Theme: Thinking Out Of The Box
November 29th, 2013
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The world we live in is perpetually thriving. If we do not keep up with the pace of the advancements, we are doomed to vanish. Imagination is infinite, and if one devoutly wants something, it is always accessible. Throughout history, mankind’s greatest achievement has been to progress. Unfortunately, in today’s world, people who seek novelty and pursuit their dreams are usually found bizarre by the society and ultimately end up being social outcasts. It sinks into oblivion that the basis of creative idea is the synthesis of logic, imagination and practicality. It shouldn’t be forgotten that without questioning, it is impossible to beget the “ideal world”. Challenging the assumptions is only valued if it gives concrete products. Epochal individuals, people who think outside the box, create a milestone and remain immortal if they gain the appreciation and regard of the society after an abrasive, lasting continuum. Therefore, creative idea does not necessarily mean rioting against the norms; it means looking with an unconventional, extraordinary perspective and interpreting accordingly. It should be kept in mind that being creative is not an innate trait. Without deed, vision is only a dream. Without vision, deed is a waste of time. Only deed with vision will change the world. Be the change you want to see. Do not be another brick on the wall.
Dün yaptığınız şey size hala çok iyi görünüyorsa, bugün yeterli değilsiniz demektir. İnsanın hayal gücünün ve kapasitesinin sınırı yoktur, bir şeyi ciddi olarak istediği sürece hiçbir şey erişilemeyecek kadar yüksekte değildir. İnsanoğlunun en büyük ürünü ilerlemektir. Ancak, içinde bulunduğumuz bu toplum düzeninde, çeşitli hayallerin peşinden koşanlar, standarda aykırı, sıra dışı, yaratıcı fikirlere sahip olanlar, çoğu zaman yadırganırlar ve bu vizyon sahibi insanlar, toplum içinde yabancılaşırlar. Bundan dolayıdır ki, düşünce kabiliyetini öldüren en büyük düşman, alışkanlıklar ve kalıplaşmış düşüncelerdir. Maalesef, yaratıcı düşüncenin özünde mantık, hayal gücü ve pratikliği sentezleyerek taze alternatif oluşturma kaygısının olması toplum üyeleri tarafından görülmemektedir. Unutulmamalıdır ki sorgulamak planladığımız ideal dünyanın temelini oluşturur. Ne yazık ki, varsayımlara meydan okumak ancak somut bir ürün verdiğinde ancak toplum tarafından değer görmektedir. Çığır açan yenilikler yapan insanlar, kutunun dışında düşünenler, eğer yıpratıcı bir süreç sonucu toplumun takdirini kazanmayı başarırlarsa, tarihe isimlerini altın harfler ile yazarlar. Bundan dolayıdır ki, yaratıcı düşünce kural tanımamak değildir, sadece bir olaya geleneksel olmayan, alışılmadık bir bakış açısı ile bakmak ve buna göre yeni yorumlamalar getirebilmektir. Ancak bunun sadece doğuştan gelen bir yetenek olduğu düşüncesine kapılmamak gerekir. Eylem yoksa vizyon bir rüyadır. Vizyon olmadan eylem vakit geçirmektir. Eyleme sahip bir vizyon ise dünyayı değiştirmektedir. Dünyada görmek istediğiniz değişiklik ne ise o olun.
Refet Gürkaynak is an associate professor of economics at Bilkent University and a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research. He is a graduate of TED Ankara College. He has a BA from Bilkent and a PhD from Princeton University, both in economics. Prior to his current position he was an economist at the Monetary Affairs Division of the Federal Reserve Board. Gürkaynak’s research interests are monetary economics, financial markets and international economics. In particular, he has worked on extracting information from asset prices that help answer monetary policy related questions. His research along these lines has been published in journals such as Journal of Monetary Economics, International Journal of Central Banking and American Economic Review. He has been the recipient of awards from the Central Bank of Turkey, the European Central Bank and the Turkish Academy of Sciences. He has editorial roles at the Journal of Monetary Economic and Economic Policy and has been a consultant to various central banks, including the Central Bank of Turkey and the European Central Bank.
Umran S. İnan (BS’73–MS’74–PhD’77) received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1972 and 1973, respectively, and the Ph.D.degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1977. Professor İnan is currently the President of Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He served for many years at Stanford University, as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience Laboratory. Prof. İnan is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrıcal and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), a Fellow of American Physical Society (APS), and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the Electromagnetics Academy. Professor İnan recently received 2010 Special Science Award from the Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK) of Turkey, and was elected as a Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA).
Mustafa Altıoklar (born 1958, Ankara) is a Turkish film director, producer and screenwriter. He was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1958. He first met the film industry when he saw the members of the Board of Censors cutting film tapes. In 1977, he started his medical education in the Faculty of Medicine of Hacettepe University and became a qualified specialist of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in 1991. Mustafa Altioklar began his film career by shooting short films in 1989. By shooting many films through his talent and expertise, he garnered many accolades and had a significant influence on Turkish film industry. He is now the chairman of the Turkish Film Directors Association. Although he graduated from the medical faculty of Istanbul University and specialized in physiotherapy, he decided to pursue a career as a director especially after the success of his short film The Scar.
