One day, 8 inspiring speakers with progressive ideas. 8 TEDx Talks that reboot the brain. Where theories are formed and frameworks are called into question. Thursday, June 6, 2019 the 7th edition of TEDxDelft takes place. Today the tickets sale has started

The theme of the 2019 edition is RE:load. Reload yourself. TEDxDelft guarantees new theories and points of view. RE:think. RE:start. RE:evaluate the things you believe are determined. TEDxDelft RE:load reminds you that nothing is what it looks like and it challenges you to open your mind.

Tickets include food experience, performances and side events
TEDxDelft tickets include side events, four performances and a dinner which will score high on the scale of amazement and stimulate all the senses. The side events respond to the needs of visitors during the breakout. At RE:treat visitors can rest, at RE:fresh you can recharge, and at RE:cap you can reflect, evaluate and discuss the topics of the day.
Tickets are available for students (€ 25,00) and private individuals (€ 40,00). Early birds get a discount of € 5,00 (limited sales).

Over the next couple of weeks, we will update our website with more information about the theme, speakers and more. Stay tuned.

Livestream TEDxDelft
Are you running late? Do you have a meeting until 4? Have friends and relatives who couldn’t make it? Then why not livestream TEDxDelft 2018.
All the talks, entertainment and banter in between can be streamed to phones and laptops everywhere.

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Speaker TEDxDelft in the spotlight!

Arjen Kamphuis worked for IBM as IT-architect in the ’90’s. From 2002 to 2010 he advised several European countries on IT-strategy, opensource software & open standards. Since 2006 he helps to secure information systems of companies, government and NGO’s. His work ranges from regular security-awareness to countering espionage against companies, journalists, lawyers and activists. Arjen is involved with the global hacker-community and works with (former)employees of spy agencies and other professionals who work at the front of critical infrastructure protection. Arjen is now Tech & Infosec Director at Pretty Good Knowledge – the Brunel datascience company.

Arjen’s talk will be about the following: From governments to health-care to basic food availability, our lives depend on networked computers functioning all the time.

Thanks to Edward Snowden we know most of our current IT-systems are insecure beyond repair. This insecurity is becoming an existential threat to highly automated and networked societies. There is a way out of this but it requires a different way of thinking about IT than what got us here.

Speaker TEDxDelft in the spotlight!
Wessel van Beerendonk is architect and co-founder of Studio RAP. Studio RAP was founded in 2015 and is an award-winning architectural design and manufacturing studio. In the RAP’s design process, innovative design techniques are used after which in-house these designs are produced with the help of industrial robotic arms. Using digital manufacturing, especially robot-controlled production methods, RAP assumes the role of digital architect. The RAP designs are characterized by expressive unique forms, which are sustainably produced, assembled or unassembled, by industrial robotic arms. Wessel will be talking about moving towards a new architectural paradigm.

Speaker TEDxDelft in the spotlight!
Laura Klauss is a former student of the Delft University of Technology, where she studied Industrial Design Engineering. During her graduation Laura specialized predominantly in the technical aspects of product design and production processes. In 2012 she was co-founder of Better Future Factory and the iconic start-ups Perpectual Plastic and Refil. Her work was rewarded in 2016 by winning the public vote for the prestigious Dutch Engineer of the Year Award. Laura’s talk is about creating tangible solutions that make waste valuable.

Jonathan Schoenmaker: a 20 year old Dutch physics student at the TU Delft and winner of the TEDx Delft Award. Jonathan’s talk is about his experience of suffering years of depression and the steps one can actually take to try and help people with this serious disease

Let great ideas inspire you. On March 22, 2018, TEDxDelft returns with an impressive panel of speakers, cutting-edge ideas, inspirational stories and fun side events. Tickets will be on sale soon, so make sure you circle the date on your calendar.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will update our website with more information about the theme, speakers and more. Stay tuned.

TEDxDelftSalon was back in theatre De Veste on Sunday 28 May (from 3PM) with three live speakers and a surprise act. The theme is “Boost Your Senses”.

Check out the pictures on Flickr.

Our Salon speakers:

Karthik Mahadevan- Designing for artificial intelligence

Rachel Smets – Your next step (in life)

Our entertainment – Trio blame it on the drummer

Kelly Hamers – The influence of synthetic biology on our everyday life


TEDxDelft is back in 2017 kicking off with a TEDxDelft Salon event around TEDxDelft itself.
Everything you always wanted to know about curating (selecting speakers), organizing, volunteering, coaching, theming etc. We (the TEDxDelft veterans) are going to tell you how we do things and why. We will also show our favorite TED videos but the most important thing: we need your opinion on TEDxDelft and suggestions for the events to come.

We need your input on every aspect of the next TEDxDelft events so bring you creativity to Theater de Veste because we would want you to help us re-invent TEDxDelft.

Like the Facebook event and register.

