The Hague, January 17 – The speakers for TEDxBinnenhof 2014 were announced. Jurors André Kuipers (Dutch astronaut and doctor), TEDx Licensee Jim Stolze and Bertholt Leeftink (Director-General Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs) selected the 8 best ideas from a longlist of 25 candidates. On March 31, during TEDxBinnenhof in the Ridderzaal, The Hague, they will present their innovations.
The theme of TEDxBinnenhof is “Global Challenges | Dutch Solutions”. The jurors have chosen the most innovative solutions for the grand challenges in the world today. Challenges like an aging of the population, sustainable agriculture and energy supply system, scarce raw materials and cybersecurity.
In the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam, the winners received the good news. Unfortunately André Kuipers was not able to make it to the announcement, but he did address the candidates in a video-message. He emphasized how impressed he was by the high level of the ideas and that he was very much looking forward to watching their TEDxTalks at the stage of TEDxBinnenhof.
After a successful first edition of TEDxBinnenhof in 2012, TEDxBinnenhof will present the world once more with smart Dutch solutions. At many different locations, in the Netherlands as well as abroad (among which over thirty Dutch embassies), viewing parties will be held, where guests can follow the event live.
TEDxBinnenhof is an initiative by which the government, the business sector and universities offer a platform for Dutch inventions that will contribute greatly to the global challenges. TEDxBinnenhof gives pioneers an international stage for spreading their ideas, and, on top of that, the platform will establish network circles regarding above-mentioned themes in order to magnify the impact of innovation.
TEDxBinnenhof is supported by: Microsoft, PGGM, ActiZ, FME, ING, Alliander, Climate KIC, TOPbv, Technology Foundation STW, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The speakers of TEDxBinnenhof 2014 are:
- Barry Scholten – Smartpolder
- Coen van de Steeg – WeHelpen
- Juliette van der Lof – Solar Team Eindhoven
- Jeoffrey van den Berg – Flowid
- Jeroen Rondeel – Blue Innovation
- Onno van Schayck – Universiteit Maastricht
- Marjolein Helder – Plant-e
- Rudi Dieleman – Pectcof
These speakers, or the shortlist, were selected from the winners of the TEDxBinnenhof partner auditions, the so-called longlist. The shortlist will possibly be complemented with 2 or 3 speakers more.