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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2009
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.

2017 Planning Team

Advisory Board
Amy Lee Segami

Amy Lee Segami

Founder

As an IIT alumna and a TEDx speaker, Segami is the founder and Executive producer of TEDxIIT. She also serves as a mentor, coach, and advisor of student foundation.

Frances Bronet

Frances Bronet

Organizer/Advisory Board

Frances Bronet, ACSA Distinguished Professor and Chancellor of Distinguished Professors, ACSA, is Provost at Illinois Institute of Technology after being dean of University of Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts as well as UO Acting Provost.

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.

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 2017.

Executive Board
Amarsinh Deshmukh

Amarsinh Deshmukh

President

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

Jena Mehta

Jena Mehta

Vice President

Jena is a graduate student specializing in Data Management at IIT. She is tech-savvy and altruistic by nature. Motivating, passionate and inspiring are the qualities she possesses which is why people look up to her.

Aakanksha Thakur

Aakanksha Thakur

Vice Presisdent- Communication

Aakanksha Thakur is a graduate student of Masters of Information Technology Management at IIT

Akash Parekh

Akash Parekh

Vice President - Operations

Graduate student of Masters of Information Technology Management at IIT.

Xu Deng

Xu Deng

Treasurer

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

Judith Rackow

Judith Rackow

Secretary

Judith Rackow, a first year undergraduate at Illinois Institute of Technology majoring in Architecture

Committee Chair
Committee Chairs
Vaishnavi Kukade

Vaishnavi Kukade

Chair - Speaker

Vaishnavi is a graduate student at IIT studying Information Technology and Management.

Parag Chandiwal

Parag Chandiwal

Chair - Production

Parag is Graduate Student of Information Technology and Management with productive experience in developing engaging and innovative Websites, digital and print designs for clients in broad range of industries.

Sowmya Ibrahimpatanam

Sowmya Ibrahimpatanam

Chair - PR

She is studying Information Technology and Management, class of 2018.

Yuehan Guo

Yuehan Guo

Chair - Volunteer

A second year undergraduate student at Illinois Tech, pursuing Bachelor of Science In Applied Mathematics.

Khang Duong

Khang Duong

Chair - Webmaster

A trilingual Czech-Vietnamese student studying ITM at IIT. Born and raised in Prague, the heart of Europe, currently living in Chicago.

Dilruba Palabiyik

Dilruba Palabiyik

Chair - Marketing

Dilruba is a Marketing Analytics graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Kartika Sekar

Kartika Sekar

Chair - Fundraising/Hospitality

Kartika is an Information Technology & Management graduate student at IIT.

Co-Chairs
Brion John Samsy

Brion John Samsy

Co-Chair - Volunteering

Brion is a Metallurgical Engineering undergraduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Zheng Guo

Zheng Guo

Co Chair - Webmaster

Sophomore Computer Science major student at IIT

Mayank Bansal

Mayank Bansal

Production

He is a 21 year old 3rd year undergraduate student from Bangalore, India.

Prerna Kapoor

Prerna Kapoor

Co-Chair - Speakers

She is studying Computer Science with specialization in Computational Intelligence, class of 2018.

Abhishek Vijhani

Abhishek Vijhani

Co-Chair - Hospitality/Fundraising

Abhishek is a Computer Science Graduate student at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Ratna Sudhir Kendhe

Ratna Sudhir Kendhe

Marketing, Co-Chair

Graduate Student of Information Technology Management

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
Yinman Zhong

Yinman Zhong

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.