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The first TEDx Alexandroupolis debuted on 13 February 2016 in Astir Egnatia Hotel, sponsored by WIND, aiming to shake up the local community and make a powerful entrance in the map of TED events. From the easternmost point of the European Union, TEDx Alexandroupolis introduced the local community to the magical universe of TED events, through the participation of prominent figures and ordinary people from the arts, culture, entrepreneurship, volunteerism, education, and technology. TEDx Alexandroupolis associated the know-how and expertise of TEDxers in Greece and abroad with the passion, anticipation and thirst of its planners.
The fourth TEDx AUEB entitled “Flow” was successfully held on Saturday 5 March in Technopolis, Athens, sponsored by WIND.
The flow of information, words, music, money and thought, the flow of migrants and refugees, the opposition to flow, and mass differentiation are only a few of the interpretations of “flow” presented on the stage of TEDx AUEB by 17 prominent speakers and performers. However, the most outstanding figure was that of Panagiotis Michail, PE teacher, personal trainer, author and founder of non-profit organization “Be Strong” to support people affected by cancer, who shared his personal story with the audience. WIND, gold sponsor of this event, has been present in multiple TEDx events throughout Greece since 2011, to support the dissemination of new ideas by purposeful, creative people. In 2015, WIND supported 10 TEDx events held in several parts of Greece, spreading ideas presented by 131 speakers to an audience of 2,700 people.
The purpose of this event was to inspire, excite, fascinate and mark the beginning of a new era of innovation both in the TEDx community of Panteion University and Greece in general. “Frameworks” were the common starting point for the speakers and audience, the main topic of the event and the stories of the 14 speakers.
At the first #TEDxPanteionUniversity, it is noteworthy that it was decided for TEDxers to give medicine for refugees instead of buying a ticket. The attendants shared 420 medicines worth around €1,500, which were counted and sorted by GIVEMED volunteers, and then anonymously offered to an organization that helps refugees arriving in Greece, with help from Positive Voice.
The final speech was given by teacher Stergios Parizas, who was first appointed at a school in Rhodes, in charge of a reception class for students with Greek as a second language. To make it through this hard task, he tried to step into the shoes of his students. “If I were a student in another country, I would like to learn about my language as well; that’s why I suggested that the children learn both Greek and their native language. Children find it easier to learn through immersive learning and fun. As I am a bit of a musician, I wrote Greek lyrics, using words from the children’s languages, and we borrowed the music from an old waltz by Shostakovitch. We rehearsed it with the children, we recorded it and the children are playing music”, he said. “It is the journey of the stars that travel without a passport. I wanted to show children that when we’re talking about language, history and civilizations, we don’t use less-than and greater-than signs. True wealth is not only about money; education is also part of true wealth. We, teachers, have the future of the world in our hands.”, he added.
On Saturday 9 April, 11 speakers illuminated the stage of the imposing Apollo theater in Ermoupolis, Syros, telling stories and challenges of our modern times and how they managed to cope.
Although the heart of TEDx UAegean was beating at the center of Syros, the inspiring speeches were also available through live streaming for dozens of spectators at the General Pilot High School of Mytilene of the Aegean University.
The first TEDx Chalkida was inspired by life and its paths. Paths are not the purpose, but the means to spread stories that encouraged us to think, identify, dare and be inspired by the stories of 12 speakers from different scientific disciplines and industries.
One of the most outstanding paths was that of Cognitive Psychologist and Lecturer at the University of York (UK) Elpida Pavlidou, who untangled the thread of reading inside the brain’s labyrinth based on Neuroscience!
The stage of TEDx Patras hosted 12 people from different backgrounds who shared their personal stories and struggles in search for an opportunity.
One of the most inspiring stories was that of English/Special Education teacher Aggeliki Pappa, who was recently awarded at the Global Education & Skills Forum 2016 conference as one of the world’s 50 top teachers! In her speech, she revealed how her failure was transformed into an opportunity to enter the magical world of the human brain, sparking innovative ways of teaching English as a Foreign Language and a deep love for dyslexia. “Everything happens for a reason, which is none other than love. When I got in touch with dyslexic children for the first time, I realized that their brains were magical, and I had to find a way to decipher them. I asked for a little time to unlock their magical potential! And I went back to university, after 11 years of work, to understand the way that a dyslexic brain works, so that I could make all children happy and give them what they deserve. My students became my teachers, said Ms. Pappa in her speech before 400 TEDx Patras spectators.
WIND Hellas was a gold sponsor of this event for second year in a row, as it has been present in multiple TEDx events throughout Greece since 2011, to support the dissemination of new ideas by purposeful, creative people. Spectators were able to test WIND’s 4G Network for free and find out about F2G prepaid mobile plans.
There is a secret, and it lies deep inside us… it is called “believe” and, in particular, “believe in yourself”. The 14 speakers of the first TEDx University of Ioannina event held on Saturday 14 May in the Zosimea Academy of Education, talked about the beneficial effects of believing in ourselves.
Apart from the speakers, the audience was amazed by Olga Tsavdaridou, who translated the speeches in sign language throughout the event, which is a novelty of the TEDx University of Ioannina event planners.
Inside the historical ship, 13 speakers and 3 performers took the audience on a journey through the universe of TEDx ideas, with stories that were promoted through the spectrum of different points of view, just like the spectrum of colors around us.
Their purpose was for each one to find what “Spectrum” means for them and how many different colors and shades their lives can take. Good and bad, pretty and ugly, easy and difficult, are just colors and shades of the same “Spectrum”.
Purple Session’s final speaker was Columbia University Researcher Dimitris Mavropoulos, with many years of experience in the field of electronic applications and IT system security, who impressed the audience with his speech on Ethical and Unethical Hacking and on how both of them affect our lives.
The bastion of Agios Georgios in Rhodes was transformed into the most spectacular TED stage, hosting 9 great speakers who gave their own meaning of “Values Worth Spreading”.
The revival of emotions of siege in the underground catacombs by Nikos Lygeros’ team and the music coming from Irish musician Ross Daly’s lyre, only added to the medieval atmosphere.
The following video features hosts, speakers and volunteers explaining how TEDx Rhodes fosters the dissemination of new ideas through the global TED community.
Eighteen speakers and performers tried to define the concept of “Xenos” (unknown, foreign) with their stories on the stage of TEDx Chania event, successfully held on Saturday 26 November.
Host Sakis Tanimanidis won the audience over both with his coordination skills and his speech, by explaining that “Anything unknown scares us because it entails risk! This should be motivating, instead of frightening us. If we think about it seriously, we will realize that the things we like to do are foreign: we travel to discover foreign lands, we approach people to meet their unknown personalities, we start a new business partnership without knowing its final outcome. “Foreign” is good! This is how we should treat it…”