Elephant In The Room Main Event 2018

After our successful and interactive pre-event with the name: “Unlock Yourself”, that was held by the team of TEDxPanteionUniversity in the beginning

After our successful and interactive pre-event with the name: “Unlock Yourself”, that was held by the team of TEDxPanteionUniversity in the beginning of March, we met with the people that support us, once again, in one more initiative of ours. On the 19th of March, more than 500 people attended the talks, performances and workshops of our Main Event for 2018: “Elephant in The Room”.

Acclaimed speakers and performers stood on the stage of the Benaki Museum in order to share with the audience ideas with originality, thoughts and objections upon contemporary social issues. Inspired by the British idiom: “Elephant in The Room”, they focused on issues we tend to “ignore”, like: depression, child labor, sex trafficking, fake news, racism, body shaming. In the context of a different “role”, actor Argyris Pantazaras was the host of the event, shedding light upon his own “elephant”.

The first session of the event called: “Flare”, was initiated with the act of Irene Skylakaki, then Gerasimos Kouvaras, Country Director of ActionAid Hellas, gave the first talk of the event named: “Unlearning the truth”. Vasiliki Kompilakou presented an alternative point of view of education through her initiative: “The Forest School”, while actress Penelope Anastasopoulou shared her experience and thoughts upon body shaming. Wrapping up the first session, George Evgeniadis, food technologist and educator, presented his school project: “Special Stick”, and pointed out the power of creativity and the power of his students with special needs. During the lunch break, delegates had the chance to take part in different workshops, leave a special message, and enjoy an integrated experience that was configured in the venue.

The second session titled: “Formation”, begun with an intense performace by the “Art of Soul” and later on, George Moschos, in the law business and Counsel for the kid in Greece, talked about child labor. Photographer Orestis Seferoglou shared some stories from the people he had met, experience he had gained and thoughts he had upon the refugee crisis and the life of refugees in Greece. Then we had Eleni Zaharopoulou, social scientist and administrator of the campaign “Break the Chain”, touch upon sex & human trafficking and the violation of human rights. Talking about her personal experience with an accident that forced her in a wheelchair, opinion leader Georgia Kaltsi maintained irreducible the interest of her audience until the end of the session.

After the coffee break and the afternoon workshops, musician and performer Gautier Velissaris prepared the audience for the third and final session of the event that was named: “Footprints”. Timos Platsas, Head of Corporate Community Affairs in Microsoft of Central and East Europe, talked about technology as means of social and economic growth. Journalist and writer Fragkiska Megaloudi analyzed fake news, the state of the press currently and online communications. TV presenter and tattoo artist George Mavridis, though an “experiential” talk, shed light upon his “elephant” that shaped his life and affected his choices. With a speech that truly touched the audience, our final speaker, George Kounanis reminded us all the equal treatment is not something given when it comes to a homophobic, transphobic and racist society that we live in.

Nine months of preparations, full of creativity, stress, ideas and parallel actions, unexpected happenings and meetings led to a full of people, ideas and emotions amphitheater and a raving party. Once again, the team of TEDxPanteionUniversity both maintained its social orientation and offered a free entrance in return of medicine and food for the Greek Wildlife Care Center.

TEDxPanteionUniversity 2017- Break the Pattern

TEDxPanteionUniversity returns dynamically for its third TEDx event. After his first event in March 2016, entitled “Frameworks” and attendance of 200 people

TEDxPanteionUniversity returns dynamically for its third TEDx event. After its first event in March 2016, entitled “Frameworks” and attendance of 200 people and after TEDxPanteionUniversityWomen,It was Time”, which took place in October 2016 as TEDWomen’s parallel action in San Francisco and attendance of 200, TEDxPanteionUniversity is here again to present ideas worth spreading.

The event will be held on May 6 2017, in the polymorphic area “Papastratos Destination“, in Piraeus. This time, with the topic “Break the Pattern”, our goal is to inspire the audience to take courage to do unique things, without fear, away from the forms imposed by society. In an effort to disseminate and support the diversity TEDxPanteionUniversity through speeches and performances will present ideas that go beyond the usual and go a step forward. The aim is to hear small and big acts that have something different to say to you, give a new perspective to things.

Once again, TEDxPanteionUniversity has free admission, maintaining the social character it has shown since its inception. This time, we ask the participants to offer a book instead of a ticket so we can all create a lending library hosted at The Cube Athens. The Cube Athens is a collaborative site for startupers who, among others, has created the SOLE Greece Project, a self-organized teaching program for refugee children, which has so far covered about 600 children and is the main organizer of Athens Maker Faire , an annual event for technology, education, science, art, crafts, engineering and innovation.Stay tuned for more information.

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The first TEDxPanteionUniversityWomen is here

A few months later after the first event, TEDxPanteionUniversity comes back and this time it is preparing something different.

A few months later after the first event, TEDxPanteionUniversity comes back and this time it is preparing something different.

Much more determined, with one of the not so many TEDxWomen events in Greece. This special TEDxPanteionUniversityWomen will take place at the same time with the official TEDWomen in San Francisco with the topic “It’s about time”.

Trying to raise awareness and talk about issues of genders, woman and equality through the years, TEDxPanteionUniversityWomen aims to explore this social change with ideas from abroad as well as from Greece.

The word that describes TEDWomen2016 is Time (“It’s about time”) and TEDxPanteionUniversityWomen, as a pararell event, will talk about topics that have to do with time and the contribution of women all these years, because now more than ever it’s time for equal rights, obligations and claims.

Last March TEDxPanteionUniversity gave life to the first event with great success, focusing on the actual social contribution and interaction of the students. So, with free ticket, 420 drugs were gathered, costing 1.500€, from the people involved, which were anonymously been given to the refugees.

On the same pattern, it continues this year with a free ticket for TEDxPanteionUniversityWomen, which will take place on Saturday October 29th.