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, the variety of the talks most certainly is: from storytelling to healthcare, and from confidence to the creative industry. For more information on the speakers visit the speakers section on the TEDxDelft home page. And then there are of course the many side events.

So buy your tickets now, come join us on 15 April and share some brilliant ideas.

We also have an app for our event, click here to download it to your smartphone or scan the QR code below.

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TEDxDelft Events

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 interesting talks, fun company and a good movie.

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 of Technology where she studied Industrial Design Engineering. From there, she started working for a company where she helped work on a database with regards to regulations, standards and issues for exporters and producers in developing countries. From then on the rest of her career always had ties with the developing world, including a spell working in Tanzania as a freelance consultant as well as working for Oxfam Novib.

As part of her job Kammeraat is regularly in contact with local producers, thus gaining first-hand knowledge of the situation. This has also provided her with valuable insight into the effectiveness of charities and incentivized her to continue further research into the economic performance of developing countries. “I read a lot about international trade and found that for a large part the way we conduct trade with developing countries is unfair,” she said.

If money makes the world go round, then for Kammeraat, making sure that money is well spent becomes all the more important. Especially when the goal is to eradicate poverty. “Right now we buy a lot of products that are made by people who are exploited and not paid nor treated decently,” she explained. “By choosing wisely and responsibly how we spend our money we can make the world a better place.”

Interested to hear how Karen Kammeraat thinks we can all help fight poverty in developing countries? Then come join us Sunday 20 March for the next TEDxDelft salon at Theater de Veste.

Kiza Magendane“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 finishing high school he enrolled at the University of Amsterdam, where he studied political sciences. Starting in 2011 he also became very much involved in various groups and associations with a focus on such topics as the African youth diaspora in Europe, improving social cohesion in urban areas, and bringing together people from various backgrounds. In addition, he has written for various publications on Africa and politics and migration. “I am an opinion maker,” he said. His involvement with the various organizations has given him a very clear perspective on the integration of migrants in Dutch society and ideas on how he feels it could further improve.

The majority of the Dutch are very welcoming to refugees, Magendane explains. “Every day thousands invest their time in giving refugees a warm welcome and guiding them into Dutch society.” If this image is distorted in any way, it is because of the vocal minority found on various social media outlets. For Magendane, it is clear that the focus should be placed on those who, if silently, do their part and make a difference for so many people who have left their homes behind in search of a new one.

It is from these people that Magendane draws much of his own inspiration. “I see lots of people who take the initiative,” he said. “This is what inspires me.” Inspiration to think about new challenges that arise and need a solution. How to encourage people to make new connections, and instill in people the realization that they can help and make a difference for someone else. Ensuring that people understand one another better and feel more included as opposed to isolated in a center for asylum seekers. “Having a home is important for everyone,” he said. It is Magendane’s goal to inspire more and more people to continue welcoming refugees, and to help them build their new home.

Curious to hear how Kiza Magendane believes we can further help feel refugees welcome? Then buy your tickets now, join us on Friday 15 April and come celebrate the universal genius.

Esther van Fenema“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 years she went on to study medicine in Louvain, Belgium, where she simultaneously continued studying violin in Brussels. From there she returned to Utrecht to continue her studies to be a doctor. Having attained her degree she worked for a year as a doctor in first aid, before starting her education to become a psychiatrist at Leiden University Medical Center. “It is the best profession there is,” she says. “I hesitated about surgery, but in the end I found the brain to be the most interesting part of the human anatomy.”

For Van Fenema diagnosing a patient presents her with a new challenge each and every time, as no two cases are ever exactly alike. And finding the root cause might not always be as easy as it seems. “Sometimes a patient might be afraid to say what is troubling them. And sometimes they simply cannot, because they are not fully aware of what the cause actually is.” So Van Fenema must be creative, using interview techniques to assess her patients. It is something she relishes, but as time has gone on she has started to realise that many of the cases she and her colleagues have treated could have been prevented. Cases where people were vulnerable and might not have been aware of this, subsequently unable to resist the temptation of drink, drugs, or food. “But then, does the patient have no one but him or herself to blame?” she asks. “Or should the blame lie with society in general for allowing people the freedom in which they can fall prey to detrimental behavior?”

Herein lies the crux of the matter for Van Fenema, the debate which she feels must be held. Though plenty of people can deal with this sense of freedom just fine, there are those for whom it can be overwhelming and detrimental to their health. Is freedom a good thing if it allows people to harm themselves or others? Discussing freedom can be a tricky topic, Van Fenema realizes. “If you question our freedom, you are easily demonized.” Yet it is a question she strongly feels must be asked, and is thrilled to discuss on the TEDxDelft stage.

Are you curious to hear how Van Fenema views this debate, or wish to join in the debate yourself? Then buy your tickets now, join us on Friday 15 April and come celebrate the universal genius.


