as we delve into the theme of "Re-Building"
with a marvelous selection of speakers sure to inspire.


The last few years presented us with a lot of challenges. As a global community we face many ethical, social, economic, political, and environmental dilemmas. How will we re-build peace in the world and, equally important, in our inner world? The time has come to dust ourselves off, look to the future and think about what to do next. Our “house” needs to be re-built. From scratch? A smooth change? A radical change?

As we set out to re-build better, we need to think about how to lay the grounds for a new sustainable, inclusive and resilient society. In what direction should we go? How can we re-build close relationships as well as global relations to leave a better world behind? The situation calls for all of us to become architects to co-create this future. We can all take our own tool of talent, a brick of hope, and contribute to re-building. Joining TEDxZurich 2023 might be an excellent foundation.

Audience Experience

🎙️ TEDxZurich Lab – How to become a speaker

Every TED talk has a secret ingredient. Our founder, Chris Anderson has unveiled this secret ingredient in a powerful video. Visit the TEDxZurich Lab to explore some of the dos and don’ts on how to give a great talk. This exhibition will put light on the process and time investments one has to make to become a TEDx speaker.

🧘🏽‍♀️TEDxZurich Dream Lab – Re-Building the life of your dreams

Conferences can be intense. We at TEDxZurich are working hard to bring a maximum of inspiration, innovation and connectedness to you. Sometimes this can be overwhelming for our minds and this is why we’ve created a space for relaxation. Lay down, take a seat on our comfy sofa, listen to natural sounds or a short meditation, experience the pleasure/pain of acupressure and cut your own tea before heading back to the show. This experience is brought to you in collaboration with Pranamat and Yasai.

🤹🏻‍♂️ La Poesia – Kleinkunst im Labor

Playfulness and entertainment have always been a heart piece of our events. This is why we are thrilled to be re-building how we meet and interact in collaboration with the incredible crew of La Poesia –  brought to you by Migros Kulturprozent.

🎨 TEDxZurich Re-Building – Visual Design

To us, Re-Building also means connecting the dots. We perceive with all our senses, and vision is a sense we put particular attention to this year. Together with our brilliant design team we came up with a 360° design kit to make sure you dive deep into your imagination of re-building the future.


The venue and programme


12:30 Doors Opening
13:30 Event Start
18:30 Event End. Apero Start
19:30 Apero End


Jamie Gloor
“Why the future is … funny”​  

Guy Katz

“The Power of Positivity : How to “unjerk” our communication”

Chris Luebkeman
“Choosing to Matter”  

Alexander Ilic
“Why the next personal computer will give you AI superpowers.”

Sarah Ebling
 “Developing assistive technologies through co-creation”

Yanya Viskovich
“Burnout is a cyber risk”

Beatriz Villarroel
“Why we have failed in finding alien life”
Patrycja Pielaszek
“How to bring community-led culture to life”
Tomas de Wouters
“A microbial link between nutrition and health”

Markus Schaefer
“To prepare a Simpler Future, rather than Preserve a Complex Past: Cities, Complexity and Coexistence”


Zurich School of Samba

Olga Boczar


TEDxZurich celebrates the value of innovation and inclusion. This is why we decided to open up our event to a diverse group of people. Our event is 100% barrier-free for people who use a wheelchair. Furthermore, we offer live closed-captions and sign-language interpretation for hearing impaired people. Additionally, some parts of the event will be complemented with audio description for people with reduced eyesight. 

Food Concept

This year’s TEDxZurich main event will be offering all-vegetarian food. We have been re-thinking our whole food concept and are moving away from offering an excessive range of dishes. The food items are designed to cater for a large audience while also considering the before and after effects of production and consumption.

Gold Partners

Migros’ efforts promote ideas, projects and visionary people. The “Migros-Kulturprozent” has been supporting cultural and social initiatives since 1957, offering a wide range of services to the population at large. In addition to our traditional programmes, we consciously focus on addressing forward-looking social issues.


