I am Melis Vanlı and I am an IB DP student in Eyüboğlu College. I play the piano, the guitar, and the ukulele. I take vocal and music theory lessons. I identify myself as a singer and songwriter. I am also interested in philosophy and psychology, and enjoy reading about these topics. My main interest is cognitive science and I plan to study it in the future.

The Meaning in Numbers

What you have in common with others just makes you part of a society. The things you have that are different are what separate you from the community. But are you happier if you are different or is it easier to just blend in? Living in the capitalist system, we go day to day basics without much thinking. There is always something we are trying to reach and most of the time, we measure success by numbers. We follow a predefined routine for a certain outcome. We try to measure quality by using quantity. But what truly matters is knowing your true self and living up to your real persona. What is your true meaning? Can it be measured by numbers? Or does quality matter?

Melis Vanlı: The Meaning in Numbers


08.30 - 09.00

Registration / Music & Refreshments

09.00 - 09.15



Introduction Video

09.15 - 10.15

Ayşe Tanakol

TED Talk / Iszi Lawrence

Nehir Kader

TED Talk / Emily Esfahani Smith


10.15 - 10.45

Coffee Break / Activities & Orchestra

10.45 - 12.15

12.15 - 13:30

Lunch Time / Samba Performance / Activities

14.30 - 14.45

Coffee Break / Activities & Orchestra