Ideas Worth Spreading

TED is about storytelling. Over the past 30 years, more than 500,000,000 people have viewed a TED Talk from more than 10,000 events worldwide featuring more than 17,000 speakers.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

About TEDx

x = independently organized event
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.



Dimitris Kokkoris

We are thrilled to announce this year’s host of TEDx University of Nicosia, Dimitris Kokkoris. Dimitris is project director and team-builder of TEDx Athens, one of the largest and most popular TEDx events in the world. Dimitris is the co-founder of Cannibals Adventures, a sea-kayaking adventure travel company. As an action-sports and adventure addict, he spends…

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Suzana Hadjirousou Shiakalli

Beauty for Ashes: A Surrogacy Story.

Suzana Marie Hadjirousou/Shiakalli was born in 1987 and is originally from Birmingham, UK. At the age of 5 she moved to Cyprus with her family, and has been living on the island ever since. She is a Primary School Teacher, an English Language Coach, and a Business owner and Managing Director of a Specialized Early…

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David Snowden

Complexity and Citizen Engagement in a Post-Social-Media World

Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge, and founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at Bangor University in Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry, looking at complex issues relating to strategy and organisational decision-making. He has pioneered…

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Alfred Bakker

The Horizontal Economy: How new collaborative platforms will change 21st Century economies

Alfred Bakker studied political science and economics at the University of Amsterdam. He has worked as a financial journalist for more than 30 years. He has held posts as a journalist, deputy editor and editor in chief of the only Dutch business newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad. In March 2016, he published the book (coauthored with…

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Oliver Burkeman

How to Stop Fighting Against Time

Oliver Burkeman is a columnist for The Guardian, based in Brooklyn, and author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. Twitter: @oliverburkeman  TEDxUniversityofNicosia Talk: How to stop fighting against time. Nobody has enough time these days – but our efforts to cope with busyness just leave us feeling busier. Ancient philosophers and cutting-edge research agree…

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Jessamy Hibberd

Adventure of a Lifetime

Dr Jessamy Hibberd (BSc, MSc, DClinPsy, PgDip) is a London-based Clinical Psychologist. She works one-to-one with adults experiencing common mental health problems like anxiety, depression or low self-esteem. She gained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, and completed her accreditation in CBT at the world-renowned Institute of Psychology, Kings College….

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Philippos C. Patsalis

Safer Than Ever Prenatal Diagnosis

Prof. Philippos C. Patsalis is a scientist recognised internationally for his work in Human Genetics. He is Founder and Chief Executive Director of the biotechnology company NIPD Genetics; Distinguished Professor at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics; Founder, Professor and Provost of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine; and an Honorary Professor of several…

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Roya Mahboob

The Power of Imagination

Roya Mahboob is a serial entrepreneur forced to flee Afghanistan for New York in 2014. She focuses on building #DigitalLiteracy for women and children in developing countries. Her personal goal for #DigitalLiteracy is to bridge the gap between education and job markets, by offering practical online skills. Roya pursues this through her new company and…

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Emma Murphy

I Broke My Silence

Emma Murphy is a 28-year-old fitness blogger and single mother of two. In 2015, she faced repeated domestic battery from her ex-boyfriend and father of her children. After one such incident that left her with a black eye, she decided to take to social media, where she posted a vulnerable video of herself telling the…

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Sofia Matsi

5 Things I Learnt Through Gardening

Sofia Matsi studied Chemistry at the University of Cyprus. She transitioned to the Arts with a Fulbright Commission scholarship, earning a Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) in drawing at Florida Atlantic University. Corresponding to her growing environmental concerns, she completed her basic education in Permaculture through a Permaculture Design Course, followed by a Permaculture Teachers’…

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Olga Kouklaki

Olga Kouklaki: Live Performance

Olga Kouklaki: Live Performance Born in Athens, Greece, she started playing the piano at the age of 8 and never quit music since. While pursuing classical music studies, curiosity brought her to the electronic scene. She began to DJ in bars and clubs, and then entered the music production world. In 2001, she moved to…

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Jonny Berliner

Why Sing Science?

Science troubadour, Jonny Berliner, is a pioneer of the geek-pop genre, on a mission to make science accessible to all.   His unique brand of comedy-science songs were originally commissioned for the Guardian Science Weekly podcast, after which he became a regular contributor to science festivals and comedy nights, alongside some of the world’s leading…

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Haig Yazdjian

Music of the Eastern Mediterranean

Along with Anastasios Poulios / Georgios Kontogiannis Haig Yazdjian is an oud soloist, an ambassador of the oud, a composer and a singer. Haig has created five groundbreaking albums, released worldwide through one of Greece’s most prestigious Record Labels (Libra Music). Haig Yazdjian was born in Syria of Armenian parents. In the early 1980s, he…

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The current era spells the end of much of what we grew up believing to be true. Today’s experts depict a post-capitalist, post-modern, post-truth era.  A time of collaborative commons, of zero marginal cost, of a rapid rollout of new technologies so significant that things, as we know them, have ceased to exist.

For so many institutions, issues, norms and realities… it’s game over.Yet, life moves forward.  We are merely at a critical juncture in which we must choose to play again.  To play in an era made up of new rules and new players.  An era where civilizations collide, global imbalances prevail and information grows more by the minute. The choice to play again is ours and ours alone.  TEDxUniversityofNicosia 2017 will play on 11 November 2017. Join the game.

The choice to play again is ours and ours alone.  TEDxUniversityofNicosia 2017 will play on 11 November 2017. Join the game.

GAME OVER. PLAY AGAIN? meets three of the essential TEDTalk objectives:

  • To democratize knowledge and science
  • To stimulate and arouse audiences around the world
  • To spark deep discussion and connections



  • 9:00 - 10:00 Registration
  • 10:00 - 10:10 Curator Welcome

    Nicholas Nicoli

  • 10:10 - 10:15 Host Welcome

    Demetris Kokkoris


Session 1

  • 10:15 Haig Yazdjian

    Music of the Eastern Mediterranean

  • 10:35 Sofia Matsi

    5 Things I Learnt Through Gardening

  • 10:55 Emma Murphy

    I Broke My Silence

  • 11:15 Philippos Patsalis

    Safer Than Ever Prenatal Diagnosis


Session 2

  • 12:15 Jonny Berliner

    Why Sing Science?

  • 12:35 David Snowden

    Complexity and Citizen Engagement in a Post-Social-Media World

  • 12:55 Alfred Bakker

    The Horizontal Economy: How new collaborative platforms will change 21st Century economies

  • 13:15 Roya Mahboob

    The Power of Imagination


Session 3

  • 14:55 Suzana Hadjirousou Shiakall

    Beauty for Ashes: A Surrogacy Story

  • 15:15 Oliver Burkeman

    How to Stop Fighting Against Time

  • 15:35 Jessamy Hibberd

    Adventure of a Lifetime

  • 15:55 Olga Kouklaki

    Olga Kouklaki Live Performance

    Memories from TEDx

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    Nicholas NicoliCurator
    Eleni HoplarosContent
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    Sophia TsangaridouVideo Producer
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    John IoannouAudio-Visual Experience / Live Video
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