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Where TEDx Amsterdam is about ‘ideas worth sharing’ the TEDx Amsterdam Award is all about ‘ideas worth doing’.

After movie of 2016 workshops to experience the energy

The final stage

Our annual TEDxAmsterdam is not just about ‘ideas worth sharing’ – through the TEDxAmsterdam Award we also champion ‘ideas worth doing’. This year we had 200 applications, 35 were seleted for a workshop with our partners, and then there were five!

The Great Bubble Barrier

First up it’s Francis Zoet who explains that one full garbage truck a minute is finding its way into our rivers and oceans and how we can use bubbles to collect this plastic waste and clear up our waterways. The is The Great Bubble Barrier. Whilst it will stop plastics flowing into open water, ships and fish will be able to pass through unimpeded.


Next is Ferdinand Grapperhaus from PHYSEE Technologies. PHYSEE dreams big and acts now…starting five years ago in a lab in Delft university, brainstorming with sustainability leaders and starting on the path to bring their concept for PowerWindows and SmartSkin to life. They are changing the way the indoors and outdoors meet.

Terre-Nova Mini Society

Our third pitch comes from Lisa Hu of the Terre-Nova Mini Society, one of a team of three who have designed a storyline board game, currently used in 300 schools. Lisa explains how she thinks it’s time for 'Us vs Them' stories to change and for us to face each other and understand each others perspective. "We need a bigger us."


The penultimate finalist is Oliver van Oord from Minibrew. Yearly we consume 185 billion litres of beer; 66% of which is consumed in the home but 95% is water - effectively we ship billions of litres of water around! With Minibrew every beer lover becomes a beer-brewer, it allows you to brew your own beer at home and share recipes, eliminating 90% of the supply chain.

Resilient Island Foundation

Last, but by no means least, it the Resilient Island Foundation. Sebastiaan Brouwer, one of a group of 5 TU Delft students, transports us form the grey and cold Netherlands to the Maldives. Whilst the weather is fantastic, 95% of the food needs to be brought in and solid waste capabilities are well below what is needed. RIF have pioneered the Maldives Matters Project which will pave the way for similar geographies to become self-sufficient.


There are two winners this year: one from a panel of judges and one as voted by you, the audience.

>> Audience: The Great Bubble Barrier

>> Jury: Minibrew

The process

We welcome ideas that:

  • Take people, planet and purpose as a starting point. Planning to make a profit too? Kudos to you. But if that’s not the purpose we still want to hear from you!
  • Are in the areas of energy, circular use and sustainability of natural resources including food and water, education, social cohesion, physical and mental wellbeing or social innovation.
  • Inspire people.
  • Have a significant impact (or plan to do so).
  • Are connected to the Netherlands.
  • Are driven by people who are happy to step into the arena to make this happen.

To apply for the award program submit your application no later than October 5th. After careful selection we’ll invite the most relevant submissions for the award workshop on October 19th.

Here you’ll meet our partners, experts, pitch coaches and Award alumni in an intense workshop that will last all day. An energising opportunity to sharpen your ideas, improve your presentation skills, tell your story from a completely different angle, grab the attention of influencers and extend your network with like minded individuals.

And then? Well, when you’ve sharpened your story and pitching skills we will finally introduce a competitive element: through a couple of pitching sessions we’ll create a long list of 15 participants who will get a chance to pitch for our executive jury. In the end, the finalists will have a chance to appear on the TEDxAmsterdam stage on November 29th!

  • We accelerate and improve ideas and projects through offering support, knowledge, experience and exposure to our network of influencers, change makers, business partners and science partners.
  • We create momentum by connecting inspiring people.
  • We tell the world about these ideas by showcasing them on our live stage and sharing the stories on our social media channels.