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 goes on to describe a previous relationship, in which he asked his then girlfriend how she would feel about having an open relationship, to which she agreed. But when talking about it with her some time later, he found out that while he had not acted upon it, she had. “I did not know what had happened, and it drove me crazy, all kinds of scenarios go through your mind.” In the end, he says it is best to know it all.

Next it was up to Vissers to tell his story of relationships. At first he was not interested in committing to one person. But then one day he sat next to a man, and they started talking. Before he knew it he would be in a relationship, sitting at the dining table every night at 18:00 waiting for his boyfriend. But his boyfriend would come home later and later, and jealousy got a hold of Vissers. He left the house, left the country, but came back eventually. He missed his boyfriend, and decided to be honest. They have been together now for 33 years.

Stories can have a very powerful effect on people. Vissers told the story of a teenager, living in a closed institution, an environment which does more bad than good. He asked the boy to tell about a beautiful part of his life. “Telling the story changed him, now he tells his story to others hoping to inspire them.” The power of telling a story can be remarkable. “And I know everyone in this room has one.”

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 company of friends and family. At TEDxDelft we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

See you all in 2016!

 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 has been a source of inspiration ever since mankind learned how to create fire, and gather around it on cold winter evenings to tell stories: tales of the dangers that lurk outside, starting out small but then turning into legends.

Yet it is also a binary way of looking at things, black and white, light and dark. So what if it could be more complex. What if it could be a box of mysteries? The darkest night can mean anything to anyone, and with today’s technology people have a plethora of ways to express them. Its definition has changed throughout the centuries, from the dangers outdoors to something more demonic, or about mourning. But then in some cultures, remembering the dead is a celebration.

The darkest night has always fascinated and inspired storytellers. The stories may have evolved throughout the ages, but in general, they are associated with fear, the absence of light. But rather than be scared of it, embrace it, and tell it. Make the darkest night shine bright.

And with this even,t the year 2015 comes to a close for TEDxDelft. Fortunately, the events will keep on coming in 2016, with the first one taking place on 21 January 2016. We hope to see you all then for the next Cinema event.

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. Her goal was to help people make the right impression on their audience, by tailoring their wardrobe to match. Van Paassen completed several trainings and master classes before opening up her own clothing shop. After several years of combining her work at the store with consultancy, she eventually decided to dedicate her time fully to assisting people in finding their style and image.

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Karin van Paassen.

TEDxDelft Events

On Thursday 17 December TEDxDelft will host its second Storytelling event, starting at 20:00 at the Rietveld Theater. The theme for this evening will be “The Darkest Night”. Feel free to join us for an evening filled with interesting stories and TED videos.

The event will be held in English and admission is free. Spread the word, tell friends and family, and come join us on 17 December!

Special thanks to:

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TEDx Delft Profile-48Communicating with the audience is a key activity for TEDxDelft.. Meet Ailie Conor, the TEDxDelft Communications Manager for social media, who oversees all of the content that goes on the social media accounts for TEDxDelft.

“I have always enjoyed TED talks, and TEDxDelft is one of the more accessible TEDx events around, which piqued my interest – and it seemed like a great way to hear some cool ideas, and meet even cooler people!” Conor explained, when asked why she initially joined the team. And it’s a great thing that she did, because of her extensive background in journalism and creative writing, Conor made an excellent addition to the team. She moved up quickly from assisting as a social media volunteer at the main event, to taking over all of the TEDxDelft social media, which entails planning the content throughout the year, and live-posting during the events.

A lot of patience and coordination is required to fulfil this role. If you go to any TEDxDelft event, you will be sure to see Conor glued to her computer keeping the TEDxDelft audience tuned in to everything they need to know about the event that day. It is a lot of work and certainly a challenge, but count on Conor to keep her cool and deliver every single time.

How long have you been a part of the TEDxDelft team?

Not that long, only around 8 months.

You worked as a volunteer for the social media during TEDxDelft 2015 and TEDxDelft Women. Who is your favorite speaker from a previous TEDxDelft conference and why?

From TEDxDelft Women, I really enjoyed the talk by Dr. Sheetal Shah, about ‘Education in the Real World’. It’s so important to contextualise learning, and to teach students that there is no singular human experience.

Theoretically if you could choose any one person, historical or fictional, to give a talk at TEDxDelft who would it be and why?

I was reading the other day about Ching Shih, a woman in Qing China who was also a formidable pirate – she was a badass and I am pretty sure she would have some ideas worth spreading.

Are there any hobbies you secretly enjoy outside of work?

I love gaming, board games and video games. Me and a group of friends play D&D on the regs.

If you could give a TEDx talk, what would you talk about?

If I had to give one, it would probably be ‘It’s okay to be angry’. Being angry about certain things doesn’t make you irrational, or delegitimise what you have to say – although I think this is a message we give out as a society.

Sylvia profileFor any TEDxDelft event the speakers are the main component, so ensuring their needs are taken care of is a key priority. This year it falls to our Speaker Liaison, Sylvia Walsarie Wolff, Project Manager Educational and Student Affairs, to ensure the speakers are looked after.

