Entries by Pierre Mathieu

TEDxDelft 2016 | Thank you for coming

On Friday 15 April TEDxDelft celebrated its fifth anniversary in style with a great line-up of speakers, a large variety of side activities, and of course with the audience. Whether you were at the event in person, watched the livestream, or kept a close eye on the social media and blog, we hope you all […]


TEDxDelft 2016 | Buy your tickets now

On Friday 15 April TEDxDelft will host its main event at TU Delft starting at 13:00, when it will celebrate its fifth anniversary. 15 April also happens to be the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, so it is only fitting that the theme brings the two together: to celebrate the universal genius. Speaking of universal, […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TamTam | A modern-day Mona Lisa

Anyone who has visited a recent TEDxDelft salon, cinema, or storytelling event will have seen various brightly colored posters with images that remind one of a famous Italian inventor. Responsible for these wonderfully designed posters is Tobias van Veen, Lead Designer at TamTam, a full service digital agency. For an event of the size and […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Cinema | Vermeer then and now

On Thursday, April 24th TEDxDelft organized its third cinema event, entitled “Vermeer then and now,” to discuss the commercialization of art. “Vermeer is returning to Delft,” TEDxDelft project manager Molly Quell said. “So we wanted to do something about this.” The event was hosted by Anika Duut van Goor, events coordinator for TEDxDelft, and special […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | Kevin de Randamie | Calling for a creative revolution

“The creative industry is the only industry that does not require resources to create value,” said Kevin de Randamie, also known as Blaxtar, general manager at Braenworks. And yet the perceived economic value of the top 20 {95388bbb2e9df0f2b3d26445fc24fe82185b1b567dbb094bc3a45074083d0a2b} of performing artists seems exaggerated. While that of the remaining 80 {95388bbb2e9df0f2b3d26445fc24fe82185b1b567dbb094bc3a45074083d0a2b} is largely discounted, discredited or ignored. […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | Max van Duijn | Why we tell stories

For the past five years Max van Duijn, Assistant Professor at Leiden University, has been studying storytelling. “I see it as a puzzle,” he explained. “Why do people all over the world spend so much time in the worlds created by stories?” Van Duijn studied at Leiden University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Dutch […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Cinema | Vermeer then and now

On Thursday 24 April starting at 20:00 TEDxDelft will host a new Cinema event at the Rietveld Theater. The theme for the upcoming event is ‘Vermeer then and now’. The event will be held in English and admittance is free. So share this with friends and family, and come join us for an evening of […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | My antidote against work stress

“13 {95388bbb2e9df0f2b3d26445fc24fe82185b1b567dbb094bc3a45074083d0a2b} of the Dutch workforce suffers from burnout symptoms,” Hidde de Vries said. In the United States it is around 53 {95388bbb2e9df0f2b3d26445fc24fe82185b1b567dbb094bc3a45074083d0a2b}. “Why have we not found a way yet to deal effectively with work stress?” For most of his career De Vries has had strong ties with marketing and communication, beginning with obtaining […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | Wallet power

“When I was a child, I listened to stories from a pastor who would visit our school each year to tell about the poor children in Suriname,” Karen Kammeraat said. “So I donated year after year, and still I kept seeing pictures of poor children.” So she decided something had to change. Kammeraat studied at […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | Hidde de Vries

With the advent of modern-day technology, work can appear to be even more pervasive. New e-mails which continuously pop up and mobile phones mean being constantly reachable for colleagues. Hidde de Vries, founder of 7 Day Recharge, thinks it is time to make the most out of life again. De Vries earned a Bachelor’s degree […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | Karen Kammeraat

“At a certain point I was starting to wonder how it is possible that after donating money for so many years there still is poverty,” said Karen Kammeraat. For the freelance consultant, it was obvious that simply giving money to charity was not going to cut it. Born in Vlissingen, Kammeraat enrolled at the Delft University […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | Kiza Magendane | Welcome to your new home

“Refugees left their home, and we can help them build a new one,” says Kiza Magendane. A writer and student, he says the welcome they receive is a very positive one, but he argues we should try and improve it even further. Magendane originally hails from the Congo, and eventually he moved to the Netherlands. After […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | Esther van Fenema | Too much freedom will kill us

“It is normal to see parents set boundaries for their children,” Esther van Fenema, psychiatrist, says. “As an adult however those restrictions are no longer there, there is complete freedom.” But, Van Fenema asks, is having all this freedom a good thing? Van Fenema initially set out studying violin at a conservatory in Amsterdam. After four […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | Universal man

