Upcoming TEDxWindyCity Events

  • Speakers to be announced soon!

Focusing on the challenges, innovations and future of our food supply

  • Homaro Cantu: Executive Chef, Moto Restaurant | Chairman + Founder, Cantu Designs
  • Ben Roche: Pastry Chef, Moto Restaurant | Director of Research and Development, Cantu Designs
  • Dickson Despommier: Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Microbiology, Columbia University
  • Mari Gallagher: Principal, Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group
  • LeeAnn Trotter: NBC 5 Entertainment Reporter (Emcee)

“Creative Convergence” will explore the many ways that designers, artists, engineers and inventors marry creativity and technology and thereby revolutionize our world.

TEDxWindyCity Past Speakers

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Katie Gohres + Andrew Kelo

Co-Founders of ROOTS (Rising Over Obstacles Through STEM)

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Chinwe Onyeagoro – I’m an Inefficient Market Entrepreneur

Chinwe Onyeagoro is the cofounder of FundWell, which is the Match.com for small business financing.

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Kush Thompson

Kush Thompson, an abyssopelagic poet, has performed with John Legend for First Lady Michelle Obama and is an emerging teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors.

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Malcolm London

MALCOLM LONDON, called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is a young Chicago poet, performer, activist and educator.

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Brandy Agerbeck – Shape Your Thinking

Brandy Agerbeck is a graphic facilitator who creates large-scale, real-time maps of conversations.

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Bril Barrett

Bril Barrett is a creative tap dancer and founder of M.A.D.D. Rhythms.

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Deborah Siegel – Born that Way?

Deborah Siegel is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Girls Gone Wild.

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Dennis Manarchy – 1,000 Words by a Lunatic

Dennis Manarchy is a world reknowned photographer and creator of the Vanishing Cultures Project.

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Elise Zelechowski – Reimagining Waste for a New Economy

Elise is founder and executive director of the Rebuilding Exchange social enterprise.

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Victor Saad – The Leapyear Project: Learning to risk. Risking to learn. 

Victor Saad is a combination of connector and catalyst who eats lots of baklava.

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The Dance Team

Christopher Knowlton is a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at UIC and researches joint replacements at Rush University Medical Center. Chris also freelances as a dancer/choreographer…

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NEDTalks – Spreading Worthless Ideas

Kellen Alexander and Seth Dodson are the creators of this comedic mini-conference that is at Chicago’s best bar, the Hideout, sporadically.

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Glenn Kelman, Chief Executive Officer, Redfin

Glenn was raised in Seattle and was graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular contributor to Redfin’s blog.

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Essie Linzy

Essie is a poet, artist, and activist born and raised in Chicago. Her work is centered around the LGBT community. She currently attends Columbia College.

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Mari Gallagher – Food Deserts

Mari talks about Food Desert awareness and solutions, negligence regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the unapologetic basics of improving public health through “Truth in Data for the Common Good.”

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Homaro Cantu & Ben Roche – The Future of Food

Homaro & Ben talk about food replication, the benefits of food recontextualization, and lead the audience through a “flavor-tripping” experience.

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Zach Kaplan: Inventor and Catalyst for Invention

Zach Kaplan shares his story as an inventor and catalyst for invention @ TEDxWindyCity.

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Dawn Hancock: Five Mantras for Happiness

Dawn shares her 5 Mantras for Happiness @ TEDxWindyCity

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Dickson Despommier – The Vertical Farm

Dickson talks about Vertical Farming: A 21st century hunger and conservation solution that promises, “urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming.”

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Don Marinelli: Skyped in from Pittsburg Due to Snowmageddon

“Skyped in from Pittsburg due to “snowmagedon” Don inspires the audience with his story and the importance of craft.