On April 18, a TEDxTallinn conference titled "The Future is Born Today" brought together Estonian and, for the first time this year, international speakers to share ideas about improving life for future generations.
TEDx events are organized by volunteers in countries across the globe and are a part of the TED global conference series hosted by the non-profit Sapling Foundation. The main objective of the events is to bring together speakers from different walks of life to present prepared speeches on a common theme in an innovative and engaging way.
The Tallinn event, held for the third consecutive year, included foreign participants such as Nic Marks, an internationally-recognized expert in the field of well-being, and rector of the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden Anna Valtonen. Tallinn University Rein Raud, local pop singer and actress Iiris Vesik and many others also took to the stage. Each speaker outlined plans and analyzed ideas for a better life for future generations.
Approximately 600 people attended the conference, which was also broadcast live via the TEDxTallinn website. The speeches were held in both Estonian and English and included simultaneous translation.
"If at least one good idea or initiative will take off from this event, the conference will be considered a success," said Jannus Jaska, one of the organizers.