About TEDxHelsinkiUniversity

TEDxHelsinkiUniversity is an event organized by a group of dedicated PhD students from the University of Helsinki supported by faculty and personnel. The purpose of the event is to give the stage to local ideas worth sharing and to engage the local and international community in discussing them. The event will take place on May 26, 2017 at Gloria Kultturiareena.

TED (https://www.ted.com/) is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). In addition to their official events, they also grant licenses to organize independently organized events (TEDx).

The theme of our TEDx will revolve around the question “Who are we?”. This allows us to have a both multidisciplinary and multi-topical event. Our aim is to address the question from the perspective of individuals as well as groups. The “we” can in fact mean different things such as a cultural, ideological or social group, humans or even the broader concept of living beings and, artificial intelligence. We are also planning to select talks discussing the theme from an introspective point of view and, at the same time, exploring the relations between the self and the environment.


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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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.com. 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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