Entries by Rob Speekenbrink


TEDxDelft 2012 Video | The danger of mixing up causality and correlation by Ionica Smeets

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 […]


TEDxDelft 2012 Video | How the oceans can clean themselves: Boyan Slat at TEDxDelft

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat, Delft, 1994) combines environmentalism, creativity and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. Currently working on oceanic plastic pollution, he believes current prevention measures will have to be supplemented by active removal of plastics in order to succeed. With his concept called Marine Litter Extraction, Boyan Slat proposes a radical clean-up solution, […]


TEDxDelft Salon 2012: 50 Shades of Concrete by Eva Lantsoght

Wednesday 17 October, Eva Lantsoght talked about fifty shades of concrete at TEDxDelftSalon. Well-designed structures interact with their surroundings: they can enter into a dialogue with the natural light, stand out as a landmark and shape the landscape or become part of it. As for concrete structures, we typically associate these with grey buildings from […]

1 day before lift-off

This is day -1 for #TEDxDelft – only one day before lift-off. Be sure to keep an eye on our website, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook etc because we will be buzzing TEDxDelft today as well. Never stop asking questions, never stop wondering, always think of other ways to face challenges, always question why things are the […]

Two nights sleep

Only after two nights of sleep from now we will celebrate TEDxDelft together. Two more days to grow older but don’t you dare to grow up! We are all very very very very excited. Check our mobile site http://m.tedxdelft.nl for the program, twitterstream and bio’s of our performers. Enjoy the performances. Meet new people. Play […]

Three days

Never grow up, so…. no suits and ties! The uniform of TEDxDelft is a smile and an optimistic attitude. So enjoy the occasion and dress casual. Be a fantastic audience. Leave your particles, be a wave. Do not walk out, do not leave; it is a too mind-blowing experience to miss. Don’t be shy. Do […]

Press release: TEDxDelft 2012 | 5 October: advertisement hater, robot arm and space travel The second edition of TEDxDelft is bursting with variety and inspiration

An advertising creative who hates ads; a woman with Asperger’s syndrome who – literally – lets us take a look inside her head; a world famous floral artist who makes incredible creations from flowers; a robot with a solution to the ageing population; an artist who performs mini-films as pop songs; a businessman who wants […]

Persbericht: TEDxDelft 2012 | 5 oktober: reclamehater, robotarm en ruimtereis Volop variatie en inspiratie op tweede editie TEDxDelft

Een reclamemaker die een hekel heeft aan reclame. Een 18-jarige met de oplossing voor de ‘plastic soup’. Een wereldberoemde ‘floral artist’ die belevingen maakt van bloemen. Een roboticus die de oplossing voor de vergrijzing heeft. Een promovendus met de oplossing voor de Nederlandse democratie. Een ondernemer die Mars wil koloniseren. Dit alles en meer, gepresenteerd […]


Four more days

Four more days until the day we will be celebrating the child in ourselves. Four more days to: Read all about our 19 performers and host Check, bookmark and homescreen the smartphone TEDxDelft program Share your excitement on Twitter, Facebook etc Not Grow Up

TEDxDelft 2012 program on your smartphone

The TEDxDelft program is ready and we’ve got it for your smartphone. Please bookmark, like, share and rate TEDxDelft and the TEDxDelft performers http://m.twoppy.com/tedxdelft/ You can add the program to your homescreen so you have all information on the program, the speakers/performers and tweets very near at hand.      

TEDxDelft 2012 is sold out

TEDxDelft is completely sold out! Because there’s a slim possibility of seats becoming available in the coming weeks/days we opened up a waiting list registration. Please fill out this form to apply for the waiting-list at TEDxDelft 2012. Keep in mind that TEDxDelft is a paid event. Fees are 25 euro for student (PhD included) […]


TEDxDelft 2012 | Performer: Marwa Al-Ansary – How to blend in and stand out

Marwa is working for Shell Global Solutions and has recently moved to the Netherlands from Qatar in October 2012 as an Environmental Lead for  a major petrochemical project. Marwa joined Shell in 2007 and was appointed as Research Lead for Sulphur utilization (Shell Thiocrete) project at Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC).


TEDxDelft 2012 | Performer: Roland Schmehl – Finally, kites have grown up!

Current wind power generation relies on rigid supporting structures and is limited to altitudes up to 200 m. Wind at higher altitudes is significantly stronger and more persistent. To access this major potential of renewable energy, Kite Power is the solution. Roland Schmehl graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1994. […]


TEDxDelft 2012 | Performer: Bennie Mols – The one thing computers and robots will never be able to do…

When he was eight years old, Bennie Mols (1969) wanted to become a professor. He failed. Instead, he became a science journalist, science writer and science communicator. He holds master degrees in physics (TUE) and philosophy (UvA), as well as a Ph.D.-degree in physics (TUD, 1999). He never stops wondering about science in general and […]


TEDxDelft 2012 | Performer: Nynke Tromp – disrupting democracy

Nynke Tromp works as a design researcher at the department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology and social designer at KVD reframing in Amsterdam. In both positions, she works on the social implications of design. Nynke is also member of ‘Redesigning Politics’, a creative think tank aiming for redesigning thinking, institutes, structures and interaction […]


TEDxDelft 2012 | Performer: Boyan Slat – How the oceans can clean themselves

Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat, Delft, 1994) combines environmentalism, creativity and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. Currently working on oceanic plastic pollution, he believes current prevention measures will have to be supplemented by active removal of plastics in order to succeed. With his concept called Marine Litter Extraction, Boyan Slat proposes a radical clean-up solution, […]


TEDxDelft 2012 | Performer: Erik Schlangen – self-healing asphalt and concrete

Erik Schlangen is Professor “Experimental Micromechanics” and director of the Microlab at Delft University of Technology, faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. The main research topics of his chair consist of  studying mechanical properties of materials to be able to understand failure mechanisms and to develop materials with improved properties. A further focus of his […]

TEDxDelft 2012 poster

Our poster is ready and we are very pleased with it. Use it, share it, send it, discuss it, print it (we have some in A3 and A2 if you want them) etc etc. The idea of our the ‘never grow up’ has inspired us to make the poster like a a view on the […]


TEDxDelft 2012 | Performer: Arend Schwab – bicycles

An assistant professor in theoretical and applied mechanics who is into bicyles : Meet TEDx Delft – 2012 performer, Arend Schwab from Delft University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Arend did his BSc Engineering at Dordrecht (1979) and MSc Engineering (1983) and PhD (2002) at Delft. He runs the bicycle mechanics lab and teaches mechanics. Whenever Arend comes up with […]


TEDxDelft 2012 | Performer: Tom de Bruyne – Why designers eat advertising people for breakfast

Tom De Bruyne (@TomdeBruyne) is passionate about making stuff with the ambition to excite people. Tom is founder and director at SUE Amsterdam, a startup with the ambition to become an international creative agency for the digital era. Tom is obsessed by the game to persuade the homo digitalis into interacting, talking, liking, evangelizing and […]


TEDxDelft 2012 | Performer: Spinvis – cut up mini film stories disguised as pop songs

Erik de Jong (Spijkenisse, February 2, 1961) is Spinvis. Once a student of composition at the conservatory of Rotterdam, De Jong debuted in 2002 with “Spinvis” The music could be described as lo-fi singer/songwriter/sample music, or as cut up mini film stories disguised as pop songs. De Jong’s success story was an unlikely one. He […]