TEDxGöteborg


Speakers

We are proud to present the speakers for TEDxGöteborg 2014 – When Life Gives You Lemons.
The final program has 15 inspirational speakers.

Angelica Löwdin – The Transgender Rights Activist

Angelica Löwdin kept a secret for more than 50 years. She was born a man, but today she lives her life openly as the transgender person Angelica. At TEDxGöteborg, she shares her very personal story about coming out and finding the courage to be who you are.
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Afra Noubarzadeh – The Code Artist

As TEDx is about bringing together Technolgy, Entertainment and Design with the concept of sharing good ideas, what could be a more splendid example than an entrepreneurial-minded environmental science engineer who creates astounding art out of CSS code? While inviting us to watch the creative process based on math, code and vector circles, Afra Noubarzadeh will talk about how to bridge the gap between art and science and why the limits of technology actually may boost creativity.
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Dave Crowe – The Beatboxer

A journey into beatboxing as well as life, Dave Crowe will talk about people he met around the world and sour lemons that turned out to be sweeter than honey in retrospect. The beatboxer takes a little time of his European tour to perform and talk at TEDxGöteborg about when life in fact feels like a giant lemon and how to turn it into lemonade.
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Lisanne Triezenberg – Master of the Whispering Voice

Imagine having a family curse where the people nearest and dearest to you get cancer on a regular basis. Lisanne grew up thinking that going to funerals every now and then was part of anyone’s childhood. She still leads her life with the ”Big C” lurking around the corner, now with a young daughter recently fighting brain cancer. Hear her talk about how to listen to the whispering voice and find the strength to play the cards you’re handed in this life in a positive and wise way.
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Jameel – The Courageous Refugee

When Jameel grew up in Damascus he couldn’t imagine the terrible things that would happen in the future. After loosing nearly everything, he had no choice but to leave home and set off to an uncertain and dangerous journey. At TEDxGöteborg on November 18, Jameel will share his touching story about the long-winded and risky escape from suffering and chaos into an unpredictable, but deliberately optimistic future in a new country.
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Afrah Nasser – The Human Rights Blogger

For the last four years, 29 year-old Yemeni journalist Afrah Nasser has been blogging about atrocities, human rights violations and other topics related to Yemen. Though the autocracy have tried to shut her down numerous times, she courageously continues to shed light on injustices and sufferings in Yemen, and is regarded as one of the Middle East’s most important voices of today. With her speech “We can blog it!” at TEDxGöteborg on November 18, Afrah will remind us all about the importance of continuing the fight for what we believe in.
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Yomi Abiola – The Inclusionist

Super model Yomi Abiola was the first African face of Maybelline and has graced the pages of magazines like Elle and Vogue Italy. But she soon became aware of the lack of diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry. Today she runs the initiative for social change – Stand Up For Fashion.
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Sutip Austad – The Mindset Cultivator

Starting life as a pledge at a pawnshop, Sutip Austad, born in Thailand, has overcome the most insurmountable obstacles ever since. Living in Sweden since many years she’s cultivating spices and vegetables running her well-known business Austad Gård. At TEDxGöteborg she will spread the word about her mindset when life gives lemon and changing path.
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Fredrik Wikholm – The Change Manufacturer

It was the creative mindset and will to change, rather than skills in textile design that brought Fredrik Wikholm and his snowboard collective to start up a fashion brand that focused on sustainability. Now he’s taking recycling to the next level with an open-source innovation institute to pave ways for the fashion industry to make more sustainable choices.
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Linda Holmgren – A Light In The Dark

What would you do if your life were shattered into pieces? Linda Holmgren was the victim of sexual assault on two separate occasions. Several years later, one of the perpetrators shows up. Just seeing his face throws her back to square one. That’s when she decided to make a difference. Today she runs Black Light, currently with the book Tillsammans – bara när vi säger ja. Hear her talk about overcoming even the darkest moments at TEDxGöteborg.
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Navid Modiri – The Conversation Activist

With a mission to create good condition for meaningful conversations, Navid Modiri knows what to do When Life Gives You Lemon. He challenges politicians to use a new form of political speech – conversation instead of debate. He showed his proof of concept, when he played golf with Jimmy Åkesson this summer. When you listen to Navid Modiri November 18th you will be challenged and inspired to see things differently than you are used to.
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Per Holmquist – The Beat Designer

Per Holmquist - The Beat Designer Per Holmquist wanted to make music easy and available for anyone. In an unexpected way, he built a music machine, the Beat Blox, looking like a toy, but with the sound of a world-leading DJ.
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Thomas Helleday – The Cancer Fighting Pioneer

Thomas Helleday is a pioneer in cancer research. Not only does he have his mind set on finding a cure, but in a whole new way. In an industry where commercial interests often set the agenda, Helleday Laboratory decided to start a non-profit, public foundation to support the research. And they share their innovations and findings openly for the world to see.
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Max Ortiz Catalan – Scientist of Bionic Limbs

Max managed to develop prosthetics that, with help from titanium implants, neuromuscular interfaces, and sophisticated control algorithms, are controlled by the brain, via nerve fibers, in the same way as a biological limb. At TEDxGöteborg2014 Max will talk about his mind-controlled prostheses and the potential in the field.
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Helena Backlund Wasling – Researcher of Human Touch

Helena Backlund Wasling and her team or researchers has mapped how a soft touch activates the parts of the brain that controls our emotions. In November she visits TEDxGöteborg to speak about the potentials for an affective touch to create a relation, make people listen and the chance to get them to do what you like.
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