The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) was the location of our 2018 event. It is a beautiful venue next to the Oosterpark. KIT was founded in 1910 by businesses and government as the national centre of expertise for the study of the Tropics. Since 1926, KIT is housed in the current buildings, built in a neo-renaissance style and specially designed by the architect J.J. van Nieukerken. The building’s decorative features and symbols refer to different cultures of the world and the colonial history of the Netherlands. Today, KIT’s mission is to enhance the positive impact of agencies, governments and corporations on sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. Their historic premises in Amsterdam serve as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and intercultural cooperation, a philosophy that matches very well with our views for TEDxAUCollege.
TEDx events are themed, and for the 2018 edition, we chose “The Fifth Dimension” as our theme. Not only did the theme correspond well with our fifth anniversary, but it also has multiple powerful connotations. In physics, the first, second, third and fourth dimensions have been established by scientists and academics. The fifth dimension, however, has not yet been defined. It is the unknown, the undefined and the unexplored.