About us

What is TED?

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


So, what's TEDxOdense?

TEDx is an offshoot of TED where independent, self-organized events bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The TED Conference provides general guidance for TEDx organizations.

TEDxOdense is a nonprofit organization planned by volunteers and financially supported by the generous help of fantastic corporate partners and ticket sales.

Our main goal is to organize annual TEDxOdense events, creating a movement around Ideas Worth Spreading to further connect Odense’s community. We do this through deep discussion and connections made by speakers, volunteers, and attendees during the TEDxOdense event.

Steffie Limère and Adam Montandon are the TEDxOdense license holders.

Our philosophy

TEDxOdense is all about sparking conversation and making great ideas accessible, right here in the heart of Odense. TEDxOdense brings together a community of changemakers. We believe passion is contagious, so want Odense to be inspired by our speakers’ enthusiasm and commitment to innovation. TEDxOdense has a natural knack for inspiring its attendees to open their minds to new philosophies and ideas. Not only is it common to discover new aspirations, it’s almost become expected.

We create a unique space where we expand perceptions and allow people to think.
We incorporate people in the ideas of tomorrow.
We strive for new ways to develop ourselves and our ideas.

Want to learn more about the idea behind TED and TEDx? Take a look at this video!

The TEDxCommunity

We work to cultivate a vibrant and growing community.

Here are some highlights:

4000 CITIES in 173 COUNTRIES
around the world have hosted one or more TEDx events.
MORE THAN 15,000 EVENTS
have been organized worldwide.
OVER 50,000 TEDxTALKS
have been uploaded to the TEDx channel (so far.
1 BILLION VIEWS
of TEDxTalks and increasing daily.

Want in? Join the TEDxOdense community on Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram.

License holders

Steffie Limère

Head organizer and co-license holder

Steffie Limère

Head organizer and co-license holder

Steffie is the head organizer and co-license holder for TEDxOdense. She started as a TEDx organizer in 2014, where she ran a university TEDx event: TEDxEAL. After two great TEDxEAL editions, she and Adam decided to take it to a city level, and then TEDxOdense was born. Besides TEDx, Steffie runs her own event company, Unfolding Events, where she works as a freelance event manager and works on events such as Thinkers50, Schunk Expert Days, and her own event concepts such as Factory of Imagination.

I was introduced to TED through my dad when I was 17. He would send me links to TED video’s that I had to watch. Stubborn as I was, it took me some years before I took his advice. Since then, I fell in love with it. I then started as a volunteer at a local TEDx and discovered the TEDx magic. When I moved to Odense I saw there was no local TEDx event yet, so I took the opportunity to start one.

Favorite TED Talk: Simon Sinek - Start With Why

Adam Montandon

Speaker curator and coach, and co-license holder

Adam Montandon

Speaker Curator and Coach, and Co-License Holder

Inventor, author, innovator, and educator, Adam Montandon loves to share his knowledge and energy. He uses playfulness and interactivity to help you unlock your full creative potential. He has given inspiring keynotes at many universities and events around the world. Highlights include the prestigious Royal Institute of Science in London, Berkeley University in California, Transmedial in Berlin, MipTV in Cannes, TEDxLinz in Austria, and many more. His work appears in magazines, newspapers, and TV programs around the world. He has been featured in award-winning documentaries for the Discovery Channel and Research TV.

I wanted to bring the TEDx concept to the city of Odense, and it is my absolute pleasure to work with so many talented people from around the world to bring this very special event to the city.

Favorite TED talk: Rita Pierson - Every kid needs a champion

TEDxLinz talk: How to live your good ideas
TEDxKlagenfurt talk: Lessons every student will love

The core volunteer team 2019

TEDxOdense is a nonprofit organization with a common interest of Ideas Worth Spreading, fueled by the energy of 50 volunteers:

Alina Strihhartsuk

Audience Experience

Alina Strihhartsuk

Audience Experience

Alina loves beautiful things and she thinks that craftsmanship is a main principle of a great design. Alina finished BA in Multimedia Design and Digital Concept development, but quickly realized that her heart (and hands) belong to design of everyday objects. Therefore, now she is studying MSc in IT Product Design, where she does everything from sewing to soldering. She follows the idea of Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking.

