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Theme: Out of the Box

This event occurred on
February 22, 2014
9:30am - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Rome, 62

Intertwined with the past, the present, the future, and enriched with a myriad of cultures, Rome is a dynamic and diverse city. Through amalgamating open-minded thinkers and speakers from various fields, TEDxRoma seeks to shed light on the Eternal city’s contemporary side that is too often overshadowed by its history.

The city measured itself with some of the most Out of the Box thinkers from different parts of the world. At TEDxRoma, Italian and foreign speakers shared their inventive and brilliant ideas.

Like a Roman cobblestone road, their talks paved the way to a future where everybody is inspired to think Out of the Box.

A new side of Rome appeared last 22 February 2014 at the Teatro Olimpico, and was a success.

Teatro Olimpico
piazza Gentile da Fabriano, 17
Rome, 62, 00196
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Athanassia Athanassiou

Researcher - An innovative physicist and researcher, since January 2011 Athanassiou has been a Senior Researcher in the Smart Materials Group in the Department of Nanophysics of the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa (IIT). From September 2009 to September 2012 she also coordinated the Smart Materials Platform at the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies of ITT, Lecce. She works with Smart Materials; an example of such being a special sponge that specifically absorbs oil; this sponge has the potential to save our oceans in case of ecological disasters.

Davide Scabin

Chef - Davide Scabin is an international star. Two stars, according to Michelin. Times Magazine acknowledges him as “one of the ten chefs in the world that will change your life.” He believes a kitchen without thinking is survival, nutrition. The award-winning chef of of Rivoli has created a new type of Space Food for ESA. Will his lasagna also conquer new stars?

Miltos Manetas

Artist - Miltos Manetas was born in Athens, Greece; at the age of 20 he lived in Milan, at age 32 in New York, at 35 in Los Angeles, and now he is in Rome. Wherever Manetas is, he’s also simultaneously present in the digital world. Like a “post-contemporary” psychologist, Manetas analyzes the relationships between computers, video games, and other humans. A quest for new thoughts that become boxes out of which to exit with new ideas.

Vinton Cerf

Chief Internet Evangelist - Recognized as one of the “fathers of the internet,” sharing this title with American computer scientist Bob Kahn with whom he invented the TCP/IP protocol; Cerf is a renowned American computer scientist. From 1973 to 1978 Cerf and Kahn funded and developed TCP/IP communications and contributed greatly to the Internet as we know it today. Cerf was instrumental in the development of the first commercial e-mail system (MCI Mail) connected to the Internet. In addition, he was instrumental in funding and forming ICANN from the start.


Reality Show - When Jonnie, Ben, Duncan, and Dave asked themselves what they wanted to do before they died, they answered: The Buried Life. They wrote a list of 100 things they wanted to do before they died, and started a road trip which eventually developed into a reality T.V. show for MTV; in the show, called The Buried Life, the four friends set out on a journey across North America to help a stranger cross off an item on their respective list for every item the group themselves crossed off. They wrote a New York Times bestselling book and encouraged millions to take the initiative to follow their dreams.

Stefano Pujatti

Architect - Elastico is a way of thinking that unites designers, architects, engineers, photographers, and people. Elastico lives through the energy emitted from creativity. Elastico is in the hills between Chieri, Cambiano e Pecetto, or in Budoia; it is far away from the city to observe it from a distance and perceive its virtues and defects with an objective eye. Elastico is more poetry and less rhyme. Elastico is found where you least expect it. Elastico is Stefano Pujanti and Stefano Pujanti is Elastico: the architect and the architecture.

Yadin Kaufmann

Venture Capitalist - Yadin has been involved in venture capital since 1987 when he joined the management of Athena Venture Partners, the first Israel-focused venture fund. In 1990 he co-founded Veritas Venture Partners, which leads early-stage investments in Israel and the U.S. In 2011, Yadin co-founded Sadara Ventures, the first fund targeting investments in Palestinian technology companies. In 2002 Yadin founded Tmura, The Israeli Public Service Venture Fund, which is a leading non-profit organization in the Israel high-tech sector. Tmura solicits donations of equity from early-stage companies and donates the proceeds from exit events to education and youth-related charities in Israel.

Maria Vittoria Rava

Philantropist - Latest news from Haiti: an earthquake strikes but the earth finds some solace. The haitians have found and adopted Maria Vittoria Rava, young lawyer, who has recentely lost her sister in a car accident. With her sister’s memory, Maria Vittoria founded the Francesca Rava association, bringing future and hope to children all over the world, from Haiti to Italy. A woman who by changing her life has also positively changed the one of thousands of human beings.

