Innovators were not always welcomed in the past. With hindsight it is clear that whereas innovation was not really appreciated by the leaders of static systems, they are thought to be the only relevant reaction in our present, dynamically changing environment.

But what is this phenomenon that was sometimes celebrated, sometimes persecuted?

And who will make innovators?

By definition an innovation is an idea and its implementation. What we mean by an idea is something that is a creative idea, something that redesigns something existing, something that is earth-shattering. Furthermore it is something than can be put into practice as creativity without implementation in itself does not involve a real innovation.

And what makes it so important for us?

When describing the environment around us the VUCA acronym can be used more and more often. This acronym was originally used by the military: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. It clearly shows that nowadays we have to hold our ground in such fields where the tried and tested methods are outrun, and new solutions have to be found to old and new problems alike in a very short time.

Easier said than done - and what about the practical execution?

During our TEDx event you can have an insight into the different aspects of this process and the innovators’ activities. We would like to get an answer to the following questions:

  • How can we redesign?
  • What is the supportive environment like and what kind of environment hinders innovation?
  • What kind of failures have to be overcome to reach a successful innovation?
  • Can creative thinking be developed?
  • What innovative solutions are expressed in connection with our most important problems?
  • What role do communities and networks play in an innovative process?
  • What priority does the education have and what flexible role does it play in planning and implementing innovation?
  • What kind of personal hardships do dedicated innovators come through?

We are convinced that innovation has become a widespread practice, most strikingly in the technical industries. We are searching for and introducing the innovations from the widest possible range, along with technology, putting an emphasis on art, fashion and humanities. We believe that innovation is more than salvation and we are going to show innovations undergoing continuous development on the TEDxMETU stage.

Let's meet at TEDxMETU 2020! Save the date: 29 October 2020


29th October 2020 16:30-22:00

Registration: 15:30-16:30

Presentations: 16:30-about 21:00

There are other programmes in the break and after the presentations.

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About TED

TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

TED conferences with their thought-provoking and entertaining18-minute long or shorter presentations offer an incredibly intense and inspiring experience.

TED has totally changed the conference experience as it put the previous norm into a new dimension and it has evolved into probably the most exciting, the most requested and the most serious, non-professional conference in the world.

At TED conferences the presentations are recorded on a video which is available at after the event.

Loads of well-known and less-known performers have appeared on the TED stage so far, quite often giving an unconventional, thought-provoking and stimulating presentation: Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Philippe Starck, Alain de Botton, Isabel Allende, Gordon Brown, David Deutsch or Bono.

The audience of TED comes typically from a heterogeneous background who are open, intelligent, positive and socially active.

TED creates such an intense and stimulating environment where participants can get deeper knowledge of each other and therefore the world and also themselves, it can inspire and enrich the way we think and all these can lead to new solutions and projects. Further information: / TED Talks

TEDx Program

TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe via “rules and tools”. TEDx events are organized by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and the latest research in their local areas and spark conversations in their communities. / TED Talks