TED talks have always been a great source of inspiration for me. To be honest, I admire people’s bravery and desire to share stories of their life and spread ideas. However, it is even more admirable how much work and energy organizers are spending to create those events. For me it is a big challenge and huge privilege to be a part of core team, and contribute my design skills into TEDxOdense.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Rita Pierson - Every kid needs a champion

Theresa Kittendorf

Head of Audience Experience and Volunteer Management

Theresa Kittendorf

Head of Audience Experience and Volunteer Management

Theresa studied business administration with a focus on services for her bachelor’s degree, and then started to gain some working experience in different areas of human resources in Berlin, Germany. After traveling and exploring some new places around the globe, her mind and heart made her want to go someplace else again very soon. That’s when she decided to move to Odense to meet new people and to start new projects next to a master’s program in brand management and marketing communication.

The first time I can recall seeing a TED Talk was in one of the classes during my bachelor studies. Since then I think TED and TEDx Talks are one of the best videos YouTube has to offer. Watching TED Talks, to me, means being inspired by other people’s experiences, research, personal stories, and their courage to share all of that. When I saw the ad for the core team right after I moved Odense, I thought this is the perfect opportunity to work on something I can be passionate about. TEDxOdense will be my first live TEDx event, and I am very pleased and excited to be a part of a gorgeous team that is devoted to spreading ideas that are worth being heard and inspire others.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Mariana Atencio - What makes you special?

Diana Trifon

Audience Experience

Diana Trifon

Audience Experience

Diana is a robot engineer with an interest in human psychology and cognition. She joined the audience experience team with the goal of learning as much as possible from the opportunity and to broaden her horizons. After graduating in mechanical engineering, she also finished a master’s degree in robotics and automatic control. Professionally, she has a passion for robot perception and artificial intelligence, being able to develop her interests on a daily basis by working as a robotics developer.

I've started following TED Talks in my early 20s as a result of my genuine interest in human cognition, psychology, and technology. I feel honored and privileged to now be a part of this amazing team and to bring to the table all my ideas and abilities. I believe that TED Talks are a great way to educate and improve yourself by listening to other people’s stories and experiences. I truly believe that communication, education, and the ability to share emotions and sensations are what make us truly human and differentiate us from any possible machine or animal.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Dr Joan Rosenberg - Emotional Mastery: The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings

Jonas Legarth

Photography and Partnerships

Diana Trifon

Audience Experience

Diana is a robot engineer with an interest in human psychology and cognition. She joined the audience experience team with the goal of learning as much as possible from the opportunity and to broaden her horizons. After graduating in mechanical engineering, she also finished a master’s degree in robotics and automatic control. Professionally, she has a passion for robot perception and artificial intelligence, being able to develop her interests on a daily basis by working as a robotics developer.

I've started following TED Talks in my early 20s as a result of my genuine interest in human cognition, psychology, and technology. I feel honored and privileged to now be a part of this amazing team and to bring to the table all my ideas and abilities. I believe that TED Talks are a great way to educate and improve yourself by listening to other people’s stories and experiences. I truly believe that communication, education, and the ability to share emotions and sensations are what make us truly human and differentiate us from any possible machine or animal.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Dr Joan Rosenberg - Emotional Mastery: The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings

Monika Kosman

Head of Marketing

Monika Kosman

Head of Marketing

Monika has been involved in TEDxOdense since its very beginning, where she volunteered her time to help with event management and marketing. That’s when she discovered her passion for social media and her flair for event management.

She loves to travel and juggle many projects at the same time, currently combining starting up her own marketing company, freelancing in event management, and leading the marketing team of TEDxOdense.

I used to watch TED Talks of speakers from all over the world, dreaming about becoming a part of this incredible community some day; dreaming of executing an event, which would inspire others as much as I have been inspired by watching the talks myself. A couple of years later, when the head organizers, Steffie and Adam, brought the first TEDx event to our local university, I knew I had to be a part of it. After working on various projects with the both of them, I also became a part of TEDxOdense. Today, I am very proud to be in a team contributing to bringing such an amazing event to the city of Odense, which reflects the local community and is devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Will Stephen - How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk

Eva-Maria Dietmann

Volunteer Management and Audience Experience

Eva-Maria Dietmann

Volunteer Management and Audience Experience

Eva likes to take on new challenges even when they put her out of her comfort zone. With a huge interest in marketing, communication, other cultures and their languages, she came to Odense to earn her master’s degree in business, language, and culture at the University of Southern Denmark. Her other passion is underwater rugby, a sport that is yet to become famous and that has taught her a lot about team spirit, patience, creativity, and friendship.

