TEDxBergen 2014

Event Details


October 4th, 2014


10 am ~ 4 pm


Aula, NHH

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences under the slogan "ideas worth spreading".

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBergen, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBergen event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

TEDxBergen Across the Borders

This TEDx event is organized for the fifth time, previously under the names TEDxNHH and then TEDxBergen.
We are now taking it across the borders!

Every year we are organizing TEDx conference at NHH. Previous TEDxNHH and TEDxBergen events were tremendous successes with excellent feedback from the attendees. TEDxNHH 2010 was the first independently organized TED conference in Norway. Last year, TEDxBergen 2013 gathered more than 350 attendees from NHH, UiB, NKH as well as business community and general public.

This Fall we are organizing an even more exciting conference: TEDxBergen "Across the Borders", with renowned speakers from all over the world, talking about their most innovative ideas and inspiring the audience.

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TEDxBergen 2014 Speakers

Confirmed speakers for this year

Look at those who will share the stage at TEDxBergen 2014

Nico Rose

Nico Rose, Organizational Psychologist

Nico Rose is a German organizational psychologist and holds a doctoral degree in business administration. Most recently, he was part of the 9th cohort of University of Pennsylvania´s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program. In his main occupation, Nico is Head of Employer Branding at Bertelsmann, Europe´s premier media corporation. Since 2008, he also works as a freelance management coach. In 2010, he was awarded with the German “Coaching Award”. Nico has authored 30+ professional articles and is a frequent interview partner on human resources and coaching topics in German newspapers, professional magazines, and online publications. In December 2012, his latest book “Lizenz zur Zufriedenheit” (“License for Satisfaction”) was published.

Pellegrino Riccardi

Pellegrino Riccardi, Cross Cultural Expert
Watch his speech at Forskningsrådets Næringslivsdag 2011

Pellegrino comes form both an English and an Italian background, and is currently living in Norway. For the past 27 years he has travelled around the world and interacted with countless different cultures, nationalities and people-types. His work philosophy is to work with what you enjoy and what you are passionate about, what you believe you can excel in and are prepared to work hard to be excellent at, and only work with what can bring about positive change in yourself and in other people.

Romain Quidant

Romain Quidant, scientist and inventor

Romain is the leader of the Plasmon Nano-Optics group at ICFO (Barcelona), where he studies the interaction between nanoparticles and light. At less than 40, he is acknowledged as one of the world leaders of his field and has published several of his contributions in the best known scientific journals including Science and Nature. Romain has recently come into the public light after leading the invention of a Nanochip capable to detect cancer in a cheap, fast and versatile way. He will explain us how his research could improve our life quality in a not so distant future. He was granted the 2012 ICO prize by the International Commission for Optics for his overall contribution to light science.

Bred Berens

Brad Berens, Ph.D.

A trusted advisor to companies of all sizes, Brad Berens has enjoyed a wide-ranging career with storytelling as an organizing theme. From trend spotting at the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, strategic consulting at Big Digital Idea, long tenure as the Global Chief Content Officer at events, editorial and marketing work at EarthLink, mentoring of startups (including at the Portland Incubator Experiment and the Nike+ Accelerator), and hailing back to his days as a Hollywood story analyst and award-winning teacher of Shakespeare and writing at U.C. Berkeley, Brad moves gracefully from the digital world to the “real” world and back again.

Jill Walker Rettberg

Jill Walker Rettberg, Professor & Blogger

Jill is a Professor of Digital Culture, and she researches ways in which people tell stories online, looking at electronic literature, blogging, games and participatory media. She was born in Australia, but has lived in Norway since the age of 8. She is an avid blogger, and started her research blog in October 2000. In 2006 she won the Meltzer Award for Excellence in the Dissemination of Research, largely for her work on the blog. Her latest book is called "Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves", which will also be the topic of her talk.

Sergey Medvedev

Sergey Medvedev

Sergey is a professor of politics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, a popular TV and radio host, and a columnist for Russian Forbes magazine. He writes on issues of Russian society and identity, and examines practices of everyday life. He also leads an international education project "Escapes from Modernity", taking students to remote locations across the world to discuss critical issues of the Modern civilization.

Odd Moe

Odd Moe

Odd is a mentor, angel investor and passionate entrepreneurial lobbyist, based in Oslo. He is also the founder of Gründernes Hus (The Entrepreneur’s House), which is a business incubator and co-working space for individual entrepreneurs, young companies, service providers and investors. As the host of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Norway, he has a central role in the startup community both in Norway and internationally. He has also been cofounder of such great projects as Seed Forum International and Startup Weekend Norway. Seed Forum, being present in more than 40 countries around the world, is mainly aimed at improving the chances of startup companies to get early stage financing and enlarge the scale of operations. Startup Weekend is an intense “hands on” workshop aimed at starting up new companies in 54 hours combined with efficient teambuilding training and continuous mentorship.

Linn Søvig

Linn Søvig, communications consultant

Linn has a masters degree form the University of Bergen, and is currently working as a freelance communications consultant. She is passionate about games, communication, technological inventions and coffee. She says "I have a love for new technology and adventurous inventions. I have been an observer and commentator of online culture for years. I'm currently very involved with and enthusiastic about computer games." She is a project leader and board member for Spillmakerlauget (the Center for game Development in Norway) and has participated in several fun and interesting projects such as "The world peace game" in Bergen. She has been a guest lecturer, and a lecturer with Storytelling and Games.



Doors open for registration & morning coffee


TEDx Introduction

Session One

Pellegrino Riccardi, "Cross Cultural Communication"
Odd Moe, "The Norwegian oil-fueled economy is killing entrepreneurial initiatives"
Linn Søvig, "Gamification"


Lunch Break

Session Two

Sergey Medvedev, "New Great Walls and the New Middle Age"
Romain Quidant "Early cancer detection through a nanoparticle chip technology"
Nico Rose "How to be the Architect of your own Fortune"


Coffee Break

Session Three

Jill Walker Rettberg, "Wearables and how we measure ourselves through social media"
TED Videos
Brad Berens, "The Shakespeare Strategy"


Announcement of competition winners, closing statement

After 15:30

Speakers corner and Tesla showcase


Sold out


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Leader: Anna Gorskaya

Co-Lead: Sarah Yuyan Soon

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Sponsors, Co-Lead: Tomas Gunnar Thorsteinsson

Speakers: Sigrid Johanne Husøy

Marketing: Alyona Bambulyak
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IT: Max Ozerov
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Info: Benjamin Batinge

Treasurer: Tjorben Struck

Logistics: Branko Mirkovic

HR: Alina Selezneva
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