09/05/2013 06:03 pm ET

Chicago Ideas Week 2013 Tickets For Sale: Speakers Include Buzz Aldrin, Malcolm Gladwell & More

Chicago Ideas Week

General tickets went on sale Tuesday for the 2013 edition of Chicago Ideas Week.

The mission of the annual seven-day gathering, held Oct. 14-20 this year, is to provoke new ideas by bringing thought leaders from throughout the world together in the Windy City -- and this year's programming lineup is ripe with exciting speakers and labs alike.

Below, we've rounded up some of the most anticipated speakers participating in this year's CIW -- click here for the full schedule to find out where and when they'll be speaking or here for "tracks" that do some of the schedule-navigating work for you by narrowing events down by topic areas.

Chicago Ideas Week 2013 Speakers