January 27th 2016, TivoliVredenburg

It’s all about great ideas – and the people behind it

TEDxUtrecht is our local event in the international TED-movement. We take our inspiration from the founders of TED.com. Who WE are? Meet the makers here.

TEDxUtrecht 2016 is the third edition of a successful initiative in Utrecht to bring a local TEDx-conference to town within the international TEDx-movement. After two sold-out editions in Stadsschouwburg Utrecht in 2012 and 2014 with over 800 visitors, we have started preparations for the next TEDxUtrecht in 2016.

The third edition of TEDxUtrecht will take place on Wednesday January 27th 2016 in the heart of Utrecht at Tivoli Vredenburg. Register now, to be ensured of your entry ticket. We hope to see you there!

In 2016 we will continue building on earlier successes, working with inspiring local entrepreneurs and experts, while looking for interesting alliances with strategic partners and knowledge centers. We aim to improve TEDxUtrecht’s brand in our wonderful city. We also want everybody to feel welcome to participate and to really be part of the TEDxUtrecht experience.

Founders of TEDxUtrecht are (professionals at) Hogeschool Utrecht, DieTwee & Kaliber. As a part of the TEDxUtrecht conference (January 2016) the TEDxUtrecht Talentstage will be organized on November 26th 2015.

TEDxUtrecht is our local event in the international TED-movement. We take our inspiration from the founders of TED.com. Who WE are? Meet the makers here.

Team members

Henriëtte
Brons
Communications
Henriëtte
Brons
Communications

All around the world people are doing amazing things, rethinking problems, working on innovative solutions. In my daily work I focus on positive change. I truly believe we become a better society by listening to, and sharing, positive examples. I’m happy to join the TEDx Crew, a bunch of inspiring and fun people with a great mission: spreading ideas worth spreading.
Life motto: If you think you’re too small to make an impact, try sleeping with a mosquito (Dalai Lama).

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Guido
Veldhuijzen
Communications & Design
Guido
Veldhuijzen
Communications & Design

“When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like “What?!”

As a Communication and Multimedia Design student in my final year, I am a high-energy problem solver. With a background in both communications and design, I not only love to think about creative concepts and solutions, but also to involve myself in the design process. This is where TEDxUtrecht came into play.

I came into contact with Joost de Bruin, this year’s TEDxUtrecht organizer. He got me onboard and recommended me to one of the founding partners, Dietwee. Now I’m working there to make this year’s TEDx the best we’ve ever accomplished!

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Jenn van
Voorthuisen
Communications & Press Coordinator
Jenn van
Voorthuisen
Communications & Press Coordinator

I work as a freelance communications consultant, photographer, designer and storyteller. I believe communication can always be better, more effective and more fun.

I admire people who are authentic and real. People who have positive ideas and want to share their ideas.
TED gives these people a stage and a spotlight…

That’s why I am involved with the next TEDxUtrecht experience 2016. Will I see you there?

Life motto: Stop searching, start looking!

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Joost de
Bruin
Founder and Curator TEDxUtrecht
Joost de
Bruin
Founder and Curator TEDxUtrecht

Hi there! Cool that you’re looking into the TEDxUtrecht-team! I’m Joost, and your curator of TEDxUtrecht. Being a teacher, project leader, women’s soccer trainer, political enthusiast and occasional dj, I’m into moving people and more specific, moving their ideas and believes around. My firm believe is that we as humans can achieve and build anything we believe we’re capable of. But the flipside is, we’re evenly capable in destroying and holding back initiatives worth taking place. With this TEDxUtrecht-edition our amazing team of professional volunteers and local students strives to the first in order to diminish the latter. So don’t be ashamed, be a naïve optimist, infect others and prosper living as such! Join us @ TEDxUtrecht and follow our lead!