What does Re-building mean for Migros-Engagement?
The reorganisation of collaboration is central on the path to the “new normal”.

How did Migros-Kulturprozent re-build since 2020?
More than ever, we’re focusing on non-bureaucratic, innovative and impact-oriented promotion.

It is our mission at TEDxZurich to discover and spread ideas that spark imagination, embrace possibility, and catalyst impact. Why is it important for Migros-Engagement to support that?
“Migros-Engagement” shares these values. We can be found wherever progress is being made, and people with daring ideas have the courage to tread new ground and seek out unconventional solutions.

SMG Swiss Marketplace Group is a pioneering network of online marketplaces. We simplify people’s lives by connecting buyers and sellers, empowering them to make better decisions in the areas of real estate, automotive, general marketplaces and finance & insurance.


What does Re-building mean for SMG?
Approaching challenges with a forward-thinking attitude. We commit to a culture of excellence and contagious ingenuity to create value for our customers

How did SMG re-build since 2020?
SMG was born in 2021 as a result of a merger. As a new company, we rebuilt and co-created our foundation on shared values, new vision and company goals

It is our mission at TEDxZurich to discover and spread ideas that spark imagination, embrace possibility, and catalyse impact. Why is it important for you SMG to support that?
Innovation and excellence are at the core of SMG’s values. We cherish employees to think-big, to keep generating value to our customers with brands and products

What are SMG’s re-building plans for the upcoming years?
Our innovative platforms provide our customers with the best tools to be successful today and in the future. We aim at driving society towards a sustainable living


As the first CO2 neutral mineral water in Switzerland, VALSER stands for sustainability and innovation. Our PET bottles are made from 100% recycled material. Our portfolio offers the right beverage for every moment – sparkling, mineralized or naturally flavored without calories.


What does Re-building mean for Valser?
We embrace the strength with which people emerge from their lows. Just as VALSER overcomes barriers through layers of rocks to emerge to the surface.

What are Valser’s re-building plans for the upcoming years? 
We continue to build a sustainable future by maintaining strong local partnerships and realizing innovations such as our 100% rPET lightweight bottles.

It is our mission at TEDxZurich to discover and spread ideas that spark imagination, embrace possibility, and catalyse impact. Why is it important for Valser to support that?
We believe it is the only way to protect our precious water sources. We must act together, responsibly and embrace sustainability as a way of life.

Silver Partners

LGT is a leading international private banking and asset management group that has been fully controlled by the Liechtenstein Princely Family for over 90 years. LGT employs over 4500 people who work out of more than 20 locations in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia and the Middle East.

smARTec is one of Switzerlands leading providers in event technology services & digital events. The creative company is using the latest technologies combined with their organizational expertise in event technology to support any kind of application. Whether it is a corporate, cultural, or public event, we leave an unforgettable impression. Simply said: smARTec provides event technology in the smARTest way.


Academic Partner

ETH Zurich is a leading university in Switzerland known for its cutting-edge research and innovative approach to education and teaching. Focused on the fundamental sciences, technology, engineering, and architecture, ETH Zurich consistently ranks among the top universities in the world.

The University of Zürich is a public research university located in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. It is the largest university in Switzerland, with its 28,000 enrolled students. It was founded in 1833 from the existing colleges of theology, law, medicine which go back to 1525, and a new faculty of philosophy.




Jamie Gloor

          With 15+ years of experience across 4 continents, this award-winning speaker, teacher, and scholar spans management, economics, and psychology to bridge the topics of gender/diversity, leadership, humor, and (social) sustainability. Dr. Gloor is currently an Assistant Professor in the University of St.Gallen School of Management in Switzerland.

Guy Katz

         What is common between a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, a famous politician, and the most successful salespeople in the world? All of them are driven people magnets who constantly exercise positive communication and are simply fun to hang around. We may think people are “born” as great communicators, yet positivity is not magical; it is science! We can simply become more constructive in our interactions with others using a few suggestions, and it’s worth it since positiveness promotes success in health, work, and relationships. Besides, no one likes dealing with jerks!

