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Theme: Beyond [ The Walls ]

This event occurred on
February 28, 2015
11:00am - 8:00pm EET
(UTC +2hrs)
Heraklion, Irakleio

TEDxHeraklion is back with the theme «Beyond the Walls», and will take place on Saturday, February 28th 2015.

2015 brings us face-to-face with Walls: that seek to be explored and accessed. With the Venetian Walls as a trademark, we make a step further, «Beyond the Walls».

Geographic Walls and personal ones, biases, obstacles, stone Walls but also ideological ones. Something new and wonderful is approaching outside the Walls. Something innovative, ‘indigenous’ is looking for a way to exit them, break the Walls, and disseminate.

Stay tuned! #TEDxHER #beyondthewalls

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Heraklion, Irakleio
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Konstantinos Laskaris

Principal Motor Designer at Tesla Motors Konstantinos Laskaris is Head of Research and Design of electrical motors at Tesla Motors, located in Silicon Valley, California, and has also worked in the National Technological University of Athens, where he received his bachelor’s degree and PhD. Going beyond the Walls of conventional transportation, will introduce us to the future of sustainable cars.

Charis Theodorakopoulos

Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science Dr. Charis Theodorakopoulos, Senior Lecturer, Leader in Conservation Science at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, with his research work to focus on advanced technologies for the reconstruction of color coatings. From the stage of TEDx Heraklion // Beyond the Walls how by properly managing our cultural treasures, we can leverage them into useful tools for the future of a country.


Musician He studied the violin, but his musical influences are not only classical. Tasman is experimenting with electronic music, showing a synthetic capacity that is an innate mix of emotional sensitivity and trained technical knowledge.

Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg is an international business leader and entrepreneurship professor with over 20 years of experience across a wide range of fields. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor to the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.His teaching is focused mainly on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. As he is quite active and resourceful, he isn’t just another member of the Academic community. He cooperates with non-governmental organizations, playing an important role in the local community of Cleveland. He works as a consultant to help local companies successfully grow, searching alternative ways for the investors to maintain liquidity, while also aiming to create new employment opportunities in Cleveland, as companies expand. In addition, he has co-founded the Bridge Investment Fund L.P., a venture capital firm that invests in Israeli medical device companies that have strong synergies with the medical institutions in Cleveland.

Alexis Komselis

Other than serving as the Director of the ALBA Hub for Enterprise & Development, Alexis Komselis also teaches Entrepreneurship at a master level program at ALBA, while his dream is to one day manage to cultivate his own vegetables as a farmer. Previously, he collaborated with several companies, while he has also contributed to educational programs on entrepreneurial topics at the University of Piraeus, but also at Tbilisi, the Public University of Georgia. For four years, he was the representative for Greece for the STEP Project, a global research team that focuses on family businesses that are being transferred from one generation to the next. His research interests though are not limited to the above, as he is also researching the outcomes of entrepreneurship.

Michalis Skoulas

Michalis Skoulas is a Sociologist and Drug Addiction Consultant that offers his services in the field of prevention and rehabilitation for the last 25 years. At the same time he serves as Head of the Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals – KETHEA ARIADNE, the network that covers the region of Crete and the Dodecanese.

Michalis Mathioudakis

Michalis Mathioudakis is an actor and a director. After participating in many plays of various theater companies, he is now experimenting on stand-up comedy, with already two one-man shows to demonstrate.

Maria Papadopouli

Professor at UOC / Researcher at FORTH Maria Papadopouli is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD) of the University of Crete and a researcher in the Institute of Computer Science, in the Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas (FO.R.T.H.). She is a prominent scientist in her field, Computer Science, having published a large number of papers and been honoured with various awards. The latest of them all, is the Google Faculty Award, in 2013.

Eleni Garyfalaki

Education & Creativity Expert Eleni Garyfalaki focuses on education for both children and adults, as she holds a bachelor’s degrees in Italian & Spanish Language and Literature, and in Primary Education, and a master’s degree in Language Disorders and in Lifelong Learning. Based on that, she founded “Kalos Agogos” in Heraklion, Crete, a place where the theory of multiple intelligences is blended with other educational theories about imagination and creativity, offering activities for children and adults, that stimulate the way they learn and get inspired.

