2018: Dutch DNA-Based Education
2017: From an Outside Perspective
2016: Born to Learn
2015: The Education (r)evolution
2013: The Pursuit of Excellence
2012: Connected Worlds
Personal Growth/Psychologie

Ruben Oost

Give us freedom!

Ruben is a student from Technasium, who shows how education can support students in making the world a better place. He talks about what will happen when you challenge students in the right way: “Give us freedom to learn what we want to learn!”.

Barbara Linders

Hidden Treasures

Barbara Linders, teacher, author and inspirator on the happiness of learning. There is only one rule in Barbara’s classroom: students should always be able to learn in their own way so they can be happy while learning. She teaches her students to be the best version of themselves. Find the hidden treasures in the classroom.

Susanne van Els

Trusting students while teaching excellence

Susanne van Els is originally a violist. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where she was Head of Classical Music from 2009 to 2015. Until 2017 she was Head of the Classical Music department of Conservatorium Maastricht. Susanne now is a member of the Learning & Teaching working group in the European project Strengthening Music in Society. She talks about freedom and trust and how this leads to excellence in music education. Learning can be fearless and joyful.

Rutger Verhoeff

There is no 'I' in Bildung

Rutger Verhoeff, designer at Bildung Academy, highlights the importance of confusion and to trust the process. De Bildung Academie is a bottom-up initiative in Amsterdam run by a team of highly driven and enthusiastic students, young alumni, and professors. The initiative originated from the desire to fully develop oneself as a human being. To capture this aspiration we turned to Bildung for inspiration.

Peter Merry

Forged from the Future: the Ubiquity Experiment

Peter Merry is co-founder Ubiquity University, a social learning and innovation platform forged from the future. He talks about the Ubiquity Experiment and how this helps the next generation to be future proof. Basics of the Ubiquity Experiment are a combination of 3 elements: (1) explore with academic study, (2) equip with self-mastery and (3) engage with action in the world.

David Giron

Codam Amsterdam: 'Codam, a new way of learning'

David Giron, director at Codam College, talks about the unique way of education at Codam. Codam’s learning system is the opposite to traditional education: you won’t listen to teachers and take notes but you will learn through doing and solving hard problems in a peer-to-peer environment where each student is also a teacher. Codam is open for everyone: no tuition fees, no experience or diploma needed and its open 24/7.

Sjef Drummen

The 10 commandments of 21st century learning

Sjef Drummen is an educational artist and thought leader of the national and international eye-catching ‘not-a-school school’ Agora. He proves that giving confidence, freedom and structure stimulates eagerness to learn. During his talk at TEDxAmsterdamED he touches upon 10 commandments of 21st century learning.

Marcia Goddard

Teach like a toddler: how to bring education in the 21st century

Marcia Goddard is a neuroscientist with a growth mindset and great thoughts about child development. Every child has multiple talents as long as you create conditions for growth. We should design education to enable this. How do we do that? Focus on the process, not the end result.

Jan Rotmans

Next Society, Next Economy, Next Education

Jan Rotmans is professor in transition studies, but also goes by the title of ‘scientivist’. At TEDxAmsterdamED he elaborates on why hierarchy in our society and educational system prevents us from moving forward. A transitional shift is important to our DNA. We are the system and we’re changing it. A bottom-up movement is unstoppable.

Emma Stoks

Why being smart doesn't help you find God

Emma Stoks graduated as a perfect student from high school in 2017 and decided not to go to college. She is committed to help schools redesign their learning programs and spreading her ideals about better education with everyone. The future needs independent people who can anticipate.

Damiaan Denys

Anxious to learn

Damiaan Denys, philosopher, professor and psychiatrist at the Brainwash Academy, treats people with anxiety disorders. He will explain the relation between learning, dopamine and fear. We’re anxious to learn, but that is a good thing. He states that we cannot learn without anxiety and if you like learning you learn something you already know. Dare to be anxious.

Susanne Baars

Do schools kill our Dutch DNA?

Susanne Baars is a true entrepreneur, exponential tech innovator and genetic expert with a great spirit, thrust and energy. She will scientifically substantiate a daring statement: An educational system that demotivates students has a negative effect on structure of ‘Dutch DNA’. As a consequence entrepreneurship, creativity, flexibility etc. is negatively affected. The future of education is stimulating every single child in the world.

