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This event occurred on
May 5, 2018
12:00am - 6:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Oslo, Oslo

In search for understanding and knowledge we reach higher and dig deeper. Too high and too deep for most of us to understand. The experts, in their bubble of knowledge, are throwing new findings and insights at us in a fierce tempo. The result is that we almost daily, have to reset our thoughts about what’s coming, how the future will turn out, and what the next day will look like.
In order to make good decisions on behalf of ourselves, the people around us and for the society as a whole, we need an overview of what’s happening in the world. A source of insight and knowledge that everyone can tap into. We need to know what’s "playing" in the world, right now, at this moment. That is why sharing ideas is important. That is why we are organizing TEDxOslo.

Oslo Konserthus
Munkedamsveien 14
Oslo, Oslo, 0115
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Andjela Kusmuk

Growth Catalyst
Andjela Kusmuk is a Growth Catalyst at one of the top Swedish IT Consultancy firms, Netlight. She’s one of the top names in the e-sports industry, an entrepreneur and a frequent speaker and tech advisor for the Start-up community in Sweden. She joins us in Oslo to share her idea on how we can create an equal tech industry, through video games.

Christer Mjåset

Neurosurgeon and the Vice President of the Norwegian Medical Association
Christer Mjåset is a neurosurgeon and the Vice President of the Norwegian Medical Association. He is also a published author of five books and an experienced lecturer on different medical topics.

Christophe Galfard

Author and physicist
Dr. Christophe Galfard is a French author and physicist. As a scientist, he worked on black holes and the origin(s) of our universe with Professor Stephen Hawking, his Ph.D. supervisor, at Cambridge University, England. Nowadays, Dr. Galfard devotes his time to spreading scientific knowledge to the general public. He has given talks in front of more than 700 000 people worldwide and written 6 books, including a children one with Stephen Hawking and his daughter, Lucy, called George’s Secret Key to the Universe. In 2017, he co-hosted a BBC2 prime time documentary about colonizing another planet. Dr. Galfard’s latest book, «The Universe in Your Hand», is a #1 International Bestseller translated in more than 20 languages.

Farhia Luul Makerow

Farhia Luul Makerow is a 20 year-old Norwegian-Somali student. She has actively been working against FGM for half a decade. At age 15, she was a part of the documentary movie “Mother’s Faith, My Destiny” which was about FGM. It was shown on NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation in February 2017. Since then, she’s been working with different NGOs doing speeches about FGM and bullying in schools.

Geir Olve Skeie

Geir Olve Skeie is a consultant Neurologist at Haukeland Universityhospital. He is also a trained classical pianist as he studied Piano with Jiri Hlinka at the Grieg Academy in Bergen. He has had a longstanding interest in the Neurology of Music and is now a Professor (20%) position at the Grieg Academy with responsibility for the "Music and the Brain" program.

Jakob Fagerland

Management consulting, business development and operational / interim management
Jakob has extensive experience from management consulting, business development and operational / interim management gained working with McKinsey, Deloitte Consulting and as an independent consultant, as well as with NGOs in Eastern Africa. Whether the client is a European company or a poor community, Jakob engage to envision and facilitate extraordinary performance, often with a touch of digitalisation.

Kjerstin Owren

Anti-bullying ombudsman
Kjerstin Owren is the anti-bullying ombudsman for more than 100,000 children in Oslo municipality. Her academic background and experience includes Teaching, Counselling, Special Education and Educational Leadership. In her presentation, Kjerstin urges us to start applying a more systematic approach to fight bullying and school violence, and to stop individualizing problems in children.

Koka Nikoladze

Koka Nikoladze" (born 30 September 1989 in Tbilisi) is a Georgian composer and sound artist based in Europe. He studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Musikhochschule Stuttgart and Norwegian Academy of Music. Studied composition with Zurab Nadarejshvili, Marco Stroppa and violin with Ernst Arakelov.

Maria Røsok

Heading of the organization Sex og samfunn, Norways largest clinic for sexual and reproductive health
Maria Røsok is heading the organization Sex og samfunn, Norways largest clinic for sexual and reproductive health. Sex and samfunn treats, councils and teaches about 50 000 youth, nurses and medical doctors every year.

Morten Friis-Olivarius

Morten is a neuroscientist and is considered one of the leading experts within neuroscience of creativity. He is the founder of the Copenhagen Institute of NeuroCreativity and CSO at PlatoScience: the world's first creativity boosting headset. Originally Morten is educated as a neurobiologist from the Copenhagen University in Denmark, but specialized early in his career in cognitive neuropsychology in New Zealand. It was this mixture of research fields that made him among the first in the world to study how original ideas first emerge in the brain and develops into consciousness.

Piotr Pluta

Piotr Pluta is a psychologist seriously interested in humor, precisely: the scientific study of its effects on us and our interactions with others. In his talk, Piotr will explore how humor influences our perceptions of people from other cultures: its universal power of reducing distance and increasing trust; but also how, in some case, humor can underline differences.

Roger Antonsen

Computer scientist and award-winning science communicator, associate professor
Roger is a computer scientist and award-winning science communicator, associate professor at the University of Oslo, and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, California. Roger is passionate about mathematics, computer science, philosophy, creative programming, digital art, science communication, and much more.

Silvija Seres

Professional and personal nomad with multi-cultural passion for social and cultural changes caused by technology
Silvija is a professional and personal nomad with multi-cultural passion for social and cultural changes caused by technology. She has worked in Oxford on some of the deepest theory of computer science, in Silicon Valley on some of the most practical applications of algorithms, in Oslo and Boston on some of the most profitable software products in the age of information, and now in Stockholm on some of the most regulated institutions of the new finance. She tries to connect the dots, showing how it was exactly her most frustrating minority experiences and her most challenging positive friction that make her, as all other curious and friendly cultural nomads, effective agents of change.

Uno Alexander Vesje

Norwegian harpist and composer Uno Alexander Vesje (1989) has been a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and world premiered his own concerto with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera. Uno regularly performs with ensembles and orchestras throughout Norway, including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. As a soloist of his own compositions Uno has performed in venues like Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Hong Kong Jokey Club Amphitheatre, TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht and University Aula in Oslo. Uno has released two albums with his own compositions, Poems From a City(2014) and OSLO(VE) (2017).

Yuliya Nesterenko

Project and communications manager
Yuliya Nesterenko is a Kazakhstani living in Finland. Yuliya is a published poet, and is currently working on the series of short stories about immigrants in Finland. She is coaching entrepreneurs and innovators in a Tampere-based Startup Accelerator, and is running several national projects with the focus on supporting internationals and transforming the city into the culturally-diverse arena. Having left home alone at the age of 17 has shaped her current views on the beauty of immigration, diversity and change.

Organizing team


Stabekk, Norway


Oslo, Norway
  • Alessia Bellini
  • Christoffer Leborg
  • Ida Solem
  • Karoline Øien Andersen
  • Nadia Faris
  • Nina Schjeide
  • Per Olav Erstad
  • Sigurd Reistad Klæva