Lee Vu returns for TEDxSaxion
Former Saxion student Lee Vu will be returning to the Netherlands on 29 November to give a talk during the conference of TEDxSaxionUniversity ‘Brave New World’ in Deventer.
Former Saxion student Lee Vu will be returning to the Netherlands on 29 November to give a talk during the conference of TEDxSaxionUniversity ‘Brave New World’ in Deventer. Vu from Vietnam was sentenced to two years in prison for phishing, a form of internet fraud by which people are conned via e-mail.
Lee Vu studied Hotel Management at Saxion, but never managed to complete his studies. In March 2014 he was extradited by the Netherlands to the United States, which accused him of being accessory to internet fraud, in which American businesses and consumers were ripped off for 800.000 euros. Lee always denied any involvement, but eventually pleaded guilty. According to his lawyer he did so to avoid higher punishment.
In his TEDx talk, Vu will mainly talk about how he coped with what he went through, what he learnt and how he’s getting his life back on track now. “The most important goal of TEDx talks is to inspire people,” says Lonnie Holders, programme writer of TEDxSaxion. “We think that Lee Vu can do so. He has interesting ideas about how you deal with drastic events in your life.”
Other Saxion speakers are Patrick Stoffer, a student, who will be starting an Urban Farm) at the nursing home where he lives. Former student Maria Sarkis Azkanaz, who came to the Netherlands five years ago as a refugee and built up a new life here. Abeje Mersha, flying robots specialist at Saxion, will show how drones will help us in the future. And teacher Fransje, who won the TEDx Open Mic with her talk about how you can integrate actual problems, such as the refugee crisis, in education.
Apart from Saxion speakers, there will be various national and international speakers and artists. For example, there will be the Canadian Pamela Nicoletatos, who will do anything for a one-way ticket to Mars, despite the fact that she would have to leave her family. Wouter Kroeze and Willem Herter from Amsterdam, who help doctors find the best medication for you by means of big data. Jutta Reinke, a food innovator from Berlin, who believes we should start keeping algae instead of cows. And Dorothy Oger from Brussels who will read out the poem she wrote after the attacks in Brussels in a special way.
Would you like to attend ‘Brave New World’ of TEDxSaxionUniversity? You can win tickets here! Of course, tickets are also just for sale via the TEDxSaxionUniversity website.
Photograph: Tessa Wiegerinck