x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Work hard | Play Hard

This event occurred on
September 17, 2015
10:00am - 6:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Drachten, Fryslân (fy)

TEDx is all about bringing together people from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment & Design (and education), in order to spread and share ideas.

After the first event, which has taken place in 2011, this year TEDxFryslân will organize a second event on September 17 in the Frisian city of Drachten (from 10.00 A.M. - 18.30 P.M.).
The theme of the event in Drachten will be 'Work Hard, Play Hard'.

An inviting, beckoning perspective
In 2018 Fryslân has found ways to establish a sustainable relationship with her environment. We proved to be able to make ourselves energy-neutral and – with respect for existing core qualities, and relying on small-scale help from people in our networks and from professionals – to develop care concepts with strong connections to the things that color our lives: our own culture, language and identity. This has deepened and enriched our culture with an accessible mindset and an open look at the world, Europe and the world being sources of inspiration to us and – in turn – we want to inspire the world around us.

Burgemeester Wuiteweg 24
Drachten, Fryslân (fy), 9203 KL
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Alexandre Janssen

Innovation Manager
Alexandre talks about: Why Innovation is all about people rather than bright ideas. To realize changes within a company you need to find people that are passionate and believe in something, rather than focusing on generating bright ideas.

Arjen Banach

Twenty-five-year-old Arjen Banach has already been working for three years as an inspirational trainer/coach in leadership and positive psychology.

Daisy Scholte

Presenter and Writer
Daisy Scholte tells people not to waste food. For her it's a way of life as well as her job, and she works hard to reach her goals. “Day and night if I have to”, she says. “Nobody asked me to write a book... Nobody paid me to write a book... And nobody warned me how tough it is to write a book. I'm not going to get rich and famous, now my book has been published. I didn't do it for those reasons. I did it because I care and because I'm passionate about the subject of food waste.

Eric de Groot

Organizer of creative management meetings
Eric (1956) travels the world to show that business meetings, conferences and management meetings can be fun, rewarding, effective and groundbreaking.

Geesje Duursma

Geesje Duursma, does her name ring a bell? You could know her as the owner of restaurant De Pleats. The rest of her resume regarding her passion for hospitality is just as impressive. However, hospitality is not the topic of Geesje’s talk. She will be discussing the condition of one of her sons: autism.

Jennifer Ann Fritts

Born in the USA and raised in The Netherlands, Jennifer Ann has always been searching for the magical unknown. Through the art of theatre she became aware that we are spiritual beings, having a human experience on earth.

Jeroen de Boer

Innovation specialist
Jeroen de Boer (1973) works as an innovation specialist at Bibliotheekservice Fryslân (BSF). He is a strong believer in open technologies and the way libraries can learn from the maker culture. His current main project is FryskLab, a Mobile Library FabLab (the first one in Europe).

Jop Wielens

Programmer and entrepreneur
“Delivering beautiful stuff that works gives me a kick every time," says Jop. He can’t imagine doing a job you don't like day in, day out. So he decided to do what he likes: creating games. There is a reason why he talks about what you can achieve with perseverance and passion for your product.

Katherina Martin Abello

Director of the Center of Innovation at the Trimbos Instituut
Katherina Martin Abello is the director of the Center of Innovation at the Trimbos Instituut in the city of Utrecht. She is an entrepreneur and an e-consultant, and worked for various .com-companies (e.g., the Latin American eBay), as a member of the marketing start-up team. She has more than fourteen years of experience in e-Health & e-Business.

Sjoerd Bootsma

Artistic organizer, communicator and concept developer
Sjoerd Bootsma seems to have an eye for combining all kinds of disciplines. Business and design, nature and art, people and organizations, and so on. That made him the perfect candidate for the artistic team that wrote the second and winning bidbook for 'Leeuwarden European Capitol of Culture 2018'.

Stef van der Ziel

Entrepreneur Stef van der Ziel doesn't want to dwell on the topic of his TEDTalk. You just have to listen to it and find out for yourself. He does however mention a couple of energetic terms in a brief description of his Talk: Energy and Power. “Take control of your own energy", that's the message.

Tim Laning

Co-founder, co-owner and CEO of Grendel Games
Tim Laning is co-founder, co-owner and CEO of Grendel Games, a serious game development company based in the Frisian city of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. He was also the driving force behind the game development and design course at the NHL University for Professional Education, the G-Ameland Festival, the Next-Gen Art Event and the initial ideas for Gameship, a facility for research and development of video game technology.

Organizing team


Leeuwarden, Netherlands
  • Daan de Beer
  • Richard Zwarts