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TedX Turkey Talk – Tedx Türkiye 2023

TedX Turkey Talk

As a Cybersecurity Expert, I have spoken on 5 continents and so far, more than 45 countries. My biggest crowd was at Microsoft Ignite, a few thousand attendees listening to me while it was broadcasted live online. I can proudly share that I spoke at Black Hat, Microsoft Ignite, Hacker Halted, Tech Ed, Global CIO Summits, CISO Summit and many more other Tier conferences.

And after so many years I am honored to share with you that I have been invited to deliver a TedX Talk, in Türkiye (Turkey) here is more info about the event at TedX web site 

TedX Talk

My TedX Talk is of course going to be about Cybersecurity focused and it will also follow the spirit of TED talks, which is influencing the audience.

TedX BMC Youth

TEDxUS is an organization run by Bodrum Marmara College with a young team of 27 people. We continue our efforts to host the most impressive speeches from different regions of Turkey on our stage.

TEDx Program

TED is on a mission to discover and spread ideas that spark imagination, embrace possibility and catalyze impact. Our organization is devoted to curiosity, reason, wonder and the pursuit of knowledge — without an agenda. We welcome people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world and connection with others, and we invite everyone to engage with ideas and activate them in your community.

TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe through TEDx events. These events are organized by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities. TEDx events include live speakers and recorded Ted X Talks and are organized independently under a free license granted by TED. These events are not controlled by TED, but event organizers agree to abide by our format, and are offered guidelines for curation, speaker coaching, event organizing and more.


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Akasya Asıltürkmen


Akasya Asilturkmen (14 April 1977, Istanbul) is a Turkish actress. She started acting at a young age by attending the course opened by Ali Poyrazoğlu Theatre. In the same period, she acted in the movie Istanbul Under My Wings and this was her first step towards being a professional. Later, she graduated from Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory Theater Department. She worked in theaters such as Semaver Kumpanya and Istanbul State Theatre. She still does many television, dubbing, cinema and theater works.

Cenk Akıncılar

QNB Finansbank Deputy General Manager, Human Resources

Born in 1973, Akıncılar graduated from Eskişehir Anadolu/Osmangazi University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics in 1996. He worked as a Mathematics Teacher for 3 months. Between 1998 and May 2003, he worked at Pamukbank Human Resources as a Specialist Officer in charge of Wages and Industrial Relations. Akıncılar started to work at QNB Finansbank in May 2003, Human Resources Recruitment Assistant Manager, System Development and Projects Assistant Manager, Organizational Development, Performance, Strategic Reporting and Revenue Management Unit Manager, Human Resources Management Systems and Revenue Management, Personnel and System. He worked as Authority Management Unit Manager, Human Resources Management Systems and Revenue Management, Personnel and Systemic Authority Management Department Manager. Akıncılar, who became the Human Resources Director in July 2018, has been appointed as the Assistant General Manager of Human Resources as of January 2019.

Erdal Özkaya

Security Advisor, Speaker, Lecturer and Author

TedX Turkey Talk
TedX Turkey Talk

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya is a leading Cyber Security Professional with business development, management and Academic skills, focused on securing the Cyberspace and sharing real-life skills as a Security Consultant, Speaker, Lecturer and Writer. Erdal is known for being passionate about reaching communities and creating cyber-conscious campaigns and leveraging new and innovative approaches and technologies to holistically address the information security and privacy needs of every person and organization around the world. He has written several cybersecurity books, as well as security certification training software and exams for different vendors.

Koray Şahinbaş


Theater, cinema and TV series actor. He was born in 1972 in Istanbul. He has acted in many movies and TV series since 2008. The character of Raşit, who he played in the TV series Dila Hanım in 2012, is one of the important series of Koray Şahinbaş’s career. He also took part in the internet series Fi and Owner.

Leyla Türker Şener

Academician, Innovation Leader, Mentor

Assoc. Dr. After graduating from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Physics, Leyla TÜRKER ŞENER completed her master’s and doctorate degrees at Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biophysics. Hospital operations management (ITU Faculty of Business), JCI Certificate (ITU Faculty of Business), Quality System Auditor (ITU Faculty of Business), Project Cycle Management (from 7 country leaders in EU Projects), Applied Entrepreneurship (TUSSIDE), Strategic Technologies and product Management mentoring ( TUBITAK), innovation leadership (Royal Academy of engineering) trainings. The General Manager of TETFIT, Dr. Şener has products on wearable technologies, IoT, virtual reality systems, robotic systems and artificial intelligence. She provides consultancy to companies, mentor support, project writing and also works on the protection of intellectual and industrial property rights and corporate identity creation services.

Ömer Çolakoğlu

Software developer

Ömer Çolakoğlu graduated from Erciyes University Computer Engineering Department in 2004. He started his career as a software developer and continued as a SQL Server DBA. Ömer Çolakoğlu, who has training on many online education platforms and whose training is on the best-seller list, was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in the Data Platform category, an award given by Microsoft to IT professionals who contribute to the industry and communities. Since 2015, he has prepared trainings in many universities and social platforms. Çolakoğlu, who is still one of the 3,000 MVPs in the world, continues to work both in the private sector and in the field of education. He also completed his master’s degree at Erciyes University Computer Engineering Department in 2020.

Pınar Ayhan

Singer / Foundation Founder

In 1996, she participated in the Eurovision Song Contest Turkey Final with Tuzmen and came second with the song “Do you have it, say”. Ayhan, who participated in the final in 1997 with the song “You’re here,” and came in second again, participated in the final with Grup SOS in 2000, and won the first place with the song “Yorgunum Anla”, which she sang in the final of the 45th Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Stockholm. She was entitled to represent. In the competition held on May 13, 2000, Turkey ranked tenth with 59 points. Ayhan presents the program called Daily Guide broadcast on TRT Okul.

