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TEDxMünster 2016


September 30, 2016 | Münster Castle

The spirit of TED – About TEDxMünster


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, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler.


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.

About TEDx
TEDxTalks Channel on Youtube


TEDxMünster premiered in May 2013 at the unforgotten location „Hassos Halle“ (which was in fact demolished the day after). For the first time a team of voluntary organizers brought the idea of TEDx to Münster on a regional stage in Westphalia. A year later the second run, presenting nine speakers in May 2014, was themed „Understanding the World“. According to the mission of TED and TEDx, TEDxMünster aims at bringing together people from various areas of entertainment, education, design and business to exchange and to spread innovative ideas. In June 2015, 14 Speakers from Austria, Australia, Denmark, Egypt, Tunesia and Germany presented their talks under the title „The Story of Growth“ at Münster University of Applied Sciences.
Stay tuned for more updates on our next event: TEDxMünster 2016 „(Re)Start“ will take place at Münster Castle on September 30, 2016!

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„I felt like I had grown wings on my feet
and there was no way no one
could ever stop me.“











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 „The question is:
How can science make politicans act?“









TEDxMünster is back on 30 September 2016. Be one of the 400 guests joining us at the castle in Münster for a fantastic afternoon of talks and live performances.

The Castle of Münster

© Dietmar Rabich, rabich.de, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

How to get there

TEDxMünster is hosted at the Castle of Münster, Schlossplatz 2 in 48143 Münster and is easily accessible by bus, car or bike. Coming from A1 highway you simply follow B54 till Schlossplatz. Several parkings are available right at Schlossplatz. Carbon neutral vehicles are even invited to park for free, directly in front of the Castle. If you arrive by bus from the train station simply take bus numbers 11, 12 or 13 and get out at Landgericht.

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14:00 Doors open

15:00 SESSION 1

16:00 Coffee Break and Networking

17:00 SESSION 2

18:00 Coffee Break and Networking

19:00 SESSION 3

20:00 Reception

21:00 Aftershow party (open to everyone)

VIP tickets include a reception with former speakers and organizers (on the day of the event), a behind the scenes tour as well as special service and seating during the event.

Please note that tickets to TEDxMünster can not be cancelled and refunded, but they are transferable. If you give your ticket to someone else, please send the name of the new attendee to mail@tedxmuenster.de so that we can print a new name badge.

Speakers 2016

Meet the TEDxMünster 2016 Speakers

As most TED and TEDx events, TEDxMünster 2016 is shaped by a broad variety of topics and professional backgrounds. In September 2016 we invite 12 outstanding speakers and performers to share their ideas worth spreading on state, this year under the of theme of „(Re)Start“. Find out more about our speakers and performing artists on the right.

YQP and Roman Lipski

Roman Lipski is a Polish painter who has lived and worked in Berlin since 1989. His art has been exhibited in numerous museums all over the world – such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Art Museum of China or the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art in Istanbul. Furthermore his work is part of several art collections such as the Marx Collection at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.

YQP is an artist collective consisting of Maximilian Hoch, Florian Dohmann and Manuel Urbanke from NY & Berlin. With projects like “Der Datenmarkt” the group reflects on topics of our time and blends technology with interactive storytelling. Their interactive art experiments have been featured in the press all over Germany and sparked discussion on digital privacy and the value of labour. The group is collaborating with the media production company derringer productions documenting their experiments.

YQP website

Bea Johnson

Together with her family Bea Johnson doesn´t produce more than one jar full of junk each year. In her bestselling book „Zero Waste Home“ she explains the five principles of a home without waste: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (and only in that order). Anyone who follows those principles will not only save more time, but also live a healthier life.

Martin Wezowski

Martin is the head designer of SAP for User Experience. He thinks highly of design to just leave it up to designers: „Qualify people for design!“ Due to a world, which progresses exponentially rather than lineally in small steps, innovation has to be approached systematically and cultural creativity has to be developed. Therefore, creativity is more important than efficiency. Martin elaborates on his idea further in his talk.