Cees van Lotringen

Back to the future: the Dutch DNA

Cees van Lotringen is a writer, journalist and entrepreneur. For writing his latest book ‘Tot hier en nu verder’ he studied Dutch history and discovered three differentiating qualities that make the Dutch, Dutch. Dutch people are pragmatic, entrepreneurial and liberal-minded. His ideas are fundamental when talking about Dutch DNA in our educational system as it is embedded in the genes of our students.

Kleine Mo

How a Little Man Can Change the World

"I thought all Moroccans grew up to be criminals," little Mohammed said when he was ten. Little of stature and big of mind, this boy challenged himself to find out whether there is a future for Moroccans in the Netherlands. He started a search for successful Dutch Moroccans with a viral video that garnered over one million views. He interviewed rapper and producer Ali B, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and TV reporter Mustafa Marghadi. Together with Mo and some students, Robin van Duin produced a documentary about Mohammed's journey, which will be shown at the upcoming CineKid film festival. Noted documentary maker Frans Bromet has advised the makers during the process. The resulting film is a true story about how a young boy can make a big difference.

Jelle Jolles

The Teenage Brain: guide or inspire?

Jelle Jolles, a neuropsychologist with the Centre for Brain and Learning and author of 'The Adolescent Brain. He speaks about the teenager as "work in progress" and shows how the development of the brain and cognitive abilities are dependent on the active support of teachers and parents.

Iliass El Hadioui

Equality in a super diverse class

Iliass El Hadioui, professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, studies the relationship between street and school culture. Thereby distinguishing feminine from masculine values. In this talk he will share the most important insights from his research on social exclusion of youngsters from various ethnic backgrounds.

Thijs Homan

The inner side of Organizational Change

Professor in Implementation and Change Management Thijs Homan has been focused on this question for many years: "What really happens when organisations change and develop?" In addition, he approaches conventional organisation and management theory formation critically. In his work, Thijs particularly looks at the 'lived experience' of people to understand (changing) organisations. During his talk he will share the key insights needed for smooth transformation within schools or organisations.

Niels Huismans

A life lived learning

Niels Huismans is an young strategic thinker fascinated by the way people act and learn. He is a business developer, an entrepeneur and a counceler of a city council. He developed a concept which represents the next stage of Life Long Learning. It combines learning in the outside world with the learning in the ‘inside’ education system, formal with informal learning.

Liam Tjoa

Lessons learned from the Snapchat-age(d)

One of the Netherlands' youngest entrepreneurs, Liam Tjoa, has co-founded a successful business 'GoSpooky. His company gives advice to large corporations on how to effectively use Snapchat in their marketing campaigns and strategies. In his talk, he speaks about the skills that were never taught in school, but are necessary in business.

Award pitch: Beerend Hierck

Mixed reality in higher education

A team of experts from the University of Leiden and the Leiden UMC has added a new feature to the Microsoft HoloLens, which enables the medical holograms in the app to move with the human body. This enables a real-time, three-dimensional model for students to learn from, using their own bodies as learning tools. This immersive way of learning through Mixed Reality is a gamechanger in higher education, and has many more possible applications which are still being developed daily.

Rolf Winters

Preparing our children for the 21st century

Rolf Winters, maker of the successful documentary, Down to Earth, spent eight years travelling the globe with his wife and children, searching for insights. His story will focusses on the lessons he and his family learned during their trip and why we should have a new perspective on education.

Cha-Hsuan Liu

The secret of tiger moms

Dr. Cha-Hsuan Liu is a university lecturer at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University. Currently she teaches Youth Study, Multicultural society and Health in society. Her work focuses not only on Diversity sensitivity and Health but also on other interdisciplinary studies, such as Education and Innovation Sciences. She has several articles, book chapters and books published, including a series journal papers in Chinese language about Dutch Education System. In her TEDx talk she discusses the high education performance among Asian migrants based on an interview with her and a collection of stories of Asian migrants in the Netherlands. Lui explains the main features of being a tiger mom, and stimulates an education that mixes best of bot worlds

Award pitch: Minka Bos

Meeting is the new form of learning

‘War in my neighbourhood’ organises meetings between primary school pupils and local older people, to give the students a taste of the living history of their area. Students are taught how to interview their ‘neighbour’, go tot heir home to have a meeting and finally present their findings. This program has so far educated over 2000 children, giving them a local, personal look into often too-big-to-comprehend historical events.

Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes

How to innovate education through interactions

Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes is the founder of AKKA Architects, which specializes in designing buildings that evoke creativity, cooperation and learning in their users. Stephanie shares her ideas about the perfect environment for learning and how small changes in the design of a building can have a great impact. Her vision is that facilitating interactions lead to innovation and creativity.

Frank de Wit

Empower your kids with Scrum @ home

Frank de Wit is father of four young kids and a designer that ran into a software development method at work that optimizes workflow, focuses on the outcome and creates happy workers. His talk will focus on the learnings he and his wife had while using this method called scrum at home and thereby empowering their kids.

Anthony Heidweiller

The power of (classical) singing

Anthony Heidweiller, a baritone, operamaker, creator, inspirer and promoter of innovative opera concepts, is a man with a mission: he wants to improve the world through art. Like no one else, he succeeds in making opera relevant and bridging gaps between generations. Anthony explains why sharing your own personal story is so important to make a connection with your audience.

Act: Iris Penning

Verder dan vandaag

Iris Penning is a young Dutch singer and songwriter. She was a finalist of the music contest De Grote Prijs van Nederland, performed in the music temple Paradiso Amsterdam and participated in the travelling music festival De Popronde. Often cheerful, sometimes obscure, and above all with a focus on the lyrics - she is perhaps even more of a poet than a musician. For the TEDxAmsterdamED audience, she performed a soulful acoustic rendition of 'Verder dan vandaag'.

Jacquelien de Savornin Lohman

‘Faalkracht' (The Power of Failure)

Jacquelien is 82 years old. She has been a lawyer, a professor and a senator, but at a high age she embarked on a completely new career path: she became a performer. In this piece (in Dutch) she shares her story through song and dance and even gets the audience to sing along! What an inspiration!

Act: CUT_ & Co

Improvisation on Bam Bam

For the closing act of the TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 event, the audience are first treated to a live rendition of 'Honey and Pearls' from the Amsterdam electronic music duo, CUT_. Then, to inspire the audience to keep innovating, CUT_ are joined onstage by Mark Dodsworth and classical percussionist Fabio Galeazzi for a improvised, rhythmic piece that easily gets the audience dancing and clapping along!

Award Pitch: Michel Visser

Learn from your neighbors

With his innovative website, Konnektid.com, the founder Michel Visser wants to transform neighbourhoods into universities. Around four years ago, Michel was inspired to think of a way to connect those who wanted to learn with others who wanted to teach, all in their immediate environments. ‘Learning starts after university’ and Konnektid.com helps you tap into the knowledge around you, making a real impact in people’s lives.

Award Pitch: Daniel Haven

Flexible Exams

What drives Daniel Haven is making online education fully flexible and available to everyone around the world. The problem is, that to get accreditation a lot of institutions still require online students to physically attend an exam. To solve this problem, Daniel founded ProctorExam, a digitalised platform that allows online students to also do a fully accredited exam online - bringing online education full cycle.

Award Pitch Winner: Nathalie Lecina

From dropouts to innovators

The goal of Studio Moio, founded by Nathalie Lecina, is to re-motivate young people from vocational education or on the verge of dropping out. These youngsters are referred to the Studio either when they are not successful in finding an internship, or are referred by a school due to poor attendance. With a simple motto - that every person has a value - Studio Moio matches their unique values and abilities to a societal issue that needs a solution. These young people, drawing on their own vulnerabilities, bring a completely fresh perspective to solving these issues and in the process help both themselves and those they create solutions for.

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 Award Ceremony

The call for applications for the first annual TEDxAmsterdamED Award was answered by over 90 applicants! From these, 15 were invited to join the Award Pitch day on April 1st, where they first received further training to improve their pitches and then presented them to a panel of judges. From this incredible bunch, three ideas were chosen to present at the main event on April 20th - Daniel Haven from ProctorExam, Nathalie Lecina from Studio Moio and Michel Visser from Konnektid.com. The Award Ceremony was hosted by Drew Wackerling and the winner chosen by an online vote from the audience, watching live or via the livestream. Nathalie Lecina, engaging demotivated students and drop-outs to come up with innovative solutions to social problems, was this year’s winner! She garnered support for Studio Moio from both the audience on the day, and TEDxAmsterdamED partners thereafter, to help her develop and grow the program further. Congratulations Nathalie!