“I take care of all practical and organisational issues the speakers might have,” Walsarie explains. Whereas the Speaker Coaches help prepare the talks, they might also have other requests or queries. In these cases Walsarie is there to assist, making sure that the speakers have nothing to worry about and can focus on delivering their talks as best as they can. It is a role she is already very familiar with, having served the same function during the previous event, which she clearly relishes. “[It] is the best job of the team,” she says.

Working for TEDxDelft is something that already motivates Walsarie in and of itself. “The people, the atmosphere, doing something completely different, stepping out of my comfort zone,” she replies when asked why she joined the organisation. Given the demands of the role, there can be no doubt that the position of Speaker Liaison will be every bit as inspiring to her. With Walsarie looking after the speakers, all they will have to do is focus on giving the talks of their lives.

How long have you been a part of the TEDxDelft team?

I coordinated the entrance & wardrobe volunteers team in 2013, and was asked as Speaker Liaison for the February 2015 event.

Who is your favourite speaker from a previous TEDxDelft conference and why?

I was most surprised by Shou-En Zhu. He fell asleep backstage and I had to wake him up half an hour before his talk. He managed to entertain the audience with ‘Getting to grips with graphene.’

Theoretically if you could choose any one person, historical or fictional, to give a talk at TEDxDelft who would it be and why?

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, because I think she is a beautiful and strong woman who managed to pick up a life after losing her unfaithful husband in the most horrible way.

Are there any hobbies you secretly enjoy outside of work? 

I dream of having a vintage fashion hangout where I serve jasmine tea and homemade Indonesian snacks.

If you could give a TEDx talk, what would you talk about?

I could never give a TEDx talk.


Jonathan Talbot profileBehind every successful TED talk, there is a coach who makes sure that the speaker is at his or her absolute best on D-day. For TEDxDelft, that person is the Head Coach for speakers Jonathan Talbott. In this role, Talbott, founder of Talbott International Presentations, will be the architect behind many of its mind blowing talks.

Talbott joined the organisation in November 2014 and has since helped prepare many talks for a variety of TEDxDelft events organised during the past year. Given his background, Talbott seems like a good fit for his current role, helping people bring out their message as best as possible. “I want to be sure that, if someone has an idea worth spreading, it gets spread.” Talbott explains, when asked how he identifies himself with TED. As the head coach, he organizes his team of ten speaker coaches and together, they support the speakers as they develop, rehearse and intensify their TEDx talks.

It is no surprise then that the reason Talbott got involved with TEDxDelft was the quality of the talks. “TEDx talks are the gold standard for presentations.” he explains. It will be up to Talbott and his team to ensure that the speakers for this season’s events will make as big an impact as possible on stage. Which is no mean feat, given the limited amount of time the speakers have to present their idea. But with someone who is as engaged with the platform as Talbott is, count on him to uphold those gold standards for yet another season.

How long have you been a part of the TEDxDelft team?

I joined TEDxDelft in November 2014 and have worked with speakers at the 2015 main event, as well as for TEDxDelft Women, and all of last year’s Salons.

Who is your favourite speaker from a previous TEDxDelft conference and why?

That’s like making me choose between my children! I watched these talks get born, take their first steps and then go out into the world. But I can think of 4 speakers from TEDxDelft stages in the last year, who blew me away with great ideas and gave extraordinary presentations:

Dorothy Grandia (TEDxDelft Women) who went from the personal to the global while convincing us that “we have confident leaders, we need competent ones.”

Mileha Soneji (TEDxDelft 2015) who showed us what a “smarter world with simple solutions” could look like.

Sofia Teixeira de Freitas. (TEDxDelft Salon, October 2015) used examples about building better airplanes, but really told us about why changing to sustainable materials is difficult. It was an emotional scientific talk.

Simone Filipini (TEDxDelft Women) started off with “The world’s on fire and I’m pissed off!” and went on to encourage us to demand accountability from world leaders. Watch it and you’ll be on your feet, rushing to the barricades.

Theoretically if you could choose any one person, historical or fictional, to give a talk at TEDxDelft who would it be and why?

I think that Albus Dumbledore would give a pretty interesting talk about inter-community relations. Cordelia, the youngest daughter of King Lear, would be able to tell us a thing or two about the complexity of human relations, as well.

Are there any hobbies you secretly enjoy outside of work?

Well, there is the great big dome-shaped clay bread oven that I spent the last two summers building in Canada. And the renaissance and baroque violin career.

If you could give a TEDx talk, what would you talk about?

That’s a secret!


Salon Thin Ice

On Sunday 25 October the first TEDxDelft Salon of the new season was held in a packed theater. Close to 100 people visited the event to hear about climate change and three inspiring talks.

