Why Volunteer?

Have you ever felt inspired when watching a TED or TEDx talk?

That same inspiration grows exponentially by becoming a part of a live TEDx event! We invite you to help drive the Chicago area idea revolution and instill that same inspiration in others through volunteering at TEDxNaperville. Come share your time and talent to help build an amazing free-thinking ideas conference.

We have a variety of day-of-event roles to choose from and are always looking for help across a variety of areas. Volunteering also includes lots of perks! Sign up now to attend our next volunteer meeting or read more below!


  • Free admission to the event
  • TEDxNaperville custom t-shirt
  • Direct hand in building event
  • Engage with brilliant free-thinkers
  • Gain friends and experiences
  • Pizza parties!

 Join Our Volunteer List

Now Accepting Volunteers for 2017: Sign up for our volunteer list and you’ll be notified when our next season’s recruitment begins (usually Spring).


Being a part of TEDxNaperville is a serious commitment. If you do wish to volunteer, whether it’s for the leadership committee or for day-of-event, please remember that the commitment is real and that we will depend on you for at least the following:

  • Be an evangelist for TEDxNaperville and market it everywhere
  • Follow through on tasks and commitments you sign up for
  • Ability and willingness to attend meetings in Naperville
  • Attend group meetings throughout the year until the event
  • Attend production setup both of the two nights prior to the event
  • Perform event-day setup and live event duties

Volunteer Opportunities

Below are the volunteer opportunities we currently offer. “Event-day Opportunities” are short-term volunteer roles that include duties 48 hours prior to the conference through the end of the conference. “General Opportunities” are larger commitments that require commitment throughout the planning phase of TEDxNaperville (usually June – Early November). Most volunteers will have both general duties and event-day opportunities.

You may fit into one or many of these positions, but we will always consider what you want to do first, rather than what positions we need filled. We know you’re volunteering your time and energy, and if you’re not enjoying the work you do, we don’t want to have you doing it.


Event-day Opportunities

  • Adventure Hosts: Represent TEDxNaperville on one of our local adventures
  • Registration: Welcome guests, verify attendees, and on-site registration
  • Signage: Organize, assemble, and hang signage throughout the venue
  • Stage Managers: Manage all aspects of the stage, props, and gear
  • Storytellers: Record the day’s events and behind-the-scenes events, interview attendees, summarize the experience
  • Talent Wranglers: Queue speakers and assist them with any needs, such as mics and food
  • Ushers: Direct attendees and help them to their seats, answer general questions about the event

General Opportunities

  • Adventure Planning: Finding and organizing mentally stimulating adult “field trips”
  • Audiovisual & Production: Photography, video, sound, editing, etc.
  • Content Writing: Blog posts, newsletters, social media, etc.
  • Experiential Design: Creating interactive activities for attendees
  • Graphic Design & Visual Communication: Posters, shirts, badges, logos, theme design, handouts, etc.
  • Networking & Development: Connecting with partners, businesses, and community organizers
  • Planning & Project Management: Managing internal communications, tracking projects and goals
  • Production: Managing sound, lighting, cues, and visuals at the event
  • Registration and Networking: Welcoming and connecting with attendees, ensuring high quality experiences
  • Stage and Venue Design: Logistics and planning of venue and stage space, layout, design, etc.


If you’re ready to take the next step, sign up to receive our volunteer updates. You’ll be informed when our next volunteer meeting is and how to get involved from there.

 Join Our Volunteer List