TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
True to the TED spirit ‘’Ideas worth spreading’’ TEDx was created in 2009. This program gives communities, organizations, libraries, universities and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently by volunteers. At this point there are more than 130 countries with a total of 4.524 events globally. In 2009 more than 230 TEDx events where organized with some examples of cities they were held in being London, Athens, Tokyo, Madrid and Singapore. The very same year more than 80 translations of TED talks were made and the phenomenon spread all around the globe. TEDx has brought a revolution in universal education giving access to every society to hear a different idea.
TEDx University in our country is a motive to prove that the academic society in Greece can accommodate and support ideas and can also give the space to anyone who wishes to express his view. TEDxUniversityofPiraeus is a local, independently organized event at University of Piraeus that strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world´s leaders, thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about.At its core, the fundamental goal of TED and University of Piraeus is to foster and spear great ideas.
TEDx University of Piraeus envisions being the trigger for action and offering positive thinking in the young community, to establish itself as an institution at the university and become known in Greek society for its work.
Its purpose is to gather humanity idealists, inspired entrepreneurs, educators with progressive thinking and institutions of change in society who will share ideas and experiences and will stimulate young people to develop, share, and turn their ideas into action. Our mission is to show the way change is accomplished, "faith-action-change" and urge young people to act.
Thomas J Pagwnis | My story of success
Charis Tsevis | If the action was art
Dimitrios Dalaklis | Living the other side of life
Amalia Ghiban | Everything is a state of mind
Yiorgos Arachovitis | Building the future
Panagiotis Vlamos | How Maths can affect our lives
Aggelos Mouzakitis | Chasing his acorn
Thomas Douzis | A new game
Kristina Tremonti | The universe that i create
Savvas Georgiou | Chief Technology Officer - Daily Secret
Savvas received his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens. He has been working the technology startup environment since 2009 when his team was incubated at Facebook Fund in Palo Alto, CA. He was part of the success story of HealthLeap, a New York startup that was disrupting the doctor appointments in United States since 2010. Prior to joining Daily Secret, Savvas was the CTO of Liberis Publications (The Conde Nast Publisher for Greece), where he lead the development team. Under his leadership the media group revamped it’s digital presence and launched new digital properties for it’s magazine titles, including the sites of Vogue, Men’s Health and Glamour Magazine. At Daily Secret, he is driven by a sense of purpose: to build the first media product of the new world.
Kristina Tremonti | Founder of Edosa Fakelaki
She grew up and lived in Athens, Greece. She graduated Yale University, USA earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. For the past few years she has been living in New York working for large governmental agencies, non-profits and corporations such as the U.S Department of Commerce, and the Global Marketing division at L’Oréal USA. Parallel to her work, her passion for social impact led her to teach with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity where she prepared motivated low-income students to get to and through America’s competitive universities. Inspired by a love for her country and a vision of a transparent system and a sincere belief in the collective dynamic of the Greek people she is committed to helping work towards a virtuous society where trust in the public sector is restored. Confident in the powerful potential of the web to redefine active citizenship she created EDOSA FAKELAKI as a safe space for expression and dialogue, a unifying mechanism for change.
Amalia Ghiban | Life Coach
She considers herself a global citizen. Born and raised on the shores of the Danube in Romania and hosted by the power of the Atlantic in Portugal, for the last 5 years. She has tried most of the areas that her economic background recommended her for, like: banking, project management, marketing and finance, but her passion for people was not being expressed in any of them. Coaching came to give a name to what she was already doing but without knowing it, and it freed her from the system, where she was not fitting. Since she took this path, she is constantly designing her life and herself along with it. She is the expression of her passion for people and uses it as a catalyser, making this world a better place with each step she takes.
