Talent Night 2021

Talent Night 2021

TEDxAmsterdamWomen was looking for the next generation of speakers this year.

For the fourth year in a row TEDxAmsterdamWomen hosted Talent Night, where we opened our stage to new, undiscovered “ideas worth spreading.” This year we focused the Talent Night event on boosting the participation of younger applicants, with little or no experience, from all walks of life. 

The idea was to give particularly young talent the opportunity to share their unstoppable ideas; ideas that make the world more inclusive, to drive meaningful change and inspire others to act with them. We wanted to help them to shape their story and to bring it to the next level.

Video Pitches

In the first round we selected 16 potential speakers who pitched their ideas on video within two minutes in the following categories: Technology, Design, Global issues, Business/Entrepreneurship, Science or Sustainability.

From these 16, the 10 finalists were selected who competed at Talent night for a place on the main TEDxAmsterdamWomen stage on 1st December. You can see the 10 pitches from the young finalists here.

Winner of Talent night:

Sophie-Anne Onland – Disability acceptance and finding a new beauty, making your secret your power by showing your differences instead of hiding them.

The TEDxAmsterdamWomen Team would like to thank everyone who applied to be part of the Talent Night event this year.  The quality of talks, ideas, and presentation abilities was the highest we have seen in a long time. Congratulations to everyone who was part of this experience.  

Sophie’s Journey with TEDxAmsterdamWomen will continue to the Main Event on 1st December and beyond.

She will now begin with unlimited speaker coaching from Barbara to prepare for the main event and 1 year of a tailor-made mentorship program curated by the NN Group, our official Talent Night Sponsor.

Follow TEDxAmsterdamWomen on Instagram to watch as her story develops and join us for the Main Event to see how she gets on.

Sophie-Anne Onland

Born and raised in Amsterdam, 29-year-old Sophie-Anne Onland works as a projectmanager for Randstad Group Netherlands. 

 A social person who likes to be around friends and family, Sophie spends her spare time enjoying sports including cross-fit and kickboxing, and loves to deejay techno music. 

 Sophie was born with a disability: her left leg is 25 cm shorter than her right leg. Such a large difference necessitates the use of a prosthetic leg, which for most of her life has been a covering prosthetic leg that looked almost like a real leg. 

 Her story is about what she learned through self-discovery when she shifted recently to a new non-covering prosthetic leg.  This helped her to accept herself and her disability.

By sharing her vulnerability and being proud of her difference, Sophie hopes to inspire people to be brave, to accept themselves as they are and to in fact make their difference their power.

 “We can change our perspective on self identity and female beauty if we shift to showing our differences instead of covering them”.

Talent Night 2020

Last year’s winner, Nadya van der Sluis, gave a great speech that created more awareness about what a bipolar condition is and broke the stigma around mental illnesses. In the meantime she has published her book “Van kwetsbaarheid naar kracht” and is on ELLE Magazine list of “21 women you cannot get around in 2021!” 


Meet our Talent Night Lead – Zosia Mika

Together we achieve more!

“What I love about TEDxAmsterdamWomen is a network of people creating a more inclusive and equal society. I believe in the power of inclusion and diversity. Together we achieve more. I am happy to be part of this adventure!”

Zosia Mika – Head of Talent Night