Do you want to be on the TEDxDelft stage? Do you have an “Do try this at home” idea worth spreading? Why not try and pitch yours, because this year, we have speaker/performer auditions.
At the Summer Festival 2013 on 31 May 2013, we have a TEDxDelft audition stage underneath the Culture building from 17.00 until 17.45. We have speaker coaches, team members, lights and a camera available so you can expect direct feedback on your talk!
To get you all in the mood of our TEDxDelft theme’Do try this at home’
Why can’t two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn’t you make music with ketchup? In this charming talk, inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you. He shares some of his messiest inventions, and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.
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You don’t have to wait unitl October 4th for your next TEDx event! On May 24th TEDxScheveningen will take place for the first time. The program looks very promising and the TEDxDelft team is very much looking forward to the event our TEDx colleagues have organised. The line-up contains an artist, two ballroom dancers, a theatre director and lots more, all presenting the talk of their life about Passion at Work, the central theme of TEDxScheveningen.We are definitely going to be there, will we meet you there?!
Do try this at home will feature the inspiring talks TED and TEDx is famous for but with a practical twist. Speakers will discuss concepts which can be implemented in everyday life, encouraging attendees to take these ideas home and add value of your own.
After the success of last year’s event, Never Grow Up, we wanted to find a topic which was equally inspiring yet with a more hands on approach. Along the lines of Never Grow Up, Do try this at home promotes curiosity and wonder while emboldening attendees with pragmatic ideas. The ability to make changes in the world should be accessible to every person and our goal is for attendees to leave with the basis for instituting change in their own lives.
The theme draws heavily from the city of Delft and what it represents. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was Delft. The history of the city was developed in incremental steps over hundreds of years. We were inspired by the process of building something great out those steps.
The population of Delft, especially the university, has a reputation for “MacGyvering”. The concept refers to the popular 1980s TV show featuring secret agent Angus MacGyver who was known for his resourcefulness. We see students everyday finding resourceful ways to solve problems in their academic life and we want our theme to highlight the talents of our community.
Do try this at home will combine the best of TED and TEDx with the best of Delft.
We have some exciting news for you! We’re piloting a 4-day TEDxLive event with TEDxVilniusLive in Lithuania. They are hosting an action-packed 4-day simulcast of TEDGlobal 2013, accompanied by a range of exciting local activities; they are charging 520 Euros for this amazing experience. For now, this program is only a pilot, standard TEDxLive rules still apply to all current and future TEDxLive events. Here are the details:
Humans have a remarkable quality over all other species. We have the ability to inflict fear upon ourselves. When we’re young, most of us are afraid of the things that live under our beds, but as we grow up we usually stop being scared as we know that there’s nothing hiding. It’s Ignorance that feeds our fears and the things we do not understand are almost instinctively seen as dangerous or scary. We try to find the knowledge to get out of the dark so we can stop fearing the unknown. But once we get to the light, it can be very lonely.
Now, together with a group of students, engineers, oceanographers and industry experts, he has set out to investigate and demonstrate its viability and feasibility.
“I don’t know if it’s possible, and that’s exactly the reason I’m doing it.”
Now he wishes to confirm all assumptions made in his concept, and for that he and his global team is looking for a research budget through crowdfunding.
To attract attention for the horrible situation of the tiger, according to many the most beautiful animal on our planet, Chris Slappendel will travel from the 15th of May until the 15th of November through 31 countries where the tiger once lived or still lives.
With his talk “How the oceans can clean themselves” Boyan Slat was the first to climb the TEDxDelft 2012 stage. This 19 year-old student from Delft stole our hearts with his idea to clean the oceans of plastic in just a few years.
Last week, his story was shared on several websites and got picked up on Twitter, Facebook and especially YouTube. The views went from about 2.000 two weeks ago to 15.000 last Tuesday. On Wednesday it was 35.000 and now (Thursday 28 March 2013) it’s nearing 50.000 views.