Mazen Faraj and Niv Sarig

Mazen Faraj is a 41 year old father of 3. He lives in Dheishe Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine. Mazen’s father was killed by an Israeli soldier, mistaking his bags to something else. Mazen spent some major parts of his youth in Israeli prison. He learned there informally -politics, Hebrew and history of the Middle East.

Niv Sarig, aged 39 of Kfar Sava, Israel, married and a father of 3 boys and holds a Ph.D in Mathematics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. His eldest brother Guy was killed in Tul-Karem, on the eve of The Feast of Tabernacles in September of 1996, during the riots that broke out in wake of the opening of the Western Wall Tunnels, 2 months before Guy was due to be released from the IDF.

Niv Sarig and Mazen Faraj are both members of the Parents Circle – Families Forum are an association of Israeli and Palestinian parents, who have lost a child in the Middle East Conflict. Through their desire to end the spiral of violence they convey and promote peace in schools and events.

Carl-A. Fechner

Carl-A. Fechner’s movie „Power to Change“ became one of the most successful documentaries of the year. It is summing up a fast implementation for the energy revolution. Carl Fechner wants to encourage people to take different perspectives and illustrates that the energy transition and the refugee crisis are not their own isolated problems.

Svenja Hövelmann

Svenja Hövelmann wants to encourage people to take action in shaping the future of their own cities. As a planner she wittnessed closing mines and cities becoming deserted, which is the reason she is in charge of the „Herten – Neustart Innenstadt“ (Herten – City Restart) project, believing that cities can revive, if experts as well as laymen are included. Education plays a major part in it.

Abdul Abassi and Allaa Faham

Abdul Abassi and Allaa Faham are the founders of „GermanLifeStyle GLS“, a Facebook Page and YouTube channel that addresses young refugees in Germany in Arabic and German. The two Syrians elaborate cultural differences with a lot of humor and have become famous for their German-Syrian sketches and jokes. While helping many Arabs with their re-start in Germany, they also straighten out the stereotypical image of refugees.

Beranger Gras

Imagine mixing Chopin and Bach with the rhythmical section of a grunge band, all that on the piano and seconded by a startling, silk-deep voice akin to that of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Meet Beranger.

Having learned classical piano at the Conservatory since age 6, Beranger left the career path that was destined to be his to play and sing his heart out on the streets to anyone passing by. He describes his style as „classical grunge“, whereby he uses the piano almost as a drum to imbue powerful rhythmical riffs to his classical melodies.


Sandro Engel and Amelie Künzler

Sandro Engel and Amelie Künzler are two designers from Hildesheim, who want to change growing anonymous, functional and impersonal cities by bringing together strangers at public places.
Together, as Urban Invention, they invented a game, which people can play against each other while standing on opposite sides of the street, waiting at the traffic light.

Russell E. Perry

Together with his long-time friends and former colleagues Russell E. Perry founded kompany, a global business intelligence and regtech firm, in 2012. He drives the direction of the business and enjoys finding business opportunities others might have overlooked. At kompany, Russell is also engaged in regulatory efforts to bring a new level of access and transparency to cross-border business information. He believes that the digital transformation of government data and company information can help fight corruption and money laundering. He will talk about the opportunities of blockchain technology as a means to speed up the process of transparency and increase trust at the same time.

Aurelius Thoß

Aurelius takes care of homeless people by starting the project „Ein Rucksack voller Hoffnung“ (A backpack full of hope) in Münster, assembling more and more help through building up on it. Since homeless people are not always instantly likeable, his commitment and work is defined by ongoing setbacks and continuation.

Timo Betz

Timo Betz researches at the interface of physics and biology. His approach is asking simple questions, like for example how cancer cells move around in the body yet delivering groundbreaking insight in this rather new field of research.

