Accounting, Education, IT
What Ideas Were Spread?
Activities & Experiences
For the first time ever, we opened a new expansion of our venue to allow for additional activities, including a robotics competition, a bookstore comprised of our speakers’ written and preferred books, a Rube Goldberg machine, and a variety of attendee-focused engagement activities. We also brought back alumni speakers, such as Brendan Kiburg, to discuss how their work has progressed in the year(s) since their TEDxNaperville talk.
Students from the Neuqua Valley High School robotics club, the “Wiredcats,” took control of one of our rooms and set up a full robotics competition field. Attendees watched and joined in with students building, repairing, and battling their bots throughout the day.
Naperville’s Le Chocolat du Bouchard provided an incredible display of 16 feet worth of chocolates, pastries, and gourmet deserts. Attendees learned about the rich history of chocolate and explored dozens of treats from around the world.
We had multiple activities and unique experiences, from our tranquil bathroom displays courtesy of Korcare Spa & Wellness to the Rube Goldberg Machine built by GreenApple Campus. Attendees were able to create a growing sculpture of inspiration with our “House of Cards” inspiration activity, or write about their relation to the event theme on our Tipping Point wall.
You can be a part of this amazing experience in 2015! If you’ve ever been an attendee, consider expanding your experience by volunteering or partnering. We cannot do this event with out you!
Do you or someone you know have an idea worth spreading? Apply to speak at next year’s event. View our speaker page to apply.