x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Still Human

This event occurred on
May 3, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Oslo, Akershus

Welcome to the sixth annual TEDxOslo event!

It is a full-day event and will take place on May 3 2017 at Nationaltheatret.

Participants are invited to interact in an exchange of new ideas and shared passions. TEDxOslo will bring together innovators, explorers, teachers and learners in an environment that encourages collaboration, conversation and interaction. Join us at TEDxOslo and help us create a truly unique event that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform. TEDxOslo is a not-for-profit event organized entirely by local, unpaid volunteers.

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxOslo, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxOslo event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.”

The theme for TEDxOslo 2017 is: "Still Human"!

The world is moving increasingly faster, and technology is integrated in nearly all aspects of life. Self-driving vehicles, smart-homes, 3D-printers and robots are becoming part of the new normal. We read news from all over the world and share our own news for the world to see. In a split second, a moment in New York can be spread to New Delhi. We are more intertwined than ever before and more impacted by each other’s cultures and policies. The world may become smaller, but we are moving further and further apart from each other.

So what does it mean to still be human?

Our needs, feelings and dreams have not changed. We still thrive for understanding, love and respect. All humans. In an ever changing world it might be more important than ever to look out for each other and be hopeful for the future.

Johanne Dybwads plass 1
Oslo, Akershus, 0161
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Andreas Wahl

TV host and science communicator
Andreas Wahl is a Norwegian physicist and host of "Folkeopplysningen" and "Med livet som innsats" on the National broadcaster NRK. Wahl has a Masters degree from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has written several books, and frequently tours Norway with science shows and lectures.

Anne Hilde Neset

Director of Kunstnernes Hus, an art centre located next by the Palace park in Oslo
She was previously the Artistic Director for the Norwegian national contemporary music organisation nyMusikk (New Music), where she established the international festivals Only Connect and the music-literature festival Off The Page Oslo. She has her professional background from London where she worked as Deputy Editor of the The Wire, a prizewinning international music publication. She also worked at Rough Trade record shop and Institute of Contemporary Art London. She is the co-founder of Electra Productions, an art agency specialising in commissioning, producing and exhibiting art projects across disciplines, and which has collaborated with institutions such as South London Gallery, Tate Modern, Portrait Gallery and Barbican Centre. She is one of the presenters of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction programme, worked as lecturer internationally - at Bergen & Oslo Academy of the Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of the Arts London and many others.

Christina Farr

Christina Farr is a journalist covering health, technology and the future of medicine.

Einar Øverenget

Ph.D in Philosophy, and is partner Academy of Humanities, asst. professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
His aim is to make philosophy accessible and relevant for people of different training and careers, and also for people in their private lives – and the objective is to stimulate thinking.

Ellen Støkken Dahl

Medical student, sexual health worker and the author
Their mission is to empower young people through better sexual education and research-based information about their bodies.

Fredrik Høyer

Word poet and writer
Fredrik Høyer is from Drammen. He is best known for his performances with spoken words/stunt poetry, where he performs in literary, musically, and cultural contexts. It can be described as a combination of traditional poetry, rap, stand-up and theatre monologue.

Hadia Tajik

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice at the Parliament
She studied journalism at Stavanger University College and has a Master’s degree in human rights from Kingston University in England, and a Law Degree from the University of Oslo. Tajik grew up in Bjørheimsbygd in Strand in Rogaland with parents who immigrated from Pakistan in the 70’s.

Hamsika Premkumar

Medical student
Hamsika Premkumar is 23 years old, former leader of UN Students Hordaland and has been working with various volunteer organizations such as Bergen Red Cross, Norwegian Cancer Society and SOS children's villages. She came to Norway as a refugee from Sri Lanka in 2002. The war in Sri Lanka has shown her how it is like to live with fear for your own life, the fear of not being safe even at the hospital or school. As a 9 year old child, all she wanted was to be safe with her family.

Hilde Marie Holsen

Hilde Marie Holsen hails from Jølster, western part of Norway, but resides in Oslo. She has a MA in performed music technology from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and a BA in jazz trumpet from the University of Agder.

Jan Grue

Professor of Qualitative Methods at the Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo
Jan Grues research is on the body and embodiment, cultural representations, disability, and illness. He is the author of a novel, several collections of short stories, and children's books.

Jim Tørresen

Professor at the University of Oslo where he leads the Robotics and Intelligent Systems research group
He has been involved in artificial intelligence research for more than 25 years and has published more than 150 scientific papers in international journals, books and conference proceedings. Ten tutorials and a number of invited talks have been given at international conferences and universities. He has also been involved in popular science dissemination through talks and writing a general public book in Norwegian about artificial intelligence.

Marie E. Rognes

Chief Research Scientist at the Section for Computing and Software at Simula Research Laboratory
Her research focuses on developing mathematical models and computer algorithms to better understand human health and disease. Rognes won the prestigious 2015 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software, and was awarded a 2016 European Research Council Starting Grant and a 2015 Young Research Talents Grant.

Marius Holm

Managing director of the Zero Emission Resource Organisation (ZERO)
Marius has throughout his career distinguished himself as a clear and knowledgeable spokesperson and climate activist. He has a Master of Science in Financial Economics and Resource Management from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Miloš Novović

Doctoral fellow at University of Oslo, Faculty of Law
He comes from Montenegro; prior to moving to Norway, he studied intellectual property law in the US, as a Fulbright scholar at The George Washington University. Deeply passionate about the interaction of law and technology, he writes about intellectual property laws and their potential to affect our everyday – analogue and digital – lives.

Nina Dølvik Brochmann

Medical student, sexual health worker and the author
Authors of the book The Wonder Down Under (Gleden med skjeden).

Silje Onstad Hålien

Dancer and choreographer
Silje Onstad Hålien is the first woman in Norway to dance halling on an elite level. During her nine years as a dancer and choreographer she has contributed to strengthening and developing the field of folk dance on stage. In 2015 she was awarded "Artist of the year" at Folk Music Awards for her artistic work and performances.

Organizing team


Stabekk, Norway


Oslo, Norway
  • christin staubo
  • Hanna von Bergen
  • Per Olav Erstad
    Team member
  • Sigurd Reistad Klæva
    Team member