André Platteel

Radical Not-Knowing: Learning with an unknown future

According to André, in this rapidly changing world our knowledge has a sell-by-date. If we realise real learning can actually take place in this climate of not knowing and uncertainty, this realisation can actually set us free, so we can face the world with open eyes and learn and grow more intuitively. The word learning comes from German and the root means: "following the track". 'Reality is always changing. We don't see what is, we see what once was' (Goethe). Education means to draw out what is already there.

Lainie Liberti & Miro Siegel

Unschooling: making the world our classroom

This mother and son duo show what learning and education can be outside of the classroom. When Lainie and Miro started their journey in 2009, it was initially to be a year-long trip. But soon they discovered that the world could be an incredibly stimulating classroom and in the process became ‘worldschoolers’. Embracing their inner spontaneity and a ‘yes’ approach to life, they’ve both had a very educational journey till now, learning through their experiences and digging deeper when their interests were sparked. In the process, they cofounded Project World School, creating a supportive community of self-directed learners and offering immersive-learning opportunities all over the world.

Isabella Biney

Give teachers the chance to help me discover my talents

Isabella is a high school student with a powerful message about the state of the education system. She started her learning journey at the bright age of 4, excited and motivated by what school and her teachers had to offer. But as the years progressed, her joy in learning diminished, with true learning and discovery being taken over by a focus on numbers, grades, results. In her inspiring talk, Isabella points out what the true purpose of education is and how she would like her future daughter to experience it.

Act: Ramana Magic

Soles on Earth

Ramana, especially for the TEDxAmsterdamED audience, combines a multitude of magic acts with his personal story of what motivated him to explore and learn magic in India. From a ‘travelling’ water trick, through to a levitating table, he moves from one trick to another, all the while explaining his magical learning journey - the start of which was sparked by his grandfather.

Roshan Paul

How Do You Learn How to Change the World

Roshan has spent his life and career supporting change makers. He believes adult learning is meant to help people acquire the skills they need to find, prepare for and fulfil their purpose. He says that having a purpose is not easy, it is challenging, as it is close to your heart. According to Roshan, purpose is not just about the self, it lies in making a difference in the lives of others. "From inner understanding comes outward purpose." It is difficult to make a difference in the world, as the world does not want to change! This is why we need to train for this, and put in long hours and a lot of effort. Roshan's Amani Institute is geared toward making meaning and impact happen for the students that attend it and with them, change the world.

Birte ten Hoopen

How to Bring Learning to Life

Beginning her talk with an engaging personal story, of emergency response training at the Rijksmuseum, Birte makes a case for bringing learning to life by using enriched environments. Making use of elements of theatre, this type of training educated her ‘physically, intellectually and emotionally.’ And the same can happen when enriched environments are used to teach school students. Allowing some chaos, freedom and creativity into the system can help them experience a topic much more deeply, and their minds to flourish.

Act: Bitter Sweet Dance & Dansmakers Amsterdam

Please me Please

In an abbreviated version of their two-part performance, Please me Please, choreographer Liat Waysbort, along with dancers Ivan Ugrin, Angela Linssen and Amy Gale, scrutinise our desire to please. In today’s world, which is young, quick and dynamic, society unconsciously forces us to be who we are. This performance examines the impact of our desire to please and the consequences that this may have, letting us discover what it is that makes us unique as individuals.

Christine Wank

The 3 C's for true innovation

Christine comes to TEDxAmsterdamED from Berlin. She works as a leadership coach and change facilitator across the world. In working with leaders and innovators she has discovered the three C's for staying open and connected to possibilities: Curiosity: constantly asking what the next question is. Compassion: the capacity to connect to yourself and others. Courage: the capacity to face the challenges in life, to find one's meaning and purpose. Christine feels that we need mentors, teachers and leaders, to help us find our inner values and our three C's and make transformations happen.

Jurriën Mentink

Intergenerational learning

The pace of life today can be overwhelming, focused on achieving a long list of things, but rarely pausing to ask ‘why’. That is how Jurriën Mentink felt about his life until he got the opportunity to move into the Humanitas Retirement Home in Deventer at the start of his university studies. He got to live there for free in exchange for 30 hours volunteering with the elderly residents. But he got a lot more than he ever expected - thanks to his neighbours he now has a completely different perspective on life.

