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Theme: Infinite Impact

This event occurred on
April 5, 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Chicago, IL
United States

Ideas with infinite impact on technology, individuals and society. Disruptive Technology, Paraplegia Recovery, Triple Win Philanthropy​, Drone​s Delivery, Technological Anthropology, ​Infinite Resources are just a few of the ideas will be shared at TEDxIIT 2014.

IIT Tower
10 W 35th Street
Chicago, IL, 60616
United States
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Hamid Arastoopour

Dr. Arastoopour will provide an assessment of the strategy required for continuing the pathway toward global sustainable energy and present an overview of current and future research and education programs and activities at IIT Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) that have been developed as a part of this strategy. Educator and researcher in the area of sustainable energy technologies. Hamid Arastoopour is presently Henry R. Linden Professor of Engineering and Director of Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, Illinois.

Carol Ross Barney

Carol Ross Barney FAIA is founder and Design Principal of Ross Barney Architects. Responsible for the design excellence of all projects undertaken by the firm she is dedicated to improving the built environment. Carol Ross Barney will answer the question of how do we put innovation and creativity together to change our world? How do architects make our communities and world better?

Ian Beacraft

Ian Beacraft is a sought after digital strategist with a keen interest in technological anthropology and the co-lead of the New Technologies lab at Leo Burnett. Ian Beacraft will talk about how advertising has been in the business of shaping perceptions for two hundred years. However, in the last two decades this relationship has been inverted, and the cultural forces responsible have people acting like brands, and brand acting like people. How do we reconcile a paradox that defy’s our evolutionary wiring? Technology

Katherine Darnstadt

Architect and educator Katherine Darnstadt is the founder and principal of Latent Design, a collaborative of individuals whose projects focus on social, economic and environmental impact beyond the building. She will talk about how our spaces are a profound as we allow them to be. The city is rooted in its neighborhoods, public spaces, and infrastructure. When neglected or inaccessible, these vacant spaces are detrimental to neighborhood health and vitality. Transforming the interstitial open spaces can be a catalyst for community connectivity and socialization.

Jessica Hubert

Jessica Hubert will tell us the truth of uncertainty and the choice to persevere. The learning curve post hospital for persons with spinal cord injuries is very steep, if not entirely vertical. Paraplegics are taught to live with a wheelchair and sent on their way. Recovery is possible, but in no certain pattern, and certainly not likely. Is perseverance a choice in the face of adversity?

Andrew Nelson Little

Andrew Nelson Little works for WSI’s Enterprise Division, the Innovation Engine of The Weather Channel. He believe that there are virtually infinite resources in space. This presentation challenges a commonly held perception that space is a big empty place not worth further exploration. There are virtually infinite resources in space. Utilizing resources found in space will create exciting opportunities for individuals and at the same time provide solutions to many of the challenges currently facing our economy. With the Earth’s resources being rapidly exhausted, it is important to find new sources. They’re out there waiting for us. All we have to do is go out and get them.

Scott V. Peters

At IIT, Scott V. Peter has been a member of the social science department and more recently the Stuart School of Business. He will talk about Future of American Cities: External changes impacting cities in developed nations include an aging population, the millennial generation besieged with debt and facing a slow growing economy, vastly increasing energy and infrastructure costs, global competition made possible by the container ship and the internet / new communication technology will remake the American City. Diffusion of ideas, technology and wealth to the developing world has resulted in vast increases in urbanization and increasing GDP/person. Because GDP/person is closely tied to energy usage, Climate Change and sustainability will become a major concern for the American City. The morphology of the City will change and sustainability will become a force driving force resulting in economic change and substantial change in the built environment.

Sanjib Sahoo

Sanjib Sahoo is an award-winning CTO/CIO for the online retail options and stock broker, tradeMONSTER. He will talk about Digital Disruption as a consequence of empowering people with the ability to make investment decisions anywhere, anytime - initially using desktop computers, then laptops, handhelds, tablets, smart phones, and wearable’s. We are now putting mission critical apps in the customer's hands. Organizations can only succeed by focusing their innovation on creating a seamless customer experience.

Raed Tawil

Raed Tawilis a Syrian American student who transferred 2 years ago to IIT, majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Telecommunications and a minor in Information Technology and Management. He will talk about how drones can be very beneficial to humans, and with the right applications they can save time, money, and traffic.

Monika Wiela

Upon an accidental encounter with an homeless guy on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, she came up with the ingenious triple win concept GiveBackBox™, an effortless and cost free solution to help both people in need and the environment. She want to maximize worldwide donation of household items through an innovative and effortless process by partnering online stores and shipping companies. Shoppers reuse the shipping boxes to package their donate goods for charities of choice. Shippers will deliver these boxes free to charge, ease the logistics, promote recycling and goodwills.

Xi Zhang

“What you need is the courage to change and follow the voice of your heart.” Xi Zhang will share her believe that It is never too late to follow your heart. All you need is courage to make the decision to change your life. How do you measure the impact of a dream? By distance? force? the mass? the velocity? or the change of directions?

Organizing team


Chicago, IL, United States
  • Amy Lee Segami
  • Isabelle Romero
    President, Organizer
  • Yoetzin Diaz
    Vice President
  • Lisa Si Hui Lee
  • Himza Jivani
  • Primtom Gogoi