TEDxIIT was organized by a group of undergraduates who wanted to bring a TED experience to their university. Part of their motivation was to give the members of the university community a place to share their ideas with each other and the world. They believed that the point of a TEDx event should be to honor the spirit of TED as well as the place that follows the 'x.' As such the speakers were all members of the IIT community, in on way or another. 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.