TEDxZurich hosted its very first Salon.

Think of a Salon as a dinner party with the smartest people you know.

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 of 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 Baras and Gabriela Chicherio of Design Biennale Zurich
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 of 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 of 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.


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/).