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Theme: Ideas Worth Spreading

This event occurred on
November 20, 2009
3:00pm - 3:00am CET
(UTC +1hr)
Amsterdam, NH

TEDx Amsterdam 2009 Factsheet:

1 day event
4 challenges for tickets
20 speakers and musicians
30 crew members/volunteers
150 articles in the press
400 speaker suggestions
600 guests at the main event
1.000 visitors to simulcast locations
2.000 Tweets mentioned #TEDxAms
4.500 people on the ticket waiting list
14.000 people watching the web stream
30.000 visitors to the website

Also we

Royal Tropical Institute
Mauritskade 63
Amsterdam, NH, 1092 AD
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Job Cohen

In his first years as mayor, Job Cohen presided over important decisions by the city administration (mayor, aldermen and city council) on projects such as the construction of a new 1,5 billion euro metro line under the city centre, a new top-level business centre (

Nico Baken

Professor Dr. ir. Nico Baken currently holds a part-time chair in the Telecommunications Department at Delft University of Technology alongside his primary position as Senior Strategist within the department Corporate Strategy of the Royal KPN, the Dutch incumbent Telecom operator. His main interest concerns Broadband Networks and Services, dealing with a broad range of themes such as Sensors (RFID

Robbert Dijkgraaf

Before Professor doctor Robbert Dijkgraaf started teaching mathematical physics at the University of Amsterdam, he taught at Princeton University in New Jersey in the United States. After studying math and physics, Dijkgraaf attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie before returning to science at University of Utrecht. Since May 19 2008 Dijkgraaf is president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Merlijn Twaalfhoven

Merlijn Twaalfhoven is a Dutch composer and organizer of music events. As a composer he feels responsible for the complete experience of the spectator. Space and sound are not separable, and the visual always influences the auditive. Because of this vision, Twaalfhoven often lets musicians work together with visual artists, choreographers and directors.

Tony DiSanto

Tony DiSanto is President of Programming and Development at MTV in New York. He developed several reality shows and worked for a long time as executive producer of hit series as Run

Bruno Giussani

Bruno Giussani is the European Director of the TED Conferences. He is also a writer, and the producer of the Swiss Forum des 100; Member of the Boards of Internet consultancy Tinext and of the Knight Fellowship at Stanford University.

Joris Luyendijk

Joris Luyendijk is a Dutch non-fiction author, news correspondent and talk show host. He

Mark Kamau

Against a backdrop of crime and lack of all infrastructure in the sums of Nairobi, Mark Kamau, born in 1980, grew up not only dreaming of a better future but also grabbing every chance that came his way to create the future of which he dreamed. This happened in 2000 when he managed to register himself at web design school NairoBits (founded by the Dutch foundation Butterfly Works).

Gerhard Knies

Dr. Gerhard Knies is the coordinator of the

Ruud Koornstra

Ruud Koornstra is CEO of Tendris. Tendris is a company that initiates, operates and invests in sustainable businesses. Dozens of sustainable enterprises came into existence because of Koornstra

Karsu D

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Gary Carter

Gary Carter is Chief Operating Officer of FremantleMedia, one of the largest independent entertainment brand companies in the world. His responsibilities include the management of the central creative functions of the company, across all genres and platforms, as well as the management of the overall strategic development of the group.

Mabel van Oranje

Dutch Princess Mabel van Oranje is the Chief Executive Officer of The Elders. The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. In 2005, the World Economic Forum named her one of its Young Global Leaders.

Christien Meindertsma

Designer Christien Meindertsma started her own studio, Flocks, after graduating the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Meindertsma explores products and raw materials in unusually thoughtful ways.

Christien Meindertsma

Designer Christien Meindertsma started her own studio, Flocks, after graduating the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Meindertsma explores products and raw materials in unusually thoughtful ways.

Marcel Dicke

Marcel Dicke is an ecologist with a special interest in the relationship between plants and insects. The central theme in his research is the way that plants define the lives of insects.

Frans Timmermans

Frans Timmermans is Minister for European Affairs in the Netherlands. Timmermans aims to create a realistic perspective regarding our approach towards Europe. According to the minister

Wubbo J. Ockels

Prof. dr. Wubbo J. Ockels is a Dutch physicist and astronaut. The professor of Aerospace Sustainable Engineering and Technology tries to stimulate a mentality change among Dutch citizens.

Jacob Gelt Dekker

Jacob Gelt Dekker is a modern day explorer with an entrepreneurial spin and above all a philanthropist. Gelt Dekker

Louise Vet

Louise Vet is a professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University and director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), the largest institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an ecologist with a broad interest in ecology and evolution, working on multitrophic interaction.

Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels is principal of BIG, based in Copenhagen. The company achieved success very fast and received international awards for their inventive designs. An alumnus of Rem Koolhaas

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly is a writer who talks about the influence of technology on our society. With his best seller Out of Control (1994) he predicted the rise of decentrialised systems and network economies, and the convergence between biology and technology

Organizing team


Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Xander Kranenburg
    Head of production
  • Albert-Jan Tebbe
    Live stream
  • Anne Cramwinckel
    Speakers Liaison
  • Ronald van der Aart
  • Ernst-Jan Pfauth
    Community Manager and Blogger
  • Alexander Klöpping
  • Tessa Cramer
  • Tessa Cramer
  • Yuri van Geest
  • Freek Bodemeijer
  • Vincent Lüning
  • Robert Shepherd
  • Jesse Burkunk
    Online Project Manager
  • Randolph Plomp
  • Charlon Graav