Edison Talks: the Uncharted

Date(s) - 10/20/17
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Harris Theater

Hosted by
Chicago Ideas Week

Edison Talks: the Uncharted

Chicago Ideas Week

Our premier daylong event is now open to the public.

Friday, Oct 20, 2017 10:00 – 4:30 PM @ Harris Theater

Join us a Edison Talks this year, where we’ll explore our theme, the Uncharted, with more than a dozen speakers and performers who are pushing boundaries in their fields.

Exploring the uncharted not only requires courage, empathy and perseverance. It must also be fueled by curiosity, diligence and discipline.

It is looking upward and outward to imagine dimensions not yet within our consciousness. It is letting go of expectation and opening yourself to endless possibility. It is often riddled with inefficiency, experimentation and failure, but if you postpone judgment and embrace the unknown, the rewards include fresh perspectives, breakthroughs, insights and serendipitous encounters. It is discovery. When we choose mapping over tracing, we begin to realize that endpoints do not exist. It’s simply the ends of the known.


Kamau Murray
Founder, XS Tennis and Education Foundation
Eli Pariser
President, GOOD Worldwide; President, Upworthy
Zoë Quinn
Game Developer & Activist
Ross Marquand
Aminatou Sow
Digital Strategist & Co-host, “Call Your Girlfriend”
Ann Friedman
Journalist & Co-host, “Call Your Girlfriend”
Eugene Chung
Founder & CEO, Penrose VR
BJ Miller
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Francisco Migoya
Head Chef, Modernist Cuisine
Celeste Headlee
Award-winning journalist; Host, “On Second Thought”
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Climate Activist, Hip-Hop Artist & Author
Leland Melvin
Former NFL Athlete; US Astronaut, Retired & Author
Becca Heller
Director & Co-Founder, International Refugee Assistance Project
Terrarai Trent
Humanitarian; Author; Founder, Terrari Trent International
David Gallo
Brad Keywell
Founder & Co-Chairman, Chicago Ideas; Co-Founder & CEO, Uptake