TEDxIIT Call For Speakers


Early Spring Greetings,

As you may recall, I founded TEDxIIT for my Alma Mater Illinois Institute of Technology. TEDxIIT is now the longest running independently organized TED Event in Chicagoland. Each year the event is sold out and live streams worldwide. TEDxIIT.com

As reminder, the deadline for the TEDxIIT 2017 call for speakers nomination is this Sunday, Feb 26.

If you are interested in speaking or nominating someone to speak at TEDxIIT, see all details in the link to the TEDxIIT 2017 Speaker Nomination Form, http://bit.ly/txi17speakernom

If you are unable to find anyone affiliated with IIT, your nominator can enter my name in the Additional Information space toward the end of the form. No self nomination.
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April 8 TEDxIIT
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TEDxIIT 2017 Speaker Nomination Form

Watch List for TEDxIIT 2016 UnexpecTED


If you missed TEDxIIT on April 10, you could still watch the live stream online now, for a limited time. https://livestream.com/TEDx/IIT2016

20 speakers share UnexpecTED ideas worth spreading. A unique platform to spotlight Alumni, Students, Faculties and Community Leaders.

Topics ranged from Nano Liquid Battery, Breakthrough in Kidney Dialysis Treatment to Computational Thinking. A must watch is the 5th grader who received standing ovation.

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HuffPost Article, http://bit.ly/txiithp

TEDxIIT April 10, 2016 (scroll to marker to watch a specific talk)https://livestream.com/TEDx/IIT2016

0:30:21 CERN Physicist Lillian Smestad Antimatter Matters

0:47:37 Faculty Mustafa Bilgic: Transparent & Interactive AI 1:01:02 Faculty Ioan Raicu: The big bang of computing

1:12:00 Freshman Vinesh Kannan: No Code is An Island

1:25:15 Alumni Javid Akherat: Breakthrough in Dialysis Treatment

1:34:50 Faculty John Katsoudas: Nano Liquid Batteries

3:35:31 Provost Frances Bronet: Feel the Force

3:47:28 Medical Doctor Ken Nelson, MD: Volunteer in your backyard

3:54:07 Entrepreneur Maya-Camille Broussard: Ingredients for your calling

4:04:13 Author Haydn Shaw: What We Don’t Get About Millennials

4:15:00 Business Lawyer Laurel Bellows: Human Trafficking

4:34:28 Professional Engineer Garrett Gray: The truth about success

5:24:05 Dancer Jabowen Dixon: UnexpectTAB

5:29:40 BS Arch 2018 San Lae Lae Cho Let’s Get To Know Each Other

5:39:24 IIT Trustee Chris Gladwin: How to store the world’s data

5:57:41 Faculty Mike Gorham: My Heart Attack Saved My Life

6:11:15 Executive Coach Carl Seidman: Why I Retired at

32 6:22:00 Shaman Robert Baittie: Park In The Sun (Parkinson)

6:31:54 Major League Baseball Player Jim Mecir & Improv Ellen Schnur: Being Shy is being selfish

6:48:05 5th Grader Kate Cesari

UnexpecTED Speakers from a 5th Grader to a CERN Physicist


The 6th annual TEDxIIT is the longest running independently organized TED event in Chicago. The theme this year highlights the UnexpecTED factors in life: from Technology, Entertainment to Design. The event showcases the ideas worth spreading.

The must watch is at the video marker at 6:48:05 when the 5th Grader Kate Cesario bought the house down with her spoken words: Everything Country.Details, http://bit.ly/txi16lsvmarker

To watch the live stream, https://livestream.com/TEDx/IIT2016