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Theme: Introspection

This event occurred on
October 20, 2012
9:30am - 7:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Antwerpen, VAN

On the 20th October 2012 in the Koninklijk Atheneum Antwerp, 200 kids will be inspired and entertained with talks and workshops on subjects as diverse as 3D printing, fashion and travel at the second TEDxYouth @ Flanders event.

TEDx events for youth bring together local educators, organizations and kids for activities, live talks and storytelling that engage young minds to learn and experience in new and different ways.

TEDxYouth @ Flanders is part of the TEDx program set up by TED to share ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. The TEDx program gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

The aim of the day is to expose your child to a wide variety of issues that will impact their lives right now or into the future. The idea is to expose them to a wide variety of subjects to broaden their view of the world and also expose fields of interest they never knew existed. We ask only that your child come with an open mind and a lot of curiosity.

This year’s event will take place on the same day as the adult TEDxFlanders event taking place in the Opera. This gives parents the chance to share the TEDx experience with their children and several of the speakers, including Bart Moeyaert (Flemish writer and former Antwerp city poet) and Susanne Lee (fashion designer and TED Fellow) will be speaking at both events.

We also want the kids to be involved in running the event as much as possible. This year, our young presenters include Puck Meerburg, who will talk about the apps he has written for the iPhone and Ritik Mehta, who will give a talk about 3D printing and digital creation.

But the event is not just talks! There are two workshops sessions covering a wide range of topics from programming to yoga. The kids will also get to share their experiences with the adults at the TEDxFlanders event during the lunch and afternoon breaks. TEDxYouth@Flanders is free for kids and includes lunch and snacks in the afternoon. And if you or your child would like to help out on the day, we also need lots of volunteers to help ensure that the event runs smoothly and everyone has a great day.

Koninklijk Atheneum
Rooseveltplaats 11
Antwerpen, VAN, 2060
Event type:
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Ritik Mehta

Ritik Mehta is a 12 year old youth from Antwerp. He was one of the participants at TEDxKids@Brussels in 2011 where he first got hands-on experience with 3D printing. He took this fascination forward and met with people in this field to learn more. He wants to share his insights on topics from design to manufacturing with other kids. Giving back what he experienced, he is also one of the organizers of TEDxYouth@Flanders.

Suzanne Flinkenflögel

Suzanne Flinkenflögel is responsible for the marketing and communications of Mars One. She graduated in 2005 in International Business Communications and Spanish at the University of Nijmegen. Before Mars One she worked as a Marketing Manager for a Dutch hosting provider. In her spare time, she works as a voluntary coach at the 1%Club, a crowdsourcing platform that connects smart development projects with people, funds and knowledge around the world.

Bart Moeyaert

"Published in 1983 when he was just nineteen, Bart Moeyaert’s debut novel Duet met valse noten (Off-key Duet) is finally achieving classic status. Since then, readers of all ages have discovered his prose and poetry. His books have been translated into 20 languages and have won many awards, including the Gouden Uil, the Boekenleeuw, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, and the Norske Oversetterpremien. Bart was stadsdichter (city poet) for Antwerp in 2006 and 2007 and teaches Creative Writing at the Royal Art School. He has written screenplays and plays, and has also translated the works of other authors works including Jürg Schubiger, Christine Nöstlinger, Carolyn Coman and Chris Donner. This year, Bart was nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award for the fourth time and received his ninth consecutive nomination for the international Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He is currently writer in residence at the Writers Omi in New York, where he is working on his new book."

Colin Angus

Colin Angus is an adventurer, bestselling author and Canadian filmmaker. He is the first person to circumnavigate the globe by human power, a 43,000 kilometre journey across three continents and two oceans by foot, bicycle, ski and rowboat. He has rowed and paddled thousands of kilometres in waterways around the world, including completing the first source-to-sea descent of the world’s fifth longest river, the Yenisey, the third to navigate the length of the Amazon and the fastest to paddle 1100 km around Vancouver Island. Colin has authored four books and his work is published in numerous publications including the The Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest and Cruising World. He is the co-producer of four documentaries, two for National Geographic which won numerous awards including Best Adventure Film at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival and Best Adventure Film at Taos Mountain Film Festival. Outside magazine listed Colin as one of the top 25 “bold visionaries with world changing dreams” for his work in promoting lifestyle changes to help the environment, and National Geographic awarded him the Adventurer of the Year Award.

Puck Meerburg

"We are surrounded by computers and smartphones, and even the youngest kids are experienced users of these devices. Just like Puck (13) from Delft, the Netherlands. But Puck took it one step further: when his peers learned to read and write, Puck taught himself how to write code. This way he mastered most of the commonly used programming languages, like Python, JavaScript, Objective-C, Java, HTML5 and CSS3, and has released over 10 iOS apps since he was 10. He also develops apps for other platforms, webpages and participates in programming challenges. Puck is convinced that all kids can learn how to make apps!"

Emre Sevinç

Emre Sevinç is a software engineer working in the aerospace domain with a focus on semantic web and business intelligence. Before that, he worked on Computer Assisted Language Learning systems and one of them, the ClozeFox project won the Mozilla & MacArthur Foundation award for Jetpack For Learning Challenge - 2010. He still remembers his excitement with his first computer, a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K, and years later, his first experiments with teaching introductory programming using StarLogo, the predecessor of Scratch. He likes to convert digital information consumers into computational problem solvers, hopefully for a world with less problems.

Kurt Klynen

Kurt Klynen started his career as a primary teacher. He loves working with audio, video, animation, images, gaming and finding ways to share the results. The last 7 years he has worked as an ICT & Media teacher trainer integrating technology from 2,5 year old up to 65+.

Organizing team


Antwerpen, Belgium


Antwerpen, Belgium
  • Colin O'Neill
    Founding Organiser
  • Eileen Nolan
    Founding Organiser
  • Ellen Wezenbeek
  • Micheline Warmenbol
  • Carole Paquette
  • Ritik Mehta
    Organiser (youth)
  • Shreya Mehta
    Organiser (youth)
  • Yasmina Kichauat
    Organiser (youth)