Dimitrios Dalaklis | Commander Hellenic Navy
He graduated from the Hellenic Naval Academy's (HNA) and has spent a significant portion of his carrier onboard various vessels of the Hellenic Fleet. Currently, he is serving in the Hellenic Navy's Petty Officers Academy, as the Director of Studies. Holding a dual Master's Degree (ITM & DA) from the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey-California-USA), his PhD research took place in the University of the Aegean, Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport. Since 2005, he has been lecturing in the HNA, Department of Combat Systems, Naval Operations, Sciences of the Sea, Navigation, Electronics and Communication Systems. He has co-authored the books "Electronic Navigation Equipment" & "Contemporary Maritime Transport System and the Phenomenon of Piracy"; he has also written a significant number of studies and articles, both in the Greek and the English language. Additionally, he has an extensive teaching/training activity, in the fields of navigation, electronics and international relations.
Aggelos Mouzakitis | Business Administration Student
Aggelos is, among others, a student in University of Piraeus. Before finishing his BA studies, he has already collected important experience upon Marketing and Business by leading and creating Marketing Departments nationally and internationally. Additionally, ha has tried to revolutionize Greek University education by starting the first educational marketplace for University students, “Outstudying” , participated in the first Greek start up Accelerator, Metavallon with the project ASQOS. At the midtime, he has gained great experience in volunteering with AIESEC for two years and teaching high school students about Business and Marketing as a member of Royal Bank of Scotland’s CSR program in Romania. As of January 2013, he is offering his services as a Business Intelligence Analyst for Travelplanet24. If you make your way through the business thoughts and experience that surrounding him, you will also find a twice Greek Karate champion and a person that will make you laugh all night long.
Yiorgos Arachovitis | Architect
Yiorgos Arachovitis is a practicing architect graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Architecture. Since 2010 he has been the Project Manager for the Development of the “Cultural Coast ” at the area Ietionian coast at the port on behalf of the Piraeus Port Authority S.A.. He also runs his own office “Domorinthos” in Athens, which undertakes large and small scale architectural and urban development projects, with distinctions and awards in national as well as international competitions. He has done research on the social, political and financial context of the illegal building in Greece, on Neoclassical Athens’ architecture and on other relative topics, considering the city as a predominant footprint and a common ground of human society. He had been involved in public issues and had been elected as councilor in the Municipality of Athens. For a period he had also been president of the Committee for the Town planning and Transportation. He follows architectural and art events in Greece and abroad; he is interested in art and philosophy considering reality as a flowing potential.
Thomas Douzis | Founder-Owner Ergon SA
He was born in Thessaloniki in 1983. He studied Applied Informatics at the University of Macedonia majoring in online branding. After finishing his studies his love of branding and graphic design combined with the family tradition of Greek food led to the creation of the companies Diavlos & Ergon along with his brother George in 2008. They are now exporting their products to European countries and plan to add new stores in the chain of their delis and restaurants. Apart from the business sector you will find that one of his favorite interests in sailing where he has been a Greek champion in the catamarans.
Thomas J. Pagonis | Shipbroker
Born in the early sixties in Pireas, he loathes spelling Pireas as "Piraeus". After brief studies of the "maritime business" in London, he employed himself as shipbroker, shipmanager and occasionally as shipowner. Being an elected member of the BOD of the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association (HSA) since 1992, he went deeply into its "Education Committee" by teaching the "art of chartering" since 1995. He is the author of the book "the Chartering Practice Manual" (ex Chartering Practice Handbook), which is officially recommended for the seminars of HSA. His hobbies are (but not limited to) sailing, theatre and literature. Few of the short stories that he wrote during his limited spare time, were published but did not turn him into a "story teller" celebrity. Nevertheless, by the spring of 2010, his satiric drama "Tomorrow again" was put on act in the "Alma" theater of Athens.
Charis Tsevis | Visual Designer
He is a talented Greek visual designer. His studies on visual communication brought him on the designing paths cities like Milan and Athens. Managing a modest firm based in Athens he serves clients around the globe. Simultaneously he teaches Editorial Design and Typography at AKTO College and often writes for design and IT publications about theory of design, cyber culture and computer history. His work has been awarded in USA from the National Portable Storage Association, Europe with the European Design Award and Greece with National Award of Graphics and Illustration to name a few. Pieces of his creation can be found in many books, magazines and websites around the world.
