Event Details


October 3rd, 2015


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. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxBergen, are self-organized. At TEDxBergen TEDTalks video and live performances from speakers are combined to spark deep discussion among participants.

The (Im)possible Redefined

This TEDx event is organized for the third time. The conference has become increasingly popular over the years and the number of attendees has grown significantly, reaching 368 attendees in 2014.

This year on October 3rd we will host the TEDxBergen conference under the topic "The (Im)possible redefined". This topic addresses the human tendency of creating boundaries in our heads, which are shaped by what we know and what we can imagine. These boundaries are what we believe is "possible". This topic addresses not only the boundaries that are possible but, indirectly, impossible. With these thoughts we hope to create an inspiring TEDx event and to invite speakers that redefine the (im)possible throughout a broad variety of domains, such as science, nature, lifestyle and technology.

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TEDxBergen 2015 Speakers

Take a look at those who will share the stage this year.

Here you can see videos from TEDxBergen 2014


T-Michael, fashion designer
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T-Michael is a very unique fashion designer that has been experiencing a lot of success with elegant rain coats he designed for Norwegian Rain. He feels that rain makes people more creative. It has a tendency to usher people indoors, and this makes for a cohesive energy in the city that inspires a lot of art crossover. “If the weather is inhospitable, we might as well get together and be a little crazy!” he says. True, unadulterated beauty and craftsmanship go into each of T-Michael’s pieces, furthering the art and heritage of artisanal techniques of the past and redefining ready to wear styling of the present. T-Michael is said to blur the gap between bespoke tailoring and ready to wear by capturing the essence and ethos of traditional menswear in a present day zeitgeist. He is based in Bergen and is the “significant other” of award winning design label Norwegian Rain.

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Dr. John Barrett, Head of Academic Studies at Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Dr John Barrett completed his PhD in 1988 and is now Head of Academic Studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Research Systems at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Group Director of the Centre’s Smart Systems Integration Research Group. The Nimbus Centre at CIT is Ireland’s largest research centre devoted the field of embedded electronic systems – the electronics controlling our cars, appliances and readily increasing number of everyday items – and home to Ireland’s largest ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ research centre. In his research John Barrett focuses on packaging, miniaturisation and embedding of smart systems in material objects and structures with particular emphasis on challenging and harsh application environments. He was Assistant Director of the Irish National Microelectronics Research Centre, now Tyndall National Institute, before becoming a lecturer and researcher at CIT in 1999. He has been active in Irish and European Research & Development projects in the areas of packaging and systems integration for almost 30 years, and has made over 100 publications and presentations in topics related to the field.

Cristopher Hoftun

Christopher Hoftun, Co-founder of the Mars Institute, Norway

Christopher Hoftun cofounded the Mars Institute in Norway after researching automated Deep Drilling on Mars at the Mars Institute, at NASA Ames Research Center California. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, he was offered the once in a lifetime opportunity to move to the United States to work with planetary drilling at NASA. He has completed a Master in Industrial Economics at the University of Stavanger and is CEO of the Mars Institute’s European Branch.

Mike Dongelmans

Mike Dongelmans, General Manager at Jeans for Rent

"Mud Jeans" produce and sell sustainable everyday fashion made of environmentally friendly, organic (GOTS certified), or recycled cotton with the goal to change the fashion industry to become circular, sustainable and ethical. They offer a total sustainable concept that they hope will attract new customer groups and upgrade the fashion chain stores’ environmental profile as well as stimulate the garment industry in general to adopt a circular economy approach and ecological Fairtrade products.

Kristian Harby

Kristian Harby, Founder of PictureAid

Kristian Harby is the founder and leader of PictureAid, a movement that makes use of photography to not only communicate but also make an actual difference in the lives of those portrayed and the societies around them. The idea of PictureAid is that through meaningful and beautiful photography a new arena can be created for companies and individuals to decorate their naked walls, whilst allowing them to create a social improvement in the world. At the age of 25, Kristian Harby quit his job to devote all his time to the cause of creating photography that truly transforms the lives of the people portrayed. Under the motto “Capture the moment – give back and create a future” PictureAid have given support to over 50 children for their education in the form of school fees, materials, uniforms and nutrition, aiming to support a lot more children this way in the future.


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Leader: Valeria Polyakova

Co-leader: Ines Maria Stögerer
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Sponsors: Hilde Bøe Tjøm
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Speakers: Marlene Orth
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Logistics: Juanan Garcia
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Marketing, NHH: Henning Berteld
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Marketing, UiB: Filipa Cordeiro
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Treasurer: Valeria Duml
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HR: Alina Selezneva

IT: Max Ozerov