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People First 2016

Check out the talks from last years event – People First 

Phoenix

Stella Cruz

Musical performance by Stella Cruz. Singer-Songwriter Stella Cruz serenades with her soulful musical compositions, accompanied by partner Samuel Oehy.

100 Happy Days

Dmitry Golubnichy

In 2014, Dmitry Golubnichy set himself a challenge – to capture at least one little thing a day that made him happy and keep it up for 100 days in a row.

The Mental Health System – A Call for Change

Nora Blum

Nora shines a light on the realities of the mental healthcare system. She contrasts the medical treatment expectations for those in physical pain with those suffering from depression. Can we start to re-frame the perception of mental health needs, and their solutions? Nora’s experiences give us a positive affirmation.

Augmented Creativity

Bob Sumner

Augmented Reality is becoming omnipresent – from video games to smart phones. By enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell, this technology blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated. In his talk, Bob Sumner gives us a taste of how this tech will impact future generations. “Augmented Creativity,” he shows us, will bring children new ways of interacting creatively with the world around

Humans & AI: A Healthy Relationship?

Marcel Blattner

In the last decade we have witnessed a tremendous development: the rise of the machines. The world is drenched in algorithms and they actively influence our world view. Are we ready? Marcel Blattner sheds light on why education is key for a healthy relationship between Artificial Intelligence and Humans.

Willpower

Evelyne Binsack

What does it take to overcome not only mountain ascents but also personal obstacles? Evelyne delves into the unexpected life lessons that she has encountered on and beyond climbs.

Small Money – Big Impact

Peter Fanconi

Peter Fanconi shares his experiences fostering financial inclusion. Asking the question, “how can we include the exluded?” he takes us through the workings and outcomes of microfinance. The positive impact of investing $3 billion in over 60 emerging and frontier markets is staggering. But it’s the personal stories behind the statistics that impart a lasting impression.

Capture You

TRUE

TRUE are a Swiss Future R&B duo consisting of Daniela Sarda (vocals) and Rico Baumann (production and drums). The band’s fan base is growing exponentially, as is their presence in mainstream media. TRUE have positioned themselves as one of Switzerland’s key electronica exports and a project that those in “the know” are keeping an eye on.

Why Diversity matters

Suzie LeVine & Eric LeVine

Can partners in a couple balance their ambitions while also prioritizing family life? Ambassador Suzie LeVine and husband Eric shed light on their personal experiences – from compromises to struggles to successes.

Human Rights in 2066

William Schabas

Human rights may be based upon values that have ancient origins…. but this does not mean they are static and never changing. If we can track progress in the past, can we also imagine it in the future? Shabas challenges us to think about what our human rights will look like in half a century.

Plea for daily creative act

Cristina Riesen

Creativity: as children, we view the world through a creative, imaginative lens – our surroundings hold myriad possibilities. In this talk, Cristina recounts her life’s journey, from loosing this aspect of her childhood self, to regaining it in adulthood.

Some Truths About Honesty

Alexander Wagner

Wagner takes us on an interdisciplinary journey, spanning economics, ethics, finance, psychology, and sociology. His talk provides a novel perspective on what we know about truthfulness, as well as an opportunity for introspection. Wagner leaves us with a heightened sensitivity towards the slippery slopes of deception.

Point Cloud Modeling the Alpine Landscape

Christophe Girot

Christophe Girot, Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture in the Architecture Department of ETH, introduces us to point cloud modeling – a tool that measures, with surprising accuracy, topological forms around us. Girot explains how the method has been able to translate a seemingly infinite set of tiny informational dots into more than a pretty pointillist picture.

Re-Imagining Everything 2015

Check out the talks from the event of 2015 – Re-Imagining Everything

Mental (w)illness

Christian Wehbe

Mental illness. A taboo topic, loaded with stigma and often misunderstood. What if instead of seeing it as an illness, it could actually be viewed as a gift? How does it feel to be mentally ill? These are some of the questions Christian Wehbe had to ask himself when he was first diagnosed with a hereditary mental illness at the age of 28. Two paths lay in front of him, one of doubt and self-pity and the other of self-discovery.

Tomatoes talk, birch trees learn – do plants have dignity?

Florianne Koechlin

Plants are not passive, senseless objects. They use the language of fragrances to communicate above and below ground and engage in lively relationships with their environment and peers. Not only do they support relatives, harass strangers, make alliances, they also learn from experience and remember past events.

Dementia precaution should become as normal as going to the dentist

Ioannis Tarnanas

Can there be early indicators for Alzheimer’s disease (AD)? For the last 30 years most attempts have focused on the very basic expectation that early indicators or biomarkers of AD follow the same timeline for all individuals. We now know that AD is more complex than originally thought.

