We’re proudly presenting first four speakers for TEDxVilnius 2015 | Pale Blue Dot event:

Lawrence Lessig

Photo: Yanai Yechiel

Lawyer and activist Lawrence Lessig spent a decade arguing for sensible intellectual property law, updated for the digital age. He was a founding board member of Creative Commons, an organization that builds better copyright practices through principles established first by the open-source software community.

He is the professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Read more

Julijonas Urbonas

Julijonas Urbonas is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, lecturer, writer, Vice-Rector for Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts, and PhD student in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London.

Since childhood, he has worked in amusement park development. Having worked in this field — as a designer and engineer but also in ways that are artistic and philosophical — he became fascinated by what in his research he is calling 'gravitational aesthetics'. Read more.

Rodrigo Nieto Gómez

Rodrigo works as research professor at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) and at the National Security Affairs (NSA) Department of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

He is a public policy entrepreneur in the fields of geopolitics (including geostrategy), deviant innovation (how criminal actors adopt emerging technologies) and the intersection between public policy and disruption (how governments react to changes brought by entrepreneurial behaviors). Read more.

Monty Halls

Monty Halls is a writer and ocean explorer, who also has his own TV show. A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela on the peace process in South Africa. After leaving the services in 1996 he pursues a career in leading expeditions. Having achieved a First Class Honors degree in marine biology, over the next decade he circumnavigated the globe four times on various projects, leading multinational teams in some of the most demanding environments on earth. Read more.


The registration is open until Friday, March 6th; then we will carefully review EACH of the applications and select a diverse group of participants based on everyone’s desire and passion to attend, enthusiasm to contribute to TEDxVilnius and own community, and both care and engagement in filling the form.

After being selected, you will be able to pay a pledge of your choice. There are only 550 spots available and the form is available in English (feel free to also fill it in Lithuanian if you feel more comfortable like this; the entire event will be carried out in English though).

The TEDxVilnius Team