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This event occurred on
October 16, 2010
2:00am - 2:00am CEST
(UTC +2hrs)

A student contest
From February to September 2010, we will host a student contest on Education, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the 21st Century: we target students from different fields of study who possess the necessary vision and passion to implement a pattern breaking change in the way of thinking and doing entrepreneurship, education and innovation. After a several-month selection process conducted by TEDx Paris Universités and TEDx PARIS, 6 candidates will have the opportunity to be a speaker at TEDx Paris Universités on October 16th, 2010.

A TEDx event with student and professional talks
On October 16th, 2010, a full day TEDx Paris Universités event will be organized. As the event’s name suggests (“Universités” meaning “schools” or “universities”), the idea behind it is to gather Parisian students, professors and practitioners from all fields around a cross-disciplinary reflection. Although we have retained innovation as a main theme for this conference, we aim to give a voice to individuals with the most diversified backgrounds, such as science, art, literature, philosophy, fashion, engineering and sociology. They will be able to give their own insights on the business world and the way to change it. Over one day, 18 speakers (12 professionals - 6 students running for the contest’s final) will each take a 12-minute slot to give the talk of their life in front of a 350-person audience. On the model of the TED Prize, the 6 finalist students will go on stage and make “One Wish to Change our Way of Thinking Education, Being an Entrepreneur and Doing Innovation”.
Professionals and competing students will go on stage alternatively, each student being evaluated by a jury composed of 5 remarkable individuals (we would be honored that a TED representative be President of the jury). In the end of the event, the best student will be awarded a ticket for TED Active 2011 and the other finalists will be awarded other prizes related to TED, which we would discuss with you.

A TEDx event with a TEDx Lab
In addition to these talks and the student contest’s final, a TEDx Lab will be set out for attendees to try out new software, gadgets, technologies and products related to education. During two one-hour-and-a-half breaks – one in the morning and one in the afternoon –, this will be the moment when attendees become actors. Located in a dedicated area around the conference room, the TEDx Lab will gather new technology firms, start-ups, and University laboratories. Organized around 6 new technology experiences that will transform our society, the TEDx Lab will be the place where participants interact around new technologies

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Claudie Haigneré

Claudie Haigneré is a French doctor, politician, and former astronaut with the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (1985–1999) and the European Space Agency (1999–2002). Haigneré was a back-up crew member for the 1993 Mir Altaïr mission in which her future husband Jean-Pierre Haigneré participated. The asteroid 135268 Haigneré is named in their combined honour. Haigneré visited the Mir space station for 16 days in 1996, as part of the Russian-French Cassiopée mission. In 2001, Haigneré became the first European woman to visit the International Space Station, as part of the Andromède mission. She retired from ESA on June 18, 2002. Following her career as a astronaut, Haigneré entered French politics. She became minister for European Affairs in Jean-Pierre Raffarin's government and minister delegate for research and new technologies. She is now President of the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris.

Dominique Sciamma

Cécilia Durieu

Roland Schaer

Christiane Féral-Schuhl

Clément Cazalot

Clara Gaymard

Pascal Picq

Arthur Bodolec

Hapsatou Sy

Romain Lacombe

Victor de Noailly

Patrice Franceschi

Etienne Klein

Halim Madi

Michel Puech

Organizing team


  • Elise Melon
    Event Logistics Director
  • Bruno de Saint-Ange
    School Partnerships Director
  • Edouard Jacquet
    Procurement Manager
  • Pénélope Liot
    School Partnerships
  • Anatole Douaud
    Sourcing & Procurement
  • Charles Gourio
    TEDx Lab Supervisor
  • Thibault Poisson
    TEDx Lab Co-Supervisor & Webmaster
  • Sophie Chenard
    Donor Relations
  • Victor de Noailly
    Speaker Relations