TEDxThessaloniki 2013
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About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Endiburgh, UK. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

TEDxThessaloniki 2013 is about the “Power of Syn (+)”“Syn” is the Greek word for “plus” and also a prefix found in so many powerful words such assynergysynthesissymbiosis and synaesthesis“Syn” has also the same function as “co-” in words like collaborationcoexistencecontribution andcombination. The spirit of all the above words is the one we aim to spread this year. In our effort to shed light on the importance of adding one, or more, ‘syn’ in our daily life, we will discover together the added value of thinking and acting positively.

TEDxThessaloniki 2013 is a synthesis of different people, experiences and attitudes. Coming from a vast field of different backgrounds, such as education, volunteering, entrepreneurship, activism, art and technology, our speakers will spread ideas on how the power of ‘plus’ can be realized: in the relationship between a gifted teacher and his pupils, in memory games, in entrepreneurship for the many, in a strategy aimed at change, as well as in a stereotype-free technological advancement.

We will discover, among other things, the ideas of an award-winning scientist on the added value of information, the ‘plus’ of fairytales in real life by a photographer and author, the beauty of combining music with neuroscience, education and psychology according to a prominent young musician and scientist, as well as the passion of a female volunteer whose personal health problem lies behind more than twenty years of unconditional volunteering.

Our main sources of inspiration for this year’s theme were not only the positive energy that the TEDx Thessaloniki event spreads every year to its audience, but also our need to showcase and integrate in our daily life positive thinking and actions, needed now possibly more than ever.

The power of  (+) syn

DOORS OPEN at 9.30


Efthymios Papatzikis – Musician / Neuroscientist – “Music from the Cradle”
Katerina Sarri – Academic / Economist  – “Entrepreneurial Living: A Plus (+) Leading to Quality of Life”
Ed Cooke – Grandmaster of Memory / Co-founder of Memrise – “Learning is a Game”
Spyros Paloukis – Photographer / Writer  – “The Chamber of Wishes”

12:00-13.00   BREAK


Persefone Mitta,  Volunteer Advocate:  “The Heart of Volunteerism”
Elias Kalogirou, Educator: “Capturing the Heart and Soul while Teaching Natural Sciences”
Joseph Sifakis, Professor of Computer Science, EPFL / Research Director, CNRS: “Viewing Life through the Information Lens”
Performance:  2L8 Solo, Performer / Singer

 14.30-15.30 BREAK


Yiorgis Yerolympos: Architect / Photographer: “A Pointed Glance”
Belinda Parmar: CEO, Lady Geek: “Inspiring Girls to be Tech Pioneers”
Christos Stergiou, Founder and CEO, TrueGreece: “The Creative Pursuit”
Performance: Μatoula Zamani, Singer / Songwriter

 17.00-17.30 BREAK

 17.30-19.00  SYMBIOSIS / ΣΥΜΒΙΩΣΗ

Konstantinos Tzoumas, Life’s Trapeze Artist – “The Victory of the Positive”
Michael G. Jacobides, Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, LBS: “Creating and Capturing Value in Your Business Ecosystems”
Leda Karabela, Corporate Reputation Strategist / Leadership Coach – “The Happiness Advantage”
Performance: The Wedding Singers, Music Band

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