A Conference Build On Difficult, but Fulfilling Challenges
In our 6th year, the word shift quickly began to define the conference. We moved to a brand new venue in Naperville that would help us grow throughout the Chicago area for years to come and increased our attendees to more than 500 (more than 600 if you include additional personnel like volunteers, assistants, and speaker handlers). A new lineup of amazing speakers featuring a true variety of ideas, ranging from juvenile imprisonment and cyberbullying to collegiate eSports and microbiology.
The event also featured our first, production-quality livestream of the conference, which was viewed by thousands of individuals online, and our first launch of the ThinkFaire initiative, a fusion science fair and art gallery that tells the deep stories behind local products, concepts, and experiments.
We also had more partners and more volunteers than ever before, and featured a record nine adventures for nearly 300 of our attendees, including Stickney Water Treatment Plant, the Green Earth Institute Farm, the College of DuPage Homeland Security Training Institute, Naperville Public Library and Idea Lab, and Brightleaf Homes’ High Performance Living Space.
- Attendees: 547
- Speakers & Performers: 22
- Partners: 26
- Volunteers: 42
- Organizers: 9
- Adventures: 9
- Collective hours worked: 3,500+
- % Increase in attendees from 2014: 64%
- 97% of attendees said they’d attend another TEDxNaperville
- 94% of attendees rated the event as “brilliant” or “good”
- What attendees enjoyed the most: Time & flow of the event, speaker variety, venue & location
- What attendees commented on the most: Variety of ideas, engaging activities, energetic atmosphere
- Favorite Speakers: Jack Gilbert & Trisha Prabhu (and in a close 3rd, Michelle Drouin)
- Favorite Video: Roman Mars “Why City Flags May be the Worst-designed Thing You’ve Never Noticed“
- Our Favorite Attendee Comment: “The best conference that I have attended for many years.”
What Ideas Were Spread?
Activities & Experiences
The activities were endless this year at TEDxNaperville, with almost too much to see and experience. Many of our partners created special activities for our attendees, from the College of DuPages’s decision making virtual simulation and bed-of-nails physics demonstration to Edward-Elmhust Health’s therapy dogs and the Experiential Fuse speaker lounge. The conference also featured the ThinkFaire, a unique fusion between an art gallery and a science fair, telling deep stories behind locally created products, concepts, and experiments.
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.