Fourth Annual TEDxIIT Event Takes Place April 5

Disruptive technology, drones and design are among the topics that will be discussed at the fourth annual TEDxIIT from 9 am-5 pm on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the IIT Tower Auditorium. The event will spotlight students, faculty, alumni and Chicago technology leaders whose talks are connected to the event theme: Infinite Impact.

Sanjib Sahoo, award-winning CIO of tradeMONSTER Group, will headline the event. Sahoo will discuss the disruptive technology, which has changed the way people interact with their finances on a worldwide level and the impact on personal financial decision.

TEDxIIT was founded by IIT alumna Amy Lee Segami in 2009 shortly after she was invited to speak at the inaugural TEDxPeachtree in Atlanta. Her vision is to showcase the many talents and ideas of the IIT community. More than 50 student volunteers are involved in event productions, communications, speakers, marketing and sponsors. In the past, the event has sold out. Last year, the live-streaming attracted 30,000 viewers globally.

Other speakers include:  

Dr. Hamid Arastoopour, Henry R. Linden Professor of Engineering and Director of the Wanger Institute for Sustainability and Energy Research

Carol Ross Barney, IIT Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture and Founder and President of Ross Barney Architects

Ian Beacraft, Co-Lead of New Technologies Lab, Leo Burnett

Katherine Darnstadt, IIT Alumna, Founder and Principal of Latent Design

Jessica Hubert, Fire Protection Engineering Consultant

Andrew Little, Senior System Analyst at Weather Channel and Entrepreneur

Scott V. Peters, IIT Alumnus and Senior Lecturer of Public Administration for the IIT Stuart School of Business

Bob Roitblat, Master of Ceremonies, CEO of Mainsail Consulting Group

Raed Tawil, IIT Student, Electrical Engineering Major, VP and Treasurer of Sigma Nu Tay, Founder of the Syrian Club

Monika Wiela, CEO of, and

Xi Zhang, IIT Student, Marketing Analytics and Communication

For tickets, please submit this form.  Visit for additional information or email Amy Lee Segami, TEDxIIT founder and co-organizer or call 312.619.9211 or 239.209.7729.