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June 4, 2020 0

Yana Buhrer Tavanier is the cofounder and executive director of, a global nonprofit creative studio for social impact. As an activist and a social entrepreneur with a background in investigative journalism, she explores human rights innovation at the intersection of activism, art, tech and science.

Yana Tavanier has also cofounded, the largest volunteering platform in Bulgaria. She is a board member of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, the country’s leading human rights group, and an expert member of Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Oversight Group. She has a BA in communication and MA in political science from Sofia University, along with executive education at Harvard University, Yale University and Oxford University.

Yana is a Fulbright Scholar, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a fellow of the Royal Society of Art and was named one of 50 people who will change the world in WIRED’s Smart List 2012. Her latest TED talk on playtivism – her concept of marrying play and activism, has been viewed close to 1.8 million times.

Join us next Thursday, June 11th, 4:30 – 6 PM, on our TEDxBucharest Facebook page and livestreamed by Qreator.

FREE for all TEDxters.

#tedxbucharest #ntnw #activism #creativity #episode2

Roxana Marin


June 4, 2020 0

For the second episode we’ve mixed and matched a special hybrid edition, focused on creativity and the origins of ideas. Digital content sits well with live speakers, so this is our new NTNW event, hosted and broadcasted live from the home of our Creativity Partner, Qreator. An afternoon that promises to ignore distances, bridge people and ideas, while imagining this new normal at Qreator and online, a space connecting creatives and creators alike.

Is creativity flourishing or contracting under quarantine and social distancing? What is the new creative currency? What is your idea worth when it’s all you’ve got? Creativity is entering a new, more nuanced era, while redefining its identity under new terms. Doing things that matter has never been more detrimental to the core of the creative self. Creativity is now almost a calling, and we’re here to preach this with our special 2nd episode guests.


New Times, New Ways series has a multidisciplinary approach. And we’re keeping it fresh, cool and meaningful with this 2nd episode focused on creativity and origins of ideas. TEDxBucharest becomes for this afternoon, a center for provocative thinking and meeting of creative minds. Our conversations will illustrate how ideas cannot be confined by lockdown or restrictions. Instead, creatives fight to regain legitimacy and become more refined day by day. Enter: more sophisticated techniques, tools and strategies that address the issues of the current times.


Episode 2 features a diverse group of thinkers and doers, sharing actionable insights from a range of professional sectors and creative disciplines.
Join us for an afternoon with unexpected stories about creativity.
Save the date: June 11th, 2020, 4:30-6 PM
Where: livestream on TEDxBucharest and Qreator – Home Together Edition Facebook pages.
Hosted at Qreator – Home Together Edition
Free for all TEDsters.
Creativity Partner: Qreator


We’re hosting this event in a place where our ideas and their intersections can flourish, with the help of our Creativity Partner. Qreator – is the creatives’ and creators’ space, built to bring people together. It’s the perfect place for those who innovate, who are inspired and who take inspiration further. A place for people passionate about art, technology and anything at their intersection.
The series Qreator Home Together Edition encourages you to connect from your home to online events. Every week, it opens a virtual door to guests performing concerts, theatre plays or talks, exclusively on Qreator’s Facebook page.

#ntnw #tedxbucharest

Roxana Marin


May 6, 2020 0

Get ready for the first New Times, New Ways online event!

We’re bringing on the virtual stage inspirational figures and top-notch specialists, ground shakers and world movers.Talks, conversations and moderated Q&As will shed light on the new normal, where we stand and how to act individually and collectively.





🎯 Register here until 3 PM:

What’s in it for you:

☑️ 3 hours of great ❤️ content

☑️ live q&a sessions

☑️ networking

☑️ specially curated performances with Qreator

☑️ extra TED curated moments

❤️Check the full agenda, speakers and great topics below!

Check-in the Facebook event and ask what you want to know from our speakers 👉 New Times, New Ways

#NTWN #tedxbucharest

Roxana Marin


May 5, 2020 0

Last hours till our first New Times, New Ways online event and we are now ready to introduce our host of the day, Andrei Dinu. In his position as Licensee and organizer of TEDxBucharest, Andrei mixes his passion for genuinely mind-expanding ideas with the desire to explore new ways and avenues. Connecting valuable people is in his nature, fostering creative sparks in his portfolio. He’s been part of the TED and TEDx family since its Romanian inception, back in 2009. Now navigating this new reality and the switch to the digital realm. Join our 3 hours event and get inspired by ideas worth spreading. 

