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Theme: Science and Fiction

This event occurred on
November 30, 2010
3:00pm - 3:00am CET
(UTC +1hr)
Amsterdam, NH

This year’s TEDxAmsterdam will be held in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. On the 30th November 2010, this grand city theater will provide a stage for the new ideas of bold thinkers and innovators in the fields of technology, entertainment, design, art, science and business. The theme of this year will be “Science and Fiction.”

Leidseplein 26
Amsterdam, NH, 1017 PT
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Dr Gerardus

If you think the future is a mystery, Gerardus

Rutger Hauer

is a Dutch stage, television and film actor. His career began in 1969 with the title role in the popular Dutch television series Floris, directed by Paul Verhoeven. Hauer starred in Soldaat van Oranje and other Verhoeven movies, and later moved to Hollywood where he has built a successful career starring in movies such as The Hitcher, Blade Runner and Sin City. He continues to create a broad range of memorable characters, and has starred in over fifty films to date. He is the winner of a Golden Globe and many other awards for his acting work. He is a dedicated environmentalist, and has also established an AIDS awareness foundation called the Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation.

Dr. Aubrey de Grey

a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge and a TED speaker, will discuss


The young accordion duo Toeac, consisting of Ren

Luke Nosek

is an entrepreneur, and amongst many other things co-founded PayPal. After PayPal went public and was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002, Nosek decided to pursue travel and angel investing. In 2005, Nosek started Founders Fund with Peter Thiel and Ken Howery, a $275m venture capital fund. In 2009, Nosek joined Halcyon Molecular, a Founders Fund portfolio company pursuing a novel approach to ultra fast complete genome sequencing. He currently sits on the boards of SpaceX, Pathway Genomics, and Halcyon Molecular.

Peter Westerveld

an artist and conservationist, was born in Tanzania, and after a thirty-year climate and nature study on the ground in Eastern Africa, initiated the restoration and renewed use of desert areas through a very basic but highly effective technique called contour trenching. At TEDxAmsterdam he will present the result of his life

Dr Florian Kaps

saved the last Polaroid production plant for Integral Instant film in Enschede (NL) in 2008 and started to re-invent and re-produce a new instant film for traditional Polaroid Cameras. Kaps first dived into the magic of analog photography as leading manager of the Lomographic Society, developing their worldwide online community and shop platform. Since his childhood attracted by the exercise of running into the opposite direction, he reacted to the digital revolution by founding a strictly analog company, establishing what is today

Claron McFadden

is a worldclass soprano singer who studied voice at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Her celebrated operatic roles are numerous and varied. She sings many of the major oratorio works, but is also in demand for her interpretation of modern and contemporary music. Her many recordings include Birtwistle


is a reed quintet, based in Amsterdam. Few ensembles can claim to have created a new musical genre, but Calefax, a quintet composed exclusively of reed instruments, has brought a fresh sound to audiences. The Amsterdam-based group

Rogier van der Heide

is the recently appointed Chief Design Officer for Philips Lighting. In this role he explores the new and unique ways that lighting can meet people

Hans Teeuwen

is a Dutch comedian, actor, writer, and singer. His work can be described as absurdist, apolitical and confrontational. In 1991, Teeuwen won the Dutch cabaret festival Cameretten together with Roland Smeenk. Teeuwen developed five hugely successful one man shows. In 2005 Teeuwen announced the end of his theatre career

Joris Luyendijk

returns as the host of TEDxAmsterdam, introducing our speakers and reflecting on the audiences expectations like no one else can. At TEDxAmsterdam 2009, he brought an optimistic, positive feeling to the event, which was felt by all. Luyendijk is a writer and TV host who studied in Kansas, Amsterdam, and Cairo. His first book

Organizing team


Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Monique van Dusseldorp
    program information
  • Marian Spier
    content and creative related information
  • Paul Rispens
  • Xander Kranenburg
    Head of Production
  • Albert-Jan Tebbe
    Live Stream and Simulcast Locations
  • Marck Feller
    Video Recording and Editing
  • Sasha Naod
    Communications Manager
  • Oliver de Leeuw
  • Ellen Bokkinga
  • Lieke Voermans
  • Barbara Putman Cramer