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When
June 16, 2017
Starting 9:00 AM
Where
Splendid Palace
Riga, Latvia

listen!

About the concept


Listen to feel, think and create!

Isn’t it interesting, that human’s mouth is created with an option to be closed, but the ears are not? However, a human has learned to do the opposite. Today, closing our ears and shutting down our awareness of everything we don’t want to hear, is easier than ever.

We filter out content and friends on social networks, limit ourselves from diverse opinions, news and tastes and choose to listen to only what is already in line with our beliefs.

It seems that we’ll never have enough of learning to speak. Persuasion, argumentation, the art of presentation… But how about the art of listening?

When we speak, we disclose and repeat only what we already know. Whereas listening can bring us something unprecedented. And it would be just the first level of listening. Next, is to feel, think and create something new. In other words, when the ears are open — mind and heart are too.

Therefore, this year as well, TEDxRiga presents stories and people, which are worth a listen. Listen to arrive on a new level of feeling, thinking and creating!

WHAT IS TEDx?

x = independently organized event


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 TEDxRiga, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxRiga event, TEDTalks 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.

Our speakers

Stay tuned as we reveal the speaker lineup gradually


FAQ

What can I expect at TEDxRiga?


You should plan the whole day to enjoy TEDxRiga. We will have 4 awesome sessions from 9 AM up until 6 PM. You’re free to leave and return to venue at any time, but please mind that entering the main hall is allowed in between the talks only.

While TEDxRiga tends to be about listening to the talks, we create a cool atmosphere around networking, meeting new people and sharing ideas in between the sessions. Various activities will be available, and the Wi-Fi too!

Yes! We will not only provide food for thought, but also will take care of the actual food. Lunch meal will be provided at halftime, there will be snacks, coffee, tea, water available throughout the day.

Absolutely! The speakers love networking as much as you do, and will be present during the day. You will also have a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the speakers from our previous four conferences.

There will be drinks served to conclude the event, so don’t leave early. The final networking session is the most fun!

Event schedule

Friday, June 16, 2017


Registration & Breakfast

  Registration
  goodmorning, badges, breakfast, coffee
Make sure you arrive early to get your TEDxRiga badge and say hi to everybody before entering the main hall. Note, that during the talks entrance is prohibited. We will also serve coffee and light breakfast in the morning. So there are no excuses for you to skip!
Kārlis Bardelis
Adventure Improviser

Kārlis Bardelis

  Talk
The comfort zone of Kārlis is, without a doubt, being in the middle of an adventure. For now, his adventure portfolio holds a 60 days and 6247 kilometers long ride on cross- country roller skates from North Cape , the furthest Northern point of Europe, to the furthest Southern point in Gibraltar (2013). Kārlis has […]
Mike Collier
Journalist, writer

Mike Collier

  Talk
Mike Collier is a British-born writer and a journalist who has lived in Latvia since 2007. He is the chief editor of the English-language edition of Latvia’s public broadcasting website. Mike writes about the Baltic states and has produced three books of fiction.
Inga Spriņģe
Inga Spriņģe
Investigative journalist

Inga Spriņģe

  Talk
Inga Spriņģe is an award winning investigative journalist, broadcaster and one of the two founders of Re:Baltica, a non-profit investigative journalism centre. Inga has been the recipient of several awards from the Latvian Association of Journalists and was named as one of the “outstanding challengers from Central and Eastern Europe” in the NewEurope 100 Project […]
Ilze Matīse-Vanhoutana
Ilze Matīse-Vanhoutana
Veterinary pathologist

Ilze Matīse-Vanhoutana

  Talk
Ilze Matīse-Vanhoutana is a Latvian veterinarian who has returned to her home country after 14 years in the US. In the US, she found her passion for veterinary pathology and trained in this field, receiving a PhD and becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Throughout her career, Ilze has been influenced […]
Agnis Stibe
Agnis Stibe
Transformational Designer

Agnis Stibe

  Talk
Dr. Agnis Stibe is a Sociotech Designer at MIT Media Lab. Agnis envisions future Persuasive Cities that are encouraging healthy and sustainable routines. He believes that our world can become a better place through purposefully designed urban spaces that successfully blend technological advancements with human nature. Agnis’ research is built upon socio-psychological theories to design […]
Tautumeitas
Tautumeitas
Musical group

Tautumeitas

  Performance
The six Latvian girls who form the group Tautumeitas, use their six voices and six pairs of hands to create music, because they believe that music makes the world a better place. The group’s principal interest is traditional singing, especially multipart singing. The members each incorporate different instruments into this traditional a capella vocal music, […]
Elza Volonte
Elza Volonte
Sign language interpreter

Elza Volonte

  Talk
Elza Volonte is a sign language interpreter. She talks with her hands and does it ever so passionately. Elza was born between two worlds — one that hears with the ears and the other which hears using hands. She represents a phenomenon called CODA (child of deaf adults) and believes it is her mission to […]
Olga Dragileva
Olga Dragileva
Journalist

Olga Dragileva

  Talk
Olga’s chosen profession from the time she first started working in 2009 has been journalism. She is currently an investigative journalist for the public television channel in Latvia and works on their flagship De Facto weekly programme. Olga recently served as the Moscow correspondent which included reporting on Chechnya and Crimea. In 2016, her reporting […]
Juris Pūce
Juris Pūce
AI Field Worker

