What is TED and TEDx?

TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) 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.

TEDx (x = independently organized TED event) was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to create TED-like experiences locally through their own event. Since the program’s creation, more than 10,000 TEDx events have spread throughout the world in places like Dubai, Tokyo, Cairo and, of course, Naperville.


What is TEDxNaperville?


Open-minded and engaged attendees
Organizers, volunteers, and experience builders
Speakers and performers sharing powerful ideas
Collective online talks and performances


TEDxNaperville is an annual free-thinking conference that gathers the Chicago area’s brightest minds together for a day-long exploration of ideas worth spreading. Since our inaugural event in May of 2010, we’ve become a major venue for propelling Chicagoland’s idea revolution.

Speakers have included artists, innovators, musicians, scholars, and brilliant minds from all walks of life, including Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, former Chicago Police superintendent Gary McCarthy, microbiologist Jack Gilbert, and virality media expert Emerson Spartz.


What It’s Like to Attend

TEDxNaperville is unlike any conference or networking event you’ve attended. You’ll engage with other open-minded idea-seekers in a day-long exploration of powerful ideas and unique experiences designed to inspire, inform, and challenge. This includes:

  • More than a dozen talks and performances
  • Exposure to disruptive ideas and and innovative speakers
  • Access to one of our specially-designed field trips to a local, Chicago suburban hotspot
  • Unconventional networking with our area’s brightest leaders and innovators
  • Access to activities, food, workshops, giveaways, and more


Expand Your Experience This Year

Attend the event already? Want to get more involved? Expand your experience by volunteering or partnering and help build the premier Chicago area ideas conference driving innovative ideas and inspiring change.

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