ABOUT TEDxARUBA

The theme of this year’s TEDxAruba is “What if…?”

‘What if..’ is an open question that challenges and provokes to radically shake-up the status quo within the spectrum of Tech, Education and Design, thereby enabling the development of actions worth doing and ideas worth spreading. Examples of such questions are ‘What if..the concept of money were wiped out?’ or ‘What if.. we shifted the concept of education?’ These are very exiting topics and our speakers will be providing such visions, actions and ideas during TEDxAruba 2016.

WHAT IF: TWO WORDS ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

ABOUT ARUBA

Everybody knows Aruba as a paradise on earth with beautiful beaches and palm trees, where you can have the best vacation ever. But did you know that Aruba is more than a vacation island and that it has the ambition to create a 100% sustainable society?

Aruba is doing that by creating a new economic pillar: A sustainable knowledge economy. Located at one of the best places in the world Aruba acts like a hub between the America’s, Europe and the Caribbean region. Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and with its unique position has grown into a living lab on all levels of sustainable challenges and solutions.

The journey to a sustainable society is very inspiring and already has shown impressive results. With this momentum, Aruba creates the perfect place for existing- and start-up companies to research and showcase their great ideas, find solutions for global challenges and
share their expertise. The goal is to find creative ways to contribute to a sustainable society and eventually to the rest of the world.

ABOUT TED

Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

ABOUT TEDxARUBA

TEDxAruba strives for sustainable innovation, new business creation and bringing idea’s to live, not only for Aruba, but also for other similar small economies and the rest of the world.

The TEDxAruba mission, like the TED mission, is to propagate Ideas worth Spreading and Actions worth Doing; to inform and inspire. Our specific goal is to turn TEDxAruba into the Caribbean’s leading platform and pipeline for great ideas, storytelling, creativity and actionable innovation. In addition to this, our goal is to foster a sense of community amongst the people and organizations who have gathered (and continue to gather) around this event and to provide a cultural driving force for conversation and action on how to create a sustainable society.

Our specific goal is to turn TEDxAruba into the Caribbean’s leading platform and pipeline for great ideas, storytelling, creativity, actionable innovation.

TEDxAruba is an independently organized event licensed from TED to official TEDx ambassador Jim Stolze and organized by the TEDxAruba Foundation. Together with a network of fellow thinkers and do-ers and long time collaborators, this team has put together a platform and pipeline for the spreading of (Aruban) sustainable ideas, solutions, creativity, innovation and culture to the rest of the world.

19+ EMBASSIES HOSTED LIVE VIEWING EVENTS IN 2015 AND 2016

Global Live Viewing Parties

TEDxAruba was streamed Live over the Internet on September 23rd, betwoon 6pm and 11:30pm – Atlantic Time Zone UTC-04:00. 12+ Dutch Embassies from around the World hosted Live Viewing parties for companies and organizations in their cities during this time.

  • Port-au-Prince
  • New York
  • Santiago de Chile
  • Toronto
  • San Francisco
  • Paramaribo
  • Bogotá
  • Vancouver
  • Buenos Aires
  • Caracas
  • Port of Spain
  • Panama City
  • San José
  • St. Helena

DOWNLOAD THE TEDxARUBA FACTSHEET

MEET THE TEDxARUBA TEAM

  • Elton Arends
    Elton Arends CHAIRMAN TEDxARUBA
  • Bianca Peters
    Bianca Peters SECRETARY ADVISORY BOARD
  • Andre Kuipers
    Andre Kuipers CHAIRMAN ADVISORY BOARD
  • Jim Stolze
    Jim Stolze ADVISORY BOARD
  • Marlon Kock
    Marlon Kock IT MANAGER. EVENT AUDIO/VISUAL.
  • Esther Broeksema
    Esther Broeksema HEAD OF MARKETING & PR
  • Dagmara Avanindra
    Dagmara Avanindra HEAD OF CONTENT
  • Rosabelle Illes
    Rosabelle Illes HEAD OF ENTERTAINMENT
  • Dwayne Heronimo
    Dwayne Heronimo ONLINE MARKETING
  • Veronica Olarte
    Veronica Olarte OFFICE MANAGER
  • Michelle Wever
    Michelle Wever SECRETARY TEDxARUBA FOUNDATION
  • Antoine Lobato de Mesquita
    Antoine Lobato de Mesquita TREASURER TEDxARUBA FOUNDATION

MEET THE TV-PRODUCTION TEAM

Local Sound Unit and Camera Crew

Bryan Solognier – of Elite Productions and Entertainment – is in charge of the Audio and Visuals on stage during TEDxAruba. Elite Productions and Entertainment is the leading provider of audio and visual productions on Aruba. At TEDxAruba, Elite was in charge of Audio on-stage, backstage and in the press room – as well as the screen arrangement and lighting on the main stage. These guys have done tremendous work two years in a row now. For more information on Elite, visit their website: http://www.elite-productions.net/

Leo Maduro runs a local company called MadCamPro. They are a full services video production company that does commercial, TV-programs, livestreaming, weddings, etc. MadCamPro is the company of choice for all the major conferences on the island. Leo’s crew has also been with TEDxAruba for the second year running and we cannot say enough good things about them. More info visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Madcampro-832917766815169/

Meet Lieke en Henk, TV-Livestream directors/ producers

Lieke van Zutphen is a director and producer for almost 15 years. Her core business is directing live TV for RTL news in the Netherlands. She is also gives web lecture training to teachers en directors at several Universities. Web lectures are an innovative way in teaching students online. Since 2011, Lieke produced or directed the broadcast of many TEDx editions, such as TEDxAmsterdam, TEDxAmsterdamWoman and the TED World Wide Talent Search. Lieke communicates with a smile and has a drive for connecting people. She has a great energy for getting the best result out of every project.

Henk van Engen is a live TV director at the Netherlands. He has more than 25 year experience. He specializes in live TV Broadcast and Live Music Registration. In 2005 Henk received an Acadamy Award for his editing work. At that time he worked at the NOB Facility House as editor and vision mixer. His slogan is: Working with motivated creative and professional people gets the best out of all of them. He likes to share his experience with other creative professionals, and on September 23rd, Henk and Lieke will be in charge of directing the International Live Streaming broadcast.