            Germans would say he is Israeli, and Israelis would say he is German; the truth is, he is a bit of both, blended with a dash of Arab and a pint of American. First serving in the Israeli Defense forces as an intelligence officer, Guy worked for governments, startups, consulting firms, and corporate giants. Permanently on a quest for the right mix of science and practicality, he spends his days optimizing the magical recipe for being a husband & father of two amazing boys, a Management Professor, leading a consulting company operating worldwide, and teaching people how to fly airplanes!

Christ luebkeman

          Dr. Chris Luebkeman Leader, Strategic Foresight Hub, ETH Zurich Dr Chris Luebkeman is the Leader of the Strategic Foresight Hub in the Office of the President at ETH Zurich. This recently established Hub is a team which engages a broad range of stakeholders concerning future focused drivers of change. Dr Luebkeman is a member of the nominating committee for the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, the external advisory board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, and the Brain Trust of the Climate Music Project. Prior to the Strategic Foresight Hub, he was a corporate intrapreneur at the global engineering consultancy Arup (London). He joined them in 1999 as the Director of Research and Development and founded the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation team three years later. Dr Luebkeman has taught Studios on Design and courses on technology at MIT, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Oregon. He has spoken at TED conferences and hosted conversations for WEF. He holds a doctorate in architecture from ETH Zurich and a Master’s degree in civil engineering from Cornell University.

Alexander Ilic

           Dr. Alexander Ilic is a Swiss-​German deep tech entrepreneur, researcher, and investor. He is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the ETH AI Center. Before, he was an Assistant Professor at University of St.Gallen, an e-​Lab fellow at MIT, received his PhD from ETH, has two exits under his belt, was twice named Entrepreneur of the Year and won the Swiss Economic Award. He co-founded the computer vision start-up Dacuda and after the acquisition became head of Magic Leap Switzerland where he built up two R&D Centers (Computer Vision and Advanced Photonics) for next generation of AR glasses.

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;


          Yanya Viskovich helps businesses enhance their cybersecurity. Since 2006, she has been advising on and managing legal, regulatory, strategic, national security, and operational risks for large organisations in multiple sectors at global scale, on 5 continents, and in conflict zones. Yanya began her career as a state and then federal prosecutor in Australia, and has worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee for the Red Cross, and in the private sector with large multinationals and deep-tech start-ups. After spending almost a decade working on cyber issues from various angles, Yanya suffered a severe burnout, and in the process, gained a unique perspective on the human element of cybersecurity and how workplace environments and organizational cultures impact cybersecurity risk. She now advises businesses on this, helping them to increase the efficacy of their security investments, reduce their cyber risk and enhance their cyber resilience by designing for the human factor and the organisational systems aspects of cybersecurity. She publishes and speaks globally on this topic.

          Yanya is Chair of the Cyber Law and Governance Working Group at the Swiss Cyber Institute, furthering dialogue and thought leadership in this field. She regularly guest lectures on Data Protection at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) Switzerland, is an expert ethics and data protection advisor to the European Commission on Horizon 2020 projects, is an Advisory Board Member of the International Data Corporation Europe, and regularly coaches and judges the Atlantic Council’s annual international cyber catastrophe competition – the ‘Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge’. 

Beatriz villaRroel

      Dr. Beatriz Villarroel is an astronomer at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita) in Stockholm. She finished her PhD in 2017 on Active Galactic Nuclei at Uppsala University in Sweden. She has held two postdoctoral positions, first at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Between 2018-2022 she had an international postdoc funded by the Swedish Research Council, shared between Nordita & Institituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in Spain. She is the project leader of the Vanishing & Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations (VASCO) project (, that is a project searching for vanishing stars and other anomalies. In 2021, Beatriz Villarroel won the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science prize in Sweden. In
2022, she was selected as one of 15 world-wide L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science “International Rising Talents”. On her free time, she likes playing her violin.

