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On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, TEDxUmeå will be held in the capital of northern Sweden for the third time.

New for this year is the increased size of the event. Thanks to obtaining a +100 license, the Umeå team will be able to welcome 400 participants.

Invited to spread their ideas are a dozen exciting speakers – artists, scientists and thinkers from Umeå and the County of Västerbotten, as well as other parts of Sweden and Europe.

The general idea that has guided the thought process for TEDxUmeå 3.0 is “challenging the norm” in every possible context. A theme that is representative for the young and progressive university city of Umeå as well. Every speaker that will take the stage in May will give you a story about a new way of addressing a subject or looking at a certain phenomenon. It is norm-breaking and norm-breakers that lead to change and ultimately evolution. We want to lend our ears to them. We want to bring as many ‘aha-moments’ as possible to our guests and participants.

The more hearts and minds that team up – the more we can learn from each other and spread the ideas!

TEDxUmeå 2016 is still a work in progress. If you would like to contribute in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to the TEDx team. Submit your idea to us


Mikael Nygren, Malin Vikström, Nico Allergren, Niklas Berglund, Joel Nordin, Peter Sténs

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Summary of TEDxUmeå 2015

Speakers TEDxUmeå 2015

Pictures TEDxUmeå 2015

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 TEDxUmeå, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUmeå 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.

About TEDx

x = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

Speakers (More speakers will be released soon)

David Gauntlett

Everybody likes to make things, although sometimes our creative confidence becomes lost, or hidden from us. Finding a path back to small acts of everyday creativity is a journey back to connection, empathy and participation in the world. David Gauntlett has studied creativity across a diverse range of practices and media, and found that the drive to make things is the need for conversations, to exchange inspirations, and to make things happen.

David Gauntlett

David Gauntlett is Professor of Creativity and Design at the University of Westminster, UK. He has studied creativity for 20 years, through several innovative projects and books including Creative Explorations and Making is Connecting. He has made a number of popular online resources, videos and playthings, and pioneered creative research methods. He has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, Royal College of Art, and Tate. For a decade he has worked with LEGO on innovation in creativity, play and learning.

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