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This event is a colossal win for Chicago – creating an apex of creativity and innovation – exactly what the city needs.Tom Kuczmarski
Chicago Innovation Awards

TEDxMidwest 2013, at the Harris Theater in Chicago’s spectacular Millennium Park on May 2 and May 3, will bring together 35 fascinating world class speakers and an amazing audience for a series of riveting talks and inspiring conversation.

TEDxYouth 2013 follows on May 4 at the Harris Theater. An audience of 400 gifted inner city Chicago Public School students and 100 of the city’s top teachers come together for an extraordinary experience. The event features 20 speakers whose backgrounds range from the arts and sciences to business and philanthropy.


TEDxMidwest Youth Career Connections

This is a very powerful and transformative event for Chicago as it unites all of the City’s key sectors and resources with exceptional people from across the country and world.Matt McCall
New World Ventures

TEDxMidwest is proud to announce the creation of the Youth Career Connections program. Its mission: connect TEDxYouth students with experiences which inspire, educate, and open the door to potential careers. TEDx attendees are encouraged to participate. Your organization can…

  • Host a high-school summer intern
  • Volunteer to speak in high-school classrooms and career panels
  • Host job shadow days
  • Provide educational field trips

If you are interested in participating, please contact Lisa Belcher

Youth Video Contest


Calling all TEDxYouth@Midwest attendees!  Create a video completing the following statement in your own style: “TEDx has inspired me to….” in 30 seconds or less.  Focus in on your future and the ideas and concepts shared throughout the TEDxYouth@Midwest Event.  The 10 best videos will be showcased on TEDxMidwest.com and related social media.  A panel of judges will score your video for originality, content, and quality. Submit a video here!


Announcing the TEDxMidwest Speakers for 2013

We’ve just announced this year’s speakers.

Read more about the spectacular 2013 speakers!


TEDxMidwest Emerging Leaders Program

The TEDxMidwest Emerging Leaders Program brings young innovators into the TEDx community to amplify their leadership, and provide another platform to share intellectual, entrepreneurial and cultural contributions.


About TED / TEDxMidwest

TED—famously described as the “ultimate brain spa” and a “journey into the future, in the company of those creating it”—has extended its reach through hundreds of free videos that have been viewed over a billion times worldwide.

What began as a one-off event nearly 30 years ago has transformed into an annual celebration of “ideas worth spreading” that brings together a stunning collection of speakers working at the cutting edge of science, economics, social innovation, tech and the arts. Many are Nobel, MacArthur and Pulitzer-prize winners.

TEDxMidwest, an independently organized annual event in Chicago, follows in the TED tradition, presenting a series of remarkable speakers whose talks challenge, move and inspire.

The audience plays an active role in the TEDxMidwest experience. Mirroring the speakers, attendees also come from a range of disciplines, sharing a common bond of curiosity and strong desire to make a difference. There is alchemy in the mix. The meetings and discussions that happen during breaks and meals are part of what set the event apart. Ideas worth spreading, indeed!

In the spirit of TED, all speaker sessions for TEDxMidwest and TEDxYouth will be live-streamed free on the internet. Videos are posted later both on TEDxMidwest.com and on the TEDx YouTube channel.

TEDxMidwest videos have been downloaded over 3.2 million times.



TEDxMidwest is known for its world class speakers, including inventor Dean Kamen, psychologist Phil Zimbardo, hacker Pablos Holman and National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen.
See the TEDx Speakers



There will be over 600 amazing attendees including 400 CEOs and Presidents, 150 artists and performance professionals, heads of major cultural institutions, 50 top high school students, and dozens of MacArthur, Pulitzer, Polk, Peabody, and Nobel prize winners.
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Interested in helping make TEDxMidwest great or helping with TEDxYouth@Midwest?
Visit our Volunteers page to view volunteer opportunities and let us know how you would like to help.