What is TEDx?

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 TEDxAUCollege, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxAUCollege event, TED Talks 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.


Amsterdam University College (AUC) was founded in 2009 as a selective honors 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 that offers students the opportunity to experiment in different fields and gain insight into a wider scope of knowledge from 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 feeling inspired than in such a university.




The Fifth Dimension was the chosen theme for TEDxAUCollege 2018, coinciding with our fifth anniversary. In physics, the first, second, third and fourth dimensions have been established by scientists and academics. The fifth dimension, allowed our speakers to take our audience into the unknown and engage in topics undiscussed.

(Dis)Connect was the fourth edition of TEDxAUCollege during which speakers and performers embarked us with them in their daring journey to step back. Reflecting on the legacy of previous events, this night emphasized the potential of disengaging with actual issues to compose innovative solutions.

Turn the Tides was the third iteration of TEDxAUCollege! For that edition guests, were welcomed to join a night of inspiration as a selection of speakers shared inspiring ideas on topics ranging from housing, to fish, to hunger, to games, to much, much more that all turn the tides in the way we perceive and approach certain issues.

Changing the Game, our second event, expanded on the basis where the first begun. The theme of the event emphasized revolutionary ideas – ways in which we look at issues, turn them sideways, upwards, left and right – approach them in different manners, and find solutions in original ways.

Sketches of a New World was the first edition of TEDxAUCollege. The project set out not only to showcase ideas of an optimistic future but also to establish the ground-works for future student-organized events within Amsterdam University College and Amsterdam Oost!





Hi Everyone! I’m Nick, this year’s Chair of TEDxAUCollege. I’m a third-year humanity major. Over the past two years, I have worked my way up TEDx moving from a member of the speakers’ team to the head of speakers team to Chair (Bit clingy right?) This year I, along with the amazing rest of the board, hope to make TEDx a fun experience for everyone involved whilst also making next year’s event the best yet after a one year wait!



Hi everyone! I’m Benjamin, a third-year science major focusing on mathematics and philosophy. Just as Nick and Ishan my love for TEDxAUCollege has strengthened through the last year, making me decide to join the board yet for another year, this time in the position of secretary and treasurer. Outside of TEDx, I have a passion for going to the gym and eating food. This year I will be in charge of the budgets and finances in and out of TEDxAUCollege, as well as ensuring that the TEDxAUCollege committee and board function well. I hope to be able to help organize a wonderful TEDx event that we will all be able to enjoy together.


Head of Logistics Team

Hi hi, my name is Lotte and I’ll be this year’s Head of Logistics! I am a third-year science student focussing on neuroscience and cognition. Last year, I was part of the Speaker’s team, and loved it so much that I decided to join the board again! I thought I would mix it up a little, so this year I will be doing the logistics side of the event. Together with my amazing logistics team (which you, of course, want to be part of ), we will be looking for a beautiful venue, the best food, and much more. I am super excited to be working with such a fun board towards the greatest event of the year!


Head of Speakers Team

Hi! I’m Nick, a second year humanities student majoring in Philosophy and Politics. I am this year’s TEDxAUCollege’s Head of Speakers which means I’ll be running the team that is in charge of finding the best possible Speakers we can to come and talk at our main event. In my free time I like to play football, listen to music and I am currently trying to teach myself guitar and harmonica. I can’t wait to get started in building a new team and beginning the search for amazing Speakers so that we can make this years event the best yet! (Also if you know of any people who you think could give a good TED talk then hmu)


Head of Acquisitions Team

Hello everyone, my name’s Sascha, and I’m your new Head of Acquisitions. I’m a second-year science major, focusing on biology and environmental sciences. Last year, I was part of the Speakers Team, and got so hooked to TEDxAUCollege that I decided to stick around a little longer, become part of the board, and take on a different task, namely raising funds! Together with my Acquisitions Team (which by the way, you better apply for before next Wednesday ;)) I hope to establish sustainable, long-lasting relationships between TEDxAUCollege and sponsors that align with our ideals, both as an AUCSA committee and a community.


Head of Public Relations Team

Hi everyone! I’m Ishan, and I will be taking care of the position of Head of Public Relations. I’m a third-year science major, focusing on mathematics, finance, and environment. I love playing the guitar, hanging out with friends, and swimming. In my first year I was part of the acquisitions team and last year I was the chair of Solace. I had so much fun in my first year and missed this experience in my last year so I decided to come back! Not in the acquisitions team, but on the board as the Head of PR. My (future) team and I will be in charge of promotional campaigns, social media-management, visuals, ticket sales, merchandise, and much more. Overall, we will focus on expanding our audience, both in size as well as diversity.