On the TEDxMaastricht event – the edition of Wednesday 4 September – Bart Knols (the malaria expert) had 900 spectators on the palm of his hand. In a very visual talk he explained how Western society has lost its social interaction. His personal experiences were transferred to the stage, in a simple yet very appealing way. The audience rewarded the contribution of Knols with a ovation and it became a highlight in a beautiful series of TED talks. TEDxMaastricht was realized with the effort of many, and among them our T36 team. The main partners for this day were the UM, Province of Limburg, DSM, Sabic and municipality of Maastricht.