TEDxBucharestWomen 2016 live blog.
Tamina Lolev, our first speaker, talked about her love-hate relationship with Bucharest and how through urban regeneration we can save a city that’s sick because of traffic and pollution. Born and raised in Bucharest, Tamina chose to see Bucharest’s shortcomings as opportunities. The city is full of forgotten industrial spaces left to rot. Together with a group of friends, architect, designers and engineers, Tamina transformed a hall into a space for the creative industries, where more than 100 people are working on projects and start-ups. Happily, their initiative is not a singular example in Romania.
Our next speaker, Mia Țărmure started her talk by sharing a story from her childhood, when she wanted to sue her math teacher. That experience made her want to change education. Even though, nowadays, we have tablets and white boards in classes, kids are still taught as if they are all the same, as if they learn in the same way. We still believe science is just for boys, girls should go to ballet and piano classes. It’s all about the mindset and the education we give to our kids. How can we better prepare them for the future? By offering an education that helps kids become independent, ready to find solutions for any challenge they might encounter.
Axia Marinescu, concert pianist, believes beauty will change the world. Moreover, beauty can be found in each one of us. Art is the end result of life as it’s the manifestation of the soul and the spirit. The artist can descend beauty from the abstract world and give it to us. The artist does not have a job, he has a vocation, he’s offered a talent and he’s bound to disseminate it. Axia thinks art can’t be built without our continuos reinvention.
Our last speaker, Ioana Gligor-Bekesi, had a powerful and personal message: it’s time to build! The Romanian society is not ready to offer opportunities for people with special needs and help them to integrate. Unfortunately, in our country people are categorised based on their disabilities not abilities. In the last 8 years Ioana initiated and implemented projects with focus on disadvantaged people and she founded an association that has the mission to offer them access to a normal life.
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Session 4 #kairos
Our final session challenges us to think about the future from a human perspective. Patrice Renaud’s work involves studying the future of sexuality and emerging forms of sexualized images. He assesses sexual preferences and draws profiles of sexual offenders using virtual reality. He discovered that virtual images provoke responses similar to photos, thereby creating a moral method of testing these people using the newest technologies available. The future might hold ways to hopefully correct their behavior.
Cristina Balan’s dream was to design cars. She wanted to prove wrong every single person who told her this was impossible because she was a woman. So she set about working for her dream and aimed as high as possible. She designed the future at Tesla through the Model S and works to change the world’s image of electric cars. Then, she went on to design some of the best electric vehicles in the world. She started her own design house and works as an advisor for 4 disruptive start-ups in the field of automotive. She is the inventor of an electric bike which became and obsession in Canada and puts all of her passion into her personal project: to build drones that carry medicines across Africa, as support for the Red Cross.
An expert in the Internet of Things, Patrick Kramer’s aim is to turn other people into super-humans. People have been trying to upgrade themselves for decades, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have other senses too? Implants and devices allow us to feel time, or feel where the North is, thus helping our bodies learn new capabilities. And the interest towards microchip implants especially is rising, with endless possibilities of use. In the future, we might forgo devices altogether by thinking #aheadoftime, as we become connected humans.
TEDx Bucharest ends this year with an exhilarating concert from Subcarpati, a ground-breaking fusion act that combines traditional Romanian music with modern rhythms.
We hope you enjoyed our intro in the future. Our speakers and our team invite you to create your personal future using these amazing new ideas and we welcome you next year to the next edition of TEDx Bucharest!
Session 3 #momentum
Having lived close to nature as a child and seeing the sad situation of illegal logging in Romania made Bogdan Micu volunteer to save Romania’s forests. His quest aims to change the system from the inside, and since all systems are made with people, he knew he must use people power as much as possible. He set about creating Inspectorul Padurii, an app that helps discover illegal log transports all over Romania, allowing citizens to report transports live and have them checked by the police. It just goes to show how one raised voice can help bring about change even in the most dire of situations.
In this riveting talk, Alexandru Cosoi helps us look at the past, present and future of computers and the Internet of Things. In his world, good hackers help companies by showing vulnerabilities in corporate systems, while bad hackers make a lot of money by exploiting those same issues. And since the future will connect us further more to each other and the objects around us, we will be more and more at risk of surprises and rely on experts like him to make sure we are safe in the cyber world.
Ever heard the phrase “You’re too young to make a difference”? Alexandra Butmalai is a 19-year old social entrepreneur who has decided she has the power to change something in Romania, even at her young age. Thus, she set about identifying potential areas for change and creating intiatives that make the world a better place for young people. An ambitious student, she focused her efforts on changing the school system in Romania and invented the “Experiment Factory” at 17. Involving over 100 volunteers, the initiative makes science fun for kids, creating thought-provoking experiments
Our last speaker in the third session, Andy Hood talks about future technologies, and how our little understanding of consciousness does not allow us to replicate human consciousness in AI. Yet. However, the future in which machines are the main source of change is already upon us and in various fields, AI helps provoke massive new discoveries, for the benefit of mankind. Initiatives around the world aim to develop AI with a morality, as it is our own responsibility to make sure that the world created by machines is the best for all involved.