Juris Pūce

Juris is a technology entrepreneur specialising in the application of artificial intelligence to practical machine vision. His passion has always been to find ways that technology can improve our lives and prevent its adverse effects. Juris has quite a multidimensional background in technology and has been working in areas like software development, information security, hardware […]
Miķelis Putniņš
Miķelis Putniņš
Singer, guitarist, composer

Miķelis Putniņš

  Performance
Mikelis Putnins, who was born in a family of musicians, is a singer, guitarist and composer. Although Mikelis holds a BSc degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, about a year ago he decided to devote his time completely to follow his passion – music. His main musical project is Ezeri […]
Miks Muižarājs
Miks Muižarājs
State building researcher

Miks Muižarājs

Miks Muižarājs is a researcher and enthusiast in nation-building, striving to understand how citizen engagement and community driven development affect the stability and development of both nascent and well established forms of government. During his work on World Bank government decentralization projects in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Togo, Miks spent considerable time in […]
Kaspars Kurdeko
Kaspars Kurdeko
Musician, drummer

Kaspars Kurdeko

  Performance
Kaspars Kurdeko is a drummer, percussionist and composer. Whilst his early musical activities were connected with classical music, his years of education in the Netherlands and New York influenced his sound and it began to evolve in the direction of improvised music and jazz music. Magic happens during a performance, with unpredictability making music interesting, […]
Sandris Ādminis
Sandris Ādminis
Social activist, animal rights expert

Sandris Ādminis

  Talk
Sandris Ādminis is a social activist and producer of the Zootehnikums radio broadcast on radio station NABA, a show reporting on relations between humans and animals. Sandris is interested in ways of increasing the visibility of animal-related issues. He has been a member of an animal advocacy social movement in Latvia, contributed to Wikipedia, participated […]
Miķelis Baštiks
Miķelis Baštiks
Entrepreneur, designer

Miķelis Baštiks

  Talk
Miķelis is a Latvian entrepreneur, designer and a co-founder of Asketic Design Studio. With Miķelis at the helm, Asketic Design Studio has created and worked on the visual identity of many brands. Miķelis’ team’s care and love for their work has guaranteed the devotion of customers and respect from professionals in the field, as well […]
Kārlis Agris Gross
Kārlis Agris Gross
Scientist, Engineer

Kārlis Agris Gross

  Talk
Karlis Agris Gross is a material engineer working on developing orthopaedic materials. His interest is to look for ways of increasing the performance of materials by addressing what happens at the micro and nano-scales. Karlis is inspired by nature and looks at how things are arranged and put together in nature. His schooling is Australia […]
Ieva Raubiško
Ieva Raubiško
Social entrepreneur, anthropologist

Ieva Raubiško

  Talk
Ieva Raubiško devoted more than 10 years of her life to studying and teaching social anthropology before she turned to social entrepreneurship. Ieva obtained her PhD from the University of Oxford with an award-winning dissertation on post-war life in Chechnya. Through this process, she discovered that anthropological research often leads to political and practical engagement. […]
Ingus Augstkalns
Ingus Augstkalns
Skydiver, wind tunnel flyer and base jumper

Ingus Augstkalns

  Talk
Ingus Augstkalns is a skydiver, wind tunnel flyer and base jumper! BASE stands for four categories of fixed objects: building, antenna, span and earth. It is one of the most dangerous sports in the world and in some jurisdictions or locations this sport is illegal. A very narrow group of people is engaged in this […]
Līga Ruperts
The 3x3 Movement Founder

Līga Ruperts

  Talk
Liga is a teacher and a family therapist. She earned her PH.D. degree in Counseling at the University of Michigan. Many years ago Līga organized a week-long overnight camp for Latvian diaspora families to learn about their culture. Little did she know that this camp would evolve into a movement spanning many countries, 40,000 people […]
Matīss Kaža
Matīss Kaža
Filmmaker

Matīss Kaža

  Talk
Matīss Kaža is a young filmmaker and student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2016 Matīss finished working on his first feature-length documentary at the age of 21. His debut film “One Ticket Please” tells the story of a 78-year-old Indian woman in New York who has been going to the […]
Elizabete Balčus
Elizabete Balčus
Musician

Elizabete Balčus

  Performance
Elizabete Balčus is a musician and performing artist who creates neo-psychedelic dream pop from surprising, collaged juxtapositions of genres. One of the instruments she plays is a synthesizer, which means that she can incorporate fruit and vegetables and play them as instruments. Elizabete recently released her album CONARIUM which received a nomination at Zelta mikrofons […]
Kaktiņš Stūrītis
Kaktiņš Stūrītis
Musicians

Kaktiņš Stūrītis

  Performance
The duet was created in 2011, when Mārtiņš Jansons arrived to take up residence in Liepāja, where Mārtiņš Kuzmins had already been living. As a result of a combination of different circumstances in their lives, the two of them created a duet called Kaktiņš Stūrītis, with M. Jansons responsible for the lyrical and melodic aspect […]
Dāvis Golds
Dāvis Golds
Speechmaker

Dāvis Golds

  Talk
Davis Golds – current European public speaking champion, Vice-president of Public Relations for the Riga Toastmasters Club and a member of Toastmasters International, the largest public speaking organization in the world. Ever since childhood he has been obsessed with creative writing and story-telling. As a teenager, he took up public speaking as a way to […]

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