Intermezzo: Children's Press Bureau

Three children of the Children’s Press Bureau told the audience what they discovered their peers in Amsterdam want out of their education. Their ideas ranged from more nature and animals in and around the school, to access for underprivileged kids and more influence on the program. These three brave young ladies described all these wishes for a theatre full of adults, and they even spoke some English! (In Dutch).

Chris Sigaloff

Crowdsourcing education creating room for the unusual suspects

Chris is director at Kennisland. She talks about her journey in guiding people to start new schools. Innovation is at the heart of her story, and her life. Along with the city of Amsterdam, Kennisland facilitated the Amsterdam Education Challenge, aimed at finding and founding innovative school projects. The response was overwhelming and the 175 ideas on the website, the 124 people responding to submit a plan and the 30.000 people who cast their votes on the website show that education is in her words: “hot”. Four new schools have now started on the basis of this process.

Act: Noa Wildschut

Passion for music education

A violinist since the age of four, 15-year old Noa Wildschut is now a student at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She says: 'I believe I’m one of the happiest/luckiest kids in the world for being born in the NL.' She has been given every opportunity to develop herself and her talents, just for the fact she was born in this country. In December 2015, she got involved in teaching music to underprivileged school children in Brazil. She believes in the universal power of music and would like to see it integrated in more parts of education. Noa treated the audience to a beautiful performance, accompanied by piano.

Jelmer Evers

Changing education from the ground up

Education is all about trust - trust in the teacher. According to Jemer Evers a true change in education can only happen by ‘flipping the system’ - giving teachers the power and responsibility to build it. After all, they are the ones that can have the real impact by focusing on what they can do for a child, and not on what a child can do for a school. It boils down to government ministers asking, ‘what do my teachers need?’ and the teachers in turn asking, ‘what do my students need?’ All this can be driven by answering the question: ‘what is the purpose of education?’

Karolina Stawinska

What if everyone was an astronaut?

‘What is your dream from the future?’ Often, the first and last time that a child is asked this fundamental question is very early in their education journey - by the ‘friendship book’ that many children in the Netherlands fill out while in primary school. But it is one of the most powerful questions a child can be asked to motivate them to unleash their inner potential. Inspired by a powerful story of an African girl striving for her dreams, and in the face of impossible hardship, achieving them, Karolina was motivated to cofound Our Future World. The organisation works worldwide to inspire children to strive for their dreams and instil hope for the future in their lives. And this is where teachers can play a crucial role - by helping children to uncover and visualise their goals, so that they can find their purpose, create something of value and live truly meaningful lives.

Act: Mark Dodsworth

Tubular Symphony

What better way to start the TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 event than to make the audience part of the opening act! To the audience’s surprise, they were lead onto the Theatre Amsterdam stage instead of the aisles, handed a coloured plastic tube and asked to become part of a percussion orchestra for the opening act. It didn’t take long for everyone to join into the joyful rhythm created by their ‘conductor’, Mark Dodsworth. After a little warming up and a thorough ‘sound check,’ the audience created a spectacular performance.

Graham Brown-Martin

Learning (Re)Imagined

Learning (Re)Imagined: How the connected society is transforming learning. Graham is a huge believer in the fact that education will only change by getting more people involved.In this engaging and witty talk packed with images and quotes, Graham discusses his research in Learning (Re)imagined and some of his key conclusions around transformation and learning that include context, environment, engagement, technology and the future. Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF), a global think tank that brought together renowned educators, technologists and creatives to share provocative and challenging ideas about the future of learning. He left LWF in 2013 to pursue new programs and ideas to transform the way we learn, teach and live. Graham spent 2 years researching, travelling, writing and editing video to create the transmedia work, Learning {Re}imagined published by Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

Lital Marom

Morse Code and the Future of Leadership

As we shift from a stable, linear economy to an innovative and dynamic one, we need a new definition of success, and a new approach to learning. Through examples of her own journey and her interesting, personal, and funny take on the business of hacking our world, Lital’s talk explains the idea behind a hacker mindset in developing new young leaders. Lital Marom is a digital visionary, entrepreneur and strategist leading a new approach to learning and social change. As the co-founder and CEO of Beyond, an innovative education and design studio, Lital explores the practice of leadership, self-organized learning, problem solving and design thinking. Her latest venture, The Academy of Tomorrow, is a leadership school that introduces youth to key aspects of leadership development and new ways of merging business practice, critical thinking and human centred design.