Many factors contribute to the planet’s ecological system. Evaporation can have a significant impact on the availability of food, which makes it that much more important for research to continue being conducted on this process. The application of glue to the construction of airplanes can benefit the environment substantially. Another common material, cardboard, also has the potential to be used in ways which could greatly reduce waste. By changing perceptions,new ideas arise, all of which could have a positive impact on the environment.

A big thank you to everyone who participated at the event. Hopefully the ideas which were presented will provide food for thought and inspiration.

On Thursday November 19 we will be organizing our next event, a brand new type of event: TEDxDelft Cinema. We hope to see you all there!

Wout Kommer Salon

“Has anyone ever been to a festival, to a campsite, and noticed all the mess left behind after it has finished?” asks Wout Kommer, student at TU Delft and co-founder of KarTent. The solution to the waste left behind, he says, is cardboard.

“In the Netherlands one out of every four people leave their rubbish behind when they leave a festival,” Kommer explains. For the organizers this poses huge problems, having to clean up the waste being left behind. “Can we create a tent that is dry, reliable and recyclable?” The answer, he says, is cardboard.

Cardboard as a material meets all of these criteria. After several trials and tests, a cardboard tent which could withstand downpours was ready for use at festivals. Convincing the festival organizers and visitors proved a challenge, but slowly they are starting to come around.

Cardboard might seem like an unlikely material, but these tents show its potential, argues Kommer, and how materials in the broader sense can contribute to the environment. “Look beyond the common application of a material, look for a new meaning and a new way to apply it.”

Sofia Teixeira Salon

“Aircraft structures can almost resemble Swiss cheese,” says Sofia Teixeira de Freitas. Whilst this doesn’t bode well for safety in an aircraft, her solution is potentially more confronting.

Air traffic accounts for 15 percent of all CO2 emissions from all transit sources. Fuel burned by aircraft has a huge environmental impact, but how to decrease this? The best way, according to Teixeira de Freitas, is to make aircraft lighter and thus more sustainable.

Airplanes are made up of numerous small pieces, which are assembled using rivets. “What people do not realise when you are drilling a hole in the structure, or your bed frame, is that you are introducing a weak point.” We compensate these weak points by making a plane thicker, making the aircraft heavier, expending more fuel and thus energy. How to negate this? It is simple: with glue.

It may seem tough to get travelers comfortable with flying in an aircraft that is literally glued together, however Teixeira de Freitas believes the benefits will outweigh the doubts. “Don’t be afraid of changes – you might lose something good, but you will probably end up gaining something even better.”


Miriam Coenders Salon

“What do you do on a hot summer’s day?” Miriam Coenders, Assistant Professor at TU Delft, asks. “Measure evaporation, of course.” Evaporation, she argues, is a crucial part of the ecosystem about which a lot is still left to learn.

“Most evaporation does not take place where oceans are, but on land,” Coenders says. Evaporation is a difficult and complex process to investigate, yet it can have important consequences. Wet surfaces where crops grow lose water through evaporation, which can lead to loss of those crops.

It is important to learn as much as possible about evaporation. “Evaporation is our source of water, not the springs in the mountains,” she explains. By employing new techniques, new data is being accumulated about this vital process of the Earth’s ecological system. Data which will hopefully help protect people against floods one day, and ensure food security for everyone.

Kauan profile” TEDxDelft is the epitome of giving people a voice,” says Kauan von Novack, TEDxDelft’s new Marketing Manager. The decision to join TEDxDelft was therefore an easy one for von Novack, a founding partner of a marketing and advertising agency. “Giving people voices is my passion.”

As the Marketing manager, von Novack is charged with all TEDxDelft communications, such as social media and blog. “My mission is to bring structure and data to TEDxDelft and enhance the experience of the attendants,” he explains. With every new season the organisation works to bring the experience to the next level. For von Novack one of the ways to achieve this will be by making better use of data analysis to improve communication to the public. Doing this is an important part in ensuring the annual goals will be achieved.

Given his background and motivation throughout his career, von Novack is the perfect fit to take charge of the marketing for this new season. With the annual goals firmly in his sights, it is certain he will make sure that the TEDxDelft voice will be heard loud and clear.

How long have you been a part of the TEDxDelft team?

Since three months ago.

Who is your favourite speaker from a previous TEDxDelft conference and why?

Boyan Slat and how the oceans can clean themselves. So inspiring, so visionary. One of the best, ever.

Theoretically if you could choose any one person, historical or fictional, to give a talk at TEDxDelft who would it be and why?

Oscar Wilde would be a fabulous speaker. I think his aesthetic views, presence and boldness would still shock and amaze the world.

Are there any hobbies you secretly enjoy outside of work?

I run 20 km three times a week and like to read at least one book per week.

If you could give a TEDx talk, what would you talk about?

On how to be successful by being creative. I even wrote a book about that, and translating the business vision into creative lenses is one of my passions.

