Erik Meijer (born 18 April 1963, Curacao) is a Dutch computer scientist who is currently a software architect for Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio and the NET Framework. At Microsoft he heads the Cloud Programmability Team. Erik previously worked within Microsoft Research. Before that, he was a teacher at Utrecht University. He received his Ph.D. from Nijmegen University in 1992. Erik did his first (18 minutes) speech as a professor in the Netherlands on 7 November 2011, during TEDxDelft Read more

Max Kisman (animation)
Peter Mertens and Donald Beekman (music)
Their shared interests culminates in their TTYPP iPhone Jam project, creating instant animation and music. Read more

Progression stunts is the largest group of specialists in the field of parkour, freerun, acrobatics, tricking, stunts and handbalancing in the Netherlands. They appear in advertisements, demo’s, stunt-doubling, television shows, movies and lots of other places. Progression stunts entered the “Holland’s got talent” show in 2011 Read more

Felienne Hermans (@Felienne) is Ph. D student at the Delft University of Technology in the Software Engineering Research Group. She works in the PerPlex project which focuses on bringing together business and IT, in particular on extracting and visualizing information from spreadsheets.

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Can you tell us something about yourself?
My name is Yvonne (@YvdLaak), I’m 30 years old and live in Utrecht together with the love of my life and my elderly cat. I’m getting married in spring of 2012. My addictions are social media – especially twitter, facebook and instagram – and (dark) chocolate. Things I love and need to do more of are scuba diving, travelling, reading and spending time with my friends and others that inspire.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDelft, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDelft event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Apollo 11 Moon walkers Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins returned from the Moon in july 1969. They traveled all over the planet to celebrate the first safe return of human beings that explored an extraterrestrial heavenly body.

On November 7, Dutch-American astronaut Lodewijk van den Berg will return to Delft, the city where he did his Masters in chemical engineering in 1961. Let’s start a ‘Buzz’ to give him a deserved welcome home! Read more on the Eye On Orbit blog….

Our teaser video is ready. Spread it!

Win a free ticket to TEDxDelft! Make a short(!) video of your idea of ‘Creating History’, and post it on TU Delft facebook wall before 21 October. TU Delft will award a TEDxDelft ticket to the two best videos.

Please make sure that we can also upload your video to the TEDxDelft YouTube channel.

Can you tell us something about yourself?
My name is Melanie Studer and I am 22 years old. I come from a country where 3 minutes delayed trains are announced and where the people are the world most chocoholics. As you might have guessed, I am Swiss. Or perhaps the banana type of Swiss (yellow on the outside and white on the inside) as my 50{95388bbb2e9df0f2b3d26445fc24fe82185b1b567dbb094bc3a45074083d0a2b} Chinese-Malaysian genes seem to have overtaken in my appearance. I came to the Netherlands to follow a Master in Industrial Ecology and Science Communication at Leiden University and TU Delft. However my double degree in only my braintainment. My actual entertainments are delicious food, cooking, TEDtalks, children camps, hiking and going out in nature.

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Antoinette Wijffels is director of large entertainment productions and owner of Improve. Improve has a strong passion for designing events full of admiration, inspiration and experience. Improve uses state-of-the art lighting and visual equipment. Antoinette Wijffels and her team have a lot of passion and creativity. She is responsible for all stage production and direction at TEDxDelft. Read more

We’ve got our poster!
Please help us spread the news about TEDxDelft by sending this poster to everyone in your address book, Facebooking it, sharing it on Twitter (#TEDxDelft), Google+ it, put it on your blog etc etc. Please remember to use the large version of the poster (jpg) or this pdf version in your buzz.

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Can you tell us something about yourself?
My name is Annemarie Oorthuizen (@sprankels) and I live in the centre of Delft with my partner Erik Laan (@eriklaan) and our daughter (2011). I have an academic background in educational sciences and currently I am involved in non-profit volunteer work for Delft MaMa and De Wereldwinkel Delft. My interests are numerous and range from psychology, science, reading, space travel, and politics to playing with my daughter, cooking, watching TV series, writing blog posts, and having coffee/tea/lunch/diner with family and friends. Read more

Toine Andernach

As a passionate performer coach I am lucky to work in the stimulating academic setting of Delft University of Technology. Since the first TEDxDelft in 2011, I have been a member of the TEDxDelft team, responsible for performer coaching. With a dedicated team of coaches we will support TEDxDelft performers to prepare a captivating and convincing presentation. Story telling and theatre techniques, stage direction and English language feedback will enable them to deliver a performance they will never forget.

