TEDxSilkRoad Overview

This is a day of inspiration and conversation about the new rules of global commerce, social innovation, future gazing and new ways to tell stories.

Bring your own ideas, knowledge and talent, and share your own personal silk road journey with the group.

TEDxSilkRoad Program (subject to change)

8:30 to 9:30 Registration and Breakfast
9:30 to 13:00 Module 1: The Route of Innovation & Borderless Creativity
How can we go beyond our borders, mentally, physically and even financially, to innovate and create? What can the old Silk Route traditions teach us? What is the key currency of the New Silk Road? How do we learn to trust each other in the 21st century Digital Silk Road? Is Social Media a mature media yet?
9:30 to 9:45 Introduction
  Ferhan Cook, founder Digital Silk Road & Organizer TEDxSilkRoad
9:45 to 10:00 Opening Address
  Jessica Hand, The British Consul General, Director of UKTI for Turkey
10:00 to 10:20 The Past, The Present, and The Future of the Silk Road
  Mark Norell, Paleonthologist & Curator, American Natural History Museum, New York
10:25 to 10:45 The Real Currency of the New Silk Road
  Arvind Gupta, IDEO Asia, China
10:45 to 11:05 Born in America Made in China – Creativity Beyond Borders
  Joey Ellis, Sculptor & TED fellow, China
11:05 to 11:15 TED Video
11:15 to 11:45 Coffee Networking
12:00 to 12:20 Sharing, Trust & Reciprocity on the Digital Silk Road
  Karen Lancel, Performance and New Media Artist
V2 Institute for Unstable Media, Netherlands
12:20 to 12:35 What is your social capital? Measuring real popularity.
  Bora Bicer, Turkcell/Bogazici University Doctorate student
12:35 to 12:55 Is social media a mature media yet? Audience feedback
  Melda Goknel Bilal, writer & Co-host TEDxSilkRoad
13:00 to 14:15 Lunch & Networking by the Bosphorus
14:15 to 16:30 Module 2: Reach Out & Empower
Is globalisation good or bad? What is the route to social innovation? How can technology help social and civic activism? Does technology hinder or empower people?
14:15 to 14:35 Percussion Performance
  Introduction by Osmantan Erkir, STR
14:40 to 14:50 The Route to Social Innovation
  Didem Altop, Founder and CEO, Endeavor, Turkey
14:50 to 15:10 From Caravan to Digital: Building a Market for 700,000 Farmers
via the Cell Phone and Internet
  Tulin Akin, Founder, Tarimsal Pazarlama.com, Turkey
15:10 to 15:30 TED Video
15:30 to 15:45 Map It, Change It, Disrupt It! Ushahidi Case Study
  Heather Leson, Community Activator, Ushahidi.com, Kenya and Canada
15:45 to 16:00 Take Action! Relief 2.0 / Market of Hope
  Carlos Miranda Levy, TEDxSantoDomingo, Dominican Republic
16:00 to 16:15 The Promise of the Digital Silk Route
  Gunduz Vassaf, Writer & Psychologist [via Skype call]
16:15 to 16:30 Module Wrap up
  Ferhan Cook & Didem Altop
16:30 to 17:00 Coffee Networking
17:00 to 19:00 Module 3: The Connected Future
What benefits will the networked society bring to our lives? What is the power of Social TV? What can our own body data teach us? How will connected things – even connected clothing – help us network and communicate in the future?
17:00 to 17:30 Building a New Digital Highway and a Global Living Room at Marco Polo’s Footsteps
  Marie-Jose Montpetit, Social TV Researcher, MIT, USA
17:30 to 17:50 The Connected Body: Quantify Yourself!
  Patrice Slupowski, VP of Digital Innovation, Orange/France Telecom
17:50 to 18:20 The Cell-phonification of the Globe
  Ralph Simon, Chairman, Mobilium, UK
18:20 to 18:45 Wearable Tech Fashion Show: Wireless & Beautiful!
  Francesca Rosella & Ryan Genz, Founders, CuteCircuit, UK
18:45 to 19:00 Conclusion: What can we take home from this caravan of ideas?
  Conference Hosts Ferhan Cook & Melda Goknel Bilal
19:00 to 20:15 Networking Drinks by the Bosphorus, Sponsored by Gefco