As an indication of what the potential of is Europe as a whole – in the Netherlands alone over 350 people applied for a spot on the TEDxBinnenhof 2014 stage! Through several country-wide auditions the final 11 speakers were selected. The audition-rounds were open to anyone with a smart solution to a global challenge and were organised by our premium partners. We are therefore proud to show you this database full of ideas and look forward to adding ideas from all across Europe.

Bert Weckhuysen

A city that runs on CO2

Prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen focuses mainly on analysing and dissecting chemical and catalyst processes for optimization. The resulting knowledge plays an important role in designing the city of the future. By showing the latest technological advancements Weckhuysen presents his ideas on how to make the city more sustainable for generations to come.

  • Themes: Circular, chemistry, biobased, technology, smart cities
  • Horizon 2020: (3) Secure, clean and efficient energy, (4) Smart, green and integrated transport, and (5) Climate Action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

Jeroen Rondeel

eMilking nutrition from plants

Plants have always been a great source of nutrients, but always at the cost of the plant itself. Jeroen Rondeel has developed a technique “electrospraying” with which he can “milk” nutrients, such as the natural antibacterial agent carvacrol, from plants without causing too much damage to them. After 3 weeks the plants will have healed sufficiently to be milked again.

  • Themes: Chemistry, agro
  • Horizon 2020: (2) Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy

Heleen Herbert

Never waste good potential

It may not sound appetising to use the warmth of sewerage water, but it is sustainable. The Hydrea Thermpipe, an innovative form of energy casing produced by Heijmans, which can convert this warmth into clean and safe energy, thus bringing us one step closer to the energy-neutral city.

  • Themes: Circular, energy, sustainability, smart cities
  • Horizon 2020: (3) Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy, and (5) Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials 

Rudi Dieleman

Turning coffee waste into a premium

Pectcof unlocks the potential of coffee pulp being used as a resource. The pulp is rich in pectin, which is used in food as a natural gelling agent. Pectcof has developed a technology which can extract this substance, and which can simultaneously detoxify the waste stream. This cradle-to-cradle concept does not only add value to coffee waste, but will assure sustainability in the coffee supply chain.

  • Themes: Biobased, waste, agro & food
  • Horizon 2020: (2) Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy

Jeoffrey van den Berg

How to control explosive enthusiasm

Being a modern high-tech entrepreneur, Jeoffrey has a vision of changing the chemical industry. In his view, big factories are a thing of the past; the future belongs to smaller plants. Materials, ingredients and additives should be made on the spot, where and as they are needed. He believes that, with his spinning disc technology, he has made a big step forward in realising this scenario.

  • Themes: Chemistry, high-tech, sustainability
  • Horizon 2020: (2) Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy, and (5) Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

Coen van de Steeg

WeHelp, the power of together

Coen van de Steeg has launched WeHelpen, starting up a national movement to encourage and increase informal mutual support systems within communities at the local level.

  • Themes: Health, participation
  • Horizon 2020: (1) Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing, and (6) Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

Barry Scholten

Water management to the next level

The Smartpolder can simultaneously pump water, generate energy and help avoid environmental problems, such as cyanobacteria. These functions taken together put the smart to the Smartpolder, which in combination with the city will produce many advantages and will create a cleaner environment.

  • Themes: Water, sustainability, energy, environment, smart cities
  • Horizon 2020: (2) Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy, and (3) Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy, and (5) Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

Marjolein Helder

It’s not easy being green

Plant-e develops products through which living plants can generate electricity. The technology makes it possible to produce electricity with living plants at practically every site where plants can grow. The technology is based on natural processes and is safe for both the plant, and its environment.

  • Themes: Circular, energy, sustainability
  • Horizon 2020: (3) Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy, and (5) Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials 

Onno van Schayck

A lifetime of fresh air

The project ‘A Chimney for Every Child’ is aimed at providing millions of homes in the slums of India with small, self-built chimneys. Smoke from cooking in the slums causes many pulmonary problems among its inhabitants. Good ventilation is very important in preventing these types of issues.

  • Themes: Nature & Environment, sustainability, health
  • Horizon 2020: (1) Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing, and (5) Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

Andro Vos

Forensics without borders

Did you know that The Netherlands is leading in the field of forensics? The Netherlands Forensic Institute is constantly exploring possibilities of new technologies for crime scene investigation. Andro Vos will explain how these Dutch technologies will pave the way to safer and more secure societies around the world.

  • Themes: Security, high-tech, data
  • Horizon 2020: (7) Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

Mike Eman – Prime-Minister of Aruba

Creating sustainable happiness

Four years ago, Mike Eman, prime minister of Aruba, expressed a very special ambition. In 2020, Aruba aims to be a fully sustainable, self-sufficient society. Influential partners such as Carbon War Room (founded by Richard Branson), Harvard University and TNO are cooperating with Aruba to realize this green ambition.

  • Themes: Sustainability, energy, participation
  • Horizon 2020: All

Successful-Speaker-Now-h6The TEDxBinnenhof speakers were coached by Barbara Rogoski from Succesful Speaker Now. As a coach, she helped the speakers to take their ideas and craft them into great stories. Barbara’s previous projects include TEDxAmsterdam and TEDxAmsterdamWomen.