As we draw closer to our main event we travel new #crossroads – 2016


As we draw closer to our main event we travel new #crossroads – 2016

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The inaugural edition of TEDxEindhoven is moving from the Muziekgebouw to the High Tech Campus Conference Center in Eindhoven. As the High Tech Campus is a breeding ground for fresh ideas, big dreams and inspiring stories it is the perfect location for our main event. Every crossroad brings new possibilities and we are very excited to share them with you on the 8th of July. Enjoy a final teaser of our program.


Tom Huizer

“The power over collaboration: what to learn form an arctic camp?”

Tom Huizer currently works at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the field of Smart Energy Buildings and Cities. After a bachelor in mechanical engineering Tom joined the European master school of KIC Innoenergy, which focusses on sustainable energy technologies and the entrepreneurial opportunities that arise from that. He completed his first year of study at UPC Barcelona and graduated at TU/e Eindhoven, during which he was active member of Team Energy TU/e.

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Motivated to make a real impact against climate change Tom joined a glacier expedition to Greenland in the summer of 2014, together with Artek and the Technical University of Denmark. A journey that offered great insight into the climate challenge that we face today. Our current societal challenges regarding climate change however go beyond science and engineering. They are about collaboration, a mindset change and putting words into action. A story which Tom will share during TEDx Eindhoven 2016.

Jacqueline de Theije

“‘Teaching’ kids democracy and freedom”

To outsiders, Jacqueline is the director of the now 2 year old democratic school she started in Eindhoven. Inside the school, she is equal to any of the teachers and students. This initiative for a new school comes after years of fascination and experience in education as initiator of Leonardo education, focused on highly intelligent children, and board membership of ‘de vrije school’..

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Kids are natural explorers and experimenters, discovering and learning about their environment. Education is the process to facilitate that process. For a while already it’s becoming apparent that the classic model of 30 students listening to 1 teacher has become outdated. It breeds followers that know how to keep silent instead of critical thinkers that ask ‘why’ (maybe one too many times). As a democratic society we need to learn together and make decisions together. How to teach kids democracy? That’s the question Jacqueline aims to answer.

Albert Menkveld

“Trading robots”

Albert Menkveld is Professor of Finance at VU University Amsterdam and Fellow at the Tinbergen Institute. In 2002, he received a Tinbergen PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was on visiting positions at various U.S. schools: Wharton in 2000, Stanford in 2001, and NYU in 2004-2005 and in 2008-2011. Albert’s research agenda is focused on securities trading, liquidity, asset pricing, and financial econometrics.

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The fully automated stock exchange has been a vision of traders and economists since the seventies. Building upon the ever-increasing computer speeds described by Moore’s law, trading now happens on electronic stock exchanges connected across the globe through super-fast communication networks, driven by mathematicians writing algorithms and executing trades at the speed of microseconds. The term to describe this is high-frequency-trading (HFT). Are the HFT robots a sublime piece of engineering, a super-human power that can be used to our advantage or an economist’s fantasy leading to more dangers and market crashes?
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