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We want to explore the ways in which new areas are changing our lives and society. The event is the opportunity to take an alternative, different and innovative route to share ideas worth spreading!


TED is a no-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-dayconference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

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The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, Canada along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference is held once a year in different locations. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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TEDxTorVergataUniversity is an initiative of students of the Faculty of Economics , Engineering and Letters and Philosophy . According to the mission of TED, "Idea 's Worth Spreading", universities are the place where ideas arise, they are developed and  spread in a continuous stream. The TEDx format offers the opportunity to address this flow in an event which is attended by students, professors and specialists under the sponsorhip and support of the University of Rome Tor Vergata .

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Our mission is to organize an interactive, involving and engaging event, able to inspire all participants.





Great wine connoisseur, he has dedicated 30 years to its communication, a culture in our country extremely drowsy. Wine is art and culture, and as such it should be communicated to young people, professionals and enthusiasts. He worked for years with newspapers, radio and TV channels, with RAI, as a consultant in the various networks and the Radio. In 1998 he founded Bibenda Editore, specialized texts for wine and food elegant and very refined, which parallels the Sommelier as publishing magazine.
As a gastronome, he has attended many cooking schools around the world and he has collaborated in the past with the Espresso Guide to Restaurants. Today he is Director of Bibenda-Duemilavini, the book guide to the best wines and restaurants of Italy, the publication of the most successful sector in Europe. He is Director of Bibenda, the magazine that stands alongside the Guide considered by critics and readers of the magazine, the finest wine magazine in the world.
He is the creator and founder of the Italian Association of Oil Sommelier. Like the wine, the association aims to spread the culture of oil, through training courses, events, tastings and publications. He is the creator and organizer of the Wine Oscar, an event through which Rome every year in June is transformed into a kind of Los Angeles and assigns its Oscar in 15 categories identified in backhoe and voted online.
He is President of the Italian Sommelier Foundation, with the legal recognition of the Italian Republic, the most important center of the world for the dissemination of the wine culture. professional qualification courses for Sommelier, Master of sensory wine analysis, single-topic courses that treat the wine with cheeses, Seminars on mixed drinks, on the pairings with food, on distillates, on serving wine and wine tasting of various themes for foreigners, and many others are issues that are dealt with, all of great level.

Born in 1979, Sicily Modica, he currently lives in Rome. He graduated in Law and took a Master in Law and Economics of Sport. Since 2007 Alessandro is Head of Marketing and Social Media for the Italian Fencing Federation. He carries out consulting for companies, sports clubs and athletes. Since 2014 he teaches Social Media Strategy at the Business School of Sole 24 Ore and at the LUISS.

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Transformational leader with a record of consistently delivering improved business performance results. An inspiring leader who employs a logical and principled management style to enhance all aspects of business and staff performance. Hands-on, customer focused and passionate about people development and process improvement. Thrives in a dynamic, fast paced multi-tasking environment while remaining pragmatic and focused.

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The curiosity drives Eleonora throughout the exploration of different areas, from new technologies, social media, art, travel and anthropology, to the discovery of the interactions that develop between them. As project manager, she has worked on the concept of the creation of culture and experience design, both for tourism and receptivity in communication and exhibition projects. As a designer, she has been involved in developing content, the project structure and the definition of corporate image. As a teacher, she has worked for various institutions developing training activities in the field of design, storytelling and cultural and business communication, especially in the field of crafts and tourism. Since 2013 she is co-founder of Italian Stories, the first web platform that offers travelers experiences by visiting laboratories and meeting Italians artisans.

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Renato de Castro is a smart city senior consultant specialized in investment attraction and management for smart cities projects. He is member of the global advisory board of Leading Cities, located in Boston, and international advisor for The World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments, in Seoul. He is founder, executive board member and senior consultant at Baumann Consultancy Network for Smart Cities projects and internationalization strategies. Doctor of Business Administration candidate at Maastricht School of Management, MSM, Netherlands. He is also writer and video blogger for Smart City , ICT and Urbanization Strategies topics. Renato has 17-year experience in academic lecturing as professor, responsible for the subjects/courses on international marketing and globalization strategies at several universities around the world. He is also specialized in mentoring and advising startups for "go global" strategies.

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Rosaria is an Italian, energetic and enthusiastic mother of two boys (3 & 5 years old), married to a Dutch man, living and working in the Netherlands since 2002. She is a Customer Experience Expert, specialized in driving change moving from data to insight to action to results. After having “walked the walk” for 12 years in Sales, Marketing, E-commerce and Consumer Care, in 2013 she started Wow Now on a mission to get companies to design and deliver WOW life-enriching customer experiences that contribute to everyone HAPPINESS!

