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Name: Fareena Chaudhry

Role within TEDx: Co-Lead TedxZurich 2017

I look forward to a dynamic exchange between creative minds that are part of the wider Zurich community. The varied programme of side events, live art sessions and talks will provide the perfect platform for discussion and the exchange of ideas. The venue for the Festival – Freitag Fabrik, further lends to the experience as it is interesting, edgy and stimulating.

Zurich is now becoming an important hub for ideas, inspiration and intrigue. TedxZurich sees the Forward Festival as an important  partner in accelerating ‘worth spreading’.

 TedxZurich has five free tickets up for grabs. To win one, let us know what TEDxZurich’s 2017 theme of ‘Opening Doors’ means to you. Send your answers here


Featured talk

We find ourselves astonished by the rapid development of mobile phones. Yet for those of us thirsty for revolution the rate of change has recently seemed to slow down, with novelties merely iterating over processor speed, display size and camera resolution. While today every one of us carries a small ‘supercomputer’ in their pocket, which we talk and listen to, we still haven’t been able to teach our devices one of our most basic principles: human-scale understanding of space and motion. As a result, the understanding of the world around us ends at the boundaries of the screen.

Simon is currently pursuing his PhD at ETH Zurich. His research is focused on visual navigation and localization algorithms which are used in robotics, mobile devices and autonomous cars. This technology is being used in projects such as the smartphone navigation of Google’s ‘Project Tango’ and autonomous valet parking in the European research project V-Charge. Simon is a full time employee at Google.

Watch his talk below


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Original article here 

Als Auftakt der Zusammenarbeit hat die Zürcher Digitalagentur am Donnerstag rund 100 Gäste zum TED-Screening empfangen.

TEDxZurich hat kürzlich die Lizenz erhalten, die gerade in Vancouver stattfindenden TED-Talks während eines eigenen Events exklusiv auf Leinwand zu übertragen.

Als Non-Profit-Organisation ist TEDxZurich bei der Umsetzung solcher Anlässe auf Partner angewiesen. «Wir freuen uns, den TED-Spirit mit ‹Ideas worth spreading› auch in der Schweiz zu verbreiten», wird Fareena Chaudhry, Co-Head of Committee TEDxZurich, in einer Mitteilung zitiert. «Es war grossartig, dass wir unsere Gäste am Donnerstagabend in den einladenden Räumlichkeiten von Ginetta empfangen durften – die Atmosphäre hat sehr gut zum Event gepasst», so Chaudhry weiter.

Es begann vor 30 Jahren

TED ist eine Nonprofit-Organisation, die sich den Slogan «Ideas Worth Spreading» auf die Fahne geschrieben hat. TED nahm seinen Anfang vor dreissig Jahren mit einer viertägigen Konferenz in Kalifornien. Seither ist TED um verschiedene Initiativen gewachsen. An den zweimal jährlich durchgeführten TED-Konferenzen werden Vordenker- und Macher-Persönlichkeiten wie Bill Gates als Redner eingeladen. Viele dieser Talks werden anschliessend unter ted.com kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt.

TEDx (x = unabhängig organisierter Event) ist eine lokale Initiative, die eigenständige Events organisiert und Menschen zusammenbringt, um den TED-Spirit «Ideas Worth Spreading» vor Ort zu verbreiten. TEDxZurich hat erstmals 2010 einen Event durchgeführt. Seither wurden in Zürich über 100 TED-Talks gehalten.

Die Digitalagentur Ginetta Web/Mobile berät Kunden strategisch und kreiert intuitiv bedienbare Websites und Apps, heisst es in der Mitteilung weiter. Mit ihrem benutzerzentrierten Ansatz hat Ginetta Firmen wie Swisscom, Helsana oder Twint zum Erfolg in der digitalen Geschäftswelt verholfen und Apps wie die der SBB oder Doodle konzipiert, designt und entwickelt. (pd/cbe)


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TED2017: The future you explores the most pressing questions of our time and to imagine what our shared future might look like. From how we’ll work to how we’ll connect and interact to how we’ll collectively thrive in a world full of change, we’ll ask – and try to answer – the big questions of the moment.
Date Thursday 27th April
Venue Ginetta – Rieterstrasse 6, Zurich 8002
Time 7pm onwards
Food  & Drinks will be offered
Program
 
Seats are limited

Register your place here 


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Location

Do you want to be part of the TEDxZurich core team in charge of Location? Working to create a day of wonder, inspiration and awe in 2017?

TEDxZurich is part of the global TEDx program of self-organized events that bring people together in the spirit of ideas worth spreading. It also organizes events where TED Talks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

Are you a perfect fit?

– You want to make a difference to your city, your country and the world you live in.

– You are keen to learn, enjoy and live an amazing experience as part of a team.

– You are creative, driven, organized, versatile and possess a positive, hands-on attitude.

Main Responsibilities

– Manage and coordinate project needs & requests between event partners/suppliers and venue management (tpc);

– Create floorplan based on partnership agreements and organize the best logistical setup;

– Manage & communicate setup day, event day and teardown schedules with TEDx team, partners and suppliers;

– Decide the Food & Beverage menu with caterers for attendees, volunteers and onsite staff (consider #people, allergies, break times);

– Prepare signage with TEDx Designer – digital & physical onsite;

– Reflect on and manage the social spaces – how the space around the stage can work as a place for conversation, connection and coffee breaks;

– Prepare briefing for volunteers with Head of Volunteers;

– Develop the event experience concept (called Partnership Momentum in 2016) with the Co-Leads and Heads of Audience Experience, Partnerships and partners to ensure that event theme is reflected in all aspects; and

– Curate and manage audience experience with Co-Heads and (Heads of) Community Projects, Partnerships and Participants.

