Mission

To create a world class event which is innovative, mind-opening and attention-grabbing, featuring inspirational and energizing speakers from the IIT community.

Vision

To inspire the greater community by spreading positive ideas and action to impact the global humanity.

Our History

2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2016
UnexpecTED

An unexpected idea which improves the lives of many people, results in significant positive changes or brings abundant joy and pleasure. The idea could have already been done in the past, the present, or soon to be in the future.

The x in the UnexpecTED Theme implies that the idea could be in any field such as technology, energy, humanity, arts, culture, or basic needs. Stretch your imagination.

The TED or TEDx Talk is about ideas worth spreading:

  • An unexpected idea comes from an ordinary situation.
  • An unexpected situation which led to an idea worth spreading.
  • An idea on how to deal with the unexpected situation or people: the good, the bad or the ugly.
2015
XFusion

Fusion as in combining ideas or things together to form something new. It’s the process which innovation takes place.

X stands for multiple topics that will be ranged in the fields of marketing, technology, business/entrepreneurship, science, art and music to leadership. From technology to culture; from neuroscience to the global economy, the idea could have already been done in the past, doing it now or will be doing so in the future.

The theme flows with the objective of TEDxIIT: to fuse the platform for ideas worth spreading, inspired by TED, with the speakers from various fields from the IIT university, Illinois Institute of Technology, to create a synthesis that helps in positive change.

In 2015 XFusion is not only the theme for this year, but also is an integral part of what TEDxIIT stands for. The unification of the diversity of ideas and people. The event is made possible through the support from different departments, students from various fields, and our alumni, all of whom come together each year for one spectacular event.

2014
Infinite Impact

TEDxIIT 2014 is about Ideas Worth Sharing that celebrate the forward progress of evolving and thriving in life. Infinite Impact is about living each day with purpose and passion. It’s about doing the things we truly want to be a part of and leave an indelible impact on others. The main goal of TEDxIIT lies in not only making an impact on the IIT community but also an impact on the global audience, an impact that is so tremendous that it cannot be measured, reaching to infinity. TEDxIIT 2014 has a dynamic list of compelling speakers that have done just that.”

TEDxIIT 2014 is about Infinite Impact. Ideas with infinite impact on technology, individuals and society.

Disruptive Technology, Paraplegia Recovery, Triple Win Philanthropy, Drones Delivery, Technological Anthropology, Infinite Resources are just a few of the ideas will be shared at TEDxIIT 2014.

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2013
Exponential

TEDxIIT 2013 is about Ideas Worth Sharing that celebrate the forward progress of evolving and thriving in life. Exponential is about living each day with purpose and passion. It’s about doing the things we truly want to be a part of and less about what we’re expected to do. Prioritizing, navigating, and continuing to move forward no matter how relentless life may seem only yields good things. TEDxIIT 2013 has a dynamic list of compelling speakers that have done just that.

When momentum gets shifted to slow and sluggish, motivation often wanes. It’s in these times that our lives seem to work against our every desire. To continue moving forward in adversity, is where the shift begins. Last year we broke through. This year we build momentum. We are creating a world of possibilities.

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2012
Gaining Momentum

TEDxIIT 2012 is about Ideas Worth Sharing that celebrate the forward progress of evolving and thriving in life. Gaining Momentum is about living each day with purpose and passion. It’s about doing the things we truly want to be a part of and less about what we’re expected to do. Prioritizing, navigating, and continuing to move forward no matter how relentless life may seem only yields good things. TEDxIIT 2012 has a dynamic list of compelling speakers that have done just that.

When momentum gets shifted to slow and sluggish, motivation often wanes. It’s in these times that our lives seem to work against our every desire. To continue moving forward in adversity, is where the shift begins. Last year we broke through. This year we build momentum. We are creating a world of possibilities.

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2011
Break Through

The theme of the day was “Break Through,” fitting for an inaugural event, but also chosen to emphasize another motivation: to find speakers who have yet to break through onto the world stage, as well as those who have broken through before.

2010
2010 Ground Zero

Most people have not heard of TED Talk at that time, let alone the concept of TEDx or TEDxIIT. Segami reached out to faculty members, staffs and the university. With the blessing of the Provost, Dr. Alan Cramb, who is now President of Illinois Institute of Technology, Segami reached out and looked for students who would be interested to participate. Eventually, TEDxIIT was created as a student organization with the sole purpose of hosting a TED event on campus for the global audience.

2009
Amy Lee Segami
Our Birth

IIT alumna Amy Lee Segami was invited to present her idea worth spreading at the inaugural TEDxPeachtree on Dec 4, 2009. The theme was “What if . . . ?”
When she visited the main campus a few weeks later to attend the Alumni Awards Selection Committee meeting, more.

2016 Planning Team

Advisory Board
Amy Lee Segami

Amy Lee Segami

Founder

As an IIT alumna and a TEDx speaker, Segami founded TEDxIIT in 2009. Her role as the event co-organizer is to clear the runway for the students to take off. She facilitates the team meetings and serves as a mentor, coach and advisor to the student organization.

Yoetzin Diaz

Yoetzin Diaz

Advisory Board Chair

I am a proud IIT Alumni. I graduated this past May (BArch 14’) and I beyond excited to return as the Advisory Board Chair for the TEDxIIT 2015!! My experience in TEDxIIT has been phenomenal and unique.

