Have you ever stopped to ask yourself where you are going, where society is going, where humanity is going? If yes, then you already have something in common with our speakers. All of them - from the personal level to the grandest – have embraced this train of thought and jumped into its carriages to mark out new tracks that transgressed old ones.

They didn’t believe in limits.

There are NO LIMITS.

They have all challenged themselves and other people, and now they want to share their experiences with you.

Come and see them at TEDxBrussels on 6 March 2017 in BOZAR theatre. You can register now.

Do androids dream of electric sheep?  That is the famous question/title of the science-fiction novel by Phillip K. Dick. Perhaps Pattie knows the answer, her area of expertise is artificial intelligence after all. Maybe she even creates the dreams? Pattie understands better than most the limitless possibilities of human-machine interaction. 

 

Degeimbre has literally taken the phrase ‘food for thought’ to another level. His love of cooking ignited a desire to learn, and he opened L'Air du Temps - a Michelin star restaurant in Belgium – without any formal training. Degeimbre is proof that determination driven by passion can get you anywhere in life. It can even help you can reach the stars (Michelin, in Degeimbre’s case).

 

Most of us hate extreme temperatures. Beth, on the other hand spends most of time in harsh, sub-zero temperatures all in the name of research. Her experiences at the North and South Poles are probably the closest that anyone can get to an outer space climate.   

 

What do you do when you hate your job?  You quit and become a record-breaking adventurer of course. Dave travelled 19,000 miles in eleven journeys as part of his ground-breaking Expedition 1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.

 

Imagine a world where your home is full of smart appliances, orchestrated and synchronised to cater to your every need. Carla doesn’t just imagine, she designs robots which have transformed this imagination into reality; the future is here and the future is robotic. 

 

Human rights are inalienable yet they are increasingly under threat as we grapple with the new ways in which people interact with one another, with technology and with each other through the medium of technology. Eva, who is a human rights lawyer, a professor and a politician, can provide nuance into the complex intersections of this topic. 

 

Space is for everyone. That’s the motto for Angelo, but he doesn’t stop at space. In 2009 he initiated SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international network of individuals working in art, science, engineering and advocacy. Its goal is to reshape the future through critical reflection and hands-on experimentation.

Yeba is a woman who lives in the present and moves towards her dreams and goals.  She is the lead in her story and her fashion collections are designed for like-minded women. Aspiration has no limits or boundaries; Yeba demonstrates that if you can dream it, you can also live it.

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