My hobby horse is the underestimated power of using silence in presentations and teaching. I am convinced that the quality of performances would drastically increase when performers used silence more intentionally.

Some of my favorite TED talks:

Furthermore, I love water, I love language, but above all, I love my twins.

Jasper van Kuijk is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of TU Delft as well as a professional comedian (‘cabaretier’). He studied Industrial Design Engineering in Delft, and then worked as a design management consultant, PhD candidate and comedian. In 2010 he won the jury- as well as the audience award at the Dutch Cameretten comedy festival, and two weeks later defended his PhD thesis on how consumer electronics companies deal with usability. Read more

Can you tell us something about yourself?
My name is Reint Jan Holterman. I’m 38 years old and living in Amersfoort together with my wife and daughter. I’ve worked all my life in IT, in various technical roles as well as sales and management roles. A few years ago I decided to start my own marketing consultancy practice, and I’m currently involved at various (IT) companies as an independent marketing consultant. Read more

We are pleased to announce that mr. Ehsan Turabaz of IKEA has joined our Board of Recommendation.

Take a look at all our ambassadors:

Bas Verkerk – Mayor of Delft
Karel Luyben – Rector Magnificus TU Delft
Francine Houben – Architect
Wubbo Ockels – Professor for Sustainable Engineering and Technology TU Delft, former ESA astronaut
Leon Ramakers – Co-founder Mojo concerts
Cees Dekker – Professor Molecular Biophysics TU Delft
Ehsan Turabaz – Manager International Sales Department Inter IKEA Systems BV


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Read more

Can you tell us something about yourself?
In 1988 I (@JeroenvanErp) graduated from the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Technical University of Delft. In 1992, I was one of the founders of Fabrique in Delft, which positioned itself as a multidisciplinary design bureau. In 1994 I established the interactive media department, focusing primarily on developing websites for the World Wide Web – brand new at that time.

Fabrique has grown through the years into a multifaceted design bureau with offices in Delft and Amsterdam. It currently employs more than 100 staff of artists, engineers and storytellers working for a wide range of customers: from supermarket chain Albert Heijn to the city of Amsterdam, from Schiphol Airport to the Stedelijk Museum. Read more

Can you tell us something about yourself?
I am Simone de Jong (@Sim1andOnly), 35 years old, living in The Hague with my husband and two kids. After I graduated in Arts & Sciences at the University of Maastricht, I became a science communications consultant at that university. A couple of years later, I moved to The Hague to work at communications consultancy Schuttelaar & Partners, where I specialised in public participation of policy making. Six years later I decided to return to my ‘first love’: science communications, in which I found a great job at TU Delft. I love to make our research widely known and find ways to show the world what great work is done here in Delft.

What’s your job at TEDxDelft?
Together with Rob Speekenbrink, I co-founded TEDx Delft. My job is to coordinate everything that is going on, keeping track of the big picture while at the same time working on whatever needs to be done, from talking to potential speakers, sponsors to volunteers. I also try to engage high level people in endorsing TEDx Delft. Why? Because I believe that TEDx and Delft are made for each other! Read more

Can you tell us something about yourself?
My name is Ginny Ruiter, 41 years old, single, no kids. Born in South America and raised in The Hague and its surrounding cities. I have been working as a secretary/personal assistant for several companies.

In 2006 I started working for Delft University of Technology as the assistant of the President of the Executive Board. In 2009 I got the great opportunity to change jobs and started working for the Marketing & Communications department. Together with three colleagues I am responsible for all major events organised by TU Delft. Read more

Can you tell us something about yourself?
My name is Rob Speekenbrink (@RobSpeekenbrink) and I’m 40 years old. I have a girlfriend and two kids. I’ve lived in Delft since 1991 when I started studying here. After graduating as an Industrial designer at Haagse hogeschool I started working as a user interface designer in the internet business. I’ve worked for several (internet) design bureaus before starting at Delft University of Technology as the  teammanager Currently I’m consultant Online Media for TU Delft.

What’s your job at TEDxDelft?
In the summer of 2010, my and a few colleagues decided to strive to get TEDx to Delft. In december 2010 I obtained the license from TED for TEDxDelft. My job is to curate, motivate and mediate. I feel it is my job to make sure TEDxDelft is going to be what it can be. Read more