TEDxNaperville 2016 Adventures

What are TEDxNaperville Adventures?

TEDxNaperville Adventures are no-cost, mentally stimulating field trips for adults with your fellow attendees to explore the fascinating things going on right in our local area. Included with your ticket purchase, adventures take place the morning of the conference and end with enough time for a quick lunch and travel to our venue for the main conference. Though new adventures are added each year, we try to keep some the same for those who didn’t get to attend the previous years.


How and When do I Sign up for an Adventure?

Adventure signups take place at ticket purchase and are included at no cost as part of your ticket. One adventure per ticket holder. Some adventures will sell out quicker than others, so make sure to purchase your tickets early to reserve a seat on your desired adventure. All adventures take place the morning of the conference and you are responsible for travel to and from your adventure location. Detailed information on meeting locations for your adventure will be emailed to you roughly a week before the adventure. Only those signed up for an adventure will have access to that adventure. No walk-ins allowed. One adventure per person.

We will not be offering wait-lists for adventures that are full.


Which Adventures are Featured in 2016?

Argonne National Laboratory
30 Spaces Total

Superman used immense heat and pressure to form a diamond out of coal. Argonne National Laboratory scientists – super heroes in their own right – used the same principles and discovered a self-healing, diamond-like film that could have profound implications for the efficiency and durability of engines. See and learn how researchers merged theory with computing and experimentation to validate this phenomenon.

  • Time: 8:45am – 10:45am and 9:15am – 11:15am (Not accepting time placement requests)
  • Location: Argonne Information Center, Northgate Road, Lemont, IL
  • Requirements: Close-toed shoes, driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID, Ages 16+
  • Note: Exact areas of access for this adventure are subject to change if scientific testing is in progress.

City of Naperville Electric Utility
22 Spaces Total

See where your power comes from and engage with the look at the electric industry’s technological forefront as you tour a substation and also see the control room that monitors the electric grid around the clock, 365 days a year. Naperville has owned its Electric Utility since 1899 and now serves 59,000 monthly customers with reliable electrical power at competitive rates.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
40 Spaces Total

You’ll gain access to Wilson Hall’s 15th floor, Atrium, Remote Operation Center for CERN, Remote Operation Center for Muon and Neutrino experiments and the Pre-Accelerator, Linac and Main Control Room areas. The site visit for this year will be MC-1. Here, visitors will see the 50-foot- wide electromagnet that traveled 3,200 miles over land and sea from Long Island, New York. This gigantic electromagnet is the centerpiece of Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment, which will investigate the properties of a subatomic particle called the muon.

Homeland Security Training Institute at College of DuPage
16 Spaces Total

Today’s police officers face challenges that barely existed a decade and a half ago – digital technologies, cyber crimes, school shootings, terrorism threats and a cultural shift in the way police are viewed. Explore the Homeland Security Training Institute at College of DuPage and step into the shoes of law enforcement officers by experiencing our state-of-the-art training simulator.

The Morton Arboretum
40 Spaces Total

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of The Morton Arboretum—an internationally acclaimed outdoor living tree museum right here in Lisle. You’ll be guided by Jessica Turner-Skoff, Ph.D., the Arboretum’s “Treeologist”, who will bring her scientific perspective and conservation know-how to share some of Arboretum’s work caring for and protecting trees. You’ll meet some of the amazing scientists and horticulture staff and may even get to taste the Arboretum’s beer brewed by Lake Effect Brewery.

  • Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Location: 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle, IL
  • Note: If beer tasting is available, it will only be offered to ages 21+.

Naperville (Nichols) Public Library & Tech Buffet
40 Spaces Total

Explore Naperville Public Library’s recently-renovated Nichols Library featuring the new Tech Buffet. This digital media area has a variety of hardware and software available to go three-dimensional with a 3-D scanner, printer and pens. Increase exposure for your business using equipment and software for website design, creating podcasts and commercials, business cards, promotional buttons and other marketing pieces.

Solemn Oath Brewery
50 Spaces Total

A behind-the-scenes look at one of the rising stars in the craft brewing world, right here in Naperville. CEO and 2013 speaker John Barley will guide you through a tour of their facility and current expansion process, as well as the brewery’s origins, and beer-making process.

  • Times: 9:00am – 10:00am and 10:00am – 11:00am (Not accepting time placement requests)
  • Location: 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville, IL
  • Note: Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide beer tasting on this adventure

30 Spaces Total

Join us at the Sourcebooks headquarters in Naperville to learn about the book publishing process, hearing from one of one of the industry’s most innovative book publishers and how they’ve been able to gain EXPOSURE for its authors and books. You will also learn about the ways Sourcebooks uses data to create new opportunities, including being an early leader in the ebooks space, to developing New York Times bestselling poetry books (nearly unheard of), and how Sourcebooks started and continues to grow “Put Me In The Story”, the #1 personalized books platform.

TEDxNaperville 2016 Exposure takes place on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Yellow Box in Naperville from 1pm – 7:00pm with a reception directly following the conference. For more details on our upcoming conference, visit our 2016 Conference page.