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Students bring TEDx to town


The international conference TEDx is coming to Malmö. Behind the initiative are three international students at Malmö University who have an ambition to give back to the city.

Sara Lee Wolfe García, Grace Uribe and Malin Eckel met during the first semester of the master’s programme Leadership for Sustainability. Since then, they have won Malmö Climathon and had time to arrange Malmö’s latest TEDx conference. The inspiration behind the project came last autumn.

“Our idea from the beginning was to volunteer for TEDx here in the city, when we discovered that it didn't exist we applied for a license in order to bring TEDx  back to Malmö. We really just wanted to volunteer and then it became bigger when we decided to work together,“ Grace explains.

If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it

The theme of the conference is ‘purpose’, with the tagline ‘If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it’. The speakers will contribute with their story about how a sense of purpose has influenced their work. The conference itself also has a purpose, according to the organisers.

“Our ambition is to give back to the city that has been so great to us since we arrived here. We choose the theme ‘purpose’ because when you feel like you have a purpose, you take action on things,” added Grace.

 “We tried to find diversity in our speakers from Malmö, and wanted to know how they communicate their purpose in their respective fields.”

The conference is an independently organised event and will take place at Moriskan, Folkets Park on May 6. For those not able to attend, the talks will also be uploaded to the TEDx website.

More than just a conference

“We don’t want to separate the speakers and the audience too much, but to have the conference be a dynamic place for interaction. We want a good environment, and we want it to be more than just a conference, but for it to be an afternoon where you can meet and learn from each other,” Grace continued.

“Our goal has always been to reflect the city’s diversity with the speakers and to choose people that represent the region in different ways. It has been an interesting way of getting to know the city, and meet people from different industries,” adds Malin.

The conference’s speakers include Ingrid Remvall, writer and art director; Per Sigurdson, creative technologist; Suzanne Hedström, operational manager Mooms theatre, Alqumit Alhamad, illustrator and watercolour artist; Hannah Stanton, who works with citizen participation; William Walker, senior research strategist; Bella Malekian, entrepreneur and dancer; Fredrik Gertten, filmmaker and director and Amina Jama, health and human rights activist.

Text: Amanda Malmquist

Last updated by Amanda Malmquist