TEDxBGU 2014 Will Take Place On Sunday, MAY 11th!

This year’s theme is ROOTS! While roots seem frail and modest when seen above the earth, below ground they collect nutrients and provide a strong foundation for plants to grow. Our roots are often invisible, but they are the anchors that remind us where we come from, stabilize us in the present, and allow us to continue growing. Where will your roots take you?

Event will be held in the  Sonnenfeldt Auditorium (Building 73) on BGU campus!

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Thanks to all who came out to TEDxBGU 2014!
Pictures are available here and videos are available on YouTube here


Keep updated! The event website will be constantly updated with news, talk details and more. You’re welcome to drop by once in a while to see whats new.


What is TEDx?

x = independently organized event

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.


Book it!

This years TEDxBGU event is sold out. Howevern, you can still watch the event on Livestream!
Go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tedxbgu during the event to watch.

TEDxBGU 2014 will be taking place on May 11th, between 16:00 and 19:30 on the Ben-Gurion University campus in Beer Sheva.

This year’s theme is Roots.

While roots seem frail and modest when seen above the earth, below ground they collect nutrients and provide a strong foundation for plants to grow. Our roots are often invisible, but they are the anchors that remind us where we come from, stabilize us in the present, and allow us to continue growing. Where will your roots take you?

For more information about the event, check out our Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!



Coming Soon!

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Shahar Graf

Currently in her third year studying Business Management and Marketing at BGU, Shahar is excited to mark her final year with an incredible TEDx production. After moving back and forth between Israel and the US her whole life, she has developed a passion for travel and hopes to incorporate it into her career path. Her main passion is promoting both the vegan lifestyle and animal rights, hoping to spread awareness and make a difference.

Joshua Kugler

Joshua, born in Syracuse NY, graduated from the University of Rochester. There he worked as a research assistant studying aging and depression. His global medicine roots started after spending time in Tanzania. He loves exploring, whether it be alone on a run or with new people met along the way. And for years, his biggest wonder is who exactly is Ted?


Reva Frankel

Originally from Chicago, Reva Frankel is in her first year of medical school in Be’er Sheva. She previously worked in Mississippi in the field of Jewish Education with a focus on community building after graduating from NYU with a degree in Individualized Studies and a concentration titled “Miscommunication, Language, and Literature.” Her connection to TED stems from her interest in interdisciplinary studies. She loves understanding others through medicine, literature, art, and dance. She hopes to work at the intersection of medicine, education, and community building. She is a strong supporter of the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.


Yossi Vardi

Yossi Vardi is a native of Tel Aviv and graduated from Technion in Haifa with Industrial Management Engineering. He is one of Israel’s first high-tech entrepreneurs. Vardi began his entrepreneurial career in 1969, at the age of 26, as co-founder and first CEO of TEKEM and for over 40 years he has founded and helped to build over 60 high-tech companies in a variety of fields, among them software, energy, Internet, mobile, electro-optics and water technology.
In recent years Vardi is active in fostering a culture of innovation and creativity in Israel and abroad. He founded Kinnernet, an annual, three days gathering of creative people from all over the world at the shores of the Lake of Gallilee; together with Dr Hubert Burda he is co-chairing the annual DLD (Digital, Lifestyle, Design) conference in Munich; together with Sir Martin Sorrell he is co-chairing the annual Stream Unconference in Greece, US and Israel.

Gili Swary

Looking  for something meaningful to do during her last semester, Gili decided to take part in the TEDx production. Studying Business sociology and anthropology, Gili aspires to combine those domains and promote social responsibility in the business world. As part of her passion to travel and meet new people from different places, she just came back from a semester at Sciences-Po University in Paris. She watched a TED talk for the first time two years ago and has not been able to stop watching since.

Sara Teichholtz

IMG_4409Sara Teichholtz has studied medicine on two continents. She rarely says no to chocolate, has an unflinching belief that a better world is possible, and enjoys climbing, blogging, and run-on sentences.

Eric Tsu

Eric TsuEric hails from Southeast Texas and attended college at the University of Texas in Austin, where he earned a BS in neurobiology. After graduating in 2010, he joined the Peace Corps and worked as a community health volunteer in Mozambique. Yearning for more experience living abroad and for the opportunity to learn another language, Eric felt immediately drawn to the medical program at BGU. He hopes to dedicate many years of his career working in other countries under the wings of organizations like MSF and the ICRC. In his spare time, Eric loves to cook and take photos. He misses his dog immensely and hopes to bring her to Israel in the near future.


