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Exciting line-up of speakers at TEDxÖstersund

Ashkan Fardost
Ashkan is a regular speaker, writer, workshop leader, and consultant. He is also a research scientist at Uppsala University, specialized in the fields of organic and medicinal chemistry. The core theme in his talk at TEDx Östersund will be how technological progress is transforming our world and our roles as human beings. He will talk about: “The Internet of Things”.

Robert Pettersson
Robert Pettersson was born and raised in the middle of nowhere in northern Sweden. He works as Associate Professor in Tourism Studies and is head of the External Relations Office at Mid Sweden University. His research focuses on (failed) events, indigenous tourism, trends in tourism and travel patterns, and tourism as a driving force in social development. Robert will talk about: Living and Traveling off the Map - Is Rural Tourism a Curse or Blessing?

Anders Lundkvist
Anders works as a Digital Data Strategist for Condé Nast Verlag GmbH, and has made it hismission to find correlations and causation in big sets of data to help figure out current trends and behaviors in Condé Nast clients. He is currently involved with Wired Magazine and Architectural Digest in Germany.

Johan Björkstén
Johan is an entrepreneur, a writer, and presenter on Chinese radio and television with more than 400 shows under his belt. He started China’s first international record company as well as a PR agency that has risen to become Chinas largest today. In his spare time, he also founded the local office of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.

February 28 2015, 9:00 am

OSD, Östersund, Jämtland, Sweden

Tickets are sold out.

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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

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speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard

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  • Art, Culture, Entertainment


  • future
  • jämtland
  • rural areas
  • sweden
  • ted event
  • tedx
  • where i come from
  • östersund
  • digital data
  • tourism
  • china


... true enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, motivated and committed people have chosen a life in Sweden’s rural areas. We call this place home. We are part of an emerging future and we want to showcase that future to the world. We are the ones chasing the freedom to choose where we want to live and work. We embrace change and innovation with an open mind and we are the game changers who are here to stay.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.


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