Trevor Noah, Reddit Co-Founder Join Idea Week Lineup

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Three major acts have been added to the Idea Week 2020 lineup. The University of Notre Dame says the event, which runs April 19-25, celebrates innovation and ideas by combining speakers and workshops with fun events and concerts.

Trevor Noah, comedian and host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social news website Reddit have joined the annual event, along with Notre Dame’s inaugural Fighting Irish Esports Invitational tournament.

Noah will perform April 19 at Notre Dame’s Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Ohanian will give a keynote speech April 23 at the Renaissance District in downtown South Bend.

The esports tournament will be held on the South Bend campus April 23-24. The event is a partnership between Notre Dame and GamerzArena.

“There has been a well-documented decline in entrepreneurship in the United States over the past few decades,” said Notre Dame Vice President Bryan Ritchie. “This should be of great concern to all of us as GDP, productivity and wage growth are all highly reliant on the development and growth of entrepreneurs. This message, which often doesn’t get the attention it should, is largely why Idea Week exists. Fun events like Trevor Noah, OneRepublic and the esports tournament are partly designed to act as magnets for students and the general public so they can hear this important message, while interesting and educational keynotes from entrepreneurs like Alexis Ohanian of Reddit are designed to amplify it.”

Idea Week is hosted by Notre Dame, the South Bend-Elkhart region and more than 30 community organizations and businesses.