06/08/2013 - Colin
The first speakers have been announced for this year’s TEDxFlanders. This year they will be speaking on a diverse range of topics from pancakes to quadcopters to sheep. Speakers include Nathan Shields, an illustrator, maths teacher and professional dad. But above all, a pancake artist.
Another exciting speaker is Markus Hehn, a PhD student at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zürich. His research lies in the field of algorithms for the control of aerial vehicles, with a specific focus on exploiting the exceptional agility of quadcopters used in the Flying Machine Arena.
And the sheep? Well, according to Jef Staes "You are a sheep!". Jef is a leading authority on learning and innovation management, offering an answer to the question "Why don't organisations learn and innovate fast enough".
We will also be joined by Janez Potocnik who was nominated as Slovenia's first European Commissioner in 2004 and was given the Science and Research portfolio. In 2010 he started a second term, this time as Commissioner for Environment. The last of the first batch of speakers for the day includes Yves Desmet, a journalist and essay writer who also happens to be editor in chief of De Morgen, .