Panayiotis Vlamos | Assistant Professor at Ionian University
Dr. Panayiotis Vlamos is Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics at the Ionian University. He received his Diploma in Mathematics from the University of Athens and his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has (co-) authored more than 120 papers in international journals, conferences and book chapters. He is director of “Bioinformatics and Human Electrophysiology Lab” and “Computational Modeling Lab” at the Department of Informatics, Ionian University. He is also (co-) author of more than 9 educational books and creator of several educational materials. He has been member or principal investigator of several research projects on Mathematical Modeling and Simulation. His research interests mainly concern mathematical modeling in Bioinformatics, algorithms on recent advances in Neuroinformatics, image restoration problems and physical- chemical engineering problems, discrete mathematics and mathematical modeling in Education.
Silas Seraphim | Performer - Stand-up Comedian
Silas - Seraphim (Charalambides), is a talented satirist actor and writer, born in 1968 in Komotini. He grew up and finished high school in this town, and then went to Thessaloniki to study: School of Business Administration and Liberal Arts (SBALA) 1987-1990 and Drama National Theatre of Northern Greece 1990-1993. The last 20 years he is serving with dedication, consistency and love the standup comedy. Beyond this tough and demanding kind of theater, he has worked successfully with radio, advertising and in recent years he has a strong presence on the internet, through the famous Comedy Lab. He has participated in more than 20 television series and in several theatrical performances.
Nikos Foros | Host
Nikos Foros is coming from an island in Greece called Chios. He is an undergraduate student in Business Administration at University of Aegean at the moment while working on several projects about entrepreneurship, innovation and volunteerism. From the 1st year of his studies he joined AIESEC in Greece, a youth driven organization that enables people explore and develop their leadership potential. During the 4 years that he was working in this organization he had the chance to develop himself, create a huge network of young active people, participate abroad on a volunteering internship and build strong friendships through life-changing experiences. Currently, he is the Executive Producer of TEDxKalamata 2013 happening this July, he manages the online promotion and social media strategy of the family company Foroselias.gr while working on two startup companies right now ,at GloVo as Volunteers' Training Responsible and to another one called speekap, a web platform that release your presentation potential. He prefers to call himself a DOER, a person who is willing to go the extra mile in order to achieve his goals no matter what obstacles he might face. Solution orientation is one of his values and he can surely tell you that his positive thinking is accompanying him on every step. His dream is to become an evolutionary entrepreneur who can have an impact on society and people around him.
Her friends can describe her as a calm and smiling person. Her moto in life is "If it's not happy end, then it's not the end". She is 22 years old and she is studying Business Administration in University of Piraeus. During studies, Ioulia was working in the sales department in a promotion company and in AIESEC (largest student organization in the world), where she is holding several local and national positions in AIESEC, mostly in Sales. For the last year she was working in a food company at marketing and production department. She is a passionate photographer,enjoys reading and creating things. Also she likes movies and reading. During the last months, Ioulia is leading TEDxUniversityofPiraeus initiative. She founded TEDxUniversityofPiraeus and she has a vision of empowering the youth in university and engage them with "ideas worth spreading".By this way her mission is to create a community of young passionate people,who are ready to believe in their strength and make actions for a better future.
Panos is a 4th year bachelor student in IT Department of University of Piraeus. Up until now, he has been working on Web Design and Development, but he expertises in the field of Systemic Analysis, Simulations & Systems Dynamics, in which he is an international conference award winner for his project on Crisis Management. He has great interest in Systemic Marketing and his goal is to work as a Systemic Analyst and combine his knowledge in Applied Informatics with Business Consulting and Project Management to create a powerful way of thinking in order to help organizations and companies ensure their viability and maintain their competitiveness. He is the kind of person that is perfectionist, extrovert, sociable and passionate with innovation.