Eve Michelaki Christos Christodoulopoulos

LATHOS Project Eve Michelaki and Christos Christodoulopoulos believe in mistakes and our ability to repeat them. Through LATHOS artists’ team, they aim to a broader art practice, via dialogue and scientific research. For them, collective mistakes have a greater creative urge, so they often collaborate with people from diverse fields, while relocating their experiments beyond the borders of art, in the areas of ecology, architecture and social intervention.

Elpis Chrysovergis Dora Bitsi

Travel Bloggers Elpis and Dora love traveling and volunteering for those in need, while they hope to change the world by spreading smiles and positive energy. They crossed Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, developed 5 charity projects and filmed their experience on a documentary, the “AfriQuest”.

Yiouli Doxanaki

Agribusiness Consultant Yiouli Doxanaki is an Agribusiness Consultant and the co-creator of xorafaki.gr, a platform that provides easy and understandable tips on how to manage an agriculture product, from its production to distribution. She believes that every seed can crop, as long as there is the suitable ground for it to develop.

Michalis Kontaxakis Trio & Marina Dakanali

Musicians “Michalis Kontaxakis Trio & Marina Dakanali”, holding the mandolin and its evolution in our island as a point of reference, are inspired by this year’s theme to create and also present covers of traditional music, with fantasy and influences “beyond Crete” as their main ingredients.

Effie Paroutsa

Travel Photographer After travelling to numerous destinations such as Vietnam, Peru, Scotland, Jamaica or Paris, and having met many different cultures and civilizations, Effie Paroutsa returns to her birthplace, Greece, and takes the stage of TEDx Heraklion to address the significance of lost simplicity in life.

Yiorgos Gkintikas

Sign Language Teacher A graduate of the only university worldwide for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing, Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., teacher of the greek sign language and headmaster of the Hellenic Sign Language Center, Yiorgos Gkintikas will introduce us to the linguistic tradition of sign language, which evolves similarly to the one of the hearing.

Beverly Goodman

Marine Geo-archaeologist Dr. Beverly Goodman, a geo-archaeologist based in Israel and professor in the University of Haifa, is trying to illuminate stories that have been in the darkness for more than 2,000 years, related to the tsunamis, by examining clues from the environment, which, for most of us, are just integral part of the natural beauty of a landscape.

Julian Stubbs

Place Brand Strategist Julian Stubbs, an international place brand strategist and co-Founder of UP THERE, EVERYWHERE, a Global Cloud Based Agency, has numerous collaborations with international clients: from the organisation of the concert for the Peace Nobel Prize, to the creation of the brand position and tag line “Stockholm, The Capital of Scandinavia”.

Organizing team


Heraklion Crete , Greece
  • Alexandra Karapidaki
    Marketing & Partnerships Manager
  • Maria Damanaki
    Speakers' Manager
  • Konstantinos Vassakis
    Partnerships' Co-Manager
  • Eirini Makedona
    Experience Manager
  • Evaggelia Greka
    Venue Manager
  • Froso Makedona
    Food Curator
  • Sandra-Odette Kypriotaki
    Host // Communication Manager
  • Manolis Foinikianakis
    Production & Filmmaking
  • Nikolas Leventakis
    Production & Filmmaking
  • Rosanna Mortoglou
    Social Media Yin
  • Maria Arnaoutaki
    Social Media Yang
  • Haridimos Spinthakis
    Project Consultant
  • Stella Lazari
    Registration Manager
  • Lila Tzamousi
  • Natassa Kampouraki
  • Antonis Triantafyllakis
    Volunteers' Co-ordinator
  • Nikki Ximeri
    Performances' Co-ordinator
  • Vaggelis Boutsakis
    Website Development
  • Dimitris Velonakis
    Website Development