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Have you ever thought how many walls separate us, both figuratively and literally? We’re talking about physical, economic and ideological walls that divide when standing and unite when fallen. This was the inspiration for the team of the 2nd TEDx Heraklion, who invited 16 great speakers from all scientific disciplines, 120 volunteers and 1,000 visitors to break the walls with their stories and fill the Cultural & Conference Center of Heraklion with light and hope.
Twelve special speakers gave their own meaning of inertia on the stage of TEDx AUEB, hosted by a team of students of the Athens University of Economics and Business. For Alexandros Papandreou (Electrical & Computer Engineer and a PhD candidate of EKFE “Demokritos”): “Inertia means patience. Patience is a virtue. It is the attitude of active passivity… So, let’s be inert! Stop surviving and start living!”. Alexandros Kostopoulos said that “I don’t know eventually if there is such thing as good or bad inertia, but I do know that there is useful action, and today more than ever, we need to escape from the easy and enticing ways of the fake and focus on the essence.”
The audience of Apollo Theatre in Syros was inspired by a number of “Motivaction” stories, as part of the first TEDx University of Aegean event hosted by an ambitious team of postgraduate students of the University of Aegean. Conference speakers with notable academic backgrounds, active citizens with passion for new initiatives and challenges, including GloVo (Global Volunteers Platform) founder Kostapanos Miliaresis, awarded natural science researcher Vasiliki Pavlidou, author of “The Cross in the Closet” best-seller Timothy Kurek, researcher Sofia Kolotourou, awarded industrial designer Alexandros Didaskalou, and Barfoo Team from the Department of Mathematics, University of Belgrade, gave their answers to the question “what transforms a cause into motive and a motive into action?”.
During the first TEDx Patras entitled “Sea of Voices”, the audience embarked on a journey through ideas, hope and energy. Twenty five prominent speakers from all scientific fields and business industries gave their own answers to questions and illuminated the place with examples of people who have made it through situations, people who have succeeded and managed to live. Andreas Stefanidis spoke about the value of supporting youth entrepreneurship and the synergy of businesses at domestic and European level, focusing on development, and Spiros Zafiropoulos and Dimitris Roussopoulos reminded the audience of how many things we can achieve if we escape from idleness and demand a better city
TEDx Academy Youth event “Dare to Dream” for young people 16-23 years old intended to create a youth dialogue platform, discussing young people’s opportunities of dreaming and developing a better world. More than 100 young people 16-23 years old accepted the invitation and spoke at this year’s TEDx Academy Youth, inspiring the audience with their thoughts, actions and achievements.
The city of Sparta hosted its first TEDx event entitled “Imprint”, where speakers and the audience discovered why we all leave our own imprint in the world because of our unique personality and actions. To quote the team’s 14 members: “Everything changes when your frequency starts emitting, instead of absorbing the frequencies of the people around you. Everything changes when you start imprinting your intentions on the universe, instead of receiving the imprint of your existence”.
People with different backgrounds, dreams that came true, smiles and a passion for creation filled the stage of TEDx University of Piraeus with a common cause: reveal to the audience the way in which they managed to tame the waves of their daily hardships and enjoy the journey.
“One good deed a day is enough to change your life…”, to quote Ioustinos Sarris, who put his knowledge and expertise as a Business Developer to good use to develop a mobile app called The City Game
TEDx Kids@Ilissos was the first TED event in Greece for children. The philosophy of TEDx Kids embraced children and their magical world, encouraging them to explore their own opportunities and those provided by their surroundings. Entertainment meets immersive learning and psychosocial development is strengthened through play. Parents, teachers and hosts invited kids to demand their right to engage and develop, so they can build their own fairy tales, as they have imagined them.
The sixth TEDx Thessaloniki –#TEDxThess15– entitled Bridging Spaces was successfully held in the Royal Theater to bridge the gap among us. Despite the sunny weather, 13 speakers, 4 artist groups and more than 600 spectators packed a venue marked by the event’s typically unique stage and charged with the TEDxers’ thirst for ideas worth spreading, and enjoyed a day full of innovative ideas, pioneering scientific applications, sincere personal stories and simple truths on thorny issues of our times.
People with different backgrounds, dreams that came true, smiles and a passion for creation, filled the stage of TEDx Academy and shared their most innovative thoughts with 1,500 spectators
But the most amazing and inspiring story was that of Nigel Ackland. The British speaker used to work as a precious metals smelter. Around nine years ago, he was involved in an accident at work which led to a severe crush injury of his right forearm. After six months of operations, he decided to have his arm amputated. Recently, Nigel was fitted with the world’s most advanced bionic arm in the world, ‘Bebionic 3’. The prosthesis is controlled by the user’s same brain signals that would be used for the function of his original shoulder. Nigel’s story gives a new insight on how people live together in harmony, with the help of technology. As he himself says: “I hope that my experience empowers spectators to change the life of a person they know. We are constantly busy with ourselves and tend to forget about the rest of the world around us. My accident radically changed the way I see things, my entire world view, because it made me live every moment of my life. Now, when I see people with mobility problems, I wonder how they manage to accomplish a number of practical daily tasks, which I wouldn’t do in the past. Right beside us, there are people who need our help; you only have to look around.”
You can find Nigel Ackland’s entire interview in the morning show “Proini Enimerosi Alpha” presented by Spiros Charitatos here.