NOVEMBER 21ST 2015 – FILOXENIA CONFERENCE CENTER
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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
TED / Universities
Universities exist as pillars of knowledge and share similar values to those shared by TED. Many of the ideas conveyed at TED talks have been imagined, innovated and thought-of in a lab, research centre or classroom of a University. Universities around the world continue to create some of the most fascinating ideas worth spreading. TEDxUniversityofNicosia is the first University TEDx in Cyprus. The University of Nicosia is the leading private University in Cyprus and is actively involved in supporting events that contribute to making Cyprus a more knowledge-driven society.
Stelios AnastasiadesThe future is… ”too fast, too furious”
Advertising and communications, Telia & Pavla BBDO and Chairman, Cyprus Communication Agencies Association (SDEK) After working in broadcasting for more than 20 years in the US Stelios returned to Cyprus in 1981 and joined an offshore marketing firm: Memo Marketing, where he served as an account executive and copywriter. In 1982, he branched out on his…Read More
Stuart ArmstrongExistential risks and extreme opportunities
What are existential risks? They are the risks that threaten the very survival of the human species, or those that could dramatically curtail its potential. There are many, from asteroid impact, to engineered pandemic to artificial intelligence (AI), and they are almost all understudied. AI risk is the least understood, but potentially the deadliest of…Read More
Etienne AugeImagine your future: using science fiction prototyping in education
No one can predict what the future of education will be yet it is high time to make it happen. How about using the power of science fiction to help students develop their knowledge, creativity, adaptability and storytelling skills? Communications, Erasmus University of Rotterdam After studying in England and California, he obtained his doctorate in…Read More
Tom ClonanThe future is possible
Security Analysis, The Irish Times Captain Tom Clonan has direct experience of armed conflict in Ireland, the Middle East and former Yugoslavia (Bosnia). Tom is a highly entertaining and insightful speaker with a unique mix of tragic and comic perspectives into war, conflict and the human condition. He is one of Ireland’s foremost Whistleblowers. His…Read More
Nelly CorbelBringing citizenship to the center of our lives
Social sciences, Activism Nelly Corbel dreams of a citizen driven world where solidarity rhymes with growth. With over 10 years of experience in capacity development, conference moderation and program management in the fields of Civic Education, Citizenship Development and Higher Education reform in Europe, North America, North Africa and the Middle East, she has served…Read More
George DanosThe future of man-kind heading into space - from the future of aviation, to space tourism, to space colonisation.
Mankind has always been reaching for the next frontier. Today this frontier is Space. The future of our species is outwards into space, colonising new planets. We’ll explore this journey; mankind’s next foothold. Space research, Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) Founder and President of CSEO with a vision to stimulate the island’s high-tech innovation, with…Read More
Nicolas DuvalArchitecture is in crisis
Architecture and sustainability, Duval and Fournier Architects / Terra Consultants Nicolas Duval was born in Famagusta, Cyprus in 1973. He studied painting and sculpture at the Beaux-Arts in Paris and then architecture at the ENSA of Toulouse, France. After graduating he moved back to Cyprus where he gained experience in different practices before co establishing…Read More
Robin HammondStories that matter from where love is illegal
Photography / Human rights Robin Hammond is the recipient of the W.Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism. He has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world…Read More
Constantinos Phellas & Diomedes KoufterosThe future is…f*#k the future
Constantinos Phellas Sociology, University of Nicosia Professor Constantinos N. Phellas is a Medical Sociologist with interests in a variety of areas, including Health and Illness, Ageing, End-of-Life Decision Making and Care, Construction of Identities, Sexualities, and HIV/AIDS. His publications focus upon the intersection of gender, culture, and issues of sexuality among ethnic minority communities, HIV/AIDS,…Read More
Yannis PitsiladisWhy white men can’t run: where is the scientific evidence
Sports Medicine, University of Brighton Professor Pitsiladis has an established history of research into the importance of lifestyle and genetics for human health and performance. Following 15 years at the University of Glasgow (Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences) where he created the largest known DNA biobank from world-class athletes, he was appointed Professor of…Read More
Francesca Rosella & Ryan GenzThe internet of fashionable things
Internationally-known fashion brand, CuteCircuit, has been pushing the boundaries of wearable technology since 2004. A global leader in interactive fashion, CuteCircuit has introduced many ground-breaking ideas to the fashion world by integrating new beauty and functionality through the use of smart textiles and micro-electronics creating connected clothing collections that are both fashion forward and technologically…Read More
Geraint ReesI know what you're thinking
Neuroscience, University College London My group seeks to understand the neural basis of human consciousness, and how it can be affected by neurological disease. We use functional MRI and magnetoencephalography (MEG) in combination with behavioral experiments and transcranial magnetic stimulation to study these questions in normal volunteers and patients with brain damage. Geraint is Dean…Read More
Rahim TafazolliFuture connected society
