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Theme: Take A Leap!

This event occurred on
February 29, 2012
12:30pm - 5:30pm EET
(UTC +2hrs)
Istanbul, 34

TEDxSabanciUniversity's theme Take A Leap what elements are required when you decide to take a new direction or act on a new way of thinking. Speakers were invited to talk on leaps they had taken in their lives. The event symbolically took place on February 29th, the leap day of this leap year. We explored the concept through, music, technology, life experience and our imagination.

Sabanci University FENS G032
Sabanci University
Orhanli, Tuzla
Istanbul, 34, 34956
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Gülsin Onay

Gülsin Onay started her piano education when she was three and gave her first public recital on Turkish Radio when she was only six. With the aid of a special state scholarship she studied with Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Mithat Fenmen, and subsequently at the Paris Conservatoire, from where she graduated at the age of 16, winning the prestigious "Premier Prix du Piano". Prizes in top international competitions, including the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud (in Paris) and the Ferruccio Busoni (in Bolzano), quickly followed. Gülsin Onay's subsequent, truly international, career has spanned 68 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world such as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Washington DC National Gallery of Art and the New York Miller Theater. Gülsin Onay takes a special interest in the promotion of charitable causes, giving charity concerts around the world, under the auspices of UNICEF, whose Turkish National Committee appointed her "Goodwill Ambassador" in 2003. Since its inception in 2004, Gülsin Onay has been the artistic advisor of the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival. Gülsin Onay holds the titles of State Artist in her native Turkey, and of soloist for the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara. She is "Artist in Residence" at Bilkent University in Ankara and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, and from Hacettepe University in Ankara. The Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation awarded its prestigious 2007 Honorary Award Gold Medal to Gülsin Onay and she was named Pianist of the Year by 2011 Donizetti Classical Music Awards

Ahmet Ümit

Ahmet Ümit was born in 1960 in the city of Gaziantep in southern Turkey. He moved to Istanbul in 1978 to attend university. In 1983, he both graduated from the Public Administration Faculty of Marmara University, and wrote his very first story. An active member of the Turkish Communist Party from 1974 until 1989, Ümit took part in the underground movement for democracy while Turkey was under the rule of a military dictatorship between 1980-1990. In 1985-86, he illegally attended the Academy for Social Sciences in Moscow. Ümit worked in the advertising sector from 1989-1998 and is currently employed as cultural advisor at the Goethe Foundation in Istanbul. He has one daughter, Gül. Since 1989, Ümit has published one volume of poetry, three volumes of short stories, a book of fairytales, one novella, and six novels. One of Turkey's most renowned contemporary authors, Ümit is especially well-known for his mastery of the mystery genre, as reflected in many of his bestselling novels and short story volumes. Drawing upon the unique political and historical background of his home country, Ümit delves into the psyches of his well-wrought characters as he weaves enthralling tales of murder and political intrigue.

Özge Karaoğlu

Özge Karaoğlu is an English teacher, teacher trainer and educational consultant in teaching young/very young learners, teaching with web based technologies; for international organizations, schools and institutes worldwide. She is the main author, songs writer and the educational coordinator of "Minigon" ELT books that aims at teaching English to young learners though stories. She is also working for Mindactiva in the USA as the content and story coordinator of "Yes, I Speak English" DVD series that are designed to give EFL children a jump- start in English. She is the script and screenplay writer of these DVD series. She has been developing animations, digital games and smart phone applications with her young learners for the last four years. She has won many prestigious awards for her work. She has been awarded with the "Creativity and Innovation", "Highly Commended 2010", "Highly Commended 2011" , "Microsoft Award for Outstanding Teachers - Runner up" and most notably "ESU - Cambridge University New Writing Award" which earned her a visit to Buckingham Palace to receive her award from the Duke of Edinburg h Prince Philip. She has a blog where she writes about teaching English through technology and web based tools. She is teaching in kindergarten and enjoying every minute of it.

Osman Koç

Osman Koç is an Istanbul based engineer/artist, whose main research focus is on experimenting different ways of physical interaction for esponsive environments and installations. He recieved his M.Sc. in 2010 on Mechatronics Engineering, and B.Sc. in 2008 on Electronics Engineering from Sabanci University. Currently he is running his own atelier, where he does prototypes for industrial, advertorial and artistic applications besides technical consultation. His selected works have been exhibited in Bodies of Synthesis (Enghien les Bains, 2009),Playface Intercult (Vienna, 2010) and Amber (Istanbul, 2011). He has presented his papers in IEEE ICM'10 and ISEA2011.

Serpil Ulutürk

Serpil Uluturk is one of the founders of Seti Media, which is a gaming media hub and know-how center. She has also been working as the editor-in-chief of Oyungezer magazine since its first publication, in November 2007. While studying at ITU School of Architecture, she started her career as an enthusiastic writer, printing copies and distributing her and her friends' fanzines before moving into professional life. After spending two years as a freelance translator, copyeditor and video games critic at PC Gamer Turkey, she worked as an editor at Level magazine where she had a column on "life as a game" which inspired her own magazine's name, Oyungezer. She is still writing, editing, talking, sharing, and dreaming about games, mostly on her recent column, Rüya Tamirleri.

Erdem Dilbaz

He is a stalker. He is a defender of the universe! Born in Istanbul, 1982. Studied electric/electronic at his high school. Won a scholarship from Istanbul Bilgi University, Management of Performing Arts department. Researched and wrote lots of popular culture articles about design, architectures, music, art and technology. Founded a company called Kafa Ayari. Has been deeply researching on cybernetics, performing arts and technology - human interaction. Last couple of years, has been managing a network called NERDWORKING and producing artistic and commercial interactive media works. Nowadays, is writing his dissertation about relationship of music culture and passages in socio - economical way. Activist of human rights on Internet and he is a pirate!

Organizing team


Istanbui, Turkey


Istanbul, Turkey
  • Deniz Saglam
    Creativity Coordinator
  • Ayse Irmak Sen
    Speakers Coordinator