Eirini-Charis Kokkiadi | Public Relations Director
Charis-Eirini is a recent graduate of the department of Maritime Studies of University of Piraeus. She is born and raised in Heraklion of Crete. She is an active member of AIESEC, having recently fulfilled her term as Vice President in AIESEC of University of Piraeus. She loves to travel, to read and to be around people. Her friends would describe her as a very active, optimistic and positive person. Her favourite quote is "be the change you want to see in the world".
Marialena is a 20-year-old student in University of Piraeus, currently at the department of Industrial Management and Technology. She has various volunteering experiences in Special Olympics and in AIESEC. As an AIESEC member, the biggest global youth-driven organisation for young leaders, Marialena has been to many national and international conferences. She has volunteered in a project in Poland, been responsible for Sales and International Internship Program in AIESEC University of Piraeus and also President of AIESEC University of Patras. Apart from proud Sales Director of TEDxUniversityofPiraeus, Marialena is now responsible for the External Relations of "Hellenic AIESEC Development Conference" 2013. She is addicted to arts and travelling and you will find her either performing, drawing or travelling. Her favourite quote is "Everything happens for a reason"
Born in July of 1990 in a small village in Lushnja, Albania. In 2009 he finished his professional high school education in Electrical Department and looking ahead to study abroad. He had the chance to apply for a scholarship in Greece and since 2010 he is living in Athens due to his studies. Enrolled in department of Digital Systems at University of Piraeus. During this time he has been involved in AIESEC activities and also an Exchange Participant in Romania. Since he is scanning the environment for new opportunities, TEDx is his present challenge. An open minded, passionate and cheerful person that most of the time is surfing on the internet reading about technology, web services, entrepreneurship and spending his spare time with friends, playing football or just thinking.
Anastasia Spiropoulou | Public Relations Manager
She was born and brought up in Athens. At present she is in her second year at the University of Piraeus studying Business Administration and Organisation. She is a very sociable person and thrives on the contact that she has with people. She believes that in order to be successful you must be well organised which has greatly helped her in the past. She is always ready for a challenge and looks at it, as an opportunity to enrich her life experiences. Her passion for water sports started from a young age and has proven to be a way of relaxing and leaving stressful situations behind. By applying her social and organisational skills she hopes that she will be an asset to the TEDxUniversityofPiraeus. Her aim in life is to feel that she doesn't only take from society but gives.
Maria is a 21-year-old undergraduate student at the department of International and European Studies at University of Piraeus.Since her first year in university she has joined AIESEC where she has been part of various teams. Now she decided to join TEDx UniversityofPiraeus in order to motivate all the students there to chase their dreams and start acting! Maria loves reading fantasy and classic books, getting to know different cultures, traveling and spend her time near the sea. Her favorite phrase is: "If you don't like the road you are walking, start paving another one"
Rigas is an undergraduate student at the department of Maritime studies at Piraeus University. He has working experiences and he is also a member of ‘’Ocean’’ which is a -politically independent- society for students and alumni of the aforementioned department. He enjoys working and cooperating with young people with whom he shares the same goals and values and he can be characterized as a person who always wants to achieve his goals. He finds TED concept as a unique idea for youngsters to gain self-confidence and team work experience. Furthermore he believes that the organization of such an event on today’s adversities is an important issue for young people who need to be optimistic and creative about their future. Having this motivation he is willing to contribute in full force promoting ‘’ideas worth spreading’’ which will change the way we face life.
Most likely you will find her either sailing or debating. She has represented Greece in the European Youth Parliament and in numerous Model of United Nations conferences. But apart from always talking her friends will describe her as an optimistic, smiling, ambitious 21 year old. She is currently an undergraduate student of Business Administration at University of Piraeus. But being just a student isn’t enough. Simultaneously she is volunteering in various events from TEDx to Special Olympics and so on. She is a Girl Guide and at every opportunity packs her backpack and travels the country. Her best moment of the day is the colorful sea and sky during sunset. And if you tried to sum up her personality and beliefs in one phrase it would be: In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away. So live each one.