Shady Midnight Orchestra

Marena Whitcher

This music explores ghosts and spirits, who have haunted all different ages, cultures and fields of art. Always restless, they shift between life and death, sadness and euphoria, torment and intrigue. This clash of opposites drives and informs Marena’s personal investigation of ghostly escapades. Composing in a poetic jazz/avant-garde pop style that consistently departs from conventions, her inquisitive spirit arranges a unique ensemble of three voices, bass clarinet, piano, double bass, and drums, seasoned with curiosities discovered in a trove filled with such treasures as a glass harp, a music box or a broken dictaphone.

Why its time to elect your boss

Marc Stoffel

Today’s market environment is changing fast. To remain competitive, organizations need to be agile. Only then can they react swiftly to change. But most companies still operate as they did 100 years ago. And it’s not just the market environment that’s changed: people today expect different things from their employer.

The power of voice

Nadine Bienefeld

In high-risk industries such as aviation, the capability and reliability of technical equipment has improved. Yet as many recent aviation accidents have shown, human beings remain the weak link. To make matters worse, teamwork, the only redundancy we have to stop operational errors, often fails.

Negotiation engineering

Michael Ambühl

Negotiation is commonplace in everyday life. A mathematical approach to negotiation, which Professor Ambühl calls “Negotiation Engineering”, re-imagines negotiation processes and outcomes. This talk highlights both personal and international case studies on how Negotiation Engineering can evaluate and even predict negotiation outcomes.

Aesthetic activism in the business of beauty

Anju Rupal

In today’s hyper connected world, it can be devastating to witness the stark contrast of two vastly different realities; compare a consumer-driven beauty industry that feeds on a throw-away culture, to the underprivileged slums of India where open defecation takes place and dignity or common sense are seemingly absent.

Fighting dyslexia with computer science

Markus Gross

Dyslexia is prevalent in approximately 10% of the population of the Western world and it has a severe impact on an individual’s entire life. This talk highlights research that has challenged Dyslexia with the use of modern methods of computer science. The research, carried out for the past 10 years, at ETH in Zurich, resulted in a multi-modal, computer based training system combining insights from information theory, machine learning, data analytics, and interactive graphics.

What happens when no one is watching… and how to break the cycle

Andreia Fernandes

Some secrets we keep because society would not want us to talk about them and others we keep because we do not want society to talk about us. Andreia Fernandes shares with us what once was a secret. From an early age she was very clear about the things she was not willing to accept. She was a rather a quiet and shy girl struggling to defend herself in an environment marked by violence and rejection.

The right and the wrong way to look at the war in Syria

Kurt Pelda

Syria is the first conflict in the world where all warring parties use social media intensively to spread propaganda, disinformation and lies. While social media posts often distort facts and confuse the average journalist and media consumer, they actually help experts to get closer to what’s really happening in Syria

Allowing mobile devices to navigate and understand the world we live in

Simon Lynen

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.

Re-setting the public image of modern successful women

Jennifer Miksch

Media in all its forms paints a vivid picture of the ideal successful woman. This image is not always realistic or healthy. Women from diverse backgrounds are pushing themselves to their full potential – becoming leaders, being positive role models, creating a home, having empathy and taking care of the family. Can women really manage “to have it all and do it all“?

STOP.START 2014

Check out the talks from the event of 2014 – Stop.Start

Live music act

Mich Gerber

Mich Gerber plays the double bass as a solo instrument and has developed a unique and inimitable style for which he achieved international renown. He is passionate about the double bass because he believes in its undiscovered potential.

Stop, look, think, and then, maybe you can do

Xavier Vilalta

“Xavier Vilata grew up in the countryside of Catalonia, Spain. His grandfather taught him this extremely simple but important life lesson: “You should stop, look, think, and then, maybe you can do.” Those words continue to influence him as an architect. He learned how to observe and take advantage of existing resources to improve the environment, creating something new.

This bullsh*t might save the world

Thomas Rippell

Thomas Rippel has a vision to turn the world’s soils into a lush paradise, reverse global warming and reduce world hunger by living in symbiosis with cows and composting their manure with biochar. For this vision, cows should only eat grass and clover from pastures like the alps and from crop rotation.

Empowering women to power the world

Anya Cherneff

Can women living in energy poverty bring power to the people? Can a market-based distributed movement leapfrog the current energy paradigm that is causing global warming? Bringing power to the 20% of the world’s population living in darkness might just be the greatest business opportunity of our time, and women, with proper financing and training, hold the key to unlocking this market.