Dylan Hyman

What happens when Classrooms meet Higher Order Thinking

Dylan Hyman wants to inspire teachers and students to create their own world and practice the sort of thinking skills they will need to make their wildest dreams a reality. To achieve this, she incorporates activities that encourage higher-order thinking in the classroom and is a champion of bringing innovative “20% time” to schools. In this passionate and utterly convincing talk, Dylan helps us understand why asking kids questions like “what is the difference between a fishbowl and an apple tree?” can help them make better sense of the world around them. Dylan Hyman is a primary school teacher in Amsterdam’s new west district. Following a Master in Special Education Needs she began teaching a gifted students program in addition to her regular classroom teaching, and has since made it her mission to bring the skills learned in gifted education to all students. She is involved in various projects to encourage higher level thinking in schools and facilitates an online collaboration network of gifted education teachers in Amsterdam.

Joost Uitdewilligen

I Am You. How Immersive Learning Can Help Us All.

What would the world look like if we could truly feel like we understood the experiences of not only people we know, but also strangers - anonymous people in far-away countries, leading another existence altogether? Joost Uitdewilligen has found the answer. In this exciting talk about new technologies that through a small effort can change education as we know it, Joost takes us on an immersive journey into his vision. As the always inquiring and inspiring creative director of TinQwise, Joost Uitdewilligen loves everything there is to love about learning and technique. Joost puts his heart and soul into his work because he believes in online learning solutions that make people more smart and more social. His statement? “Thanks to ever-evolving technology, our IQ and EQ can continuously be improved and we all should want that to create a better world." In collaboration with the TU Delft and the experimental lab of his own company, Joost has started a project called ‘I am You’ with a goal of positively changing the face – literally – of education.

Sarah Woods

Identity: Where Fear and Change Intersect in Education

What is personal identity, and can it change over time? And what in the world does it have to do with classroom technology? In this personal, introspective, and ultimately triumphant talk, Sarah addresses how her own identity struggle has helped her to develop insight and gain a unique perspective on how to bridge the technology gap. A decade ago, Sarah Woods had long blond hair, but then she lost all of her hair over a two year period to Alopecia. She spent the next 8 years reevaluating her identity and learning how to embrace her new state as a bald woman. Sarah MYP digital design technology teacher in Amsterdam. Between 2010-2014, she was the IT director and high school technology integration coach at Pechersk School International in Kiev, Ukraine. She is a member of the ECIS Technology, Innovation, and Design Committee and both a Google Certified Teacher and Trainer. She’s also a single mother, yoga teacher, and frequent traveller.

Yoram Mosenzon

Vulnerable Honesty

In this funny, personal, and honest look at the way we as humans approach communication, Yoram Mosenzon teaches us the difference between true honesty, and what weoften think is honesty and try to hide. Important lessons we all stand to benefit from! By welcoming this type of communication we can create dialogue where we never thought it was possible, and resolve conflicts between arguing parties on a personal, organisational or international level. As a nonviolent-communication trainer, Yoram Mosenzon aims to connect people to form true collaborations. To do this, he believes that people must first understand the difference between two kinds of honesty: one which tends to create distance, conflict and misunderstanding, and the other which creates connection and genuine compassion. Yoram’s images were created by Tamar Harel, a graphic facilitator who uses illustrations and images to navigate through processes of transformational change, that support moving toward a sustainable world.

Lisanne Vriens

Putting the System Upside Down

What do students want and need to take control of their own education? In a funny, entertaining, and passionate talk, 15 year old Lisanne Vriens speaks to educators, school leaders and government about what students today need to get a full education, and how to achieve this. Besides sailing, volunteering, and all the average activities a fifteen year old typically takes part in, Lisanne Vriens loves to get people exciting about changing the education system. A high school student in the south of the Netherlands, Lisanne is passionate about making a difference and sharing her dream.

Claire Boonstra

Ask the "Why" Question

Did you ever ask yourself what is the purpose of education? We all make decisions at one point or another related to our education and often also someone else’s, but rarely ask this critical question. If we did, we may have the start to the education revolution. In this passionate, enthusiastic talk filled with examples of what we should question, Claire Boonstra takes us on a reflective journey through the “why” in education. In 2012 Claire Boonstra stepped onto the TEDxAmsterdamED stage and announced she was making a complete career change and devoting her work to improving education. Prior to that defining moment, Claire, a civil engineer by trade, founded the augmented reality company Layar (now Blippar). She has been appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and named one of Fast Company’s most influential women in technology. After her talk, she left Layar and founded Operation Education.


