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TEDxZurichSalon Events

The Salons complement the main event by bringing the community together more frequently and providing opportunities for conversation and heightened interaction between speaker and audience. Think of it as a dinner party with the smartest people you know.


Limited in size, the Salons are able to explore a more specific variety of topics. The event will feature a screening of a TED talk, followed by live speakers who will delve deeper into the topic of the evening.

After the talks, the audience splits up into groups where they have the opportunity to participate in a moderated discussion and are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas.


With the goal of bringing the existing TEDxZurich community together, the interaction with the audience allows us to take the spirit of TED’s “Ideas Worth Sharing” to the next level and spark action. Would you like to join the conversation?

What Moves Us

June 7th 2018

Today its hard to imagine that people were once concerned that the speed of a steam engine might be too fast for humans. Self Driving cars, the Hyperloop, water and air taxis, drones and flying bikes all seem to become part of our reality sooner or later. It’s time to talk about the impact of transportation on society once again. How will this newly gained mobility change how we connect and interact. How does it change our cities, our life, our relationships, our work and our health?


Remo Gerber

Remo Gerber is Chief Commercial Officer at Lilium – the Munich based aviation start-up building the world’s first all-electric air taxi. He was previously part of building ground transportation disrupter Gett in the UK & Western Europe as its Managing Director and Groupon – the e-commerce marketplace – as the COO in Northern Europe. Born in Zürich, Remo is a physicist from ETH Zurich and has a PhD from the University of Oxford.  Having spent almost all of his career in technology start-ups and transportation, Remo is delighted to be part of the Lilium team making high speed, affordable, mass air transportation a reality.

Olaf Swantee

If Olaf Swantee knows one thing, it’s how to make a telecom company successful. With his no-nonsense style of management, he has spent the past two years transforming Sunrise into a real quality challenger and award-winning operator. Prior to that, he was announced CEO of the year at the World Communication Awards for his work at “EE”, all while leading Britain into the world of modern mobile internet by building its first 4G network. He started his career in IT and moved to Geneva in 1994, where he worked for Compaq. He has lived with his family in Stäfa, near Zürich (Switzerland), since 1998.


The Future of Media

March 22nd 2018 – Event has passed

How can we guarantee the quality of information that reaches us? And how do we pick relevant news without culling so fervently that our bubble becomes smaller and smaller, creating ever greater discord among us? These were some of the big questions discussed among 80 participants at our recent TEDxZurichSalon.


Juliane Leopold

After her media and communication and film studies in Berlin, Juliane Leopold worked at newspapers like Die Zeit and NZZ. She then went on to help launch Buzzfeed Germany as the founding editor. In 2015 Medium Magazine elected her as the frontrunner of the “Newcomer of the Year” Award.Today she works as a digital consultant for clients like Microsoft, Tagesschau, Deutsche Welle and many more. She is a regular speaker and moderator at the biggest German media industry events and talks about fake news, the future of journalism and women’s rights.

Hansi Voigt

In 2017 Hansi Voigt launched WePublish together with Olaf Kunz and Francois Ruf. WePublish is an opensource digital commons that provides decentralized tools and infrastructure to content creators. However, it is not the first company that Voigt founded. After helping to create the local radio station that became KanalK and helping to build a record label and concert agency in England. He first became chief editor Ad interim at CASH and later at 20 Minuten Online. He then proceeded to found watson.ch, which has been described as the most innovative news portal in Switzerland.

Innovation in Creativity

September 28th 2017 – Event has passed 

TEDxZurich held its very first Salon, where a curated group of 50 people met at The Garage  to discuss Innovation in Creativity.
To kick things off we screened a talk from TEDglobal by music Band OK GO discussing their creative process and how they “find” the ideas for their unique music videos.

Following the screening 4 innovative projects from the creative space in Zurich introduced themselves.


Martin Roth (KOSMOS)

Martin Roth is managing director and partner of Kosmos-Kultur AG and part of the development of KOSMOS together with Bruno Deckert and filmmaker Samir. KOSMOS is the new 5000m2 cultural centre near Langstrasse/Europaallee in Zurich. His background: Creative and managing director of studio Roth&Maerchy, a leading design and communication agency for culture and hospitality projects. He is also president of the non-profit “Cuisine sans Frontières”.

Fabienne Barras and Gabriela Chicherio

Together with Andreas Saxer, Fabienne Barras and Gabriela Chicherio are the founders and curators of the Design Biennale Zurich, that debuted this year from 7. – 10. of September.
The Design Biennale Zürich wants to show the design process to a larger public and encourage the discourse between professionals and amateurs. Fabienne and Gabriela are both designers, with a background in product design and scenography.

Tara Lasrado (Forward Festival)

Forward Creatives is an innovative agency for brand strategy, storytelling and event development, organising Forward Festival for design, creativity and communication which takes place annually in Vienna and Munich and this year for the first time in Zurich (17-18 June 2017). Tara Lasrado is the local coordinator for Forward Festival Zürich and responsible for international partnerships.

Nina Hodel (Kreislauf 4+5)

Nina is a co-lead of Kreislauf 4+5 in Zurich, head of communication of the One Of A Million music festival in Baden and a freelance consultant, copywriter and develops concepts for websites and social media. All while she is currently working on her Master’s at ZHdK in Design and Trends

The audience was then split into 4 smaller groups to discuss specific questions covering obstacles, challenges and opportunities in the creative space and facilitate and foster innovation in Zürich. In the spirit of Ideas worth spreading, one of the projects profiled – FORWARD Festival, will take up these ideas and continue a discussion at their event. Keep your eyes out for this.

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Bitte beachten: Video-Aufnahmen sind nur vor, zwischen oder nach den Speaker-Auftritten möglich.

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