About TED/TEDx

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter, or on Facebook.

About TEDx

x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Our philosophy? - May be not that absurd


Inspiration is an important emotion for motivating. When people are inspired, they have more energy and more willpower to change and open their minds. There are several ways to inspire people – but we believe that ideas are a beautiful way to inspire minds. Instead of telling people what should be important to them, influencing them to adapt to societal beliefs, people should be inspired to reflect on their own opinions. In the spirit of “Ideas Worth Spreading”, we feel it is important to give people a local platform to present their ideas and discuss them with others, instead of keeping them to themselves. Inviting others into our minds can be a path to inspiration. And inspiration is a path to new ideas, which can lead to small, but significant changes.


Since there are so many serious topics and so many upsetting things in this world, we believe that inspiring others needs to be fun – for us and our participants!
At TEDxUniHeidelberg, we consider our team a group of friends! We regularly watch TEDTalks, cook, and discuss and debate interesting topics. Since we work so closely with one another, and because we want to offer inspiring content, we know we need to find passion in what we do. And to stay passionate, we have fun as a group and with our topics!


It is our goal to not only host one TEDx event, but to build a foundation for other TED lovers to continue our work. In other words: We would like to build a community of people who are dedicated to spreading and discussing ideas of all subjects. The community we wish to build is open to anyone - people of different nations, generations, and social backgrounds. With this in mind, we welcome new team members that are interested in helping us build a community! If this sounds like a job for you, just get in touch!

Great things can only be done together!

Anna Huhn

Project Coordinator, Speaker Liaison

"Ted challenges the participants to think ahead, to communicate their ideas and to work in an interdisciplinary community in order to make a difference in this absurd world."

My favourite talk
Design at the intersection of technology and biology

David Wolf

Speaker Liaison

"Bringing together inspiring people could create something great."

My favourite talk
10 ways to have a better conversation

Friederike "Fidi" Gutmann


"To me, TED stands for sharing knowledge and experiences to learn from mistakes and successes, develop absurd ideas and to find the power to work smart for your ideals because you are never the only one dreaming."

My favourite talk
A call to men

Max Richter

Technical Support, Webdesign

"Especially today it is important to bring people together and create a space for constructive discussions"

My favourite talk
How to use a paper towel

Rebecca "Becky" Alvarado

Co-Organizer, Public Relations

"It's the absurd ideas and people that envision change and act on it - and TED gives them the platform to inspire others!"

My favourite talk
My road trip through the whitest towns in America

Sebastian "Swazy" Szawiz


"Meet inspiring people and work on joint creative projects."

My favourite talk
Never, ever give up

Simon Weber


"3 Points: Ideas, Community, Inspiration"

My favourite talk
What our language habits reveal

Tim Kuhn

Speaker Liaison

"Create a platform to get inspired by interesting people and learn for life. "

My favourite talk
After watching this, your brain will not be the same

Vicky Steubler

Information Management, Fundraising

"TED(x) delivers that creative spirit, motivation and community that makes us able to go outside and move something in this world."

My favourite talk
The happy secret to better work

Annika Mehr


"By chance, I stumbled over some quite inspiring TED(x) talks and now would like to give other people the same experience, as well as having some fun while organizing it."

My favourite talk
Flex your cortex - 7 secrets to turbocharge your brain

Charlotte "Charly" Bold


"Questioning the absurdities in the world and thereby changing my perspective."

My favourite talk
More adventures in replying to spam

Julia Madeleine Heinze


"In today's rapidly changing world, things that seem absurd today may be reality tomorrow. With this Tedx event I am intrigued to be able to shed light onto some truly fascinating (absurd) ideas and share them with the Tedx community."

My favourite talk
The art of misdirection

Meike Schrader


"TED is in my opinion the perfect place to meet interesting people and sharing new ideas. As Camus said: "The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning." So let's start spreading the unique TED atmosphere!"

My favourite talk
What's left to explore?

Ali Ghanem

Public Relations

"It is the novelty of perspective that intrigues me in TED talks. While facts are easily obtainable, it takes an expert to holistically approach problems and come up with creative solutions. This very invaluable trait of experts is what TED manage to bring in a smooth style."

My favourite talk
The magic washing machine

Jubin "Jubs" Shah

Public Relations

"TEDx represents idea of uniqueness, innovation and motivation of having an impact on future thoughts of people which also kind of shapes up evolution."

My favourite talk
Your body language shapes who you are

Susanne "Susi" Klein

Public Relations

"I like the idea of bringing together people with totally different backgrounds and from various disciplines to share ideas that make you think about your everyday habits and to leave your comfort zone more often."

My favourite talk
This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Tetyana "Tanya" Lemeshko

Public Relations

"Every person has a story to tell, maybe even lots of them. These are the treasures of our deepest ocean - our consciousness, which enfoldes everything we've been through, experienced, ever felt, the desires of our hearts and the state we're in now. The only way to dive in and find them though is to become a good listener to yourself and the others. And don't forget the "yourself" part, I'm sure you have a story to tell."

My favourite talk
The danger of a single story

Alexandra "Alex" Nieder

Design & Event

"As Frida Kahlo said : "What would I do without the absurd and the ephemeral?" I think dealing with the absurd is essential to keep on moving and reinvent ourselves and our surroundings. Giving this a platform TED inspired me to be a part of it!"

My favourite talk
How To Skip the Small Talk and Connect With Anyone

Lennart Hieke

Design & Event

"Stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting new people with fresh ideas and opinions. Growing as a person through collaboration and exchange of different views and beliefs."

My favourite talk
Why we do what we do

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