Allison Ettinger

Allison Ettinger made Aliyah from Detroit, Michigan. Some of the main reasons that she made Aliyah were her belief in Zionism and her connection to her Jewish roots. She is now in her second year of Social work in BGU. She feels very connected to our theme based on her interest in anthropology and sociology. For the past few years she has been very into TED talks. She is a big supporter of short and to the point messages, and once you add on the touch of inspiration and motivation, it just completes the awesomeness! She is very excited and happy for this opportunity to take part in this amazing event. Teamwork makes the dream work.

Esther Lee

Esther has spent most of her time in the tropical islands of the Philippines. Born in South Korea, she lived and studied in six countries before studying medicine in Israel. A literature enthusiast, she reads and writes to reflect on her experiences growing up across the globe and her adventures in the Middle East. She wants to combine her interests in infectious diseases, surgery, and women’s health in her practice.

Seth Hoffman

Seth Hoffman is a medical student at The Medical School for International Health. He previously worked on The Earth Institute’s Millennium Villages Project. He is the author of several articles in the scientific literature. In 2010, he blogged for End the Neglect (Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases) regarding his experiences on the island of Flores, Indonesia. In 2012, he was elected as the first undergraduate councilor of the ASTMH Committee on Global Health, of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. Seth’s passions include medicine, music, surfing, martial arts, and working to serve the world’s population in realizing its potential to be a more socio-culturally conscious and compassionate entity.

Karen Seidenwar

Karen Seidenwar, originally from Philadephia is finishing her last year in education and management. If she had to describe herself in one sentence she would write – super fun, open minded, and always up for an adventure, which is why she thinks she is a good addition to this team.

Virginia Byron

Virginia was born in Alexandria, VA and grew up all over the east coast of the USA. She graduated from Princeton University and worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in gynecology-oncology before heading to Be’er Sheva to study global medicine. She is a dancer and appreciates the freedom the artform allows her mind and body to reach up – stretch – and how it grounds her. A mindful foodie, she loves learning about nutrition across cultures and learning to cook – and eat! – vegetarian meals, too. In her spare time, she climbs at the bouldering wall, creates from her vegan cookbook, and watches her avocado seed sprout.

Joy Moy

Joy grew up surrounded by the lakes of Minnesota, and from there has wandered from coast to coast of the US for school and research. Her interest in global medicine is rooted in her experiences navigating between cultures as the daughter of immigrants, which has brought her here to study overseas in Be’er Sheva. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, being outdoors, and learning about cultures through the people she meets in her wanderings.

Boaz Arad

Boaz Arad

Boaz is a 3rd year Computer Science Major intent on pursuing a Masters degree in the field of Computational Vision. He designed and built the TEDxBGU website. Apart from serving as head of the BGU student organizations photography department and working as an independent web-developer, Boaz is a sports enthusiast who mostly enjoys Speed-Skating and running. Inspired by a TED talk, Boaz founded “BGU-Runners,” a social running group where students are encouraged to incorporate running into their daily routine.

Andrew Ferris (Ramsey)

Andrew Ramsey is a freelance photographer and filmmaker currently based in Beer Sheva, Israel. He was born in the United States but spent his formative years growing up in Papua New Guinea. Andrew has a Masters Degree in International Human Rights and combines his passion for creativity and social justice in his work with A New Dawn, a community NGO that develops educational programs for Bedouin youth. He is an avid scuba diver, guitar player, and dreams of one day working for National Geographic.

Yogev Levy

Yogev Levy, a Math & Computer Science student, takes pictures for pleasure. From time to time he sits down and builds Domino Rally for hours, just to see how it falls in seconds.

Avi Shack

Avi Shack hails from Canada but is now half Israeli (which half is up to you to guess). In his free time he enjoys studying for all of his exams with a digital device in one hand and a cold beer in the other. He can often be seen at the library, wearing his kippa jauntily off-center.



The Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and Management of innovative technologies was established at the Guilford Glazer Faculty of business & Management in order to promote the research and practice of entrepreneurship and advanced technologies of both the faculty  as well as the entire university.

To support and promote students and faculty engaged in entrepreneurial activities, the Center promotes the following objectives

  • To educate the future cadre of business leaders and scientists dedicated to converting technological ideas into new marketable products and businesses .
  • To offer concrete assistance to individuals, startups and companies .
  • To encourage applied academic research  .

The Center serves as a catalyst, creating and channeling entrepreneurial activity within the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev campus, the dynamic Negev community and throughout the entire country. From its world-class curriculum and hands-on student experience to its research and outreach activities, the Center helps define the entrepreneurial character of the business and economic sector in Israel and abroad.

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