The women of TEDx Brussels

TEDxBrussels (on 22 November 2011 in Bozar, Brussels) is one of the many independently organised TED events, but for the Brussels chapter it's already the 3rd edition. I'm part of the blogging team this year, and in this first post I'm having a look at the women in this year's speaker list.

Entrepreneur, investor and business adviser Julie Meyer (@JulieMarieMeyer) is U.S. based, but most know her as one of the dragons on BBC's Dragon's Den. She is the founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital and the Managing Partner of Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund (ACE).

"Kaliya Hamlin is @IdentityWoman" sounds a little like a trailer for a female superhero tv series. But Kaliya is really a user-centric ID expert, who facilitates numerous internet ID workshops and unconferences. I'm playing with the idea to write a book about online identity and reputation, so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how she's managed to convince companies and organisations to innovate identity tools and systems that work for people on an internet scale.

Leila Chirayath Janah (@Leila_C) is mostly known as the CEO and founder ofSamasource, a social enterprise that gives digital work to impoverished people around the world. But in her Twitter bio she describes herself also as a bit of an "adventurette". While attending Harvard, she did field work in Mozambique, Senegal and Rwanda and she's a visiting scholar at Stanford, Yale, and the University of Calgary. Her main mission is to alleviate poverty by empowering the world's poor as producers of goods and services in the global economy, because "the greatest natural resource in the world that has been overlooked is the brainpower at the bottom of the pyramid." Check out her blog and official site for more.

Interesting idea: the X Prize Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity through incentive prize competitions. Or, in other words, gamifying doing social good by rewarding the most groundbreaking ideas in a competition. TEDx speaker Eileen Bartholomew (@ebartholomew) has been a Senior Director, Life Sciences, Prize Development at the X Prize Foundation for over 2 years now. She describes her mission as "Relentlessly pursuing creativity and style in a world of necessary engagements."

Julie Meyer, Kaliya Hamlin, Leila Chirayath Janah and Eileen Bartholomew will be at TEDx Brussels November 22

Clo Willaerts