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Theme: From Ideas to Impact

This event occurred on
October 15, 2011
10:00am - 4:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Chicago, Illinois
United States

We have 20 world class speakers for an audience of 500+ gifted inner city students and the teachers who noinated them. It will take place on October 15th from 10AM - 4PM in one of the most beautiful theaters in America - The Oriental Theater, at 24 West Randolph in downtown Chicago. the event is free for attendees and will be webcast to thousands.

The exceptional speaker lineup includes:

Sandra Day O’Connor – Former Supreme Court Justice
Joan Cusack - Film, Stage, & Television Comedic Actress
Dean Kamen - Probably the top Inventor in the World, Founded FIRST Program
Wes Craven - Director of Scream and Nightmare on Elm Street
Daniel Hernandez – Intern Who Helped Saved Congressman Gabrielle Giffords’ Life
Chirinjeev Kathuria - Owned the MIR Space Station and Talking About Space Travel
Zoe Damacela - Young Chicago Fashion Designer on the Cover of Seventeen Magazine - Oct 2011
Mark Ecko - Founder, Artists & Instigators, Very Successful Designer & Entrepreneur
Jerry Mitchell – MacArthur Prize Winning Journalist Who Has Gotten Klan Convictions 20 Years Later
Paul Nicklen - Extreme National Geographic Polar Photographer – TED Favorite
Paul Sereno – National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Top Dinosaur Hunter
Gordon Gill - Architect and one of the top authorities in the world on Large Sustainable Buildings
Nova Venerable - Young Poet From the Movie Louder than a Bomb
Phil Zimbardo – Renowned Psychologist Talks About the Making of Heroes – TED Favorite
Tsi-tsi-ki Felix – Telemundo News Anchorwoman
Jullien Gordon – Young Entrepreneur Speaking About Motivation and Purpose
Pablos Holman - World Class Hacker and Inventor
The Interrupters - A Team of Ex-Chicago Gang Members that Intercede in Violence About to Happen
Brian Babylon - Host of the TEDxYouth Event, Comedian & NPR Radio Host

Oriental Theater
24 W Randolph
Chicago, Illinois, 60601
United States
Event type:
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Organizing team


Chicago, IL, United States
  • Linda Stone