TEDxBerlin And the winner is...

We proudly present the winner of Spotlight@TEDxBerlin, a contest amongst students and recent graduates: Congratulations to Mai-Thi! She is studying chemistry at RWTH Aachen and was able to convince our jury with this awesome video featuring her ideas about changing the image of science! We can't wait to see her up on stage!


The jury consisted of Jessica Erickson (founder of Berliner Geekettes), Gero Hesse (founder of careerloft and CEO of Medienfabrik Güterloh GmbH), Prof. Ulrich Weinberg (Head of HPI School of Design Thinking) and Stephan Balzer (TEDxBerlin Licensee and curator).

Mai-Thi Nguyen-Kim is a PhD student at 'DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials' in Aachen, Germany. She studied chemistry at the University of Mainz and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
While she works on creating smart materials for biomedical use in her research, she has a particular passion for science communication. She was a finalist at the Falling Walls Lab in 2012 and she is a regular contestant at science slams, science-analogs of poetry slams, which are increasingly popular in Germany. She also organized and hosted 'Nerd Nite' in Aachen, a popular-science event with a surrounding global community, which was founded in Boston. In her most unconventional approach to science communication she made a hip hop dance video explaining her research. Since she is a member of the hip hop performance group of RWTH Aachen University, she and her dance troupe put together a video called 'Dancing Drug Delivery', which was the winner of the contest 'Forscher tanzen' in 2013.

We would also like to thank everyone who submitted videos for Spotlight@TEDxBerlin! There were so many great applications – a challenging task for our Spotlight Jury. We are hoping to feature some of your great videos and ideas in the future.

 

TEDxBerlin Introducing some of our "The Next Step" Speakers ...

The first speakers for TEDxBerlin "The Next Step" have been confirmed.

At TEDxBerlin 2014 renowned speakers will put forward their propositions for "the next step" in their areas of expertise, which range from aviation, economy, healthcare and psychology to human rights issues and the arts. Their ideas will paint a vivid picture and inspire and stimulate discussions about the future of our society.

We are excited to introduce some our our speakers. Please visit our event page to find out more.

 

TEDxBerlin Join the competition and share your idea at "The Next Step"

You are a student or recent graduate and have got an idea worth spreading? You want to share your knowledge and interests with others? You want to change the world for the better?

This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! TEDxBerlin and careerloft provide you with the chance to give your own TEDxTAlk - tell the world about the issues that matter to you! 

In cooperation with careerloft, TEDxBerlin offers students and recent graduates the chance to raise their voice and spread their ideas all over the world. Upload a video-teaser (up to 3 minutes) to present yourself and your idea briefly and become one of the speakers at TEDxBerlin conference on September 6th, 2014. Deadline for submitting your video is August 24th, 2014. The winner will be announced on August 29th, 2014. The team of TEDxBerlin will provide you with professional training to prepare your speech: You will be invited to the Speaker’s Dinner and TEDxBerlin will guide you through the evening. Your travel expenses (within Europe) and accommodation will be covered by TEDxBerlin.

Have we sparked your interest? 

Find out more via the 
website or simply watch this video!

Maybe you have friends with awesome ideas that would like to join, too? Share it with them on Facebook.

 

TEDxBerlin The Next Step - Tickets now available

TEDxBerlin will host it’s next conference entitled “The Next Step“ at the CityCube Berlin on September 6th, 2014 from 12 PM - 7 PM. As of today tickets will be available via our shop and will include a pass to the IFA facilities.

TEDx is known for speeding ideas that promote innovation and progress. At this years conference, renowned speakers will put forward their propositions for the next steps in areas such as healthcare, aviation, arts and culture, energy, cities and more. Some will suggest subtle alterations while others will promote radical changes. Together they will paint a picture of where we are heading as a society and will inspire us to think bigger when it comes to the possibilities of our common future. Stay tuned for more information on speakers and the program coming soon. 

 

TEDxBerlin TEDSalonBerlin

It has been almost two weeks since TED pitched it’s tent in Berlin and hosted the first ever TEDSalon on German soil. Our TEDxBerlin team energetically supported their American big brother and the combined efforts resulted in a top-class event  that left both organizers and visitors satisfied and exuding inspiration. 

