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Theme: The future of Health

This event occurred on
April 4, 2011
10:00am - 5:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Maastricht, LI

TEDxMaastricht 2011 focused on the current innovation and incredible growth within the medical sector. Personal stories from (ex) patients and bold ideas from innovators.

Theater aan het Vrijthof
Vrijthof 47
Maastricht, LI, 6211 LE
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David deBronkart,

David deBronkart, or better known as “e-patient Dave” was diagnosed in January 2007 with kidney cancer at a very late stage. odds were stacked against him; with tumors in both lungs, several bones, and muscle tissue. He received great treatment and after removing the extensive mess, and by means of therapy was able to fight through and win the battle over his cancer. His last treatment was July 23, 2007, and by September it was clear he’d beaten the disease. Dave is now actively engaged in opening health care information directly to patients on an unprecedented level, thus creating a new dynamic in how information is delivered, accessed and used by the patient.

Fred Lee

Fred Lee has the unusual distinction of having been both a vice president at two major medical centers and a cast member at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. At Disney, he helped develop and facilitate Disney’s health care version of its 3-day seminar, Disney’s Approach to Quality Service for the Healthcare Industry. With an insiders experience and a keen eye for cultural comparisons between Disney and American hospitals, he is author of the best selling health care leadership book, If Disney Ran Your Hospital, 9 1/2 Things You Would Do Differently. In 2005 his book received the Book of the Year Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is now available in Dutch and Portuguese.

Luciano Floridi

Research Chair in Philosophy of Information

Daniel Kraft

There’s some amazing things coming down the healthcare pipeline and Daniel Kraft knows a little about all of them. Take for example regenerative medicine, which is starting to experience tremendous growth with the blossoming use of stem cells to help the body heal and replace damaged tissue. Or personalized medicine that allow for far more precise dosage and effectiveness for individuals, not masses. Kraft will touch upon some impressive developments that hint us to the future of medicine. Kraft teaches at Stanford University, is an expert on regenerative medicine, and a member of the faculty at Singularity University and is directing their upcoming FutureMed program.

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek created a simple model, The Golden Circle, that codifies what makes the most inspiring people and organizations so successful and influential. Beginning as a student in anthropology, Simon Sinek turned his fascination with people into a career of convincing people to do what inspires them. Through his struggle to rediscover his excitement about life and work, he made some profound realizations and began helping his friends and their friends to find their “why” — at first charging just $100, person by person. Never planning to write a book, he penned Start With Why simply as a way to distribute his message. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

Organizing team


Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Lucien Engelen
    Program manager
  • Salmaan Sana
    Student activation
  • Corine Jansen
    Food and beverages
  • Ramzi Amri
    Online communications
  • Marcel Wortel
    Offline communications
  • Diana Verweij
    Start-up watcher
  • Jan Scheele