2020: (EN)vision

Located in the heart of Tokyo, Waseda University is witnessing immense changes to the city not only structurally but societally as well. One can only imagine what kind of possibilities the future will hold, be it technological, educational, or design oriented. We have decided on “(En)Vision” as a means to celebrate the future possibilities, but also in a way to commemorate the increasing diversity of this city. Notorious for being one of the most mono-ethnic and monocultural countries, Japan is slowly opening its doors to the world. In considering our Japanese audience, we figured the “En” in “(En)Vision” can be replaced with a Japanese Kanji character. Because there are many characters with the same reading, it therefore becomes subjective to the audience reading or hearing about our theme, and what comes to their mind in hearing the reading, “en.” Our speakers are consequently invited to our event and bring with it their own interpretation of the theme, and have the opportunity to share this with a vast audience.


Saori Shinoda

"Can Consumer Awareness Save Food Loss?"

Masashiko Abe

"Is it so important to be a good public speaker?"

Sayo Saruta

"Stepping Towards a Big Change"

Aki Inomata

"The Art of Creating with Other Species"

Kodo Nishimura

"How I became a Makeup Artist Monk"

Grant Mikasa

"How to Improve Communication by Speaking Less"


2019: Things Unseen

Every day we go about without giving regard to the little things that build our ethos. We can be so consumed with “the big picture” and constant upheaval that we live with things unseen. There are many things that influence what we do and why we do it. They can be in the form of tangible or intangible forces that influence our lives, our culture, our beliefs and our environment. Often times, these things go unnoticed or are taken for granted, yet they can be some of the most impactful things in our day-to-day lives. For instance, what lies beneath someone’s facial expression or demeanor? What drives a community or culture to be the way they are? What is the catalyst behind ground-breaking research that is hiding in the back of a laboratory? What makes seemingly ordinary people extraordinary? Why do some extraordinary people feel they are not? Or, what drives the development of certain technology that may or may not be toward the betterment of society? They are simply, “Things Unseen”.


Kenichiro Mogi

"Artificial Intelligence and Human Freedom"

Sam Annesley

"How I Reduce Carbon Footprint, and Little Steps You Can Take To Reduce Yours"

Bonnie Jin

"The Responsibility of Students"

Erika Knorr

"Teaching Students with Special Needs: Who's really the teacher?"

Risako Ninomiya

"What You Can Do, When You Cannot Lean In"

Yuki Hasegawa

"We can't See because We can See"

Hiroyuki Tomibe

" Living "In Between" Cultures "


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2017: Ripples To Waves

Almost everything we have today started from a small spark. Fueled by passion, motivation, and the urge to make a difference, individuals as well as groups strive to transform society. Everyone has the capacity to think big, take risks and step out of their comfort zones that allow us to make these ideas into reality; can we all push those ideas and make them tangible? Innovation has not only shaped by our ideas, but also by our resourcefulness and dedication. Inspiration is anywhere and everywhere; for some it can be a walk down the park, for others, a lecture depending on the nature of your inspiration. Regardless of where the inspiration comes from, what matters the most is the impact made. There’s no limit to a ripple’s potential to become a wave.


Kai Fujii

"Making Concert Halls Inclusive"

Kohei Kanayasu

"Storytelling through Casual Filmmaking"

Yuta Komori

"An Idea for Future Generations"

Mireya Samper

"Surrender to Create Flow"

Eisuke Tachikawa

"The Design we have to Learn"

Sue Takamoto

"Finding Beauty in Brokenness"

Ryota Tomiyama

"Individual Responsibility to keep our Earth clean "

Xan Varcoe

"The Power of Inspiration"


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2016: E-Motion

Whether we’re listening to a good song, reading a good book, or interacting with friends, emotions are always present in our lives. As symbiotic beings, we have defined society as much as it has defined us. Nowadays, everyone seems to crave constant emotional stimulation provided by technology– on one hand, with the proliferation of social networking services, we feel inevitably connected and closer to our loved ones. But on the other hand, these relationships can feel disconnected and superficial. To further comprehend this subject, TEDxWasedaU presented E-motion: an insight into the real connection of one’s emotions to technology. E-motions structure our lifestyles, and are at times expressed through technology. E-motions have the power to be expressed, are shared and connect people intimately or superficially.We would like to welcome you to join us in order to re-evaluate the meaning of emotions, connections and technology, and how they have changed us over time.