Serdar Vatansever


Serdar Vatansever graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Psychology and completed the Clinical Psychology Master’s program. Vatansever, who draws attention with his projects in Turkey, besides his psychology trainings, Prof. from Bahçeşehir University. Dr. He took Forensic Medicine lessons from Şevki Sözen. After completing his 13-year basketball career, while completing his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, he also published a scientific study investigating the “Psychological Effects of Sports” covering Turkey’s leading sports clubs in his thesis. Apart from the field of psychology, he developed international projects especially in the field of music. Although he played many instruments during his university years, he developed the ‘psycho-drum’ project that could reduce the effects of playing instruments on depression by providing activation and synchronization between the brain lobes.

Tunç Tuncer

Medical Doctor / Promed Medical Assistance

“I am a medical doctor, search&rescue team member, world traveller, backpacker, rally driver, nature lover, observer, drummer, dreamer, sailor, farmer, whatever… i am a learner.” Tunç Tuncer.

Yonca Şahinbaş


Yonca Şahinbaş (born 6 July 1972, Istanbul) is a theater, cinema, TV series actor and voice actor. Şahinbaş graduated from Mimar Sinan University, State Conservatory, Theater Department in 1994. She is the daughter of artist Mahmut Cevher. Yonca Şahinbaş, who acted in State Theaters during her education period, started her voice-over work in 1991. The artist, who also serves as a presenter in Bakırköy Municipality Theaters, acts in films and TV series.

Ziya Şakir Yılmaz

Success Engineer

‘Education Volunteer’ and ‘Success Engineer’ whose mission is to touch the lives of 1 million people and build a school with their contribution in the name of his late father. ‘Author’ of two top selling Personal Development Books of ‘Shall I Tell You a Secret’ and ‘Success Engineering’ ‘Trainer and Mentor’ who had given seminers in Turkey and abroad (Paris, Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Prague, Dallas, Utah, Las Vegas) for more than 500.000 people.

You can learn more about TedX here

If you want to attend the events that I get part of, here is the link where you can find one near you


What Is The Difference Between TED and TEDx?

If you have been on the internet for a considerable period of time, chances are, you have seen a video of a TED Talk. Or maybe you have searched for TED Talks on specific topics like leadership or activism. At some point, you have noticed that some of these videos are from TED or sometimes they are labeled as TEDx[Insert City]. You probably wondered “What is the difference between TED and TEDx? We are more than happy to explain.


What is TED? What are TED Talks?

In order to understand the difference between TED and TEDx, we must start with what TED is. TED is a non-profit organization that is devoted to the idea of spreading ideas. The TED organization began in 1984 as a conference where “Technology, Entertainment and Design converged”. TED became known for it is short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

The mission of TED is to spread ideas – it is a global community that welcomes people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED is owned and operated by a non-profit, non-partisan foundation whose agenda is to spread great ideas.

TED was created in 1984 by Richard Saul Wurman and co-founded by Harry Marks. However, the TED Conference did not get off the ground until 1990. The TED Conference became an annual event in Monterey, California, and eventually grew into a world-renowned event. It is a roster of speakers broadened to include scientists, philosophers, musicians, businesses, philanthropists, and other influential figures. TED has expanded to include Conferences, TED Talks, The Audacious Project, global TEDx, and more.

What Is The Difference Between TED and TEDx?

TED and TEDx are similar in many ways, but at the end of the day, they are different entities. We have dived into the early history of TED and its story. However, did you know that before July of 2006, TED Talks were not released to the public? After TED published it is first videos online, they received millions of views. These online TED Talks had become so popular that TED relaunched their website around the TED Talks, and they now had a global audience.
Due to TED’s global reach, many people around the world wanted to host their own TED Talks.

TED fans wanted to have their own TED conference that was customized to fit the local community. These TED Talks would feature local leaders and community influencers who would share ideas relevant to their geographic area. It was also a cheaper event that the original TED conference, one that did not include a cost of $10,000. This was how TEDx was born.
In 2010, TED Curator Chris Anderson introduces the TEDx program.

What Is A TEDx Talk?

Simply put, TEDx, x=independently organized event. TEDx follows the same format as a TED Talk. The main difference between TED and TEDx is that TEDx is focused on a local, geographic area. It is a local gathering where TED-like talks and presentations are shared with the community.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Each TEDx event is licensed by TED and must follow a specific set of rules and guidelines, much like a franchise.
TEDx has some of the same features as TED but also is its own unique event:

• The TED Format – Each TEDx event follows the TED format. It consists of a roster of short, carefully prepared talks and demonstrations. TEDx Talks are idea-focused and cover a wide range of subjects that provoke conversations that matter.

• Diversity of Topics – TEDx events offer presentations that encompass a broad spectrum of topics and issues. You get to hear diverse topics from a broad range of voices from technology, science, design, business, activism, society, child development, and community.

• Community-Driven and Bias-Free Content – Every TEDx event is organized by volunteers from the local community. Similar to TED events, there is no commercial, religious, or political agenda behind the talks. It is goal is to spark conversation, connection, and community.

What A TEDx Event Is Not

Although TEDx is inclusive in topics and speakers, there are specific criteria that every TEDx event must follow. This is what a TEDx event is NOT:

  1. A TEDx event is not an industry or marketing conference or limited to one topic or industry. TEDx cannot be used for selling or commercial purposes.
  2. The TEDx events cannot be used to raise money, even if that money is going to charity.
  3. TEDx event cannot partner with another conference or event
  4. A TEDx event is not organized for any political, religious, commercial, or special interest group.

Events have become a world-wide phenomenon, allowing people to share ideas and exchange knowledge on a variety of topics.

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