Wout Kommer profileEach summer people flock to music festivals to hear their favorite artists, pitching their tents at nearby camping sites. Wout Kommer, co-founder of KarTent and student, noticed that visitors seemed not to care about their possessions as much once the festival was over. He thinks it is time for people to start caring, and has thought of a way.

Kommer was born and raised in the city of Delft. After graduating from high school he enrolled at TU Delft, where he chose to study Industrial Design Engineering. A true outdoorsman, he has climbed the Alps and organized both a rowing competition and a festival. In addition, together with two friends, Kommer co-founded a new startup aimed at improving the ecological sustainability of festivals. Starting this company has brought him new experiences and insights he is eager to share.

“We noticed that every year festival camping sites have to deal with huge amounts of waste, caused by people who leave their tents behind,” Kommer explains. People appear not to care so much for their possessions, and in addition leaves others the task of having to clean it up. Kommer hopes to change the way people think about their property, which in turn should help the environment. This was precisely the reason why Kommer decided to start up his company one year ago.

“It is important to show how I think better behaviour can be achieved in a fun way, by creating awareness without necessarily pointing out to people what they are doing wrong,” he says. It is an idea Kommer is eager to share on the TEDxDelft salon stage. By sharing his findings, he hopes that people will start rethinking what they own and how it affects the environment.

If you are curious to hear how to help make festivals more ecologically friendly, come join us at the upcoming TEDxDelft salon on Sunday 25 October at 15:00, at Theater de Veste.

Storytelling is inspiration, is realisation, is engagement. Leading your listener to a world of sounds, colours and emotions.
Curiosity is a part of the process, to have people willing to listen to what you have to say, that’s why the atmosphere in the Rietveld Theatre was so interesting, as if everyone was standing on the edge of their seats.


According to Bruno and Sjors, TU Delft students, the biggest expectations is to hear inspiring talks about life and they were looking forward to learn on how can someone engage people with their stories.

Rachel profile“Engagement coordinator!” is Rachel Richardson’s enthusiastic response when asked about her current role for TEDxDelft. “I manage and oversee the communications content for the events.” It is a role that suits Richardson, who works as a creative strategist, very well.

“I have been watching TED talks for years now.” she says. After moving to Delft, she found out about a local TEDx event and decided to attend. Before she knew it she was asked to join as a volunteer, something she did not have to think long about. “I thought that was even better than just watching it.”

And so Richardson moved her way through the organisation, from volunteering to leading the social media and blogging team for the new season. Given her previous roles at TEDxDelft working on social media, as well as her passion for the event, one can count on her to push TEDxDelft communications to the next level.

How long have you been part of the TEDxDelft team?

I signed on in September of 2014. This will be my second event season to participate in.

You operated as the social media manager of the TEDxDelftWomen’s conference. Who was your favorite speaker?

That is tough, but, I would say Dr. Wioletta Ruszel because she was so passionate about math and how it is a part of all of our lives. I think math gets a bad rap and I like when it’s given positive attention.

Theoretically if you could choose any one person, historical or fictional, to give a talk at TEDxDelft who would it be and why?

I would love to hear Charlie Chaplin speak. I think he would give, not only an informative talk, but I imagine he would mix in a bit of his fumbling charm to make it visually entertaining as well. He was a great activist in his time, and he used his films to convey serious messages that were wrapped inside of a comedic package. I imagine his talk would be really inspiring.

 Are there any hobbies you secretly enjoy outside of work?

I think I am pretty upfront about my hobbies, even at work. I love eating. Probably more than I should admit. I like trying new restaurants and cuisines. Come to think of it, I should probably get some hobbies that don’t include food. I love to travel too! Since moving to the Netherlands, I have had the chance to see a lot of wonderful new places that I had not seen before, and eat a lot of delicious food I had not tried before.

If you could give a TEDx talk, what would you talk about?

First, I would have to overcome my stammering fear of speaking to a large group of people. Then I might give a talk on how to overcome your stammering fear of speaking to a large group of people. Or, maybe I would talk about the importance of loving yourself – I do always enjoy the feel-good talks.

A new season means new TEDxDelft events to attend and enjoy. On Thursday 15 October at 20:00 we will kick off the season with a completely new type of event: TEDxDelft stories. The theme for this event will be: Stories from childhood. If this sounds interesting, feel free to come join us. For more details on the event, click here to learn more.

Ellen profileSide activities can make a great addition to a TEDxDelft event. For the new season it falls to Ellen Rietveld, Floor Coordinator, to ensure they run smoothly. “I coordinate the side activities for all the events. I make sure the space and facilities are available, and that people know when they are expected.” It is a position which should suit Rietveld, a freelance business assistant, like a glove.

It is the sense of teamwork and working towards a common goal that convinced Rietveld to sign up for TEDxDelft. “When I started out working for myself I still wanted to feel part of a team,” she explains. “I was very happy to find out that I could volunteer for TEDxDelft, meeting many wonderful people and achieving something together.”