After I saw my first TED Talk I had a "little" binge watching session and was shocked by how I had never heard of TED and TEDx before. When I saw the opportunity to become a volunteer, I could not resist sending in my application and was more than excited when I received the notice that I made it into the team. I am looking forward to being a part of the journey and to share and develop all the great ideas into the final event.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Mikael Colville-Andersen - The Life-Sized City

Elisabeth Renée Foged Sejbak

Copywriter

Elisabeth Renée Foged Sejbak

Copywriter

Elisabeth is finishing a BA in psychology at SDU. She was born and raised in Odense, so she is the only local on the marketing team. In her spare time she’s a dancer in the Odense-based dance troupe Foxy Ladies. Her interest in language was cultivated through a love of learning and devotion to fiction. She spent a year living and studying in the US and speaks and writes both Danish and English equally fluently.

I feel as though I’ve always known of TED, but I actively took an interest in TED Talks after reading The Third Door by Alex Banayan—a book that made me think of how one person can impact others. TEDxOdense seemed like the obvious place to seek out, and I took a leap of faith and applied to be this year’s copywriter, adamantly claiming ‘I’m a self-taught multilingual grammar nerd.’

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Adam Grant - Are you a giver or a taker?
and Shawn Achor - The happy secret to better work

Kimberly Bent

Speaker Management

Kimberly Bent

Speaker Management

Kimberly is a master’s graduate of international security and law. Known to her family as “The Peacemaker”, she is committed to making a difference in people’s lives through her passion for justice, human rights, and the law. She loves to share ideas and innovative solutions about how we all can contribute to making the world a better place.

I have been in love with TED since 2006. In 2011, I saw Brene Brown’s talk about the power of vulnerability and her follow-up talk, in 2012, Listening to Shame. Her talks inspired me to become a better and stronger version of myself. When I saw an opportunity to volunteer for TEDxOdense, I couldn’t resist wanting to be a part of what inspires people, changes them, and keeps them moving forward. TED does this for me, and now I would like to give back and help impact people’s lives in a positive way.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Brené Brown - The power of vulnerability

Maria Jæger Hundstrup

Partnership team

Maria Jæger Hundstrup

Partnership team

Maria is an educated teacher and has a master's in sports and health Science from SDU. She is passionate about teaching, how people communicate and learn, and spends a lot of time inhaling Chlorine, while educating swim teachers and teaching swimming.

I love having my morning coffee with a side of TED. Getting the brain tuned in for a day of creative thinking. Being part of TEDxOdense is being part of a small, international, innovative and geeky team, working to unfold the amazing people and ideas of Odense by Odense. What's not to love?

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, Tim Urban

Ofelia Sapir Edery

Speaker Management

Ofelia Sapir Edery

Speaker Management

Ofelia is currently studying anthropology of education and globalisation in Copenhagen, and is now doing interesting fieldwork exploring how people learn in relation to context and culture. When she is not busy with TEDxOdense and her studies, she loves to go hiking in nature and play basketball (not at the same time obviously).

I’m so captured by the motto “Ideas Worth Spreading”. I believe that our knowledge of the world is expanded by constantly being open-minded, curious, critical, and best of all, when being shared. To me this is what TEDxOdense can do. It is a perfect platform to ignite debates and induce new ideas, and the speakers are adding so much to that, which is also why I’m so excited to be a part of this team.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Ken Robinson - Do schools kill creativity?

Natália Prídavková

Audience Experience

Natália Prídavková

Audience Experience

Natália is all about sustainability, yoga, and traveling. First, she studied civil engineering, but then she discovered her true passion for organizing and creating. Natália recently moved to Denmark, and besides her Top-up degree in innovation and entrepreneurship, she wanted to devote her free time to some new exciting projects.

I don't remember my first TED Talk, but it was definitely way before I ever thought that I could organize events at all. Since then it has always been a source of inspiration, knowledge, and valuable insights for me. The first thing I did when I moved to Odense was look for what I can do besides school, and I found my old love. I hope you all will enjoy the next TEDxOdense, and we will do our best to bring something worthy and inspiring for you once again.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Peggy Oki - Allow things to unfold and you will find your Purpose in Life.

