Sven Gellens (°1984) graduated in philosophy in Ghent and Leuven. His research studies the philosophy of Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty in Ghent and Nijmegen en he is a secondary school teacher. Sven is currently following post-graduate training in philosophical questioning techniques and also works as a philosophy consultant.

Papatya Dalkiran (°1979) graduated in moral human sciences in Ghent and is a secondary art school teacher. She has been trained in practical philosophy and uses her knowledge both at school and outside.

Together they organise and different projects at their own initiative and per third-party request. Furthermore, they offer trainings and workshops in philosophy, conversational- and educational techniques. More info at their website at

In this workshop, we search the boundaries between men and robots. We’ll start from a story that relates closely to the kid’s environment and have them think together about what makes a person a person, and we’ll find possible differences and resemblances between men and robots. The kids will be challenged to think (in a both playful and critical way) and to build a strong base for their arguments.



Documenteer, mevrouw en meneer

Lana and Roxanne grew up together. One of them with a passion for fine arts and a curiosity towards spoken and written word, the other with a passion for spoken and written word and a curiosity towards the fine arts. Both of them tested the boundaries of the two artistic domains during their studies, freelance jobs and during their free time.
After 26 years they finally decided to join forces for Ted X Youth and it’s participants to create an artistic report on this crazy day.
Prepare to find stories where you didn’t even knew there were any and search for details that spring to the eye. We are going to look for the curiosities of the people there and document them in drawings and funny little stories.



Retrieving DNA from a kiwi

Anthony Liekens is a… Well, he’s a lot of things. He does genetics, tinkering, electronics, running an open garage at his home… In his workshop, kids will extract DNA from a kiwi. Sounds like top-science? Think again. All he needs is some basic household stuff and he’ll show you how much genetic material half a piece of this green fruit contains.




Alexander Van De Rosteyne built the world’s first electrical helicopter for indoor use, and afterwards the world’s smallest helicopter. In the first part of the workshop, he will explain how he unintentionally became an inventor. Because he never planned to become one – but actually always has been one. Inventors are people who are constantly searching and experimenting, a lot more than any ‘normal’ person. That’s why other people call them ‘nerds’ or ‘weirdos’, thinking it’s not a compliment. Alexander will tell us why he considers these name-callings one of the biggest compliments.
During the second part of the workshop he will explain why drones and helicopters can fly, and how they can be navigated. This is the perfect moment to see if we have some real inventors among us! Every participant will get a little drone, helicopter or airplane with a problem that keeps it from flying. It is up to you to make them airborne again. Whoever can make these little machines fly again, can call him/herself… a real inventor!