Re-living TEDxEindhoven 2016
TEDxEindhoven 2016 Crossroads
The day started with an emphasis on how we are all connected. Through an interactive opening led by moderator Callahan Tufts, the audience used a red ball to form a large ‘X’ throughout the room while exploring their own ‘Crossroads’. After that mathematician Johan van Leeuwaarden kicked off the first block with the talk ‘Math Matters’. Emphasising from a mathematical perspective how our networks are created through technology and mathematics. This was followed by Jacqueline de Theije, founder of the democratic school in Eindhoven. The first block was closed off by Bert Maas, Master student Industrial Design who highlighted the lack of emotion in the contemporary electric car.
During the breaks the visitors had the chance to explore and give their own interpretation of ‘Crossroads’. Of course while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. To extend the experience the foyers were decorated with inspiring quotes, poems, a photo exhibit and various other elements further exploring the theme of crossroads.
In the second block another even larger variety of subjects were presented. Starting with Albert Menkveld who questioned the algorithms of high frequency Trading Robots and their influence on the stock market. This technology dense talk was followed by Thom Aussems talking about the transformation of Eindhovens well-known former industrial area: Strijp-S. Making the switch from this societal point of view Kavitha Varathan continued with a more personal story of escaping the expat bubble and the opportunities of Global Citizens. As icing on the cake Mark Robinson closed the first half of the program, finding the perfect balance between comic relief and educational message on how to keep your audience’s attention.
After an extensive lunch the afternoon was kicked off by experienced speaker and former mayor of Eindhoven Rob van Gijzel on how cities create the future. On a totally different subject Tom Huizer related his personal experience in Greenland to the global problem of climate change and how the solution can be found in collaboration. Vera de Pont followed with explaining her approach to creativity: a personal imaginary space station. Closing the third block was Stijn Stumpel talking about the power of small-talk while relating it to his work as lead designer at Eindhoven-based startup Manus-VR.
Another three speakers and two performances formed the closing block of the extensive program. This block started with Arvid Jense and Marie Cayedemonstrating the experimental instruments developed at the Sound Lab. This performance was followed by Julia Kiseleva, one of our Pitch Event winners, who talked about her work as PhD researcher at the TU/e into how our smartphones can understand their users using the entire variety of sensors. The second performance was the VJ duo Elif & Noralie with their performance ‘Body Language’. This extraordinary performance was followed by the extraordinary story of Andre Amaro who talked about exploring the boundaries through his activities as chef, artist and entrepreneur in the ‘underground’ scene of Eindhoven (while finishing an apple on stage). Closing the program of the inaugural edition of TEDxEindhoven was Daniël Lakens who took the opportunity to inspire us all to take action with his talk “If not me, then someone else; But if not us, then no one”.
In the two months since the first edition the TEDxEindhoven team has evaluated and has started working on the plans for the future. We will be back in 2017 with more events, inspiration and ideas worth spreading. Stay in touch with us via our website and social media so you don’t miss a thing!