Peter Lunefeld

Professor in Design - Lunenfield, a critic and theorist of digital media, is a leading figure in digital aesthetic theory, set on establishing philosophical quandaries regarding digital technology and its role in art, design, and culture. He is a professor in the Design and Media Arts department of UCLA, director of the Institute of Technology and Aesthetics (ITA), and founder of mediawork: The Southern California New Media Group. His most famous book, titled Snap to Grid, incorporates traditional and continental theories of art to account for digital media. His work revolves around the discourses of technology, aesthetics, and cultural theory, establishing the complexity of digital aesthetics while simultaneously categorizing it.

Pasquale Fedele

Inventor - With Fedele as its CEO in 2011, Liquidweb – a startup specialized in the development of products and services of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) – and the team created a technology that allows patients diagnosed with SLA to communicate through neural pulses. From 2001 to 2010, Fedele was the associate researcher in the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Siena from 2003 to 2010, where he also taught as a professor.

Kristin Jones William Kentridge

Artists - Kristin Jones creates site-specific, time-based projects framing natural phenomena against built environment. Jones works collaboratively in public domain often in partnership with Andrew Ginzel. She is founder – artistic director of TEVERETERNO, an ongoing multidisciplinary arts festival on the Tiber River in Rome. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design an MFA from Yale University, 3 Fulbright Fellowships, and The Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Jones is currently developing a new public outreach project, Behold for Great Trees in New York City, partnering with NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation.

Giovanni Corazza

Professor - Corazza is a full-time professor at the Alma Mater Studiorum at the University of Bologna, a member of the Executive Council, and the founder of the Marconi Institute of Creativity (2011). He teaches science and the applications of creative thinking. He was the director of Advanced Satellite Mobile Systems Task Force (ASMS-TF), founder and director of the Integral Satcom Initiative (ISI) – a European Technology Platform dedicated to satellite communications. He has written over 260 scientific articles and he received the Marconi International Fellowship Young Scientist Award in 1995.

Mario Tronco

Musician - At the age of ten he is already fully immersed in the world of music, an important family heritage. Pianist, keyborder and author for the Little Avion Travel Orchestra. He composed soundtracks for Riccardo Milani, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Lina Wertmuller, Giovanni Piperno. In 2002 he creates, with Agostino Ferrente, the Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio, a multiethnic experiment to give value to unknown and precious musical expressions. The Orchestra welcomes musicians coming from ten different countries around the world but who speak a common language: that of harmony between traditions, different kinds of music and sounds. This is a dream come true, a dream born playing a few notes on a Fender Rhodes.

Domenico Pratichizzo

Professor - Professor of Robotics at the University of Siena. He collaborates with the Italian Institute for Technology in Genova. Human and robotic hands combined with the art to manipulate objects have always been the focus of his research. Recentely his research activity has been oriented towards extremely wearable robotics. He leads an extraordinary and enthusiastic research team . Since 2013 he is the coordinator of the “IP WEARHAP: wearable haptics for humans and robots”. In 2010 he coordinated the project on remote tactile communication “REMOTOUCH: remote touch”, selected for presentation at Expo Shangai 2010 within the project “Italy’s innovators”, under the patronage of the Ministry for Innovation.

Andrea Vitaletti

Researcher - Researcher at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome on networking and environmental monitoring. In 2002 he founded the WLAB and is currently coordinating the PLEASED European project, developing a technology to use plants as bio-sensors. In 2012 he founded WSENSE, a spin-off of the Sapienza focalized on monitoring technologies, within this he coordinates the COVA project on preserving and giving value to “minor” monuments via the active participation of users. A DIY (Do-It-Yourself) lover but even and perhaps even more a DIT (Do-It-Together) one.

Oscar Di Montigny

Manager - Today a manager in the financial sector, previousely with international corporations. Expert in Communication, Marketing and Corporate Education, he is expert in Technology applied to Relationship. Author of the blog “Thoughts for the Third Millenium”, he holds numerous lectio magistralis in different Italian universities and is speaker at diffferent international conferences on Innovation and Communication. In love with life, he unifies business and management with philosophy and spirituality, and he is fully convinced of the importance to give oneself. “Beauty and Silence will save the World”.

Maurizio Galimberti

Photographer - Maurizio Galimberti is born in Como and grows up in Meda. He studies to be a surveyor and whilst working on different building sites he develops his rigorous approach and point of view which will impress the world. When he decides to pursue his passion for photography he initially uses analog film, then in 1983 his obsession for Polaroid film begins. His mosaic-like portraits are internationally reknown and his art part of major collections. Galimberti is also visiting professor at the Domus Academy, the faculty of Industrial Design at the Bicocca University in Milan and the Italian Institute for photography in Milan.

Organizing team


Rome, Italy
  • Gerolamo Saibene
  • Lucia Bocca