Patrycja Pielaszek

          Patrycja is a forward-thinking innovation leader and founder of WeCoCo, a catalyst for change to co-create a more inclusive future by connecting disruptors, action takers and game changers.

          After developing and implementing digitalization strategies for international market players, she has been driven to re-shape the collaboration of teams to effectively drive a culture of innovation. Together with industry and academic partners, she’s helping organizations to get better at 21st century transformation using her broad background in human-centric business development and collaborative eco-systems. Besides public speaking and lecturing, she’s also designing programs at the University of Zurich to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tomas de Wouters

         Tomas worked on understanding the intestinal microbiota and its role in human health since his studies in Zurich. Durings his PhD in Paris – a hotspot of microbiome research- he developed a solid scientific understanding of the microbiome in human health during the early 2000’s. 

          His engineering background and PhD have strongly supported his transition from fundamental to applied and translational science starting with spinning PharmaBiome out of ETH Zurich. With his team, he has pioneered iterating bacterial consortia as a therapeutic modality. He is currently acting CEO of PharmaBiome.

Markus Schaefer

MARKUS SCHAEFER is a founding partner of Hosoya Schaefer Architects, a Zürich based office for architecture, urban design and research. The office works on neighborhoods, campuses, infrastructure, or industrial sites, on train stations, housing projects, schools, or an airport. Markus has a MArch from Harvard and a MSc in biology from UZH. He was co-founder and director of AMO / Rem Koolhaas, published “The Industrious City – Rethinking Industry in the Urban Age” (Lars Müller) and “Switzerland” (Strelka); he co-founded Cividi Gmbh – Civic Data Intelligence, and the Future Society Association.

Zurich school of samba

Zürich School of Samba (ZSS) was founded by David Libby as a cultural association on 22nd April 2013, and is centered around Brazilian musical culture, in particular all aspects of Samba Carioca (Samba from Rio de Janeiro). 

The group has in recent years become a fixed program item at the Festival Caliente, and performs various gigs and private parties during the year. Their symbol is the duck, and the name of their bateria (drum section) is ‘Os Patos Poderosos’ (The Mighty Ducks). This symbol originated from the story of two mating ducks which nested on David’s balcony in 2014 and delivered seven ducklings to the world, which were successfully transferred (with their mother) to the Zürichsee, and as legend has it, lived happily ever after! 

ZSS also collaborates with other groups in Zürich such as ‘Maracatu’ and ‘Ilù Àiya’, sharing a common passion for the community aspect of Samba culture, and living-out the expression, “tamo junto” (meaning “we’re together”). Come and visit us, we look forward to welcoming you!



          My name is Nola, I’m 21 years old and I live in Basel. Besides my passion for music creation, I study medicine in my 3rd year. I started playing cello at a young age and taught myself various other instruments like the guitar, piano, drums, saxophone etc. along the way. I started producing music in my home studio when I was 14. Due to my multilingualism I love to write songs in various languages. My debut album „Ocean des Emotions“ dropped in October 2019 and my second „Facettes“ in 2021.

Olga boczar

Vocalist, songwriter, band leader, was born in Poland. 

PhD lecturer at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 2012 she established her own band, with whom she recorded two CD albums – 

“Little Inspirations” and “Teskno mi, teskno”.  Olga’s third album is already recorded, which will be released in May 2023. For her first album, she was nominated to the prestigious award – Fryderyki in “Phonographic Debut of the Year” category. 

Olga took part in many festivals and concerts. She performed multiple times for instance at the International Festival “Jazz Jamboree”, International Jazz Festival „Old Jazz Meetings” or with Eu Jazz Express band, e.g. during International Europe Day in Budapest as well as the  National Festivals in her home country. Olga also was distinguished to sing two concerts for the UEFA,  Union of European Football Association – during 14ththfootball European Championship EURO. She accomplished many recordings for different television programs and radio stations and her songs from last two albums have been played in radio stations across the world.