TEDxMidwest will be held in Chicago on October 13-14, 2011. TEDxMidwest is a cross-pollination of ideas from science, the arts, technology, business, activism, design and philanthropy. “Ideas worth spreading” with Midwest style.
Organizers Mike Hettwer, Linda Stone and Brad Keywell have added an element for students this year. The Saturday after TEDxMidwest, the [email protected] program will offer the same dynamic format with 15 speakers and an audience of more than 400 diverse, high-achieving students, ranging from 9th to 12th grade, mostly from the inner city with some attendees from the suburbs, alongside more than 100 educators.
“We are thrilled that [email protected] expands on the success of last year’s event with a program that brings inspiring stories of real-life heroes to Chicago area students and their educators,” said Linda Stone, writer, speaker and consultant noted for her visionary thinking on trends, and a co-organizer of the event.
They have 25 extraordinary speakers including:
- Wes Craven – Director of Scream and Nightmare on Elm Street, Speaking on The Nature of Fear
- Dean Kamen – Probably the Top Inventor in the World and Creator of the Segway Scooter
- Kevin Bacon – Speaking on the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
- Daniel Hernandez – One of the Heroes Who Helped Save Congressman Gabrielle Giffords’ Life
- John Ondrasik a.k.a. Five for Fighting, Talking About How He Creates Great Music
- Paul Nicklen – Extreme National Geographic Polar Photographer
- Allison Levine – Climbed Mount Everest and the Highest Mountains on Every Continent
- Bill Strickland – MacArthur Prize Winner with One of the Greatest Stories We Have Ever Heard
- John Hodgman – Ex-Daily Show Comedian and Author
- Jerry Mitchell – MacArthur Prize Winning Journalist Who Got Klan Convictions 20 years later
- Helen Fisher – Expert on Love and Author of the Bestselling Book, Why We Love
- Phil Zimbardo – Renowned Psychologist Speaking on The Nature of Evil and the Making of Heroes
The audience of 1,000 will be almost as amazing as the speakers. Among them, they expect:
- 500 CEOs, presidents, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and business icons
- 300 artists, authors, renowned scientists, designers, architects, actors, heads of cultural institutions and others
- 30 MacArthur, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners
- 50 gifted inner city high school students (accompanied by the teachers who nominated them)
It’s being held at the one of the most beautiful theaters in America – The Oriental Theater in downtown Chicago. It starts on Thursday, October 13th from 4:00-6:30PM, and it continues Friday, October 14th from 9:00-6:30PM. On both days, there will be a great reception from 6:30-8:30PM.