TEAM

Passion for the community

We are a group of about 20 motivated people in Dresden having one wish in common – bringing TEDx alive in our city!

Who is behind TEDxDresden?

Our work is voluntary and driven by passion for the community. Our backgrounds are as diverse as the ideas we want to spread: medicine, engineering, international relations, psychology, IT, physics and music.

We love it when people engage with society – it's at the heart of our work to make our audience understand and reflect the aspects of the future that we'll be challenged with. The aim of 2017's motto “Embrace the Future” was to convey an optimistic view to our participants how they can successfully shape their very own future.

Since it is our first conference, we founded a Hochschulgruppe (campus group) and the non-profit association “Verein zur Förderung und Verbreitung herausragender Ideen e.V.” (VR9682) as a framework for the event – no member-fees attached but lots of fun!

You can read more about it on our Associations page.

We’ll do our best to make every TEDxDresden conference a huge success and an unforgettable experience. Hope to see you all soon!

Join us!

We are actively looking for people to join our group.

Depending on your strengths and preferences, we effectively assign responsibilities.

If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the English or German form below.

History of TEDxDresden

In late 2015, a group of TED-enthusiastic students had the idea of bringing the popular TEDx event eventually to Dresden. We had no initial capital and little experience or professional contacts. However, we had plenty of passion for our idea. The non-profit US-parent organization TED LLC granted us a license for the first TEDxDresden, which started as a small event with only 100 participants. We founded the non-profit association “Verein zur Förderung und Verbreitung herausragender Ideen e.V.” as a legal framework.

The event preparation, with all its ups and downs, has been an amazing experience for our team. Our first TEDxDresden conference with the motto “The Social Turn” took place on September 11, 2016, in the Societaetstheater. Speakers from the Netherlands, Berlin, Pirna, and Dresden presented their ideas how to foster social cohesion. The positive feedback for the event was just overwhelming. The participants praised the innovative talks and inspiring atmosphere. People asked us to organize another conference and offer more seats.

The positive feedback for the event was just overwhelming. The participants praised the innovative talks and inspiring atmosphere. People asked us to organize another conference and offer more seats.

 

To get a license for a bigger TEDx event (>100 participants), we sent Christoph, the head of our non-profit association, to San Francisco. He participated in the TED Women conference and took part in the required TEDx workshop. Fortunately, more enthusiasts joined our team, and we were ready to take off for TEDxDresden 2017. The number of people and local partners that have started supporting us was encouraging. Especially university students were familiar with TED.

We hosted a TEDxSalon event on June 22, 2017 at the Technische Universität Dresden inviting Professor Chokri Cherif and Professor Peter Birkholz who gave precious insights into their cutting-edge research. Moreover, 14 student groups pitched their ideas to the audience. A great kick-off event for 2017!

We realized that TEDx is more than a simple series of talks. It is a great opportunity to bring people together who are engaged in their community and to motivate others.

This will also be the main objective for our future events.

Our team – 2017

Julie

I believe in the power of community and love the idea of sharing skills, knowledge, and ideas to gain new & inspiring perspectives about our future. Giving back has become an important part of my personal life. This event is a major contribution to the positive and modern spirit of my favorite city Dresden.

Julie

Mandy

Connecting people has always played an important role in my life. At TEDxDresden, I’m excited about bringing together brilliant minds and stimulating discussions around inspired ideas.

Mandy

Quynh

The spirit of connectivity and the exchange of ideas – in a unique manner TEDx represents the ideals and hopes of the digital age, which brings humanity closer together than ever before.

Quynh

Andrés

We live in a very exciting time, with developments and opportunities coming at us at an impressive pace. We want to have a say in the way we shape the future, embrace it, instead of letting it engulf us.

Andrés

Lion

I hear listening is supposed to be better than talking sometimes. That’s why I like TED Talks.

Lion

Maike

TEDx is my opportunity to bring the ideas of individuals into motion – from theory into practice.

Maike

Lucas

With TEDxDresden I would like to help bringing fresh ideas from leading thinkers to this city. By connecting people from all over the world, TEDx contributes to promoting an open, tolerant and compassionate society. Supporting this in Dresden sounds like a great idea.

Lucas

Sanad

I believe that innovative and inspiring ideas should be shared for good. I think TEDx helps in bringing thought-provoking ideas in an entertaining way.

Sanad

David

TED Talks have always been a source of inspiration to me. I want to help bring this experience to Dresden!

David

Vincent

I’m a psychology student and in love with snow as well as skiing.

Vincent

Lea

Inspiration. Exciting ideas. Taking up these ideas, developing and spreading them with a sense of awareness and curiosity. Seeing things from a different perspective. A little more us, a little more courage for a vision, a little more boldness to embrace.

Lea

Tj.Wallas_

“Perfectly imperfect”. Two colliding meanings, yet a harmonic composition powerful enough to spark the aurora of synergy and vividly caress the equilibrium of ethereal uncertainty. To me, this balance is key through the quest of life.

Tj.Wallas_

Paul

Great ideas wait to be shared and connected with flasing insights of one another. I like to work with the TEDxDresden team to build a platform for these impulses, to bring them into the hall, the city and the world.

Paul

Sanket

I’m a master student in IT who likes to learn new things & socialize.