Ioana Lăzărescu

Speaker Management

Ioana Lăzărescu

Speaker management

Ioana is a communication professional with a cross-sector approach to the industry. She has nine years of experience coaching top-level managers to be better communicators in the English language, and four years of experience as a marketer and PR pro, advising companies on their communication strategies. She believes business is one of the most fascinating forms of creativity and loves helping these creators find their words. Since moving to Denmark she has become a part of Still Words—a small company providing visual identity services from photography to consultancy.

We are all hungry for good content these days, yet what good content is seems to elude many content producers, be they copywriters, video makers, or speakers. So to be allowed to work with this material, filter it, shape it, and polish it until it is the best it can be is a dream come true. I’m extremely happy and grateful to be on a team that lives and breathes for extraordinary talks.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Kelly Mcgonigal - How to make stress your friend

Mamoun Gharbi

Audience Experience

Mamoun Gharbi

Audience Experience

Mamoun has a wide variety of interests, including but not limited to:

  • Programming - from small utilities to complete software
  • Robotics - both building and programming
  • Video games - mostly on computers
  • Improvisation theater - part of the odense group ImproNationals
  • Board games - ranging from the most simple ones to the most complicated
  • Ultimate frisbee - was part of a regional team
  • Cooking - cuisine from every part of the world
“I watched Ted Talks sporadically, but recently I started listening to more and more, and I linked it to TedxOdense last year. It is the first Tedx that I have ever been a part of, and I realized that I could be a part of this awesome event which is a wonderful platform to inspire people in so many different ways!”

Pamela Almeida

Video Production

Pamela Almeida

Video Production

Pamela has always been fascinated by storytelling and culture. Storytelling turned out to be a dream job and after finishing her degree in direction for film & TV in Madrid she decided to live abroad and experience other cultures. Since then, she has found the connection between storytelling and culture while working for a TV production company in Odense and doing reports about the locals.

Currently, she creates video content for social media as a freelance filmmaker for companies like Leica Geosystems.

I have known about TED Talks since I was a teenager, and from that moment on they have sparked my curiosity and have helped me see the world in a different way. But, it was only three years ago that I learned about the existence of TEDx events. Since then, I have yearned to be a part of an organization where I could help spark the curiosity of others.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Taiye Selasi - Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

Anna Robaczewska-Arendt

Marketing Team

Anna Robaczewska-Arendt

Marketing Team

Anna is a communication specialist working with PR, social media, and brand management. Currently, she is the head of communications in a rapidly growing startup that designs learning experiences for companies looking for digital transformation. Anna is passionate about connecting people and building communities. She loves traveling, vegan cooking, and indie movies. She joined the TEDxOdense team in 2017, and since then she’s been responsible for its social media and PR activities.

I’ve always believed that well-conducted communication is a powerful tool to get people excited, inspired, and empowered. TED Talks are the perfect example of it—they spread the ideas that help understand differences, overcome obstacles, and find inspiration for necessary action. I’m very proud to be part of the community that brings local Ideas Worth Spreading to the global audience.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Dame Stephanie Shirley - Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

Adina Rizga

Graphic Design

Adina Rizga

Graphic Design

I love TED and TEDx because it spreads great ideas and personal stories in a way nothing or no one else does. I think it is very important in our current world. I joined the local TEDxOdense team because I was eager to become a part of the community, meet new people, and most of all, help the great concept of TEDx come to my city.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Kathryn Schulz - On being wrong

Aneta Anna Duda

Graphic Design and Marketing

Aneta Anna Duda

Graphic Design and Marketing

Aneta is a creative and passionate graphic designer, who strives to deliver inspiring and simple solutions. She believes that minimalism and clarity are the keys to a great design. Although her passion is graphic design, Aneta has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management, as well as in innovation and entrepreneurship. She has been a part of the TEDxOdense team since 2016, where she is responsible for creating graphics and assisting with marketing for the event.

