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Theme: Delft: Creating History

This event occurred on
November 7, 2011
9:00am - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Delft, ZH

TEDxDelft was about history, about the present, about the future. All linked to Delft. Delft is creating history!

Aula Congress Centre Delft
Mekelweg 5
Delft, ZH, 2628 CC
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Lowie Vermeersch

Lowie Vermeersch was design director of Pininfarina, Italy until early 2011. Born in Belgium on May 9, 1974, Lowie Vermeersch grew up in the Flanders and is part of the 3rd generation of a prominent artistic family. After graduating at the Delft University of Technology he joined Pininfarina in 1998 as a designer and became Design Director in 2007.

Felienne Hermans

Felienne Hermans (@Felienne) is PhD 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.

Kas Oosterhuis

Kas Oosterhuis (@KasOosterhuis) is professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, as well as director of Hyperbody and the Protospace Laboratory for Collaborative Design and Engineering. His teaching and research is in the areas of interactive architecture, real time behaviour of buildings and environments, living building concepts, collaborative design, file to factory production and parametric design.

Lodewijk van den Berg

Lodewijk van den Berg (born March 24, 1932) is a Dutch American chemical engineer, specializing in crystal growth, who flew on a 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger mission as a Payload Specialist. He was the first Dutch-born astronaut.

Marcel Kampman

Marcel Kampman (@happykamping) is an advisor and inspirator to companies, organizations, agencies and brave individuals. He helps them with their mostly complex (creative) challenges and innovation, design and communication issues. To do that, he often taps into his extensive network to assemble or to be part of a team with the requisite variety and depth to frame and solve a specific client problem.

Rolf Hut

Rolf Hut (@RolfHut) is MacGyver scientist (80′s television series about a scientist/Bomb technician). He is a resourceful agent able to solve complex problems with everyday materials he finds at hand, along with his ever-present duct tape and Swiss Army knife).

Sabine Roeser

Prof.dr. Sabine Roeser (1970, Haan, Germany) is professor of political philosophy and ethics of technology at Twente University and associate professor of ethics at Delft University of Technology. Sabine Roeser’s research aims to show that emotions should play an important role in debates about risky technologies, as emotions help us to understand ethical aspects of risk. Explicitly addressing concerns, worries but also enthousiasm about risky technologies can contribute to developing morally better technologies that improve human wellbeing in a fair and responsible way.

Tim Zaman

Tim Zaman (@tim_zaman) is a 22 years old student Mechanical Engineering. He is mastering in Biorobotics at the Technical University in Delft. He’s into camera’s, software, finance, programming, electronics and working. In his spare time he sends balloons up in the air. We plan to send one up on 7 November.

Max Kisman

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

Musetta Blaauw

Musetta Blaauw (1983, The Hague. @musjes), mother of three, woke up in the middle of the night, eight days after giving birth to her third child, bleeding. After being rushed to the hospital for a curettage, she woke up at the IC 15 hours later; finding out that her dream of having a large family was shattered.

Huba de Graaff

Huba de Graaff is a composer. She studied sonology in Utrecht and composition at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. Huba works with computers from the early eighties. She performs with live-electronics, dynamic sound-sculptures (sounds are launched and tumbling around from moving loudspeakers), movement that translated into sound. She plays a computerviolin, performs with a tin-dress with 768 piezokeramic elements (above the audience), robots with speakers for heads etc etc etc. At TEDxDelft she will perform a preview of her TomTom opera: making music with navigation devices and let navigation devices sing

Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen (born 14 March 1948) is a Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals that are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering; in a car company television commercial Jansen says: “The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.” He strives at equipping his creations with their own intelligence to manage avoiding obstacles, by changing their course when one is detected, such as the sea itself. Theo will show a new generation of the beach animal at TEDxDelft.

Leo Kouwenhoven

Leo Kouwenhoven (10 December 1963) is professor Quantum Transport at Delft University of Technology. He studied technical physics at Delft University of Technology and gained his doctorate with distinction there in 1992. Quantum mechanics is the theory of atoms and elementary particles. Man itself is made out of atoms as well so quantum is the basis of our existence: life as we know it. Recent studies show that even large object act quantum like existing in two places at the same time. Leo and his team can visualise this behaviour to the naked eye because these two places are now one centimeter away from each other. Imagine the possibilities (for mankind) when the distance increases. That’s a one centimeter step for man, one giant leap for mankind

Erik Meijer

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 will do his first (18 minutes) speech as a professor in the Netherlands on 7 November 2011, during TEDxDelft

Progression stunts

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

Maria van der Heijden

Maria van der Heijden (@MariavdHeijden) founded Women On Wings in 2007 because she wants to share her richness in life with many others. Not in the materialistic way of richness, but in the way of having freedom. Making her own choices, being aware of the endless opportunities of the universe. Very often, she realizes the possibilities are even bigger than she could have imagined. Just in exploring and co-creating.

Job van de Kieft

Job van de Kieft (@JobvandeKieft) was driver of the third Nuna solar car and crossed the finish line in a record time. This record still holds so Job is world champion solar car racing. In 2007, he wrote a book about what it takes to build a winning solar car. In 2009 he developped a new segwat like vehicle concept called Qugo, together with partner Maarten de Bruijn (designer for Spyker cars).

Progression stunts

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.

Irma Boom

Irma Boom (born 15 December 1960 in Lochem, Gelderland) is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer specialising in book making. With her use of unfamiliar formats, materials, colors, structures, and typography she makes the book into a visual and haptic experience. Her design for ‘Weaving as Metaphor’ by American artist Sheila Hicks was awarded ‘The Most Beautiful Book in the World’ at the Leipzig Book Fair. Her books have been shown at numerous international exhibitions and are also represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Michiel van Haersma Buma

Michiel Age Pieter van Haersma Buma (Terneuzen, 18 april 1951) is Chairman of the Delfland Water Board (Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland). What happens if you use the method of ‘thinking the other way around’ to find a solution to cope torrential rain, yearly flooding, and not enough public space to use standard simple measures in a beautiful ancient city like Delft?

Organizing team


Delft, Netherlands
  • Jeroen van Erp
    Program Director
  • Thijs Niks
  • Simone de Jong
    Project Manager
  • Michiel Visser
  • Ginny Ruiter
    Logistics / Floor manager
  • Patrick Klerks
    Website / Social Media
  • Arnout Huijnink
  • Antoinette Wijffels
  • Jasper van Kuijk