Event Spotlight: On a cross-country train ride in the Netherlands, 16 TEDx Talks make things more fun

Pieter Gaillard on TEDxMaastricht's BrainTrain

Pieter Gaillard on TEDxMaastricht’s BrainTrain

In September 2013, TEDxMaastricht took the show on the road — or more literally — the rails. Sixteen speakers gave mini talks on a round-trip train ride from Maastricht to Amsterdam, flipping the idea of the “quiet car” into the “conversation car.”

Carlos Cadena Gaitán on the BrainTrain

Carlos Cadena Gaitán on the BrainTrain

Dubbed the TEDxMaastrict BrainTrain, the experiment turned train travel into a learning experience, transforming the last coach of an intercity train into an incubator for new ideas, collaborative projects, and stimulating conversation.

Rosanne Sliuzas on the BrainTrain

Rosanne Sliuzas on the BrainTrain

Speakers covered topics like urban design, technology for skin cancer screening, food waste, amongst many other things, all in the space between stations.

“Nowadays people are constantly looking at their phone,” says TEDxMaastricht organizer Jan Scheele. “With this event, we wanted to stimulate discussions and conversations again at unexpected places.”

The Understate Men play a tune on the BrainTrain

The Understate Men play a tune on the BrainTrain

Read more about the BrainTrain at the TEDxMaastricht website here

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