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

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2018 Theme will be announced soon.

2017
Exclamation

Our lives are full of exclamations. All of us live everyday where we come across some expressions of exclamation. Any idea having the elements of surprise, amazement, shock, something stunning, extraordinary or breathtaking is worth sharing.

An exclamation experience can be born out of ordinary situations making the ordinary extraordinary. Sharing the idea enables the listeners to live the situation: the good, the bad or the funny, as long as this improves their experience to be a better person.

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

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.

2018 Planning Team

Advisory Board
Amy Lee Segami

Amy Lee Segami

Founder & Executive Producer

Segami, the award-winning speaker, artist and engineer creates experiences to open minds. As an IIT alumna and a TEDx speaker, she also serves as a mentor, coach, and advisor.

Yoetzin Diaz

Yoetzin Diaz

Co-Organizer/Advisory Board Chair

A proud IIT-College of Architecture Alumna and member of TEDxIIT since 2012, she returns as Co-Organizer/Advisory Board Chair to mentor and help the organizing team for this year’s event.

Chanese Smith

Chanese Smith

Advisor & Ambassador

Gabriella Rosalie Sanzo

Gabriella Rosalie Sanzo

Advisor

Gabriella entered TEDxIIT as an Advisor after attending the powerful TEDxIIT 2017 Exclamation! event.

Sai Krishna

Sai Krishna

Advisory Board

Sai Krishna Atukuru is an IIT alumnus from Armour College of Engineering , MS Structural Engineering’ 15.

Akshata Kerur

Akshata Kerur

Advisory Board

Akshata is a TED-Head who believes that her TEDxIIT experience gave her a hand-on approach to project management that she hopes to apply towards her career as well.

Mohan Shashanka Chamarthy

Mohan Shashanka Chamarthy

Advisory Board

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

San Lae Lae Cho

San Lae Lae Cho

Advisory Board

San Lae Lae Cho is a TEDx Speaker of TEDxIIT 2016.

Executive Board
Navneet Goel

Navneet Goel

President

He believes “Knowledge is power” and never hesitates to help others to teach.

Shruti Tirpude

Shruti Tirpude

Vice President

Shruti is a Graduate Student of Information Technology and Management at Illinois Tech with a passion to utilize technology to solve real world problems and connect people.

Antoine Foggs

Antoine Foggs

Vice President - Communications

Passionate about writing and helping others, Antoine begun his journey with TEDxIIT to improve his communications skills to help spread optimism and motivation.

Darshan Doshi

Darshan Doshi

Vice President - Operations

“You will not grow if you are not willing to change yourself” – motto of his life, so he is constantly try learning something and being part of TEDx is a new experience for him.

Chetan Gupta

Chetan Gupta

Vice President - Internal Relations

He believes “Self Belief and Patience are the keys for the success”, so he is constantly learning something and being part of TEDxIIT is a new experience for him.

Samata Katkade

Samata Katkade

Secretary

Samata entered TEDx IIT 2018 as a Secretary after attending TEDx IIT, 2017 at Illinois Tech.

Sanchith Padmaraj

Sanchith Padmaraj

Treasurer

Pursuing Masters in Electrical Engineering. Enthusiastic about VLSI and microelectronics, treasurer for TEDxIIT 2018. Punctuality and Dedication are his two best qualities.

Committee Chair
Committee Chairs
Yash Sunil Chaudhari

Yash Sunil Chaudhari

Chair - Sergeant at Arms

Yash got really inspired when he first saw the TED talks on Youtube. Ever since he wished to be a part of the TEDxIIT team.

Meghna Bhagwat

Meghna Bhagwat

Chair - Volunteer

Grad student at Illinois Tech, pursuing Masters in Information Technology and Management. She believes knowledge is of no use unless it is put into practice.

Prateek Parab

Prateek Parab

Chair - Production

A highly enthusiastic and motivated person, he’s always ready for new challenges and to learn new things. This is the first time he is going to work for TEDxIIT, and he’s ready to take it head-on.

Suryadevi Balarajan

Suryadevi Balarajan

Chair - Webmaster

Graduate student at Illinois Tech, pursuing Masters in Information Technology and Management. She believes life begins at the end of her comfort zone.

Shreyash Shah

Shreyash Shah

Chair - Marketing

Shreyash Shah is a creative, innovative and data driven graduate student pursuing Masters in Marketing Analytics at The Stuart School. He believes in living life expressively.

Co-Chairs
Hiram Abraham

Hiram Abraham

Co-chair - Webmaster

When he attended the first meeting, Hiram decided to join the TEDxIIT committee. As Webmaster Co-chair, he aims to learn a lot about working with others on large-scale events.

Pratik Kole

Pratik Kole

Co-Chair - Sergeant at Arms

Pratik is a Graduate student, studying Industrial Technology & Operations Management. Apart from professional engineer, he’s good at sketching too.

Devika Devadatta

Devika Devadatta

Co-chair - Marketing

Pursuing Masters in VLSI and microelectronics, knows a little about many things, crazy for music, passionate learner.

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
Amarsinh Desmukh

Amarsinh Desmukh

2017 TEDxIIT President

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

Yinman Zhong

Yinman Zhong

2016 TEDxIIT President

Yinman Zhong is a Public Administration graduate student at IIT.

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.