As long as Rick Companje (1979) can remember, he has liked to make stuff, either physical or virtual. Building things or writing code is a way for him to express himself. He loves to combine art, science and technology, has a background in Computer Science, Interaction Design and Media Technology, and currently works as a creative coder, a media artist and an innovator.
One of his projects is Globe4D: a four-dimensional interactive globe, used in museums and science-centers worldwide. Another is the Doodle3D project, which introduces three-dimensional design and printing to young people. He aims to share his insights with everyone. In his opinion, anyone can be a 3D designer. You only need the right tool.
The revolution of the home computer in the eighties triggered a very young Rick Companje to become an inventor: “It was actually possible to come up with your own creative projects, instead of working for a boss. This is something I would like to show to a next generation. That you can work on your own projects, form a team and create something you believe in.”
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. Our event is called TEDxFryslân, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxFryslân event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.