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Ronald van
Schaik
Founding Partner & Communications
Ronald van
Schaik
Founding Partner & Communications

Ronald is proud father of 2 his two sons and the 49 talented boys and girls at his Interactive Agency Kaliber.
He has a strong desire but a lack of talent to be a virtuoso or wizard. And therefore gathers smart people around him to make a little contribution to the interactive revolution. Strongly beliefs in his motto “scratch if you’ve got an itch, dance when you hear music, and speak when you’ve got something to say”.
It’s not about the money. It’s about the game.
Motto: “what a time to be alive!
The Best things in life aren’t things.
Stop Whining. Start Winning.
“Imagination is far more important than knowledge”
Ï started out with nothing and have most of it left
Complaining is silly. Either act or forget
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new
Don’t believe everything you think
“If you want to go fast, travel alone, but if you want to go far, travel together.”
Je mist meer dan je meemaakt – helemaal niet erg. Martin bril
“Imagination is far more important than knowledge”

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Martijn van
Kesteren
Head of Communications
Martijn van
Kesteren
Head of Communications

As Creative Consultant, I help marketers and business owners with making their marketingplans. I want to turn them into true Marketing Superheroes. We all can benefit from a good TED talk. That is why I wanted to contribute my time and energy to TEDxUtrecht 2016. I am leading a team of marvellously diverse Marketing & Communication professionals and students. I strongly believe that with our combined Marketing Superpowers, we will make the 2016 edition the best TEDxUtrecht event ever!

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Basia
Czarnocka
Head of Experience
Basia
Czarnocka
Head of Experience

I have joined TEDxUtrecht team to support Steven in Production but eventually took over its ‘front-end’ part – the Experience. I have always been passionate about spreading ideas and I hope that with this year’s event we will inspire you also outside the talks.

In my daily life I manage IT projects and try to improve my Dutch to better grasp the ideas floating around me. My life motto is “The brave may not leave forever but the cautious don’t live at all” – so please don’t hold back and enjoy our event to the fullest!

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Maurille de
Smalen
Head of Experience Let Go Depot
Maurille de
Smalen
Head of Experience Let Go Depot

I am a Creative concept designer and Ideator.
As the founder of Wild Bird, I design high value, creative concepts for companies with guts. I also teach Creativity & Concept and at HKU. All my work revolves around the true value of creativity and art and how we can use this to create anything. After all it’s all in the details.

TED is my weekly dose of inspiration, so I jumped at the chance to get involved and love creating remarkable concepts for TEDx Utrecht.

Wild Bird: “Creativity is that extra bit of magic that can turn something normal into remarkable.

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Sjarlot
Verhoof
Head of Partnerships
Sjarlot
Verhoof
Head of Partnerships

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.
– Albert Einstein

I strongly believe in the power of sharing ideas. Ideas that will inspire, shock you and change your view of the world. TEDxUtrecht offers me the opportunity to help fuel that power. My professional experience of building sustainable partnerships in profit and non-profit environments will hopefully result in finding the right partners for this phenomenal initiative, TEDxUtrecht

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Steven
Twigge
Head of Production
Steven
Twigge
Head of Production

The quality of a TEDx production is something that keeps appealing to me. Attending and producing TEDx events are such a buzz and provide so much inspiration for me personally!

As Head of Production I look forward to a great day for the team of volunteers and our guests/attendees.

My constant drive that matches for TEDx?

“There is more in us than we know. And if we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.” – Kurt Hahn

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Gerrit
Croes
Head of Social & Communications Talentstage
Gerrit
Croes
Head of Social & Communications Talentstage

As the extroverted marketing guy, I oversee social media strategy for the Talentstage Team and TEDxUtrecht. My life is gadgets, trends and social media. TEDx is a platform for inspiration and I like surrounding myself with like-minded people.

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Jeannell
Kolkman
Head of Speaker Program
Jeannell
Kolkman
Head of Speaker Program

In my daily live I’m a project and event manager, and at TED I’m head of the Speakers Team. I love to stimulate people to share their story to spark others. Storytelling with a live audience complements the internet age in a very personal and inspirational way.
Next to that I cherish working with this fun-loving scintillating bunch of TED volunteers. TED for me is about cross fertilization on all levels, within our team, between speakers and across the globe with all the TED tapes.

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Marianne van
Leeuwen
Project Lead TEDxUtrecht
Marianne van
Leeuwen
Project Lead TEDxUtrecht

I joined TEDx Utrecht because I support the thought of individuals being able to make great positive change in the world once given a proper stage. And because I love to create with a bunch of nonconventional people. In daily life I work on awareness projects with media productions like conferences, campaigns, communities, books, magazines and film. Happily married. Two teenage boys. Enjoying nature, city tripping, yoga, books, festivals, dancing! Let’s celebrate life or try to redesign it.