#tedxbucharest #NTNW #host #entrepreneurship #futureoriented #ideasworthspreading

Roxana Marin


May 4, 2020 0

Bogdan Micu started business at the age of 14, selling mountain equipment. Today, he runs his multinational company, with operations spanning over 13 areas and several meridians. Bogdan is currently leading the way towards creating eager, more skilled and more innovative entrepreneurs fighting for causes like Illegal Logging, WildLife conservation, Pollution and many more. In parallel he is also the president of a foundation running reintegration programs for victims of human trafficking, alternative education of disadvantaged children, preservation of wildlife and environmental protection. Bogdan is also a volunteer in the Government’s efforts to buy and distribute medical protection equipment for the nationwide need in Romania caused by the pandemic. Bogdan Micu, welcome to New Times, New Ways! 

Registrations still open here. 

#tedxbucharest #NTNW #speakers #entrepreneurship #cause #futureoriented

Roxana Marin


May 4, 2020 0

Our third addition to this first New Times, New Ways online event is here!

Modulab is a research and development lab based in Bucharest with more than 10 years experience in prototyping. Their early projects focused on interactive installations for art and entertainment (interactive art, interactive museum exhibits, interactive installations for advertising agencies) and then evolved into industrial R&D projects. For the last couple of years, Modulab has prototyped several robots – social and telepresence robots, photobots, swarm robots and industrial robots.

Their latest achievement is the development of a highly adaptable autonomous robotic platform capable of navigating complex environments, avoiding obstacles and collisions, having multiple possible applications: inventory auditing robots, logistics sorter robots, mobile industrial robots, delivery robots etc.

We are so proud to be joined tomorrow by Ioana Calen (Co-founder & Creative Director) and Paul Popescu (Co-founder & Tehnomage).

Don’t forget, by joining our new TEDxBucharest online series, you contribute to a cause bigger than us. The “T” in TED stands for “Technology”, and in these difficult times we need it more than ever to shape New Ways for New Times. We support our friends at Modulab in their endeavor to build and distribute the MUV autonomous robot. It is designed to clean and sterilize hospitals in Romania and help the medical staff fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Here are more details on how you can contribute:
Register on
#tedxbucharest #NTNW #speakers #technology #intelligence #robots #cause #creative #futureoriented

Roxana Marin


May 4, 2020 0

This innovator has worked with some of the most progressive ventures in the world. Introducing Ioan Istrate, AI tech advisor and business advisor, with a versatile education at the intersection of business and frontier tech in California, Asia and beyond. Ioan holds an MBA with a Merit Fellowship from UCLA Anderson School of Management, an MA in Geopolitical Studies and BSc in International Economics with honours from Bucharest University of Economics. 

He created Genuine AI lab, with a multidisciplinary team of AI engineers honed in top R&D settings on a global scale. Prior to this, Ioan returned to Romania to co-found CyBourn, a EU-US cybersecurity service provider. Since early 2019, Ioan has been a mentor for early stage start-ups in Unleash+, a global innovation hub. 

Ioan received multiple awards, including Forbes 30under30, both in the US and in Romania. At UCLA, Ioan was elected Vice President of the graduate student body. In 2016, under the leadership of Dr. Harry Kloor, Ioan ‘won’ the XPRIZE Visioneers Program, which led to XPRIZE’s newest flagship project, the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE. 

He has so many projects on his plate right now, thus his vast experience across industries: designing the EU market entry strategy for a US AI medtech technology, leading a team in 2 commercial due diligence in telecom and technology in Romania, researching 2 economic impact studies in the EU, advising in the $30M Round C for US fintech, developing business plans for 3 robotics/medtech companies.

Register now for New Times, New Ways – Wednesday, May 6th, 3 to 6 PM. And stay tuned, more to come in the upcoming days. 

#tedxbucharest #NTNW #speakers #technology #AI #business #future 

Roxana Marin