Three years ago, Chicago Ideas had epiphany. With holidays for saints, parents, pizza and meteorologically-gifted groundhogs, somehow no one had dedicated a day to ideas. A light bulb lit up and we celebrated the first Ideas Day on Thomas Edison's February 11 birthday.
Although Congress hasn't made it official yet and no one's getting the day off, we're spending the day celebrating the sharing of ideas by connecting the curious thinkers everywhere and our past speakers with lively Twitter chats and social sharing. We're inviting everyone to join the festivities using the #IdeasDay hashtag on social media to share favorite Chicago Ideas videos, engage in lively Twitter Q&As and to share their own bright ideas with us.
Hosting chats for Ideas Day 2016 are three exceptional thinkers, united in their passion for innovation and belief in giving back. We're kicking off the festivities by sharing three videos featuring our Ideas Day Twitter chat co-hosts.
Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Networks and the ScyFy Channel, co-hosts the #IdeasDay Twitter chat: Entrepreneurship without Limits: Does Curiosity Create Success? 10-11am CST. Last October, Koplovitz she shared her infectious entrepreneurial spirit and inspired audience at her Chicago Ideas Week Talk.
Three-time James Beard Foundation Award-winner and founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Michel Nischan, co-hosts the Twitter chat: Affordable Produce for Public Health 1-2pm CST. Last year, he brought his innovative ideas to the table at our food focused Conversation.
Crisis Text Line has revolutionized crisis-intervention through their life-saving 24/7 text hotline. This Ideas Day, they co-host the Twitter chat: Using Tech to Improve Crisis-Intervention for the Deaf Community 3-4pm CST. Watch Crisis Text Line's CEO, Nancy Lublin, in her unforgettable Talk.
Happy birthday to Mr. Edison! Happy Ideas Day to us!