Session 2 #perpetuum
In the beginning of the second part of TEDx Bucharest 2016, British war veteran Jon White teaches us that success means constant growth and evolution, and that while we massively underestimate our capacities, so we should always strive to keep going, whatever the odds. After surviving war in Afghanistan and building a successful life, his newest project is a book. He aims to interview a wide range of leaders, to show that even the greatest of us are still human, with vulnerabilities and prone to mistakes, but they have had a shift in motivation during their careers: their motivation has shifted from themselves to the people they work for. His talk is a lesson in both human potential and forgiveness, as holding anger is drawing our energy away from more important things. We must forgive ourselves in order to live a life that is meaningful to us.
After a visit to the doctor, computer sciences student Flavia Oprea noticed that many diseases have “loss of balance” as a common symptom, which led her to a simple conclusion: early discovery and treatment of this symptom would allow us to avoid complications and maybe even disease altogether. Thus, she created ENTy, a simple device that helps doctors perform balance tests easily and comfortably, while also sending anonymous data that allow us to track diseases in various categories of people and discover them #aheadoftime.
Simply put, high-school student Ana Bercaru’s life mission is to conquer infinity. She became curious about this concept by listening to her mother’s math explanations about “x tends to infinity”. This led her to study space travel and ways that we can travel like in Sci-Fi movies, like “warp drive”. But during her studies, the most important thing she understood is that the Universe provides everything for us- all the solutions are right there for our use and all problems have a solution through science.
After amazing talks and shared ideas #aheadoftime, we welcome Zoli Toth who lets music speak on his behalf and presents his new project “Cocoon”, a lively and complex fusion between arts and different musical styles.
Session 1 #chronos
It’s time to spark conversations and challenge our ideas of the future in the 8th edition of TEDx Bucharest! Our host Marcus Orlovsky, two-time TEDx speaker and all-around nice guy introduces us to ideas #aheadoftime and invites everyone to get to know each other.
Our first speaker Delia Dumitrescu reset our clocks with an exercise in the science of waiting. “As a trendwatcher, people always expect me to know what’s next”, Delia says. How can businesses keep up with all the changes? Just know what the consumers want next. But how? Look at ground-breaking businesses, not consumers, to see how change comes into our lives. They are masters at managing expectations and innovate as global brands, that set standards in exactly those expectations. Businesses, take this away: Your customers’ expectations are set outside your own industry…in your customers’s own heads!
Next up, Cornel Amariei shows us why innovation has to create meaning, before anything else. His invention, .lumen, is a pair of “glasses for the blind” that uses electric impulses to allow their blind users to perceive the world around them and understand it without touching it. Cornel is a prime example of the way anyone can innovate nowadays, as innovation comes from exposure and you must always keep an open mind. The best ideas create meaning and markets, and the secret to creating the future #aheadoftime is to just connect ideas in ways in which they have never been connected before.
We catch a glimpse of the future with theater creator Zoe Philpott, who one day noticed there are no statues of women around the world. This was the first time she became aware of the lack of recognition women receive as pioneers. So her mission became changing “History” to “Herstory”. She is encouraged by the work of Ada Lovelace in 1843, the world’s first computer programmer, whose work was ignored for 100 years, until the development of the first computers. But Lovelace’s ambition was to do something good, not be recognized. Today, Zoe believes women have to stand up for themselves and be proud of their work, so she has created a one-woman show using technologies women have helped to create. She encourages us to share more stories of glorious women, to help update history and create “Ourstory”.
During a taxi ride, sociologist Dani Sandu realized the value of human connection. Since we have such technology all around us and we are living during the 4th industrial revolution, we inevitably wonder what will happen to the people who will be left without jobs because of the AI development? The 4th industrial revolution will create new jobs, but who will be able to benefit? If your job involves creating repetition, it will probably be replaced, but if your job is finding solutions by using your creativity, your job will most likely endure. Technology is an opportunity for change and the future will be about the universal basic income, which gives people the opportunity to do what they love and eventually find a way to monetize their ideas. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for all of us to be able to only work to find purpose?
Our last speaker for the session, Nikola Serafimovski challenges us to think #aheadoftime, and imagine a world where the internet is available through every LED light in the world. What happens when the Internet of Things becomes a reality and all the information providers become interconnected? What if light and internet will start using the same channels? Could we provide communication through the same means by which we create electricity? Through his work, we catch a glimpse of the future through LiFi devices, which already use light to transmit wireless internet as we move through our world. In the future, any source of light, even dimmed ones in our home, will become sources of access to the Internet. LiFi is a reality today for the enterprise market and will soon be available to consumers, allowing the entire world to be connected by light.