Swedish-born, Dennis Glanby is what might best be described as a tall, blue-eyed, blond, modern day Scandinavian Viking. Having spent most of his life focusing on motor sports and drag racing, all was turned upside down the day Dennis first took part in a Viking reenactment sword fight. As he heard the metallic clink of two blades connecting, something instinctual and deeply rooted clicked in him, and his life has never been the same since.
Former Principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet
Gudrun is a former principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and will take us on a master-class of perfection.
Known for her technique and incredible radiance, she has been acclaimed for her many roles in ballet performances such as The Lady Of The Camellias, Giselle, Swan Lake and Nutcracker. She gives every piece of herself on stage and attracts the spectator into a dream world with the greatest emotions.
She will step onto our iconic red dot to share her insights on how to overcome the mental and physical challenges of becoming a professional dancer.
What does it take to have such unwavering dedication to the pursuit of perfection?
Body Beat Rhythm
BANG, CRASH, WALLOP, SMASH! HeartBeat Group delivers a loud, active and explosive performance of rhythm and action. Their combination of highly energetic stomp and wildly entertaining acting with a twist has delighted audiences around the world.
Helen is a British journalist, author, and speaker. As the former editor of marieclaire.co.uk, she now writes for magazines and newspapers around the world, including The Telegraph, Stylist, and The Times and The Sunday Times. Helen is also a correspondent for The Guardian.
Doctor, writer, lecturer
Imran is a Danish doctor of family medicine, digital entrepreneur, bestselling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of SundDigital—a consultancy business focusing on healthy digital habits.
Jakob Lange is a Partner at BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, and sits on the board of Hyperloop—the future transportation system that BIG designed to take you across the world! At this year’s TEDxOdense, Jakob will take us on a different travel experience—a hot trip all the way across the Universe!
Drone Warfare expert
James is a British assistant professor of War Studies at SDU in Odense and a visiting fellow at Yale University. His research focuses on drone warfare, contemporary security policy, and the history of warfare.
Expert in Sports Psychology and Mental Training
Do you want to develop the mind of a winner? Have you ever wondered what gives young, elite athletes the edge? How can you transform a kid into a champion?
Expert in sports psychology and mental training, Janne Mortensen has coached national teams and world-class athletes, taking them to European and World championships countless times.
Lene was the first Scandinavian woman to climb Mount Everest. Since making the incredible ascent in 1996, Lene has harnessed all that she learned about herself and the human psyche into a method for all to accomplish their Everest. From South America to Africa, she has lead expeditions to epic peaks and inspired the biggest companies in the world.
Join TEDxOdense 2019 and climb into a secret world with Denmark’s most prolific rooftopper. Daredevil Momen Machlah scales the heights of beautiful buildings the world over, from the streets of Denmark to the skyscrapers of Dubai
In his stomach-churning exploration of urban heights, Momen stands on the edge, literally, and takes one giant leap into pure fear when the tips of his toes are carefully placed between terror and peacefulness.
This sky-high climber takes risks with each step on his quest for personal growth. Join him on a stunning, beautiful, and terrifying journey above the city and inside himself. But whatever you do... don’t look down!
Born in Iraq to Kurdish parents, Niaz has always drawn, designed, and been interested in art from a very small age. In 1994, he had to flee to Iran because of his opposition to the Iraqi regime.
Sam Battle, also known as LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER, will be flying in straight from the UK to perform at our event, and will take you on a journey to the edge of music!
An orchestra of flamethrowers. A dangerous high voltage drum kit. An organ made from furbies. A synthesizer powered by a bike. Welcome to the weird, wild, and wired world of genius/madman musician, inventor, and producer Sam Battle—better known as “Look Mum, No Computer”.
Over 15 million people have seen Sam bring his edgy, unusual, and humorous musical instruments to life online, but at TEDxOdense, he will show us the methods behind the madness, the secrets, the successes, and the scars.
Nature guide Simon Høegmark will take you out in the wildness where your natural instincts will be awaken!
Simon is currently writing his PhD at the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Denmark, where he is conducting a study on the effects that nature has on anxiety, depression, stress, and burnout. Simon is also affiliated with Naturama and has his own company Vinatur.
Freediving World Champion
Stig is a Danish world champion freediver, bestselling author, and holder of multiple world records—among these is the longest freedive under ice, and becoming the first person to ever hold their breath for more than 20 minutes!