Combined with her experience from TEDxDelft events, Rietveld will be well placed to coordinate the side activities for this season’s events. Working with different people to arrange the side events, one can be sure that Rietveld will ensure a smooth running operation beyond the TEDxDelft stage.

How long have you been a part of the TEDxDelft team?

This will be my third edition, starting out as room monitor and person-that-moves-photos-from-memory-cards-to-the-blog-space via volunteer coordination, to now being part of the organizing team.

Who is your favorite speaker from a previous TEDxDelft conference and why?

Dorothy Grandia at this year’s first TEDxDelft Women, ‘Authenticity is a dangerous word’. Great energy, and hell yeah, so what if it doesn’t feel authentic to act confident? Get over it!

Theoretically if you could choose any one person, historical or fictional, to give a talk at TEDxDelft, who would it be and why?

I nominate Daan Roosegaarde.

Are there any hobbies you secretly enjoy outside of work?

Traveling and planning to travel are my favorite waste of time.

If you could give a TEDx talk, what would you talk about?

If, and that’s a big if, I would ever find the nerve, it would be about language and words, Paulien-Cornelisse-style.


Caryn profileThe speakers are what make TEDx a unique platform.  For TEDxDelft, Head Curator Caryn ’t Hart de Wijkerslooth, communications lecturer at TU Delft, is the one in charge of finding those with ideas worth spreading. “I am ultimately responsible for all of the creative decisions for TEDxDelft regarding theme, speakers, entertainment, and line-up,” she explains.

Selecting the right speakers is something ’t Hart is well placed to do. For her work she would often show TEDx movies during her lectures, and from then on she was hooked. “Not only did my students like it a lot, I also fell in love with it more and more.” After visiting a local TEDx event and speaking with Rob Speekenbrink, TEDxDelft licensee, about her ideas on the event, she soon became a member of the organization.

Finding the right speakers for this season’s main event and salons should therefore be no problem for ’t Hart. Together with two co-curators, she will ensure that the upcoming events will be a worthwhile experience for its visitors.

How long have you been a part of the TEDxDelft team?

Almost four years now.

You operated as curator at the TEDxDelft 2015 conference. Who was your favorite speaker?

They were all great in their own way! As a curator you can’t have a favorite.

Theoretically if you could choose any one person, historical or fictional, to give a talk at TEDxDelft, who would it be and why?

Lettie Hempstock from Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. She’s an eleven-year-old girl who’s been eleven for a really long time. Lettie can make an entire ocean of knowledge fit into a bucket of water.

Are there any hobbies you secretly enjoy outside of work?

I love taking pictures. I tend to see a lot of beauty in this world and I want to grasp that and share it.

If you could give a TEDx talk, what would you talk about?

Nah. I wouldn’t.


Rob profile

“It is very inspiring to me to be part of the TEDx organization,” says Rob Speekenbrink, licensee, curator and TEDxEurope ambassador. Since co-founding the TEDxDelft platform in 2010, organizing the event has given him plenty of inspiration. As such Speekenbrink, who works as an online media consultant for TU Delft, is perfectly poised to provide engaging speakers and topics at every event.

Indeed when Speekenbrink set out to organize the first TEDxDelft, it was the need for inspiration that drove him. “When I first started out I was fed up with normal events that cost a lot of money and take a lot of energy and time, and usually there was not much inspiration, and that still is the case.” Organizing TEDxDelft has provided him with what he had been searching for. In addition, the large network of people he has met as part of the organization have enriched the experience even further.

As TEDxEurope ambassador, Speekenbrink now assists at events across the country and beyond the border as well as overseeing Delft. “Since April this year I have been the TEDxEurope ambassador, so my role has shifted to being a consultant for other TEDx events in the Netherlands and Belgium to help them get started.” With an ever-increasing involvement in the organization, one can always count on Speekenbrink to deliver another inspiring TEDxDelft event.

What is your current role at TEDxDelft and what does that entail?

I am still the licensee for the coming event. We have been looking for another person to take over the license, and we have found someone, but it is a little bit difficult to transfer because of the structure TED has for licenses. A new licensee would have to attend a TED event, and the next one is in December.

If you could choose a historical or fictional figure to give a talk at TEDxDelft, who would it be and why?

I proposed hosting an event with deceased historical figures like Einstein, for instance, and to re-enact Einstein on stage talking about the theory of relativity, but it wasn’t allowed because the idea is that you are able to work with the speaker.

Are there any hobbies you secretly enjoy outside of work?

I still do geocaching, it is my nerdy little secret. I like to be with my family at the weekends and spend as much time with them as I can, because they give me a lot of energy. My hobbies and work are very much the same thing I think. Being involved in TEDx is still a hobby of mine, and I am very grateful that I get to do that next to the work I do for the university.

If you had the opportunity to give a TED talk, would you?

