Bringing together diverse innovators of the Bernese region on Wednesday, 5 September 2012, TEDxBern will highlight the various game players and industries of the Canton. A platform for discussion, TEDxBern will connect people who would otherwise never cross paths.
As Bern and Switzerland’s first TEDx event in dialect, as well as English, TEDxBern is aimed to turn the focus on innovation in and by the Bernese. Welcoming artists, researchers, philosophers and international businessmen and women to the stage, the afternoon will leave attendees inspired by the dynamic and international creativity sprouting in the region. With groundbreaking ideas rooted in Bern, the day will challenge common perception both about the world at large- and the capital city.
Join us for an afternoon for and inspired by Bern.
Andrea Jansen is a television journalist. Born in Ittigen Bern, she has become one of the most popular media presenters in Switzerland over recent years and is known for her work on SF Unterwegs, Bauer, ledig, sucht... and Music Star. Further information you will find on her webpage andreajansen.ch
BlackYard is a graphic design and illustration team made up of Christian Calame, Silvio Brügger, Jared Muralt and Philipp Thöni. Their serve a range of client groups, including the Swiss Federal Office for Migration, Migros Genossenschaft and Dachstock, Reitschule Bern. Their studio is in the Matte quarter of Bern.
Roman Tschäppeler and Mikael Krogerus co wrote of The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking (50 Erfolgsmodelle), The Questions Book (Fragebuch) and The Change Book (Die Welt erkärt in drei Strichen).
Steff la Cheffe is rising in the European music scene as a respected rapper and beatboxer. Since she was a child, she has been composing her own songs in dialect and taught herself how to use her mouth as an instrument in its own right.
Dr. Elham Manea is a writer, human rights activist and associate professor at the University of Zurich. She is specialized in the Middle East and is currently working on comparative politics of countries of the Arabian Peninsula, gender and authoritarian Arab states and democratization and civil society in the MENA region.
Renato Kaiser is a spoken word artist. He has won numerous slam poetry events in Zurich, Hamburg and Berlin.
Dr. Moran is a historian of early modern visual culture working at the University of Bern's Institute for Art History. Her research on focuses on what roles visual and textual communication played in the creation of power structures during the Renaissance and she has recently begun exploring how these issues relate to modern digital communication.
Thomas Binggeli is the founder of Thömus bikes and CEO of International Sport Holding AG. Mr Binggeli launched Thömus in 1991 when he was only 17 years old.
Remo Läng is a base jumper and declared the “King of the Sky.” In March 2012, he was the first man to freedive from 7,500 metres, covering a 26 km distance, wearing only a wingsuit, parachute and oxygen tank.
Ben Hüter is the director of Visual Communication and International Coordinator at the Schule für Gestaltung Bern + Biel and co-founder of the EDGE (European Design and Graphic Medica Education) Network. He is also a teaches educational leadership at the Eidgenössischen Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung EHB.
Meet your TEDxBern team.
Go through Christian Hirsig’s address book and you will see the ‘who’s who’ list of innovators in Switzerland. Christian co-founded Atizo AG in 2008 and has served as CEO since then. Setting the example for twenty-first century business leadership, he believes in the power of short and sweet meetings and turning off his smart phone when on vacation.
Born in Seattle, USA, Alex first came to Switzerland as a high school exchange student. Interested in expat integration, identity and education, she is currently working on hybrid education programs that target the language and community issues facing international students.
As Social Media Project Manager at Migros and lecturer on Social Media Management at the University of Applied Science in Business Administration Zurich, Markus is at the core of the discussion about social media strategy in Swiss markets. As far as Markus is concerned, there is no better place to live than Bern.
Bastian might prefer to stay backstage, but his talents as a programmer are inspiring in their own right. Between his role as Scrummaster for the web operations team at Liip AG. Bastian is an avid photographer and secret fan of all things Icelandic.
Matthias Stürmer likes to be busy. He is a senior consultant at Ernst & Young, member of the city of Bern parliament, as well as a board member for Opendata.ch. Matthias does it with a smile, all the while ensuring that he has his evenings and weekends dedicated to his young family.
Christina is a change agent who believes in and fights for human centered design. She is an explorer and world traveller, lived & worked in London, Kuala Lumpur and San Francisco. She is head of best experience, a human centered design team within Swisscom and founder of the BrainGym, the Swisscom innovation lab.
Do you want to join the discussion on Wednesday, 5 September 2012?
Tickets for TEDxBern 2012 are no longer avaliable. Join us for the livestream beginning at 16:00 on Wednesday, 5 September.
x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize independent, TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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