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Director of Production
Responsible for planning logistics of the event along with the Directors in terms of booking venues, contracting photographers and videographers, planning catering, etc. A lot of detail and organization goes into the event such as arranging stage and sound setup, and planning according to TEDx guidelines and regulations as well. It will include being the core person during the day of the event, and even following up after the event to ensure all protocol has been followed. This position is very important to the success of the event and requires someone who is organized, capable of efficient time management, and working closely with a number of different groups to lead a successful event.
Director of Technology
Responsible for keeping the TEDxUIUC website up to day with news about our upcoming event and other details about our club. This includes maintaining both the web and mobile sites, and making it comprehensive, attractive, and easy to interact with. It’s a wonderful opportunity for web developers to showcase and develop their skills as well as own a project to their name. is a highly visited website and visited by over 1000 students, faculty, and staff of the U of I as well as many people across the nation.
Director of Marketing
Responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all of the TEDxUIUC’s marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities, both external and internal. Oversees development and implementation of all advertising in order to share and reapply for future endeavors. Coordinates the strategic and tactical levels with the other functions within the TEDxUIUC Core Team in order to ensure a successful attendance application count and turn out at TEDxUIUC 2015.
Director of Art & Design
Leading the communication design, interactive design, and concept forward in any work assigned. These works will include working with the Director of Marketing to create all advertisements and promotional items. Also included will be the design of name tags and event booklets. Experience in graphic design and a few sample works will be required at the time of the interview.

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Ali Abbas Cole Hoover

Ali Abbas
Associate Professor at Illinois, Founder & CEO of Ahoona
Cole Hoover Director of Global Brigades Institutes
Connor O'Leary Daniel, Jeremy, Shawn

Connor O'Leary
Professional Cyclist, Amazing Race, The O'Leary Theory
Daniel, Jeremy, Shawn Co-Founders of Cracked Truck
David Schwartz Edurado Torrealba

David Schwartz
Student at Illinois, Founder of We Are Lions
Eduardo Torrealba Founder & CEO of Oso Technologies
Harper Reed Jean Driscoll

Harper Reed
CEO of Modest, Inc., CTO of Obama for America, Former CTO of Threadless
Jean Driscoll Assistant Dean for Advancement at Illinois, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Boston Marathon
Nishat Ahmed Safiya Noble

Nishat Ahmed
Student at Illinois
Safiya Noble Assistant Professor at Illinois
TASC SpecialOps
TASC Special Ops
Chinese Yo-Yo Performing Group

Watch videos from TEDxUIUC 2014: In Pursuit here


Learn about TED and past TEDxUIUC events

What is TEDxUIUC?
TEDxUIUC aims to enhance the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign community through a TED-like experience. It provides top thinkers and the most remarkable doers a platform to share ideas through presentations, performances, discussions and more at a day-long conference.
What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TEDxUIUC 2014: In Pursuit

2014: In Pursuit
April 6, 2014
10:00am - 5:00pm

Past Events

2013: Initiate. Innovate. Inspire.


We'd like to give a huge thank you to our generous partners.

If you are interested in initiating a partnership, please

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Meet the team

Najia Yarkhan

Angel D’Souza

Christian Nam

Director of Art & Design
Theresa Cay

Director of Production
Meera Parat

Director of Technology

"The future already exists inside the minds of those who dare to dream." -Michael Callahan, TEDxUIUC 2013


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