Jess, Emma, Simone & Simone = JESS. Four school friends with unmistakable chemistry off- and on-stage. JESS entered the Kunstbende contest in Zeeland last year and finished first in the Dance category. Although they will perform on the TEDxAmsterdamED stage a trio, you can look forward to a spectacular performance. Kunstbende is an organization aiming to discover, develop and showcase young talent. Over the last 25 years, Kunstbende has become the leading talent contest for young people between the ages of 13 and 18, with categories including dance, expo, language, DJ, fashion, film, music and theatre. Through an intensive trajectory of workshops, open podia, regional qualification rounds and a national final, Kunstbende stimulates young creative talent to take their first steps onto the professional stage. Two of the acts performing for the TEDxAmsterdamED audience have started their creative journey with Kunstbende – JESS and Gaby Ong & Francis.

Deborah Carter

Watch out, Silicon Valley. We're coming for you.

Deborah wants to transform children in her community from passive technology users into passionate inventors. To do this, she creates a case for making ecosystems in which kids acquire a strong foundation to understand technology: how it works, why it works and how to think in order to fix problems and invent new solutions. In this passionate talk, Deborah urges school boards and tells parents what they can do to help kids learn 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. Deborah has spent years working with entrepreneurs, technology developers, designers, artists and innovation specialists from around the world at work. At home, she has been raising a curious boy who wanted to learn more about technology. When she couldn’t find any, she created NewTechKids, an after-school academy aimed at making children fall in love with technology and computer science. Her aim is to expose all children to the world of technology starting from the real basics.

Hanna Jochmann-Mannak

Finding the answer! A Better Internet for Kids

Today’s search engines don’t provide the tools our children need to get the best kind of experience they can from the internet. After years of research culminating in a PhD on how children search the internet, Hanna Jochmann-Mannak wants companies to provide children with relevant, reliable sources and comprehensible, age-specific content. In this engaging, research-driven talk, Hanna shares her dream of a better internet. In 2008, Hanna started her PhD research on children's (8-12 yrs) online information-seeking. She studied design conventions of websites for children and she studied the effects of different types of interfaces on children's search performance. She has been an advisor in online programs to the municipality of The Hague, and currently works at WizeNoze, an IT startup with a mission to make the online world more suitable for children.

Floor & Liz


The number they will perform is called ‘Grow’, inspired by the story of Liz’s little sister, who struggled with school during puberty and the impact that this had on her life. Floor and Liz think that ‘Grow’ perfectly matches this year’s TEDxAmsterdamED theme and are very excited to perform it for the audience. For more information: www.facebook.com/floorenliz Floor Klop and Liz Aarsen, both 18 years old, have been making music together for over a year now. They met at school in Amsterdam and their most significant performance so far has been on the open podium in Rozentuin.

Ingrid van Rossum

Changing the Face of Education

How can practical education in the future look? And how can vocational students take their education into their own hands? Ingrid van Rossum has a vision and a dream to share in this down-to-earth, practical and engaging talk about a new way of learning through doing. Ingrid van Rossum believes that 21st-century skills are not learned sitting behind a desk – they are learned through practicing professional competencies in a real setting. For this reason, Ingrid founded the Team Academy to empower young people to develop their ideas and become entrepreneurial spirits. She uses her background in entrepreneurship, coaching, leadership and innovation to guide Next Generation Entrepreneurs to finding their own path.

Jan de Lange

Curious Minds, Serious Play

Research has shown that it is necessary to facilitate the development of children's minds toward logical reasoning, creative problem solving and out-of-the box thinking. In this entertaining, thought-provoking talk, Jan de Lange shows us how stimulated play gives parents and educators the opportunity to play a vital role in this process - and help our young children to develop unexpected cognitive competencies. In 2011 Jan de Lange was awarded the lifetime achievement award for design and development in math-and science education (EDDIE) from the International Society for Design and Development in Education. His impressive career began with ten years teaching at secondary schools and universities and led him into research and 25 years of leadership at the Freudenthal Institute of the University of Utrecht. The confrontations with the realities of teaching and learning mathematics steered him in the direction of how to design methods and formats to learn mathematics without anxiety for students. In later years his focus moved into the early years of the scientific thinking resulting in the Curious Minds Project.