Telecommunications Research, Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) Rahim Tafazolli has been the Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications at the University of Surrey since April 2000, Director of Institute of Communication Systems (ICS, formerly known as CCSR) since January 2010 and the Director of the 5G Innovation Centre since 2012. He has over 25 years…Read More
Dean Van LeeuwenThe future is full of quests
Discover the power of a leader’s quest and the role quests will play as drivers of personal and organisational success in the future. Creativity TomorrowToday Dean is an intellectual adventurer and explorer. He believes that just when you think you understand something, that’s when you have to look at it differently. He is a successful entrepreneur and…Read More
Ioannis VotsisHow to bring forward a desirable future
This talk highlights, and provides alternatives to, existing human institutions and practices that hamper the arrival of desirable future states. Philosophy, The New College of the Humanities Ioannis Votsis holds degrees from UC Berkeley (BA) and LSE (PhD). He has previously taught and/or conducted research at the universities of Athens, Bristol, Duesseldorf (where he served…Read More
Rachel WingfieldA spatial laboratory
Rachel will introduce the work of London based Loop.pH and discuss their approach to design and the living city. Designers are some of the important spokespersons and agents for change in creating more sustainable futures as they are the people who help shape the ways in which we experience the world around us. As creative…Read More
Annini Tsiouti, Oya Akin, Brice CatherinMotionless opera
Composer Brice Catherin’s Motionless Opera brings performers Oya Akin and Annini Tsiouti to TEDxUniversityofNicosia for a thought-provoking electroacoustic experience that promises to stir the dirtiest things we have inside us. Oya Akin graduated from the Psychology Department of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She started working as an actress for the Kyrenia Municipality Theatre Studio in 2000,…Read More
Larnaca Municipality Children’s Choir
with Maestro Nikos Evangelou The Children’s Choir of Larnaca Municipality was formed in 2012 under the guidance of Maestro Nicos Evangelou. With now over 110 children members, the choir has performed on numerous stages with some of the most significant contemporary Greek musicians. These include Costas Makedonas, Dimitris Mbasis, Alkistis Protopsalti to name a few….Read More
Papageorgio String Quartet
Papageorgio String Quartet merges the classical with the contemporary. They do so by performing alternative music such as Rock and other popular styles. All the arrangements (including their 1st album “ Tribute to Classic Rock’’) are composed exclusively for this ensemble by the founder of this Quartet, Constantin Papageorgio and meant to present the songs…Read More
Robin, from Berlin, is a seeker and visionary – always searching for new ways to incorporate the sounds of the world into his own creations and performance. Over the last decade Robin has wandered the planet looking for experiences to further his personal and musical journey – and sometimes he has had to build his…Read More
Daniel WaplesHandPan - amplification of vibration
Originally from Greater London, Daniel took his first HandPan in 2007. Now with over 30 millions views on youtube, he has recorded 10 albums and performed in over 50 countries across 6 continents. He supports himself as an independent musician, spreading the gospel of the HandPan, an acoustic musical instrument associated with energy work and…Read More
Andreas Araouzos has become part of the TEDxUniversityofNicosia Team, and we are absolutely thrilled to have him on board as host for a second year running. Andreas Araouzos is the founder and director or Alpha Square theatre-productions Company in Cyprus, since 2003, having directed, adapted, translated and acted in a number of plays in both…Read More
“This year’s theme will provide our audience with an accurate, balanced and informed perspective of what the future holds.”
- Will robots be a danger to humans?
- Can we unleash the powers of our mind?
- When will we colonize space?
- How will urban life look like?
- What kind of houses will we be living in?
- How will design affect our environments?
- How fast will wireless communication become?
- So the future is…? Let’s find out.
NOVEMBER 21ST 2015
The Future is...
08:00 - 08:55 Registration
09:00 - 09:05 Videos
09:05 - 09:10 Curator welcome
09:10 - 09:15 Host welcome
the medium is the message
9:15 Robin Sukroso
ACPAD – Introducing a new style of music
9:35 Stelios Anastasiades
The future is… ”too fast, too furious”
9:55 Robin Hammond
Stories that matter from where love is illegal
10:15 Etienne Auge
Imagine your future: using science fiction prototyping in education
when we are heading the wrong way, the last thing we need is progress
11:00 Annini, Oya & Brice
11:20 Constantinos & Diomedes
The future is…f*#k the future
11:40 Ioannis Votsis
How to bring forward a desirable future
12:00 Nicolas Duval
Architecture is in crisis
12:20 Stuart Armstrong
Existential risks and extreme opportunities
where we're going, we won't need roads
13:35 Daniel Waples
HandPan – amplification of vibration
13:55 Rachel Wingfield
A spatial laboratory
14:15 Dean Van Leeuwen
The future is full of quests
14:35 Rahim Tafazolli
Future connected society
break from the past
15:25 Papageorgio String Quartet
Papageorgio String Quartet
15:45 George Danos
The future of man-kind heading into space – from the future of aviation, to space tourism, to space colonisation.
16:05 Nelly Corbel
Bringing citizenship to the center of our lives
16:25 Tom Clonan
The future is possible
17:10 Geraint Rees
I know what you’re thinking
17:30 Francesca & Ryan
The internet of fashionable things
17:50 Yannis Pitsiladis
Why white men can’t run: where is the scientific evidence
18:10 Larnaca Municipality Children’s Choir
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