Ideas worth spreading…

…is the tagline of TED, a platform known for its short movies of people presenting their idea to the world. I am a fan! This weekend, I went a stap further.

It must be two months ago I saw a tweet passing by that promoted TEDx Ghent. A full day filled with inspiring people showing their ideas live on stage, what a chance! I doubt many times but this time I did not hesitate. I booked an early bird ticket and grabbed the opportunity for this new experience.

This weekend I went to Ghent to attend the event in ’NTGent Schouwburg’. A great location for an amazing event – as I know now. It is wonderful to see how many people attend events like this. They came from all parts of the country to listen to some great speakers and topics. In addition, it was a great time to build our network and meet new people. I was astonished to see how many creative and enthousiast people there are. Perhaps they are not famous managers or rich soccerplayers but I realy felt honoured to be part of this group of people.

The speakers were presented and questioned by the curator of the event and Lieven Scheire. They both did a great job by being themselves while warming up the public with a joke from time to time ;). IMG_4958When I watch TED movies online, I look for those topics that interest me the most. The strength of TEDx events is that you get to hear a variety of ideas and topics. That’s interesting because you get the chance to expand your areas of interest. You are forced to listen to all of them. Ofcourse it doesn’t feel like being forced. Once the speaker is on stage, you are sucked into the story. I discovered a lot of new things, things I did not pay attention to before.

Politics is not my favorite topic, but Alphonse Muambi triggered something with his story about democracy in Africa. Afterwards at the reception, I had an interesting discussion with some other attendees. I never thought I would be discussing politics…

Dirk Ryckbosh made me discover ’ghost particles’. Neutrino’s are all over the place but we can only see them deep in the ice.

These days everything has to be smaller, better, faster and greener. That is what the Phd of Jonathan De Roo is about. Microwaves can speed up all sort of things and clear the way for superconductors. Chemistry looks fascinating, but I leave it to the specialists.


Maybe you have heard of ZWERM, an urban game that stimulated social activities in the competing neighbourhoods. Thomas Laureyssens tells us how people behave and explained the results. Always funny to see how people unite when they are loosing.

Archeology. Yes, it sounds boring and I still think it is. The talk of Philippe De Smedt was not the most interesting for me but still it’s good to see that people are busy investigating our past by using modern technologies.

The Mixfitz is a DJ crew that has won the worldchampionchips. After all the speakers, it was an nice twist to listen to their mix inspired by last year’s event.IMG_4961

’To Google or not to Google, that’s the question.’ is what Sylvia Van Peteghem tells us. Nowadays everything can be found with Google, even books. Open access is what she wants and that is why the library of Ghent works together with Google to digitize their books. I’m convinced that digital media is the future so I can only be happy with this initiative.

Always wanted to be an astronaut and discover new planets? Now you can! Hanny Van Arkel discovered her own astronomical object by participating in an online project Galaxy Zoo. I will never be an astronaut but I’ll definitely check out this project.

Smartphones and security, more and more you hear those two words together in the same sentence. The more we use our smartphones, the more information is available on the internet. Long live the internet. IMG_4963But what if this information get’s stolen? Bram Bonné tries to scare us by showing us that he was able to find out where of the attendees have been in the last couple of months. Just by looking at the data available on the internet. I think you should not be scared but be aware. You need to be aware of what you share and with whom.

I can go on like this but it’s better you go and watch the movies once they are online. And when you get the chance, attend one of the future TEDx events wherever you are. And if you want to join me next year in Ghent, shoot me a message. I’ll be there!

Thank you TEDx Ghent team for the great experience!

Thank you TEDx Ghent team for the great experience!