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.