A few years ago, my mom came up to me and said that she was speaking at the TEDxWSB conference in Poland. I needed to know what that was, so I searched the internet to get the answer. Quickly after that, I was dragged into the amazing TED community. I started to watch TED Talks as a source of inspiration for my everyday life. After I moved to Denmark, I saw the opportunity to be a volunteer at TedxOdense. I decided that it would be an amazing way to work with different people and get inspired. I joined TEDxOdense to make more people aware and interested in this incredible concept.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Tomislav Perko - How to travel the world with almost no money

Christina Maar Andersen

Speaker Management

Christina Maar Andersen

Speaker Management

Christina is an assistant professor in psychology at the University of Southern Denmark where she works with teaching and research. Her research area is health psychology with a main focus on the effects of psychological factors on illness, as well as the effect of illness on our mental health. Another area of interest is how human connections affect our health and the importance of empathy. She joined the TEDx speaker core team in 2018.

I watched my first TEDTalk many many years ago and loved the concept straight away. The concept that ideas could be shared in such a clear, concise, and inspiring manner is truly amazing. I often use TEDTalks as part of my teaching as a way to inspire my students. I have attended several TEDx events and feel blessed to be part of the magic now.

Favorite TED talk: Jill Bolt Taylor - My stroke of insight

Sammy Rangel - The power of forgiveness

Christian Picciolini - My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement & how I got out

Brené Brown - The power of vulnerability

Raminta Karčiauskienė

Head of Speaker Management

Raminta Karčiauskienė

Head of Speaker Management

Raminta is an experienced project manager, marketer, communicator, inspirer, and an ”enjoyer”. She combines her passion for different cultures with knowledge and experience in different fields of business, both public and private. Raminta joined the TEDxOdense family after a year in Lithuania managing strategic projects in the government office. On a daily basis Raminta makes the sky safer, by managing projects in the aviation industry. And of course, is hunting the most interesting stories, worthy of the TEDx stage.

I am glad to see how Odense is changing positively, and what big part of that change is in the hands of the community. TEDxOdense is an incredible initiative brought from A to Z by the community to the community. TEDxOdense brings fresh thoughts, different angles, unimaginable stories, unforgettable facts, goosebumps, and sometimes emotional tears ranging from the ones that visit you with laughter, to the ones that change you for life.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Dame Stephanie Shirley - Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

Franziska Kirstein

Partnership Team

Franziska Kirstein

Partnership Team

Franziska is human-robot interaction expert at Blue Ocean Robotics in Odense. As a communication designer she explores design opportunities with a user-centered approach and is curious about how technology, especially robots, can be made easier for users.

I used to listen to TEDx podcasts on my way to university and work, which gave me an inspiring start to the day. It’s exciting to have TEDx in Odense and I am proud to join this amazing team. It will, for sure, be one big, imaginative and innovative show with brilliant speakers.

Favorite TED talk: Tony Belpaeme - The power of robots with a face

Lily Gaytan

Partnership Team

Lily Gaytan

Partnership Team

Lily has a technical and business background. With this mixed mindset, she lives in the present but is excited about the future, and has the hope for a better world for everybody. She loves equality, music, movies, and learning new things. She always looks for ways to help people around her and in the whole community. To be a part of TEDxOdense is a great opportunity to learn, not only from others members, but also to contribute with personally acquired knowledge and experiences.

TED Talks are good sources of inspiration, education, and socialization. Through the years, I have watch several TED talks and have been wondering when it would be time for me to take part in it. Now, as a partnership member, I can contribute and help to make a difference for people.

Favorite TED talk: Nick Vujicic - Overcoming hopelessness

Marc Raibert - Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors

Sheryl Sandberg - Why we have too few women leaders

Rebecca Ryan - Create a better world for more people: a futurist's call to action

Crystal Buchanan Falck

Marketing Team

Crystal Buchanan Falck

Marketing Team

Crystal’s background is in the arts and English language, and spends her time working on projects that dabble in both. As a freelancer, she takes on a myriad of projects: from illustrating and typesetting a Danish children’s book, to proofreading and copywriting articles and care guides about succulent plants. At a young age she learned the satisfaction of making things with her own two hands, and is happiest when doing so. The common thread that strings all her projects together is the attention paid to, and importance put on, the tiniest details. Crystal’s American roots give her a unique perspective in this delightfully understated Danish society.

"I was introduced to TEDxOdense through a friend who had an amazing time as a volunteer. But it was the concept behind TED, and the impact it makes on the community, that really drove me to contribute. It’s been a pleasure to be able to use my skills to help facilitate an event that connects people and spreads beautiful ideas in such a momentous way."

Favorite TED Talk: Christian Picciolini - My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement & how I got out

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