No. There are several kinds of people. I am one of those people who would probably never do a TED talk not because I wouldn’t like to, but because I don’t think I could do one.

Dr. Paula Johnson. TEDWomen 2013, SF Jazz Center, San Francisco, CA, December 5, 2013. Photo: Kristoffer Heacox (image from

Dr. Paula Johnson. TEDWomen 2013, SF Jazz Center, San Francisco, CA, December 5, 2013. Photo: Kristoffer Heacox (image from

In May 2015, Delft will host its very first TEDxDelftWomen event. Inspired by TEDWomen, this event will also explore the ‘power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers’ in their respective fields.

The idea for TEDxDelft Women struck Manuela Damant (an NLP master coach & trainer who runs her own Coaching & Training company) and Sarah Brown (a cyber security expert with Fox-IT who formerly worked with NATO) during the course of a Lean-In circle they organise in Delft. They approached TEDxDelft’s online media coordinator Molly Quell, who in turn applied for and was awarded the official license for TEDxDelftWomen.

“The event is open to anyone who is interested in the empowerment of women, the issues faced by them and supporting them within whatever framework they occupy. Our aim is to have women from across a broad spectrum share they stories of success and strife,” said Quell.

The event will be held on May 29. “There is a TEDWomen event from May 27-29 and all related events world-over have to be held 24-hours within that timeline.”

Currently the team is working out a theme for the event, the venue and the list of speakers. They are also looking for volunteers, so anyone interested can write to

The event will be ticketed, but it will be held in English and is open to everyone.

The TEDxDelft team is getting busier and busier. As we inch towards the big event (February 27 – save the date!), there are TEDxDelft salons, innovation awards and lots of other exciting stuff coming up. To ensure that you get the news about them all subscribe to our newsletter today!

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Going out monthly (or twice a month) at the moment, it’s a nice little hub to on what’s going on at TEDxDelft. Sign up for it on our website and, as they said at TED, ‘get inspiration delivered straight to you’.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our TEDxDelft volunteers. Hans Dalmeijer worked with us for the past several editions of TEDxDelft as a member of our webcare team.

Though he earned a degree in landscape architecture, he became a writer, editor and journalist. In 1994 found, he, with three others, founded De TekstGroep, a communication company that created magazines, annual reports and other publications.

On July 29, 2014, Hans lost his battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed.


boyan-slat-560x560On October 5 2012, then 18-year-old Boyan Slat took the stage of the second ever TEDxDelft and presented his idea worth spreading: how the oceans can clean themselves.

The video of his talk went around the world and vaulted Slat into the spotlight. Since then, Slat has undertaken a massive feasibility study, with students, business leaders and researchers in the field. After prolonged silence, on June 3 2014, Slat will announce the results of his study. Back in 2012, Slat was a natural on the stage and was the clear choice for the first talk of the day. We gave him 12 minutes to tell his story and he impressed the crowd, leaving the audience with a feeling of positivity for the remainder of the event. Several weeks after the event, we uploaded the video of his talk, where it was picked up by blogs and news organizations around the world. In 2013, we re-invited Slat to speak at the third TEDxDelft about how the publicity from his TEDxDelft appearance had changed his life. Coincidentally, on that day, the video of his initial talk reached one million views on YouTube.

On October 4 2013, all Slat told the TEDxDelft audience was that the feasibility study was incomplete and it would not be ready until Spring 2014. Now the study is complete and we are awaiting the results of his study and wondering whether he has more than an idea worth spreading, an idea that will change the world.

For more information on the OceanCleanUp project and the release event, see

Slide1They say you should always save the good stuff for last…We have surely done that. We are presenting to you nothing less than…..Tangarine! The brothers Sander & Arnout Brinks will be performing at TEDxDelft, October 4th.

Tangarine – aka the hardest working twin in The Netherlands – has captured the attention of many music lovers in The Netherlands and beyond.

The theme of TEDxDelft matches Sander & Arnout perfectly. ‘Do try this at home’, or in their case ‘Do try it all yourself’ was the credo of the guys for years. Playing everywhere where you could imagine one to play. From living rooms, to theatres, to festivals to community centres. They did it all themselves: creating a stage, selling tickets, being their own roadies, light- and soundmen. They even cleaned up after their gigs…. Read more

MF-1Imagine if you were able to be the best at whatever you wanted! Be it mastering a language, working out complicated mathematical equations, or being able to paint with the skills of van Gogh or Rembrandt – it’s all attainable.

It wouldn’t be surprising if you thought that this was an introduction to a Tel Sell commercial playing in the background of sci-fi movie – but it may in fact be possible in the very near future.

At this year’s TEDxDelft the world-renowned brain-professor dr. Maarten Frens will share his expertise and experiences with Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS); a ground-breaking technique that could enable us to be, well… Limitless. In short, tDCS is a form of neurostimulation which uses constant, low current delivered directly to certain brain areas of interest. Read more