Sandra van Aalderen

Teachers, Know Your Brain!

Knowledge about the brain and learning is essential if we want to convince teachers to use more active learning strategies, a rich learning environment, stimulate curiosity, or deeper thinking. It is the first step in teacher professional development aiming for 21st century education. In this informative, interesting and factual talk, Sandra tells teacher, parents, and anyone dealing with kids what they need to know about the brain. Sandra van Aalderen’s work and research is focused on how attitudes, beliefs, and mindsets influence learning. She is striving for education that stimulates curiosity, motivation to learn, and higher-order thinking skills. A trained cognitive neuroscientist, she switched from fundamental brain research to educational research to bring education to this next level.

Jaap Versfelt

Why Some Schools Become Great and Others Don't

According to Jaap, the education system needs a major remake: teachers must get more involved in the process of change, so that innovation can occur and schools improve. In this interesting, relevant, and conclusive talk, Jaap talks about how to transform an outdated education system and what the audience can do to help their own schools to move from good to great. Before starting the leerKRACHT foundation in 2012, Jaap worked 17 years for McKinsey & Company, of which the last few years as one of McKinsey-Amsterdam’s senior partners. Jaap quit McKinsey to lead leerKRACHT as a full-time volunteer, driven by 10 years of education stories – good and bad – from students and teachers in his family and circle of friends.

Yong Zhao

Every Child is a Rudolph

Yong Zhao believes that we all have a little bit of Rudolph in us – shiny red noses that set us apart and need to be developed. In this funny, entertaining, and poignant talk, Dr. Zhao explains the reasons teachers need to focus on developing children's strengths instead of trying to fix their deficiencies. Dr Yong Zhao’s work focuses on the implications that globalization and technology have on education. He is convinced that teachers need to focus on developing children's strengths instead of trying to fix their deficiencies. Dr. Zhao is a world-renowned scholar, author and speaker. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, has designed schools, founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models, and is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education, among his many accomplishments.


TEDxAmsterdamED 2015 Opening

The founders and members of Classick aim to get an important message across - that we should not focus on our differences, but rather our similarities. They energise this message by the means of music, as after all, music is colour blind. A vocalist and a rapper will perform a piece titled ‘I can be great’ accompanied by drums, cello, keyboard and violin. For more information: www.stichtingtwisted.nl Classick is an experiment in blending two distinct music genres, classical and hip-hop, into one coherent work. Both subcultures fuse to create compositions where classical music, such as Bach, is supported by rappers and visa versa. Collaborations on this project break down social and societal barriers to stimulate greater understanding, appreciation and mutual respect.

Amy Burke

Mindfulness in Education, Learning from the Inside Out

Karim Amrani

How to Change Education?

After 3 years of thorough research, Karim discovered the answer to his question: "How do you change education?" The answer was so clear that it set his life on a new course for many years to come. Karim will share with us his findings on this exciting journey.

Maja Mischke

As a teacher in one of Amsterdam's inner city schools, Maja brings a fresh perspective to dealing with young people from all walks of life.

Jesse Boere

Your Brain On Music

Should our educators pay more attention to music? Yes, they should, says Jesse Boere. He will give you a glimpse into your brain on music and inspire you to support sustainable and quality music education in our schools. Could music be the key to enriching our knowledge economy?

Neil D'Souza

Old technology for a new education

Neil brings his talk all the way from San Francisco, where he is based. He'll tell the story of how he 'stumbled' upon the need to recycle old internet technology in order to create educational systems. Neil will also share his deep passion for improving education worldwide, and explain why it is critical that we all care about education in underprivileged countries.

Matthijs Leendertse

Learning Connects Us All

An academic with a desire to change the status quo, Matthijs first thoroughly researches and understands a concept before taking action. He will present various projects he has worked on, in particular his with War Child's endeavors to bring education systems to war-torn areas of the globe. Matthijs has a rousing way of connecting the theory of educational change with reality.

Stan Putman

From Education to TEDucation

Stan Putman is a self-proclaimed education expert and our youngest speaker, and has spent more than half of his life inside school buildings. Stan's talk will focus on his background in education and on what went wrong during six years of high school. In his view, errors occur mostly in the communication between teachers and students, or teaching methods and students.