TEDxAntwerp 2017

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Come Curious. Leave Transformed. Join us to be part of the largest TEDxAntwerp event in 2017! We will present you with 15+ live speakers who will cover diverse topics, bringing you through an inspiring journey. Get ready to have your mind blown, connect with other TEDx fans & be entertained!


Our doors will open for you at 08:30! See you there!



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Afternoon Session 1


Coffee Break

Afternoon Session 2


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Koen Jaspers

Koen Jaspers

How many planets do you need?
Founding Partner @ For Good

For Good is an impact driven enterprise aiming to reduce the ecological footprint of its users, once and ‘for good’.

It developed an automated service that guides and motivates users towards a more sustainable lifestyle by tracking and influencing their behaviour regarding mobility, consumption and energy use.

Juan Bossicard

Juan Bossicard

Is Virtual Reality the Ultimate Medium?

Juan is managing Software.Brussels and Screen.Brussels, two clusters hosted at impulse.brussels, that jointly gather 500 Brussels based innovative companies. He is also the executive president of the Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels, the architect behind nexttech.brussels and the founder of EUVR.ORG.

Davis Freeman

Davis Freeman

Random Scream

Davis is an American artist based in Belgium with his company Random Scream. He makes contemporary theater & dance, photo/video installations and curatorial projects. The projects aim to draw attention to what is already there by focusing on our personal interactions and how our choices directly affect each other and the community we live in. 

Liviu Babitz

Liviu Babitz

They thought I hacked my body. I really hacked my mind.
Co-Founder @ Cyborg Nest

Cyborg Nest is the world’s first company to sell intelligently designed senses. They believe more is happening around us than we can actually perceive - so they decided to start trying to grasp some of it. As our lives become increasingly afflicted by artificial intelligence - creating smarter phones, cars and homes - they decided to make people smarter instead.

Koen Bertels

Koen Bertels

Introduction to Quantum Computing
Professor @ Delft University of Technology

Koen’s current scientific research focuses on quantum computing and more specifically on the definition and implementation of a scalable quantum micro- and system architecture. He has successfully demonstrated the first fully programmable qubit processor where the control logic is fully implemented by the proposed micro-architecture.

Nell Watson

Nell Watson

Universal Computers and Quantum AI
Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Futurist Thinker

Nell Watson has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of technology, and how extensions of human capacity drive emerging social trends. Watson lectures globally on a broad spectrum of AI-related topics. In 2010, Nell founded Poikos, a machine learning-driven AI for body measurement. She is also Co-Founder of OpenEth.org.

Magali De Reu

Magali De Reu

Surviving — and thriving — with autism
Marketing Copywriter, Blogger and Storyteller

Magali De Reu is a 28-year old serving the tech/startup community in Belgium, Western Europe, and recently, the US. Living with Asperger Syndrome, she is particularly passionate about examining and delving into the ways in which people communicate.

Ramon Vullings

Ramon Vullings

How to become an ideaDJ

Ramon is an ideaDJ, an inspirational speaker, an innovation expert with humor, an enthusiastic master of interaction. He draws analogies and transfers approaches between sectors, silos and various domains. He’ll challenge thought patterns via a series of questions.

Jan Leyssens

Jan Leyssens

Founder & Designer @ Regenerative Design

Jan runs the circular business design agency Regenerative Design. He is co-founder of the circular economy accelerator Full Circle and co-hosts the 21st Century Design podcast. He currently tours in Flanders and The Netherlands with his lecture performance “The end of the world as we know it”.

Maarten Vandecruys

Maarten Vandecruys

Founder @ Urban Crop Solutions

Maarten is the founder of Urban Crop Solutions, a turnkey and tailor-made installation provider in the field of indoor closed environment vertical farming. It provides both the engineered equipment as well as the after sales services to grow crops at the push of a button.

Herman Van Goethem

Herman Van Goethem

Professor @ University of Antwerp

Herman has a Masters in history and a PhD in law.  He teaches ‘Political and Institutional History of Belgium’ and ‘History and Image’, among other subjects at the University of Antwerp. With his great enthusiasm, he was voted as the Lecturer of the Year on numerous occasions.

Jeremie Godet

Jérémie Godet

Head of Sector Galileo Implementation

Jérémie joined the European Commission in 2003, after an initial career at CNES, the French Space Agency and ESA, the European Space Agency. He has been involved since the beginning and for almost 20 years, in the European Satellite Navigation Programme "Galileo".

Yasmien Naciri TEDxAntwerp

Yasmien Naciri

Founder @ Amana & Fleks

Apart from studying & working part-time, she is the president of vzw Amana – an organisation that helps poor people in Brussels & Morocco. She's also the founder of youth organisation Fleks, columnist at newspaper de Morgen, a captivating speaker & ‘Smienos’ on twitter.

Koen Van Pottelbergh TEDxAntwerp

Koen Van Pottelbergh

Founder @ Eyes For The World

As as optometrist, Koen works together with Prof John Friedman on adjustable spectacles, the ‘Focusspecs’. With the innovations he was able to help people with myopia & hypermetropia.  Eyesnap Technology is a new way of treating vision-related dysfunctions that he is poised to make accessible for all. 

Leo Exter TEDxAntwerp

Leo Exter

Chief Energizer @Hack Belgium

Leo is a sideways thinker, a professional cynic, a reluctant entrepreneur & a part-time perfectionist. As the chief energizer at Hack Belgium, Leo is strategizing, planning & facilitating hackathons throughout the country. He’s the founder of westartup Europe & a ridiculously hard-to-explain kind of a consultant.


Dr. Ayesha N. Khalid TEDxAntwerp

Dr. Ayesha N. Khalid

Board Certified ENT surgeon

Ayesha served on Boards for medical organizations, performed cutting edge basic science & clinical research in inflammation & sinonasal disease. She is very aware of changes in modern healthcare & is committed to the patient voice in the sector. She promotes disruptive thinking in healthcare & stimulates girls to study scientific fields, technology & engineering.

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