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TEDxRiga to feature more than 20 speakers; live broadcast to be available as well

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis week, Lattelecom interactive 360TV television will be presenting the most notable lecture of previous years as part of TEDxRiga conference, which will take place in Spendid Palace on 11 June.

This event gathers professionals from different fields of expertise every year. During the conference, they share their personal and inspiring stories of success.

The motto of the fourth TEDxRiga conference is The Power of Small. Local professionals will present their stories alongside world-class professionals. Among Latvian participants are architect Austris Mailities, socio-anthropologist Klavs Sedleniejs, Finance Director Martins Vaivars, librarian and musician Uldis Zarins, socio-anthropologist Dace Dzenovska, photography artist Iveta Vaivode, architect Evelina Ozola, infectologist Uga Dumpis, head of Lielvārds Aivars Gribusts and ex-President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers.

The prestigious TED movement’s TEDxRiga conference will take place in Riga’s oldest film theatre Splendid Palace on 11 June. Lectures will last the entire day and will include appearances of more than 20 speakers from Latvia and abroad.

The motto of this year’s conference – The Power of Small – is meant to motivate people to think that every, big or small, initiative can bring about notable changes.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase over at and Splendid Palace. The price is EUR 50. Students are offered a special price – EUR 30.

Programme for TEDxRiga ‘The Power of Small’

Iveta Vaivode, photography artist and one of the founders of the prestigious International Summer School of Photography, has studied her family’s history in Latgale, where she discovered long-lost beauties of the world.

Klavs Sedlenieks, socio-anthropologist, teacher and one of the founders of socio-anthropology in Latvia. He openly comments on public developments on the media, which makes him one of the most popular commentators and intellectuals in Latvia.

Davis Kanepe is a cultural activist and film director. Commonly known as the author behind the idea of Kanape Culture Centre – one of the most notable modern culture centres in Riga.

Aurelia Simkus is a young and talented piano player. She has been playing the piano from the age of four. Since then she has acquired international recognition of her talent.

Anna Rosling Rönnlund comes from Sweden. She is a visionary who searches for a systematic approach to data compilation and making statistics more comprehensive and easier to interpret.

Martins Vaivars is debate culture activist and one of the founders of this movement in Latvia. He is the founder of Quo To Domā organisation. Martins stands in favour of protecting the culture of debates and the development of critical thinking in Latvia.

Valdis Zatlers, surgeon and ex-President of Latvia. He is a doctor above all else – in his work, way of thinking and way of life. He has gone through much over the course of his long career. Now he wants to share his memories and offer advice.

Heidi Reinson is a consumer behaviour and neuro-marketing research expert from Estonia. In her work, Heidi combines two distant research fields – marketing and cognitive science in order to better understand consumer behaviour.

Evelina Ozola, urbanist and architect, encourages people to think about streets as public space and seek options to make them friendlier and more pleasant for different groups of people.

Jekabs Nimanis and Maksim Shentelev banded together as ‘Bērnu rīts’ acoustic art group. These two use the synergy of premises, sound and time to create performances outside the established canons of the genre.

Austris Mailitis is a Latvian architect who has worked on multiple large-scale projects, including Latvia’s pavilion during the Shanghai Expo 2010 and others. Austris has also won multiple Latvian and international prizes for his work.

Uldis Zarins is a librarian by education and trade. He is, however, a musician at heart. Uldis is the head of Strategic Development Department of Latvian National Library.

Dace Dzenovska acquired PhD in socio-anthropology in University of California, Berkeley. She currently teaches in Oxford University. Dace’s current research is related to nationalism, the definition of country and migration in the context of post-socialism.

Aivars Gribusts is the founder and head of Lielvārds. He openly challenges the current concept of education system and encourages others to think about the future of education in the 21st century.

Toms Rudzinskis is jazz saxophonist is composer, graduate of Amsterdam Conservatory and winner of multiple international jazz prizes.

Madara Makare is a social entrepreneur who helped create a company that aims to reduce risks of social isolation.

Uga Dumpis is an infectologist who monitors the spread of infectious diseases in Latvia and consults the makers of Latvia’s healthcare policies.

Art Smith is a chef from USA who believes food can bring people close to one another. Art is a co-owner of multiple restaurants. His culinary skill has been recognized by American and other world leaders.

Janis Strods is a scientist who currently works in London’s University College and helps develop mathematical models in order to translate human behaviour into computer code.


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