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Sanne
Bouwman
Project Lead TEDxUtrecht Talentstage
Sanne
Bouwman
Project Lead TEDxUtrecht Talentstage

As long as I know, I’m overexcited when it comes to uni-que collaboration, especially in music, film, festival or events. As a fan of Ted’s philosophy to make a positive change in today’s world, I’m very happy to fulfill the part of project leader at TedxUtrecht Talentstage and make the an unforgettable experience. I’m a curious, easygoing, coffee & music lover that likes to support creative talent in every way. Because it simply makes life more beautiful.

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Stephanie
Bourgonje
Social
Stephanie
Bourgonje
Social
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Cristina
Dumitrache
Social
Cristina
Dumitrache
Social
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Rosa
Paardenkooper
Social & Curator's Personal Assistant
Rosa
Paardenkooper
Social & Curator's Personal Assistant
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Sophie
Peters
Social & Experience Let Go Depot
Sophie
Peters
Social & Experience Let Go Depot
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Ankie van
der Spank
Speaker Program
Ankie van
der Spank
Speaker Program

My name is Ankie van der Spank and I work as an interim communication-/ event-/projectmanager for several companies. Within TEDxUtrecht my responsibility will be to compose an inspiring speakers program. I find it special to be part of a platform that inspire people, sharing experiences and create new insights and ideas. TEDxUtrecht gives me energy, it’s exciting and challenging!

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Rian van
Heur
Speaker Program
Rian van
Heur
Speaker Program

Working as a freelance (IT) journalist and content marketer, looking for inspiring stories is something I love to do. Participating at TEDxUtrecht means I can give the people with an inspiring story a platform. And on the other hand I work with a group of people with a lot of passion and ideas to make a fantastic TEDx event.
I spend my spare time on the handball field, together with friends or traveling around the world. Life motto: Make most of every day and make sure you never have regrets.

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Nina May
Fokkens
Speaker Program
Nina May
Fokkens
Speaker Program

I have recently joined TEDxUtrecht and I’m very excited to support the speakers team by helping put together a diverse and interesting speakers program. A program with speakers and stories that will hopefully stick, inspire, or make us question ourselves and what we do.

In my daily life I’ve just passed my degree in Sociology and Public Administration & Organization, I love learning new languages and have a passion for music and dance. I love to meet new people, get to know new cultures, tell stories, see, discover and experience as much as possible. And what setting is better to do that than TEDxUtrecht?

I get inspired by people who do what they’re passionate about without holding back and without any fears.

 

Life motto: “Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will.”

– Dr. Robert Anthony

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Ellen
Schepens
Speaker Program
Ellen
Schepens
Speaker Program

Ideas Worth Spreading, the famous slogan of TED. I believe every idea is worth spreading as long as it’s open for discussion. As a visitor of the previous two TEDxUtrecht events I experienced a lot of discussion in between the talks and of course during them on twitter. This year I am very glad to have a say in the ideas that will make it to the stage at TEDxUtrecht. A difficult job because there’s more ideas than time! I’m ready to be inspired on January 27th. See you there!

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Mimi
Wang
Speaker Program Talentstage
Mimi
Wang
Speaker Program Talentstage

My name is Mimi, I am from Taiwan and I have been in the Netherlands for 3 years. I am now volunteering in the speakers team at TEDxUtrecht Talentstage 2015. TED has always been something amazing in my head and I love presentations. Things have gotten harder being in late twenties, I started having doubts and struggling to find the purposes of my own life. On TED’s stage I have seen so many inspiring people with a pursuit and passion in life. I see them sparkling and shining up there. I hope one day I can be one of them and share my passion on the stage. So I am more than thrilled to actually be able to join the team.(#stillshaking)

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Khadija Abou
Ammi
Speaker Program Talentstage
Khadija Abou
Ammi
Speaker Program Talentstage

Hi there! My name is Khadija. I am an ambitious and enthusiastic young professional with a passion for TED. I am very motivated to find the most amazing and inspiring speakers to shine on the TEDxUtrecht Talentstage on November 26th. Block your night, because this event will be awesome!

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