Watch TED2016 Live from Naperville


For the first time ever, the annual TED 2016 conference is offering live streaming of the entire four-day conference in select locations. TEDxNaperville is proud to host the live stream on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Yellow Box, as well as three other select locations throughout our local area. Additional locations and dates are listed below.

Join the team that produces TEDxNaperville in conjunction with the Yellow Box as we stream the official TED 2016 conference live from Vancouver. Tuesday Feb 16th. 

Cost is FREE. Come and go as you please. We just ask that you register so that we get an accurate head count, and so we can notify you of any changes to the program. There should be more then enough space, so bring someone who might enjoy watching TED talks. Food and snacks will be available for purchase.

TEDxNaperville founder and curator Arthur Zards and other leadership team members will be attending. If you have any questions about TEDxNaperville, looking at volunteering this year, partnering, or wish to be on the big stage this year, this a great opportunity to have all your questions answered.

Register on Eventbrite to Attend for Free

TED 2016 Program Guide


Additional Viewing Locations

Want more TED? TED 2016 is a four-day event. There are additional opportunities for you to be a part of the live experience. Simply click the following links to view our other streaming locations.

Monday Feb 15

Watch TED 2016 opening night live via the movie theater. This does require a paid ticket.

Some the TEDxNaperville team will be at the AMC Yorktown 18 in Lombard. Join us!

Tuesday Feb 16

Watch TED at the Yellow Box or the Naperville Public Library

Wednesday Feb 17

TED day three live streamed at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook.

Thursday Feb 18

The final day streamed from the Wheaton Public Library.


Session Details: Tuesday February 16th at the Yellow Box

1635 Emerson Ln – 1635 Emerson Lane Naperville, IL 60540 – View Map

Session 2: Radical Repatterning

10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Hosted by Chris Anderson


Adam Savage  — Maker, Critical thinker
Adam Savage, the host of “MythBusters” on the Discovery Channel, is a longtime special effects artist and a minor obsessive.

Cédric Villani  — Mathematician
Cédric Villani tackles perplexing problems in mathematical physics, analysis and geometry with rigor, wit and a signature personal style.

Haley Van Dyck  — Disrupter
Haley Van Dyck is recruiting world-class technology talent into the US Federal Government to transform the way America delivers critical services for everyday people.

So Percussion  — Percussion ensemble
With pieces ranging from hypnotic to cacophonic, So Percussion is building a new canon of modern avant-garde percussion music.

Joe Gebbia  — Designer, co-founder, Airbnd
As a designer, entrepreneur and the co-founder and chief product officer of Airbnb, Joe Gebbia helped redesign the way the world travels and people connect.

Travis Kalanick  — Problem solver-in-chief, Uber
As Uber’s founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick is not only disrupting an entrenched industry but also reinventing urban transportation as we know it.


Session 3: Imagination. Invention. Ingenuity.

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Hosted by Jedidah Isler and José Gomez-Marquez

Wanda Diaz Merced  — Sonic astrophysicist
While searching for ways to study stellar radiation without relying on sight, Wanda Diaz Merced has developed a way to represent complex data about our universe as sound.

Holly Cohen  — Occupational therapist, tinkerer
By teaching simple hacks, Holly Cohen adapts toys and other consumer electronics to create accessibility for all, including people with disabilities.

Mae Jemison  — Astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, physician 
and educator Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison‘s inclusive, audacious journey to improving life here on earth and beyond is paving the way for human interstellar travel.

Joseph Ravenell  — Men’s health advocate
Using unexpected channels like the pulpit and the barber’s chair, Joseph Ravenell delivers basic health care information to an at-risk demographic — African-American men.

Ameera Ahmad  — Fixer
Ameera Ahmad leads journalists to the harrowing (and often hidden) stories of the Gaza Strip that they couldn’t find on their own.

Franz Freudenthal  — Pediatric cardiologist
With his unique inventions (including a device knitted from threads of high-tech alloy by indigenous craftswomen), Franz Freudenthal saves children from congenital heart defects.

Blitz the Ambassador  — Afrobeat/hip-hop artist
Blitz the Ambassador infuses Brooklyn hip-hop style with the infectious polyrhythms of Afrobeat and highlife.


Session 4: Lifehacks

4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Hosted by Kelly Stoetzel

Tim Urban  — Blogger,  cartoonist
With the blog Wait But Why, Tim Urban demonstrates that complex and long-form writing can stand out in an online wilderness choked with listicles and clickbait.

Adam Grant  — Organizational  psychologist
After years of studying the dynamics of success and productivity in the workplace, Adam Grant discovered a powerful and often overlooked motivator: Helping others.

Brian Little  — Personality  researcher
Cambridge professor Brian Little analyzes and redefines the threads of our personalities — and suggests ways we can transform ourselves.

John McWhorter  — Linguist
Linguist John McWhorter thinks about language in relation to race, politics and our shared cultural history.

Noah Zandan  — Data scientist
Noah Zandan uses data science to illuminate hidden (and often unconscious) messages in our communications — and suggests ways that speakers might heighten their impact.

Kio Stark  — Stranger  enthusiast
In her forthcoming book “When Strangers Meet,” author Kio Stark explores the myriad ways encounters with strangers impact our lives.


Session 5: Deep Memory

7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Hosted by Christ Anderson and Anna Verghese

Norman Lear  — Television producer, activist
Writer, producer and free-speech champion Norman Lear defined decades of U.S. popular culture with his groundbreaking TV shows.

Moran Cerf  — Brain hacker
Ex-hacker Moran Cerf studies the underlying mechanisms of our psychology by eavesdropping on the activity of our brain from the inside out.

Kenneth Lacovara  — Paleontologist
In his quest to understand the largest dinosaurs to have walked the earth, Kenneth Lacovara blends exploration with the latest imaging and modeling techniques from engineering to medicine.

Silk Road Ensemble  — Musical explorers
With an eclectic repertoire spanning classical, improvisational and folk traditions from around the globe, the Silk Road Ensemble spins unique sounds that celebrate cultural solidarity.

Sarah Parcak  — Satellite archaeologist + TED Prize winner
Like a modern-day Indiana Jones, Sarah Parcak uses satellite images to locate lost ancient sites. The winner of the 2016 TED Prize, her wish will help protect the world’s cultural heritage.