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Theme: Creators & Curators

Chicago, IL, United States
April 6th, 2013

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About this event

The third iteration of TEDxDePaulU featured a brilliant line-up of speakers taking the stage at the marvelous Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Topics ranged from global gift exchanges to women in the entrepreneurial world to glitch art. A sold out event saw 300 people interact with the ideas and experience that could have only been TEDxDePaulU 2013.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Scott Berkun
    Author of Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. Scott brings actionable ideas to the table and breaks down how the creative process works. He is a world champion in writing short bios.
  • Doug Zell
    After devising a business plan in his parent’s basement, Doug emerged to found Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood on October 9th, 1995. Currently, he serves as Intelligentsia’s CO-CEO.
  • George Aye
    George co-founded Greater Good Studio to increase the impact of his user-centered design practice. He remains wildly optimistic that we can solve the most entrenched problems of our time, together for the greater good. With the help of his wife Sara, their Designing Chicago project was awarded the TEDxCity2.0 Transportation Prize.
  • Marcy Capron
    Partner/CEO of Polymathic. She's foremost a maker and technologist, secondly an amateur interior designer and baker of epic cupcakes. Marcy currently resides in Logan Square, where she focuses on practical startups with a creative's perspective.
  • Scott Shuman
    Scott's much-loved streetstyle blog,, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world. He now shoots regularly for many top fashion magazines around the world, and was picked by TIME magazine as a top 100 design influencer.
  • David Kadavy
    David is the author of Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty, which debuted in the top 20 on Amazon’s best-seller list. David is dedicated to breaking down the fundamentals of good design and making design literacy accessible to developers and entrepreneurs.
  • Dan McComas
    Creator of RedditGifts, Reddit's Gift Exchange. With over 40,000 participants in 116 countries, it is the world's largest gift exchange platform. Now a full-time employee of Reddit Inc, he continues to organize internet do-goodery.
  • Elaine Chernov
    Elaine is a freelance art director, graphic designer and illustrator. She's a founding member of the all-female design collective Quite Strong, where she helps empower the female creative voice and engages the design community with events like Moxie Conference.
  • Jon Satrom
    Jon is an artist who undermines interfaces, problematizes presets, and playfully bends data. He spends his days fixing things and making things work. He spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits.
  • Betsy Hoover
    Betsy is an organizer by nature and training and has become passionate about the opportunity organizers have by finding and motivating people online. She most recently served as the Online Organizing Director for the Obama Campaign, helping the organization think about and manage the intersection between online and offline organizing.

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Venue and Details

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL, 60611
United States
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Event Type (what is this?) University

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Daniel Gurevich
Chicago, IL, United States

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Matt Helbig
Chicago, IL, United States

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