Well done Boyan! We are very proud of you and all the best with the Marine Litter Extraction Project.
See Boyan Slat at TEDxDelft 2012:
TEDxDelft will again be full day of inspiration, ideas and energy. A change to meet new people and to see new possibilities. TEDxDelft will again be in Aula Congress Centre Delft, again for about 950 attendees and again with 20 performer/speakers. TEDxDelft2013 will also differ very much from 2011 and 2012: we promise to surprise and inspire. We will re-invent and renew TEDxDelft and we are confident that, together with you, we will create the must-attend experience in Delft 2013.
We loved every bit of TEDxDelft 2012 and we know a lot of you did too. But 2012 was a very difficult year on the financial part for us. Financing a TEDxDelft event is a huge challenge, and it still is. With the current partner and sponsor commitment we will be able to finance a lean 2013 event but of course we want it to be over the top: if you are a potential sponsor or have warm contacts, please let us know
We’re very proud that the talk by Erik Schlangen, held at TEDxDelft 2012, has been selected by the TED.com editors to be featured on www.ted.com. Only 1% of all worldwide TEDx talks organised is selected. Schlangen amazed his audience at TEDxDelft by repairing a broken piece of asphalt through heating it in a microwave oven – on stage. This ‘self-healing asphalt’ is a ground-breaking innovation in the roadbuilding sector, as it can save up to millions of dollars in terms of repair costs and reduction of traffic jams caused by road maintenance.
Watch the talk here:
We were excited to have Spinvis (Erik de Jong) play at TEDxDelft 2012 last October. You can see his performance here:
On the day itself, it was still unclear if Erik could even make it to Delft due to family business, but he came anyway. That is the kind of artist he is; completely committed and using his emotions in all of his performances.
At TEDxDelft we made the announcement Spinvis will be the new cultural professor at the Technical University of Delft. Next week he will have his own show premiered at Theater de Veste in Delft . See more information (in Dutch) on their website.
Here you can hear and see for yourself how he tells a story in cut-up mini films disguised as pop music. Using letters written (or perhaps not written) to Justine Keller, he sculpts a portrait of this woman. Highly acclaimed in the national press, we are looking forward to seeing more of Spinvis in Delft.
Passionate living, that is what we all want. But our smartphones might keep us busy, and our jobs and studies are driving us in directions that we hope will eventually lead to something we are passionate about. However, the need to be accepted by our peers (peer pressure) and our own definitions of success are mostly things that are aimedat striving for acknowledgement from our peers instead of really doing what we love to do. Creating the right output is what we naturally tend to focus on, instead of focusing on our personal passion. How do we get in touch with our inner passions, in a practical way? Discover the roots of realisation.
Inspired by the human body, Martijn Wisse develops hands that make it easy to grasp oddly-shaped objects, legs that walk almost by themselves without motors or controls, and arms that efficiently and robustly reach their target positions. His work is part of a greater effort in Delft – and worldwide – to develop the robot technology that is so dearly needed in the developed countries.
How often did you work on a project related to energy and sustainability and found yourself coming up with the same solutions as last year’s group? How often did you try to think out of the box with very dissapointing results? Find out at TEDxDelft Salon on 21 November
Surprising and playful. Touchingly honest. Extraordinarily natural and naturally extraordinary. The Delft based floral designer and artist, Pim van den Akker, makes everyday things extraordinary. Take a fresh new look at clothing and design. Take a fresh new look at flowers and plants. Take a fresh new look at daily reality.
Ionica Smeets (@ionicasmeets) at TEDxDelft: A mathematician and science journalist with plenty of media experience. Using her vast knowledge and enthusiasm, she can explain everything about her favorite topics in science and statistics. She does it well on paper and face-to-face: She writes blogs, columns and books and is also asked to appear as a speaker, live, on television and on radio shows.
Our TEDx sign (without the “Delft” part) went on tour to…. TEDxTilburgUniversity. They made a nice teaser movie with it.