Why should I apply to attend TEDxZurich 2017?

Only some days until application for this year’s TEDxZurich closes. If you have not applied yet, it might be due to some questions you have been asking yourself – let us give you some answers here.

Why should I attend TEDxZurich?

If you don’t know what this TED & TEDx is all about in the first place, check out About TED and TEDx. At TEDxZurich, we want to bring you a day outside of your habits and common topics, a time and a place to explore great ideas you might never have heard or thought about before. 2012’s co-host Tim called it a “intellectual vacation day”, something many attendees felt was the perfect match with what they perceived.

Why don’t you just sell tickets first come, first served?

As much as we loved to see you all there, space at TEDxZurich is limited. As TEDx is all about sharing ideas, we strive to bring together a diverse and high-quality audience. That’s why we want everybody to have a chance, not only the ones who already know the event and have been ready to go for it since the first announcement, but also you who might only just have learned TEDxZurich exists.

But that application form is quite a questionnaire…

We are aware of that, but please fill it in. When reviewing applications, we completely rely on what you tell us about you, so tell us everything you think we need to know. Questions as «What moves you?» or «What would you consider your biggest achievment» should give us a taste of who you are and what is important to you. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be Mahatma Ghandi to succeed.

I don’t know much about doors, so I won’t understand a thing, will I?

Yes, you probably will. Talks have a maximum length of 18 minutes, so the speaker needs to point out the important points really quickly and comprehensively. You don’t need to be a specialist in a scientific field to understand a great idea.

I am new to this, I won’t know anybody there.

Never mind. At the first break at the latest, you will.

So should I apply?

Yes, we think you should. Head over to our application section and fill in the form.

Sarah Ebling

          Sarah Ebling holds a professorship in Accessibility Studies at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and is a senior researcher at the University of Zurich. Her research focuses on natural language processing in the context of disabilities and special needs, specifically, sign language technology and automatic text simplification. Her groups’ contributions involve artificial intelligence techniques with a strong emphasis on user involvement. She is involved in various international and national projects and leads a large-scale Swiss innovation initiative entitled „Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies“ (2022-2026; https://www.iict.uzh.ch/).