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Theme: Refreshing our Information Society

This event occurred on
October 31, 2012
12:00am - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Tilburg, NB

The aim of the information society is to gain competitive advantage internationally through the use of IT in a creative and productive way. An information society is a society in which the creation, distribution, diffusion, use, integration and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political, and cultural activity.

The theme of TEDxTilburgUniversity is ‘Refreshing Our Information Society’. This will keep pace with rapid changes taking place in our information society. Standing front speakers will go deeper in fact on why our society is constantly evolving with new technologies, viewpoints and thoughts.

Tilburg University - Auditorium
Warandelaan 2
Tilburg, NB, 5037 AB
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Tim van Cromvoirt

Tim van Cromvoirt graduated in 2011 at the AKV St. Joost Breda as an Interactive designer. He won the ST.Joost Medal for his graduation project thermophores and his work is seen by the jury as intriguing and mysterious, technically complex, but most of all enchanting. His work takes place in the increasingly important field of art and science & technology. Tim studies a lot about biology and this is reflected in his work which are usally his self-invented organisms. Not all of his work is specifically ment for exhibitions but rather shown in relation to dance- and interactive solutions for organizing exhibitions. Tim will tell something about art & technology in general and then will show some of his organisms.

Ton Wilthagen

Ton Wilthagen, generally known as Mr. Flexicurity, is professor of institutional and legal aspects of the labor market, Tilburg Law School and director of the Research Institute for Flexicurity, Labor Market Dynamics and Social Cohesion (ReflecT). He will talk about the way we can guarantee “work for all” by making use of a common language of competences and modern information technology in matching labor supply and demand: i(L)EARN

Yori Kamphuis

Yori is co-founder and CBDO of Coblue Cybersecurity. With Coblue, he wants to contribute to a safer world. He studied exponential technologies at the Graduate Studies program of Singularity University (aka “NASA/Google university”) in Silicon Valley this summer. Before that, he graduated on the topic Geopolitics & Cybersecurity at King’s College, London. Yori pursues his other passion for leadership development at The Leadership Group for one day a week. Challenged by medical issues (and his 20+ (foster) siblings) during his youth, his interest in DNA printing sparked when he learned about this at Singularity University. An intersection of security and DNA printing awaits you at TEDxTilburgUniversity

Will Robben

Will Robben is CEO and Founder of FLOOW2 International S.A.. Worldwide and in all sectors, production companies learn to reduce, to re-use, to recycle as to improve sustainability however forgetting their biggest source for improvement: utilizing the vast overcapacities of what they already own. ICT enables us now to make those abundant overcapacities transparent thus tradeable: creating new revenue, reducing investment cost whilst dramatically cutting the world’s raw material consumption and CO2 footprint.

Hille van der Kaa

Hille van der Kaa is a lecturer and researcher in Communication and Information Science at the University of Tilburg. Her work is centrally concerned with researching datajournalism and transmedia storytelling. She previously worked as a journalist, marketing manager and publisher. On the basis of the case study ProjectX Haren, her talk provides insights in the ethical dilemmas of new as well as established media in a new information age. Such as: what is a reliable news source? When should one trust a rumor on Twitter? Does a reporter still need to be physically present during the event? Do we need to share everything?

Marco van Beers

Marco van Beers is an Eindhoven based Industrial Designer. He has an enormous fascination with how design and (emerging) technologies could facilitate and support intimate communication. He has already spoken at TEDxMaastricht and he will share with us his insights and designs he did in the context of 'intimate communication in health'

Dirk van der Veen

Dirk van der Veen is the head of the ICT Department of Het Roessingh, Center for Rehabilitation since 2007. He will talk about 'e-Health: a matter of Trust.' "The approach of the development and implementation of e-Health systems and applications needs to be changed. Only then e-Health can contribute substantially to one of today’s most challenging tasks in our society"

Maurits Kaptein

Maurits Kaptein is an assistent professor at the department Methodology and Statistics at Tilburg University. He has already spoken at TEDxHogeschoolUtrecht and will now perform at TEDxTilburgUniversity. He will talk about the science of persuasion and how to influence people using modern (online) marketing techniques.

Geert Mul

Geert Mul is an artist and will be speaking at TEDxTilburgUniversity about 'Art as a Databased Operation". He studied at the Academy of the Arts in Arnhem where he eventually specialized in computer animation. His art travelled all around the world, including Japan, China, USA and many countries in the EU. Geert Mul has it's own view on databases, ever wondered how to visualize these databases into art?

Sander Duivestein

Sander Duivestein is Trendwatcher at ViNT (Verkenningsinstituut Nieuwe Technologie) and will speak about Augmented Humanity at TEDxTilburgUniversity. "What will new technologies do for us? History has shown that every introduction of new technology has changed human behaviour and therefore the view we have on the world. What do people of the future look like?"

Eric Postma

Eric Postma is a professor in Artificial Intelligence at the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) at Tilburg University. He will talk about Social Signal Processing and Affective Computing.

Ned McGowan & Susanna Borsch

McGowan’s music strives for an idiom in which various musics – American popular, European classical and avant-garde, Carnatic, a fascination with proportionally intricate rhythms, the use of microtones in the search for new subtleties of melody – and many others, rub against each other and generate new meanings.” This is how musicologist Bob Gilmore describes composer and flutist Ned McGowan, who was born in the United States in 1970 and has been living in the Netherlands since 1994. Susanna Borsch was born in Hamburg, Germany, and studied recorder with Walter van Hauwe at the Amsterdam Conservatory where she completed her teaching and solo (masters) diplomas. Her final concert examination in the year 2000 featured several new works composed especially for her and the combination of recorder with live electronics. Her collaboration with composers on new solo repertoire resulted in her first solo CD "Off-limits" which received critical acclaim from all quarters when issued in 2006. In 2012 she performed Ned McGowan's groundbreaking iPad concerto "Rotterdam Concerto No. 2" with Rotterdam Sinfonia.

Organizing team


Breda, Netherlands
  • Ruud Couwenberg
    Speaker liaison
  • Jaap Evertse
  • Niels Hellinga
  • Toine van den Hurk
  • Has Klerx
    Academic Forum contact
  • Richard van Laak