George is a 23-years-old postgraduate student at department of Informatics at University of Piraeus. He has various experiences in volunteering at AIESEC in local and national level, he has chosen to seize the opportunity and be an organising member of TEDx UniversityofPiraeus to give to other students the chance to take a glipmse of an international perspective. He loves travelling, computers and fullfiling his spare time with anything. His friends would say he is open-minded, wordy with analytical thinking. A phrase that could describe him most is "Ταξιδεύοντας στο άγνωστο, με βάρκα την ελπίδα"
Lina Zia is a 21-years-old student, pursuing her BA in Business Management in University of Piraeus. She is holding several local and national positions in AIESEC, and has broadened her perspective by volunteering in Egypt and Indonesia. Lina is a passionate traveler, blogger and enjoys reading. Her professional interests include HR training, psychology, writing and life-coaching. Proud member of first TEDxUniversityofPiraeus, she believes that great change comes by first changing yourself and your environment.
Passionate, persistent and doer are the best words to describe Lydia, a 21 years old student of Business Administration at University of Piraeus. Lydia loves to challenge herself, meet new cultures and exceed her limits. She is passionate with marketing, always strives for excellence and pursuits her dreams. Part of her achievements, active member of YMCA the last 9 years and Marketing Manager of AIESEC University of Piraeus for the last 8 months. Lydia chose to be part of TEDxUniversityofPiraeis because she strongly believes in the passion and potentiality of Greek youth. You can talk to her about everything, as. she is keen on expanding her knowledge and excited to hear about new ideas, things and stories. Her advices and strong beliefs: ''Never give up on something you really want. It is difficult to wait but more difficult to regret’’ & ''Carpe Diem''!
Born and raised in Piraeus, he is currently finishing his B.Sc. in Digital Systems at the University of Piraeus. Technology, travelling and meeting new people are some of his passions. What he doesn’t like is rudeness, ingratitude and irreverence. The experience of being a volunteer at the Special Olympics and living several months in Italy changed his way of thinking. His father taught him to love and respect the sea. Some say that his dream is to travel all around the earth on a sailboat. He is extremely happy to be a part of TEDxUniversityofPiraeus and he would like to tell you that “you are all invited to join the journey”!
Renata (Irene) is a recent postgraduate in Informatics. Her friends would describe her as a passionate, optimistic, caring, giving and helping person. She loves travelling, reading and learning new things. Renata has a great experience in the field of Web Design and Development as well as Online Marketing. Apart from TEDx she also held a position in AIESEC University Of Piraeus as a Social Media Manager. She seeks to be the change she wants to see in the world.
George Katsouris | Account Manager for In-Kinds
He is a graduate of the Maritime Studies department, University of Piraeus. He has worked as a member of the legal department in shipping companies. He is also the co-founder of the coworking space Synergy Project, trying to engage more people in working in a more open, sharing and collaborative way. Thus being a member of the TEDx University of Piraeus Team was a great way for him to communicate to the Students’ community great ideas worth spreading. He enjoys sports, travelling and multitasking.
Stavros Kostopoulos | Cinematics
Stavros is a 20 year old student at the University of Piraeus in the 2nd year at the Department of Business Administration. With a keen interest in film studies, his artistic concerns prompted him to make his first artistic steps while being student of 2nd class in Arsakeio High School, with the movie It Happens in Dark which was awarded by reputable people of Arts. With the same movie, as a product this time, he participated in the program “Best Company” from Juniors Achievement – Greece, as a General Manager and Filmmaker with the company “Nature Productions” and it was placed in the TOP 3 best companies in 2010. As a student at the University of Piraeus he could not miss the strong interest for many of University’s activities. Being an active member at the TEDx University of Piraeus team, Stavros, apart from the valuable assistance offered – making & editing the official trailer for the TEDx University of Piraeus – found his team’s vision and activity a way for himself but also for young people “to follow and make your dream come true”.