Executive Board
Yinman Zhong

Yinman Zhong

President

Yinman Zhong is a Public Administration graduate student at IIT.

Amarsinh Deshmukh

Amarsinh Deshmukh

Vice President

Amar is an Information Technology and Management graduate student at IIT.

Xiao Qin

Xiao Qin

Vice President - Operations

Second year Finance Graduate student in IIT.

Akshata Kerur

Akshata Kerur

Vice President - Communications

Akshata is a Computer Science Graduate at Illinois Tech.

Committee Chair
Niharika Karia

Niharika Karia

Secretary

She is currently pursuing a Professional Masters of Data Science from IIT.

Burbuqe Muhadri

Burbuqe Muhadri

Treasurer

Burbuqe is a second year student of Master of Science in Finance at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Committee
Tung Nguyen

Tung Nguyen

Chair - Hospitality

Tung Nguyen is a freshman studying BME at IIT.

Pratishtha Verma

Pratishtha Verma

Chair - Speaker

Pratishtha Verma is a First Year Graduate Student at Illinois Tech, pursuing Professional Master’s In Computer Science.

Shreya Jha

Shreya Jha

Chair - Production

Every person needs a ‘why’ – why they do what they do; TED Talks has repeatedly reminded me of these ‘whys’ by creating an emotional energy within me.

Shreya Chitnis

Shreya Chitnis

Chair - Volunteer

Shreya is a first-year graduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Shashwath Kamath

Shashwath Kamath

Chair - Fundraiser

Shashwath Kamath is pursuing Masters Degree in Computer Science.

Meghana Prasad

Meghana Prasad

Chair - Marketing

Meghna is a Master’s student majoring in Information Technology and Management.

Webmasters
Silambarasan Madanakumar

Silambarasan Madanakumar

Chair - Webmaster

Silambarasan is a Computer Science Graduate student at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mohan Shashanka Chamarthy

Mohan Shashanka Chamarthy

Co Chair - Webmaster

Mohan is a first year Computer Science Graduate Student at Illinois Tech. He is specialising in Data Analytics.

Sachet Misra

Sachet Misra

Webmaster

Sachet Is doing is Master’s in Data Science at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Alumni advisory board
Nikhil Mishra

Nikhil Mishra

Chair - Volunteer 2015

Nikhil Mishra is a Food Science Graduate at IIT.

Neha Chaturvedi

Neha Chaturvedi

Chair - Marketing 2015

Neha is a Food Science graduate student at IIT.

Sai Krishna

Sai Krishna

VP Operation 2015

Sai krishna Atukuru is a structural engineering graduate student at IIT.

Smitha Shivakumar

Smitha Shivakumar

Chair - Speakers Committee 2015

A telecom engineer turned a Finance graduate student

Shyamoli Gramopadhye

Shyamoli Gramopadhye

Chair - Hospitality 2015

Shyamoli is a 1st year graduate student at IIT majoring in Food Safety and Technology.

Dennis Anand

Dennis Anand

Secretary TEDxIIT 2015

Dennis is a first year Finance Graduate student at IIT Stuart.

Advisory Board
Gerald Doyle

Gerald Doyle

Vice Provost

Educated at the University of Chicago (Economics) and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jerry joined Illinois Institute of Technology in July 2006 and has found that the combination of outstanding faculty and staff and resolute commitment to community and innovation in STEM+ fields at IIT.

JD Gershbein

JD Gershbein

Faculty Advisor

Since 2006, JD Gershbein, CEO of Owlish Communications, has helped advance the collective awareness of LinkedIn and inspired opportunity-oriented professionals in all walks of business to step up and achieve on the site. JD is considered one of the world’s top thought leaders on LinkedIn strategy, and a pioneer in the design and delivery of LinkedIn education.

Ricky Cooper

Ricky Cooper

Faculty Advisor

Ricky “Rick” Cooper is Assistant Professor of Finance at IIT Stuart School of Business.
Dr. Cooper recently came to full time academics after a successful career in industry. During this career Dr. Cooper was a portfolio manager, co-founder of the Enhanced Index group, and an inaugural director of the Advanced Research Center of State Street Global Advisors in Boston, MA.

Nik Rokop

Nik Rokop

IIT Faculty Advisory Board

Nik Rokop is Industry Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at IIT Stuart School of Business. He teaches entrepreneurship at the undergraduate and graduate level, in addition to assisting on special projects for the Dean of IIT Stuart, supporting the Entrepreneurship Academy, recruiting for the undergraduate business program, and supporting IIT’s Innovation Center.

Past Presidents
Rahul Ainapur

Rahul Ainapur

2015 TEDxIIT President

Rahul Ainapur is a first year graduate MBA student.

Isabelle Romero

Isabelle Romero

2014 TEDxIIT President

I am a 3rd year Psychology major and former President of TEDxIIT.

Chanese Smith

Chanese Smith

2013 TEDxIIT President

Ammena Payne

Ammena Payne

2012 TEDxIIT President

Erik Harpstead

Erik Harpstead

2011 TEDxIIT President

Back in 2011 Erik Harpstead was the founding president and lead organizer of TEDxIIT.