On Sunday 20 March at 15:00 TEDxDelft will host its next Salon at Theater de Veste, entitled Universal Man. In anticipation of the main event which will celebrate the universal genius, the Salon’s theme will be an interesting teaser of what is to come: polymaths. The event will be held in English and admission is free. […]


TEDxDelft 2016 Speaker | Sebastiaan Breedveld | Giving each patient the best treatment technically possible

“My aim is to help improve the quality of health care,” says Sebastiaan Breedveld, a researcher at Erasmus University Medical Center. With the continuous development of new technologies in the medical sector, it would be reasonable to assume advances in medical care happen all the time. For Breedveld, however, looking at only the technology is not […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Storytelling | The lonely hearts club

On Thursday 18 February TEDxDelft hosted its third storytelling event of the season, entitled ‘The Lonely Hearts Club.’ Hosting the night’s event were Marijn Vissers and Cor Hoeve, two colleagues and professional storytellers. To them, telling a story is a way of expressing oneself. “Each one of you has a story to tell,” Hoeve begins. He […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft | Tickets now available

TEDxDelft is happy to announce that tickets for the main event on Friday 15 April 2016 are now for sale. Click here to order your tickets online to make sure you will be there to listen to exciting new ideas and perspectives. This edition will be TEDxDelft’s 5th anniversary and will be held on the birthday of one […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | Sustainable travel

“When you think about sustainable travelling, the first thing you think of is the fuel consumption used to get to your destination,” Robert Mulder, architect says. “But what about the hotels?” Architecture is not just Mulder’s career, it is a passion. He graduated from TU Delft’s civil engineering faculty with a major in architecture. He started […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | A wheel without a centre

“Cars have changed a lot over the past 100 years,” Bas aan de Stegge explains. All except for the combustion engine. Aan de Stegge started out as a mechanic for Formula Student Team Delft, working on the powertrain while studying for his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at TU Delft. He would later become part of the team’s […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Cinema | We have got the power

On Thursday 21 January TEDxDelft hosted its first event of 2016. It was the second Cinema event of the season, entitled ‘We’ve got the power,’ focussing on feminism. Hosting the event on the evening was TEDxDelft’s very own Ailie Conor. The representation of women in popular media is what angers Conor in particular. Modern culture […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | Inspired to organize

TEDx talks have a way of motivating and inspiring people in all sorts of ways. For three high school students from Delft, Judith van der Nat, Joost Hoekstra, and Hidde Harms, it inspired them to organise a similar event. They did one better: to organise January’s TEDxDelft Salon, entitled ‘Going places.’ “Somewhere around March last […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | Robert Mulder

  “Every night at least 17.5 million people sleep in branded hotels,” Robert Mulder, architect, says. “Changing into truly sustainable hotels will make a big difference for our planet.” For his talk at the upcoming TEDxDelft Salon, it is Mulder’s goal to illustrate the contribution environmentally friendly hotels can make. After having finished high school, […]

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Salon | Going places

  On Sunday 24 January at 15:00 TEDxDelft will host the next Salon at Theater de Veste, entitled Going Places. Continuing with the theme of climate change this Salon will focus on topics such as transport, energy recovery, and buildings. The speakers for this event will be Bas aan de Stegge, team manager for the […]

TEDxDelft 2015-2016 | Season’s greetings

Another year has come and almost gone. One in which two very successful large events took place, as well as several Salons and more recently the Storytelling and Cinema events. And 2016 looks set to be another year packed with exciting events too. Until then, however, it is time to relax, celebrate and enjoy the […]

TEDxDelft 2015-2016 | TEDxDelft Stories | The Darkest Night

  On a dark December evening, people gathered at the Rietveld theater for an evening of storytelling. An evening of stories of the darkest night. The darkest night can be interpreted in many ways, says Ogutu Muraya, the evening’s storyteller. For writer Edgar Allen Poe it was his canvas, allowing him to paint stories. It […]

TEDxDelft | Karin van Paassen

It is with great sadness that we at TEDxDelft have learnt of the passing of Karin van Paassen on Thursday 10 December 2015. Van Paassen, through her company Image & Styling, was one of the sponsors of TEDxDelft Women. Van Paassen was well known for her work as a styling consultant to both individuals and companies. […]