 

The talks dealt with topics such as the injustice of capitalism (Thomas Piketty), how micro-insurances save the harvest of African farmers (Rose Goslinga), how the inhabitants of the Kenyan slum Kibera placed themselves on the map thereby drawing attention to themselves (Erica Hagen), why good countries are particularly competitive and which country is leading among the “Good Countries“ (Simon Anholt) and the astonishing intelligence and esthetic of one-cell organisms (Heather Barnett). Topics also covered the history of the Stasi and it’s intentions to collect information on the population (Hubertus Knabe), a flying pianist (Daria van den Bercken), camera drones on a liege (Sergei Lupashin) and a photo artist, who has rebuild lenses that were made to record engineering processes and has turned them back on humans - thereby portraying us in ways never seen before (Adam Magyar).  

To get the full dosage of ideas from TEDSalonBerlin, keep your eyes open on the prompt publications of selected talks on the TED website. They will also be communicated via our social media channels Facebook and Twitter.

For pictures of the event, visit here.

 

TEDxBerlin TEDx organizers in Berlin for the TEDSalon

On June 23rd, 2014 we had the honor of hosting the first TEDSalon in Berlin to date. For the past year we were able to come alongside the TED team and to support them with the in their preparations and production of this event. The result was an event that left organizers, speakers, the audience and even our generous partners raving.  

A special highlight of the occasion was the reunion of more than 200 TEDx organizers from all over the world. The weekend was kicked off by a BBQ held at Berlin’s hotspot location - the Holzmarkt. Blessed with the delightful surprise of a few warming rays of sunshine after a wholly rainy weekend, the organizers gathered next to the river Spree, enjoyed food and drink, socialized and exchanged inspiring ideas. Overall, the perfect start of what would be an enjoyable and successful event!

For more pictures, please visit our photo album on Facebook

 

TEDxBerlin TED is coming to Berlin!

Great news - TED is coming to Germany for the first time and will host a TEDSalon in Berlin with TEDxBerlin as the co-host! The event is scheduled to take place on June 23, 2014 at the beautiful Admiralspalast in the center of town. 

The theme of TEDSalon Berlin is "Bits of Knowledge," and it promises to explore the forces of politics, science and technological innovation, which are combining to create change at a faster and faster pace. The TEDSalon program features 15 speakers and performers who will explore this space, from mapping slums to big data to new online social movements.

The program will consist of two sessions. Doors open at 15:30 and the events starts at 16:30. There will be a chance to network with visitors and guests from all over the world during the intermission break between sessions.

Speakers

The event will be hosted by TED European director Bruno Giussani and take place in English. More information on the program, schedule and links to the speakers as well as information on their talks are available via the official TED website of the event. This website will be updated regularly.

Attending the event

Tickets cost EUR 199 (special student pricing EUR 49, places are limited). Click here to purchase a ticket and register to participate in TEDSalon Berlin. You will be guided through the payment process. If you have received an invitation with a promotion code, please click on the "enter a promotion code" link while completing the form.

Participation is open to everyone. However, tickets for this amazing event are fairly limited in number and as we really hope that you, our community, will join us, we encourage you to save a spot as soon as possible. 

 

TEDxBerlinWomen First TEDxBerlin Women Event in Berlin

Four it's fourth conference TEDWomen is channeling the bootstrap spirit of Silicon Valley, the location of the 2013 conference, to celebrate invention in all its forms. While technology seems to be at the forefront on global discussions surrounding invention and innovation, the conference will also wrestle with solutions to poverty; approaches to peacemaking; expressions of art, and, at times, our own lives. 

TEDxBerlin has jumped at the opportunity and is offering it's first ever TEDxBerlinWomen event along with 150 other local TEDx events around the world that are celebrating innovative people in their own communities. During the closed event taking place on December 6th, a livestream will be shared alongside local speaker presentations. TEDxBerlin is excited to be a part of this truly global conversations -- from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul -- celebrating inventors and designers, thinkers and makers, local problem-solvers and global leaders.

We are excited to announce that TEDxBerlinWomen speakers will include passionate and inspirational speakers from multiple different backgrounds. Kerstin Plehwe, a phenomenal communication expert is known for her passion for business leadership based on the values of authenticity, passion and trust. Natasha Mhatre combines the best of two worlds. Her talk on the art and the science of story-telling will highlight the importance of using arts to make sense of science. Ellen Schweizer successfully juggles motherhood and self-employment and will speak about her role as the founder of the social initiative anders Sehen e.V., an organization that is devoted to improving the lives of blind individuals in our society.

The TEDxBerlinWomen event will cover the whole scope of creativity, innovation and inventiveness. A Q and A session with a group of young teenage activists from one of Berlin's schools will shine light on female body image in our society. Finally, the event will be rounded off with a musical performance by rising singer Sandra Amarie, a Guyanese-Torontian based in Berlin.