Rick Clemons

"Make Your Quirk Work"

Malcolm Field

"Language and Connection"

Yuji Kitano

"Improvement of Shoulder Stiffness"

Mitsuo Nakata

"Spreading the Japanese Culture"

Soness Stevens

"Have you ever felt heard?"

Zoonie Yamada

"Power of Writing"

2015: (UN)Limited

Today, we live in a society where all human beings are connected in some way. However we are often blinded by daily challenges and limitations in our life which come in different shapes and forms. This prevents us from achieving our (un)limiTED goals. It is crucial to remember the (un) of (un)limiTED as these two simple letters completely transforms our perception of the world and frees us from limitations. On that remark, TEDx WasedaU team members would like to welcome everyone to the 2015 “Challenge (un)limiTED” event to remember that there is no such thing as limitations.


Ocean Gibson

"The Garden of Language"

Tomohiko Hara

"How Ramen became Ramen-Dining"

Jeffrey Jousan

"Getting Back to Tohoku"

Takamasa Kawasaki

"The little snippets of Diversity we need"

Kentaro Kuroishi

"Insurance in your Career"

Natsuyo Lipschutz

"Living in the YES"

Steve Sakanashi

"For The Good Of All "

Yvonne Yap Ying Ying

"Why we need secrets"

Tatsuya Yoshioka

"Do You Know How to Create Peace"

2014: Designing Connectivity

7th of September 2013: Tokyo, Japan was officially nominated as the host city for 2020 Olympics. At a short glance, Tokyo Olympics 2020 may be seen as a mere sports festival that welcomes numerous world exceptional athletics gathering and competing with each other. However, if you take a step higher to capture a bigger picture, Tokyo Olympics 2020 indeed takes an influential role in connecting both Japanese local community and other foreign nations. All the Economic, political, and social improvements, created by Olympics, exemplify the importance of forming global connections. We, the TEDxWasedaU team members, were inspired by such notion, and further we were triggered to illustrate our theme “Designing Connectivity” to individuals from both local and foreign communities. For instance, our relatively small Waseda University students’ society is composed of countless connections and relationships of individuals who hold various ideas, talents, motivations and cultural backgrounds. Nonetheless, we are so overwhelmed by this connectivity thatare taken for granted. At times, we are not fully aware of the value of designing connectivity, and simply forget to appreciate them. In the TEDxWasedaU 2014 event, we sincerely hope and expect our inspiring speakers to enlighten the audience by portraying a glimpse of their life experiences that could demonstrate the significance of “Designing Connectivity.


David Holley

"International Life"

Yumiko Murakami

"Channeling the Creativity of Stay-at-home Moms in Japan"

Lena-Grace Suda

"The Veil of being Female"

Kan-Ichi Segawa

"Dance Dance Dance "

Gosuke Uno

"Have a Nice Dream"

Hibiki Kubo

"Break stereotypes, connect the world"

2013: Looking Through The Kaleidoscope


Greg Dvorak

"Connecting the Dots"

Claire Leppord

"What is Education"

Tatsuya Nukaga

Tohru Sugahara

"The Power of Smiling "

Emmy Suzuki Harris

"Change Society from a Familiar Problem"

Sardor Uzakov

"Be a Traveler. Not a Tourist."

Tokuyuki Wada

"The Green Friend"

2012: Make a Difference

This year’s theme is “Make a Difference” and we hope to inspire the next generation to make a difference in their lives and society by ideas and experiences of special presenters from diverse backgrounds.


Rina Bovrisse


Ken Soetanto

"Motivational Education: Inspire & Save the Next"

Christopher Pokarier

"Know Thy Comparative Advantage"

Masako Yonekawa

"Does Aid REALLY Help People?"

Julian Worrall