Timeline

– Once the venue has been decided, the work starts in the spring / summer time. It requires a few hours of work a week but increases as we approach the event.

– May / June:

Workshop with Co-Leads, Audience Experience and Partner Heads to plan the best and most creative usage of the location.

Workshop with Partners and venue management to define event experience aligned with event theme.

– August:

Partners define their contributions, Head of Location aligns with venue management to bring contributions to live aligned with event theme and to provide the best Audience Experience.

– September:

HoL creates and provides logistics plan, schedule, floorplan to partners and venue management.

– October:

Coordination of requests & renderings from partners to the venue managers.

– November:

Set-up and rehearsal, Event and tear-down November 13-20.

Commitment

We are a team of volunteers and depend on the commitment of each to make TEDxZurich a success every year. You are willing to invest time and commit to help the team beyond your main responsibilities. You will attend monthly team meetings and more in the run up to the event. You must also be reachable for the internal team communication throughout the year.

If interested

If the position appeals to you and you have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience, please send your CV and a short cover letter toPlease send your CV and a short cover letter to Nina Schneider nina.schneider@tedxzurich.com and Fareena Chaudhry – fareena.chaudhry@tedxzurich.com by Friday 14th April.


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Tony Porter is an educator and activist who is internationally recognized for his effort to end violence against women.

Why you should listen

Tony Porter is an author, educator and activist working to advance social justice issues. As the co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, Tony is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. Tony’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t “act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the “man box.”

Tony is an adviser to the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation, working extensively with player engagement, and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training.

He is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having extensive global experience to include Brazil, India and Africa, and has been a guest presenter to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Tony has worked with the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

He is sought after for his in-depth understanding of the collective socialization of men, and has served as a script consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Tony is the author of Breaking Out of the Man Box and the visionary for NFL Dads: Dedicated to Daughters.


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TED Dialogues: An urgent response to a dangerously divisive time

Original post here

These are astonishing days. Amid rapid-fire policy changes, America has grown even more divided; similar divisions are spreading across the world. Vitriolic rhetoric roars from all sides, and battle lines are hardening.

We aren’t listening to one another.

Is there space left for dialogue? For reason? For thoughtful persuasion?

We’re determined to find that space. This goes to the core of TED’s mission. We’re therefore launching a series of public events, TED Dialogues, that will focus on the burning questions of the moment; questions about security and fear, democracy and demagoguery, neo-nationalism and neo-globalism.

We’re not looking for more angry soundbites. We’re looking to pull the camera back a little and get a clearer understanding of what’s going on, where we are, how we got here—and how we must move forward. Our speakers will be invited to give short, powerful talks, followed by probing questions from both live and virtual audiences — including you. We will search for voices from many parts of the political landscape. And we will focus on the ideas that can best shed light, bring hope and inspire courageous action.

The events will be held at our theater in New York and streamed freely online. The first event will be Wednesday, February 15, at 1pm New York time, featuring the acclaimed historian and author Yuval Noah Harari. There will be further events on successive Wednesdays.

If you have specific speakers to recommend or topics to suggest, please submit them here. Please sign up for email notification of these events. Or join our Facebook community.

The need for ideas—and listening—has never mattered more.

 


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Would you like to be part of the TEDxZürich core team? Working to create a day of wonder, inspiration and awe in 2017?

TEDxZürich is part of the global TEDx program of self-organized events that bring people together in the spirit of ideas worth spreading. It also organizes events where TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

Are you a perfect fit?

You want to make a difference to our city, our country and the world we live in.

– You are keen to learn, enjoy and live an amazing experience as part of a team.

– You are creative, driven, organized, versatile and possess a positive, hands-on attitude.

Main Responsibilities

– In charge of securing and managing partnerships that guarantee the financial viability of TEDxZürich;

– Build relationships and collaboration with partners that are sustainable and provide the ground for a long-term exchange with TEDxZürich

– Manage the partner pipeline, handle the sales funnel as well as hold negotiations, handling content and contracts;

– As the main contact for partners, facilitate strong and transparent

communication throughout the year, including being reachable for the partners, understanding their business needs, creating communication material and updating all partners on the progress of the event;

– Work in close collaboration with the Head of Marketing ensuring the partners’ brand is positioned within the TEDx communication; and

– Develop an event experience concept (called Partnership Momentum in 2016) with the Co-Heads, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Head of Partnerships and partners to ensure that event theme is reflected in all aspects.

Timeline

December – January – Organize feedback from partners and start building relationships.

– Create a new information partner deck (including collecting all performance data from 2016).

February – May/June – Secure deals with Main Partners (80% of budget).

– Secure deals with in-kind partners.

– On-going partner communication .

June/ July – September –  Assist in organizing the Partnership Momentum.

– Work as focal point between partners and the Head of Location and Head of Audience Experience

October – November – Ongoing partner communication and managing implementation of presence on site

Commitment

We are a team of volunteers and depend on the commitment of each to make TEDxZürich a success every year. You are willing to invest time and commit to help the team beyond your main responsibilities. You will attend monthly team meetings and more in the run up to the event. You must also be reachable for the internal team communication throughout the year.

If interested

Please send your CV and a short cover letter to Nina Schneider nina.schneider@tedxzurich.com and Fareena Chaudhry – fareena.chaudhry@tedxzurich.com, by the 20th January 2017.