Amsterdam University College (AUC) was founded in 2009 as a selective honours program in liberal arts and sciences by the Free University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam with a particular focus on the natural sciences. Its small-scale approach creates a sense of familiarity and provides a more open atmosphere for students to share their ideas and, in turn, listen and be inspired by the ideas of teachers and fellow students. Furthermore, the university instills a flexible study program which offers students the opportunity to experiment in different fields and gain insight into a wider scope of knowledge from the science, social science and humanities faculties. In recent years, AUC has evolved into a close-knit, multicultural, passionate and insightful community. TED’s mission has always been to spread ideas, to inspire people and to foster innovation and positive change. We believe that there is no better place for sharing ideas, learning and to feel inspired than in such a university.
Christine, this year's chair of TEDxAUCollege, is a second-year Social Science major, focusing on Sociology, Anthropology and Communication. She has a passion for journalism and, of course, TED! Last year she has been part of the TEDx writers' team, a team of ambitious young writers who set up and produced weekly content for TEDxAUCollege's brand new blog. Because of this great experience and an eagerness to contribute more directly to shaping the main event, Christine applied for the position of chair. For the 2018 edition, she is determined to push the team further than ever to make both the event and the road that leads up to it an unforgettable experience!
Madelief van Dongen is a second-year Social Science major, following the International Relations and Anthropology track. She is particularly passionate about travelling and writing. Listening to inspirational people’s ideas is what sparks her enthusiasm, which is why TEDx was love at first sight. Last year, she decided to join as a member of the Speakers Team. Through this experience, she learned what it is like to work intensively with an amazingly motivated group of students and be part of shaping such a big event. This year, she wanted to take it a step further and not merely be involved in one facet of the organization, but gain experience in leading all the different teams as well. Together with her fellow board- and team-members, she is highly motivated to make TEDxAUCollege 2018 our greatest success thus far.
Lars Kouwenhoven, this year’s head of logistics, is a second year science major at AUC. Having enjoyed and experienced the 2017 edition of TEDxAUCollege in the PR team, he decided that he wanted to be part of the event once again. Lars finds the idea of interaction between people studying at AUC and those who don’t an interesting one. While it is still clearly connected to the AUC community, it also allowed him to look beyond Science Park. This year, Lars aims to make the event even more professional and impressive.
Sophia Hengelbrok is a second-year student majoring in Literature, Culture and Sociology. She’s German-American, but was born in Zurich and attended international schools in several different countries before coming to AUC. Outside of class you can find her doing yoga, reading and exploring Amsterdam. She applied for the Head of Speakers position because she believes in the ability TED talks have to inspire change in people through the exchange of ideas and meaningful conversations. Being part of organizing an event that can impact people in this manner was an opportunity she couldn’t miss.
Noah is a second-year Economics student at AUC who has a passion for field-hockey, reading and spending time on all things entrepreneurship and finance-related. By sharing inspiring stories or bold new ideas, he believes TED-Talks can truly make a difference. He wanted to be part of a team that is devoted to creating such an event and looks forward to working on this year’s edition!
Wino Carter will be in charge of this year’s PR. He’s a second year Science major focusing on the environmental aspects within this field. With a true passion for both film and photography he hopes to shake up the traditional PR-strategy for next year’s event. As the PR-manager of both AUCafé and Dormfest in the previous semester, he learned the ins and outs of this specific guild. Combining both his experience and creative point of view, makes him eager to start developing a strategy for TEDxAUCollege 2018. He hopes to surprise the audience with a PR-strategy which hasn’t been seen before. For him, TEDx encourages people to think different and learn from each other. Throughout this process he hopes to do both whilst working closely with my team and the board.