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A true rebel and audacious woman from the very early age Ekaterina pursued quite a linear path towards becoming a career woman: she graduated from the best Universities in Russia and Italy, and was climbing the career ladder at Google until she realised it wasn’t exactly the road leading to a happy life. She refused to continue on the same path, quit the “dream job”, and followed her real dream of becoming a successful fashion illustrator. The key to her success was defying social stereotypes and removing labels she carried her whole life. This is what Ekaterina will share with us during her TEDx talk.


It is a former athlete and Italian actress of British origin. She graduated in Economics at the University of Leeds, in the course of a sporting career, she graduated two-time world champion in the long jump, specialty in which she has risen twice on the second step of the Olympic podium. She is still the defending Italian record for the long jump, both outdoor and indoor. Having won four medals at the world championships, (two gold, one silver and one bronze) Fiona May is still the Italian athlete who repeatedly took the podium at the World Athletics Championships.
Reporter for Sky Sports for the London Olympics in 2012 and Member of the Ethics Committee of the Pro League 2012-2014.
Since 2014 Head of the Commission for the Integration of the FIGC (Italian Football Federation) and Head of Delegation of the National Under-19 women's soccer.

Viviana Fafone is Professor of Physics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata." Her research concentrates mostly on experiments for the detection of gravitational waves, with interests also for the physics of the cosmic microwave background. Degree in Physics from the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" in 1991, she spent long periods of research at CERN, in INFN Frascati National Laboratories and at the European Gravitational Observatory.
She collaborated in the research experiments of gravitational waves at CERN EXPLORER and NAUTILUS at the INFN Frascati Laboratories. Since 2006 participates in the experiment Virgo, Europe's largest laser interferometer, installed in Cascina (Pisa). She is the coordinator of the Virgo group Tor Vergata and a major contributor of the Advanced Virgo detector.
She received in 1993 the Prize of the Italian Physical Society dedicated to young physicists and in 2002 the Prize of the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitational Physics for her contribution in the field of Relativity and Gravitation in the experiments with resonant gravitational antennas and the studies, both experimental and theoretical, of the next generation gravitational wave detectors.
She has given lectures and seminars at universities and research centers in the world and is the author of scientific books and over 160 scientific articles in international journals.

Pietro Abate is the Secretary-General of Rome Chamber of Commerce, a public institution that focuses on promotion of economic and territorial development, supporting growth of the region and consolidating the productive sector and other true vocations of Rome, such as innovation, culture and tourism. He is also the General Manager of Unioncamere Lazio, which represents the interests of the region's five associated Chambers of Commerce. As an expert, he has been a member of several board of directors in numerous companies and organizations, active in Rome in the field of business creation and technological innovation.He is the author of the book “Fare di Roma un capolavoro. La città come passione” (Making Rome a masterpiece. The city as a passion), published in 2013. 

Andrea, twenty five year old, comes from Sicily, he is a graduate in the field of communication with a master in international cooperation. From Ragusa with love, it is appropriate to say, Andrea has left for the five continents to find the orphanages around the globe and meet children, play with them, give to them a day of laughters and friendship, the true one. As speaker, he has been present at the Chamber of Deputies (Rome) and the United Nations (NY) where he was invited to talk about his journey of solidarity around the world, to recount his experiences, his encounters with different cultures, but especially with children, those children who, despite they have nothing, can give always a simple smile. Andrea’s experience has already inspired a lot of people. A brain tumor discovered just over ten years ago, the hard fight against the evil. A battle won, but has inevitably marked Andrea’s life, who often says "I woke up with no memory and a bad ability to concentrate." Four years later he left for Africa and on his return to Sicily, he was the first to be surprised to remember every face, every smile and every encounter. A new beginning for Andrea who has been able to teach all of us that every experience, even the most tragic, can turn into something positive and even magical.

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Professor Novelli is Rector of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2013-present) and Vice President CRUI (Italian Rectors' Conference).Is Head of the Human Genetics Research Unit at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). He is member of the Pharmacogenetics Working Party of the Committee for Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) at the EMA (European Medicines Agency) in London. He served Tor Vergata University as Dean of the School of Medicine during the period 2008-2011. He was Board Member of the Italian National Agency for Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) (2010-2013). He published over 400 original scientific publications including invited reviews for leader Journals in Human Genetics. The H-index is 53. Primary focus of Giuseppe Novelli was the mapping, identification and characterization of human-disease genes (e.g. Laron dwarfism, Di George syndrome, Mandibuloacral dysplasia, Friedrich ataxia vitamin-E-deficiency, spinal muscular atrophy, hypoplastic glomerulocystic kidney disease, myotonic dystrophy). Recently he is actively involved in the field of complex diseases and pharmacogenetics.