Born in 1982 Ankara, Turkey, Deha Türkel has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University. He started as an ERP Consultant and led one of the largest ERP projects in Turkey. He then established a start-up company where he received a semifinalist position at JCI Creative Young Entrepreneurship in 2007. He sold his stakes in 2008 and moved forward to buy larger IT companies with an investment group in Turkey, where he acquired Datateknik from Yıldız Holding, Mobilera and Atılım Electronics. By 2011, it became the largest System Integrator Group in Turkey. Later on, he started food and agriculture business and became a board member and stakeholder in Doruk Group, responsible for M&A and all investment decisions in 2013.
Emirhan Tekin was born in Ankara, Turkey on February 24,1997. He is an 11th grade student at TED Ankara College Foundation High School. He is the son of a diplomat and has travelled extensively. He enjoys playing the bass guitar with a pick, doing scientific experiments, crafting items form junk and attending social events. He is very interested in anglophone and francophone cultures. Being a chemical engineer has been his childhood dream but due to new jobs on the rise in modern times, he is leaning towards biomedical and biochemical engineering. He currently resides in Ankara with his parents.
Gokce Ozdemir was born in Ankara, Turkey on April 24, 1996. She is a senior student at TED Ankara College Foundation High School. She spent her sophomore year at Halifax, Canada as an international exchange student. She has been a licensed volleyball player since primary school and has contributed to great accomplishments; both provincial and national. She is interested in many other extra-curricular activities and has several awards. She comes from a family of medical doctors and since childhood, her ambition is to get on the path towards medicine as well.
Ebru Ozdemir was born in Ankara in1974. She is a TED Ankara College alumna. Ozdemir received her SB in Civil Engineering from Bogazici University in 1995. She has received her MBA from Fordham University in 1997. Until 2010, she has worked at Limak Group of Companies. For three years, she has been the Chief Executive Officer of Limak Investment, which mainly focuses on production, distribution, and trade sectors. Ozdemir has lead large-scale public-private projects such as Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Intl. Airport, Pristina Intl. Airport and LimakPort Iskenderun. She has also contributed to the construction of the first microcredit department at Siirt, with her entrepreneur side. Ozdemir has been an active member of Endeavor Turkey, World Economic Forum, American-Turkish Council, TUSIAD, Foreign Economic Relations Board, and Turkish Contractors Association.
Born in Ankara in 1997. Esin Yunusoglu is an 11th grade IB student in Ted Ankara College. She spent her sophomore year in the United States at Miss Porter’s School with the ASSIST Scholarship she received. She completed the Royal Academy of Music and Dance certification programmes for ballet and piano. She also plays the Oboe. For the past years, she has been the valedictorian of her class.
Kaan Önder was born in İstanbul, Turkey on 10 January 1997. He is currently an 11th grade student at Özel Irmak Lisesi. He has been involved in motor sports since 2007. He is a national sportsman and has attended over 300 international racing events so far. He has a race career which holds two Turkish Karting Championship titles for 2008-2009. He has received numerous accolades, including the first international karting championship for Turkey in 2010 (the CIK-FIA South East European Karting Zone Championship) and the Rotax International Open in 2011. He was ranked in European top ten during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Since 2010, he has been supported by Turkish BMW dealer Borusan Otomotiv. He represented Turkey in the 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup and won two races in his debut year. Currently he is the only Turkish single seater race car driver.
Kerim Doruk Karınca
Doruk Karınca was born in Ankara in 1997. He has been a student in TED Ankara College for 10 years. Because of his curious nature, and as a consequence of being an IB student, he’s interested in mind puzzles, basically anything that works the human mind in unaccustomed ways. This led him to his discovery of TED.com. He has been following up the talks for about a year. His extracurricular activities include playing the guitar, swimming and writing codes in Java.
Besim Sisman was born in 1966 in Rize. In 1988, Sisman received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He worked at several regional offices of Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) between 1988-1993. He has devoted many years for his work at TPAO and has been the vice president of Turkish Petroleum Corporation since 27 February 2013.
Orhan Aytür was born in Ankara. He completed his secondary education at Tarsus American College and TED Ankara College Foundation Private High School, and graduated in 1986 from Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He then went to the United States to earn his Master's degree in 1988 and Ph.D. degree in 1991 from Northwestern University. Aytür worked briefly as a Laser scientist in the industry and later as a research associate at University of New Mexico before he returned home in 1993. He entered Bilkent University in Ankara, and became a professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2002 after his assistant professor (1993-1997) and associate professor (1997-2002) years. His research interests are in optoelectronics and Laser. Since 2010, Aytür fulfilled administrative duties such as the vice presidency of Bilkent University.
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Born in 1963, Ankara, Selcuk Pehlivanoglu is an active alumnus of the TED Ankara College Foundation High School. In 1987, Pehlivanoğlu received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU). He now serves as the President of Turkish Education Association (TED).
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TED University Ahmet Ersan Conference Hall
TED Üniversitesi, Ziya Gökalp Caddesi No.48, Kolej Çankaya
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