Sanket

Paul

I’m an electrical engineering student and maker.

Paul

Richard

I think of progress as a responsibility. Our this year’s motto, Embrace the Future, thus means to me becoming aware of future problems on the one hand, and facing them proactively with a good amount of optimism on the other.

Richard

Sophia

Let us think out of the box to find creative and unexpected solutions!

Sophia

Robert

I like to think about the future in an unbiased way. It’s up to me whether I’m optimistic about it or not. No doubt, I’ll be amazed at what is yet to come. A strong reason to live and learn.

bozsak.com@rbozsak

Robert

Daniel

Outstanding ideas repeatedly changed the world for the better. With TEDx, we want to create space to present these visions and new inspirations.

Daniel

Joyce

I’m a teacher trainee and colour aesthetic.

Joyce

Christoph

TEDx offers us the opportunity to create this very special moment. This moment when inspiration and empathy come together such that our hearts and our minds get deeply opened.

Christoph

Our team – 2016

Please note that the portraits are written in German. Thank you for your understanding.

Gerrik

Dort, wo Menschen nicht als Räder einer Maschine ineinandergreifen, sondern als Selbstzweck in Diskurs treten, entfaltet sich die Kraft des Humanismus. In diesem Sinn will ich helfen, herausragende Ideen möglichst Vielen zugänglich zu machen. Damit wir drüber reden können.

Gerrik

Paul

Großartige Ideen rufen danach, geteilt und gepaart zu werden mit den Erkenntnissen und flüchtigen Gedanken einer/eines anderen. Ein Sprachrohr für diese Impulse zu schaffen, sie in den Saal, die Stadt und Welt zu tragen, daran möchte ich mit dem TEDxDresden Team arbeiten.

Paul

Maike

TEDx ist für mich die Möglichkeit aus den Ideen Einzelner Bewegungen zu machen, sodass die Theorie zur Tat wird.

Maike

Andrés

Durch TED Talks bin ich inspiriert worden. Ich wurde motiviert, beeindruckt, verwundert, informiert, aber auch erzürnt und betrübt. Es ist nämlich etwas sehr menschliches jemandem dabei zuzusehen seine eigenen Ideen zu vermitteln.

Andrés

Christoph

TEDx bietet uns die Möglichkeit, diesen besonderen Moment zu erzeugen, in dem man von Empathie und Inspiration so sehr ergriffen wird, dass einem das Herz aufgeht…

Christoph

Sophia

… auf dass wir mutig in Querverstrebungen denken und dadurch auf ungeahnte, kreative Lösungen stoßen! Das Zusammenleben ist unsere wichtigste Aufgabe.

Sophia

Robert

„German angst” vor ungewisser Zukunft – Dürfen wir uns das angesichts der Herausforderungen unserer Zeit leisten? Die anlässlich der „Flüchtlingskrise“ aufkommende Nachricht „unwelcome“ spann in dieser Stadt bereits zu lange einen Faden undifferenzierter Vorurteile. „The Social Turn“ sind symbolstarke Gegenentwürfe dazu; Lösungsversuche mit offenem Denken und Herzen.

bozsak.com@rbozsak

Robert

Joseph

Auch die beste Idee ist nicht mehr als nur ein Gedanke. Sobald dieser Gedanke jedoch von Menschen umgesetzt wird, entwickelt sich eine Kraft, die so stark ist unsere soziale Realität verändern: ein wahrer „social turn“.

Joseph

Daniel

Herausragende Ideen verändern immer wieder die Welt zum Besseren. Mit TEDx wollen wir Raum zur Präsentation dieser Visionen und für neue Inspirationen schaffen.

Daniel

Lea

Inspiration. Spannende Ideen. Gemeinsam diese Ideen aufnehmen, weiterspinnen und weiterverbreiten. Mit Bewusstsein und Neugierde die Dinge aus einer anderen Perspektive sehen. Ein bisschen mehr Wir, ein bisschen mehr Mut zur Vision, ein bisschen mehr ‘social turn’.

Lea

Maria

Mich reizt besonders die Verbindung aus klassischem TED-Format und unserem Schwerpunkt auf Sozialem. Das soziale Element lenkt den Fokus auf einen wichtigen Aspekt, der in unserer vorwärtsgetriebenen Gesellschaft oft zu kurz kommt: das Fortbestehen des sozialen Zusammenhalts.

Maria

Hendrik

Es gibt viel zu tun! Aber wir werden einander brauchen, uns selbst, unsere Umwelt und unsere Gesellschaft zu verändern. Deshalb möchte ich dabei helfen ein Forum für Probleme, Lösungen und innovative Ideen zu bieten.

Hendrik

Rosa

Ich bin Teil von TEDx Dresden aus dem Glauben an die verändernde Kraft der Idee. Damit wir uns gegenseitig erinnern an die fortwährende Möglichkeit der guten Idee in uns.

Rosa

Carolin

Ich möchte angesichts der aktuellen Lage zeigen, dass es auch in und um Dresden Hoffnungsschimmer gibt. Denn auch hier leben innovative, engagierte, vorurteilsfreie, kluge Köpfe und schöpfen kreative, soziale Ideen. TEDxDresden bietet die Möglichkeit, diesen Gehör zu verschaffen.

Carolin