Abdul Rahman AlAshraf

Abdul Rahman AlAshraf is a Syrian software engineer who strongly believes in the power of technology in order to achieve peace and freedom. After finishing his master studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart he was able to utilized his own experiences during the war in Syria to research about a new technology that could be game changing for everyone living in a war zone. He developed FreeCom, a tool that aims to allow people communicating using their smart devices even when no internet connection or mobile network signal is available.

Morina Miconnet

A powerful voice with diverse sound facets: Free of conventions she composes her music with experimental joy and playful mixes, influenced by various styles. You can hear her both solo with her guitar as well as with virtuose guitarist and songwriter Phil Wood. Morina Miconnet composes music to dream, dance and sympathize.

Past Events

2013 – Changing Perspectives

Ideas worth spreading with a change of perspectives. The first ever TEDxMünster event took place on May 24th 2013 in Hassos Halle, a place as unique as the 7 speakers who entered the stage.
Speakers: Thomas Koch, Mathias Haas, Anna Bakken Rijse, Stephan Ludwig, Thorsten Kambach and Ruppe Koselleck. Music Act: Joni Sheila.



2014 – Understanding the World

What makes us understand the world in a better way? TEDxMünster „Understanding the World“ took place on May 23rd 2014 at Atrium im Speicher and brought 9 speakers on stage who helped us looking at the world from a different angle.
Speakers: Momal Mushtaq, Sascha Pallenberg, Gilberto Câmara, Florian Dohmann, Maximilian Hoch, Manuel Urbanke, Andreas Huber, Elke Barber and Andreas Gaertner. Music act: Morina Miconnet.



2015 – The Story of Growth

On June 26th 2015, TEDx Münster presented 14 Speakers following the topic „The Story of Growth“ with a wide range of unique stories and ideas that look at topics of growth from a variety of angles . Again, we united a blend of the most different backgrounds on the stage, such as technology, entertainment, education, design or economy.
Speakers: Cornelia Mayer, Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen, Mikael Coltville-Andersen, Felix Oldenburg, Jule Schnakenberg, Kaurna Cronin, Nasanin Bahmani, Martin Moder, Maren Urner, Abbas Adel, Martin Mall, Wassim Zoghlami, Julian Baehr and Aya Chebbi. Music Act: Kaurna Cronin
















TEDxMünster Talks







„The problem with seeing each other
as substantially different is that we
stop thinking that we are all the same.“







Meet the TEDxMünster Team

As a non-profit project TEDxMünster largely benefits from the commitment of an engaged team. We are happy for everyone who likes to support TEDxMünster.

Carina Schmid

Carina is the licensee, lead organizer and curator of TEDxMünster. She believes in the power of intercultural encounters as a force of social change and innovation and is involved in various initiatives and organizations. As co-founder and manager of The Global Experience, an international youth media network dedicated to increase the intercultural dialogue, Carina first got in touch with TEDx in 2012 when working with network partners from Egypt and Pakistan who had been TEDx organizers in the past. The idea was born to bring TEDx to Münster and to apply for an official license. Apart from The Global Experience, Carina also co-founded the global video project Easy Languages and the Digital Participation Camp, an annual conference for young digital change makers. Connect with Carina: www.carisafari.de

Christoph Salzig

Christoph is the curator and communications manager of TEDxMünster and owner of pr://ip – Primus Inter Pares, a Münster based communication consultancy. He worked as spokesman of BVDW, German Association Of The Digital Economy, has broad experiences in supporting events as a communication expert, curator, moderator or even speaker and is coaching start-up teams and entrepreneurs in all communication matters.

Kai Heddergott

Kai is the executive producer and all-round talent of TEDxMünster. Apart from TEDxMünster, Kai lives and works as a self-empoyed communication consultant in Münster. Having a professional experience of twenty years in several fields of communication & research, he advises institutions and companies how to implement communication 2.0: By developing strategies, giving lectures or keynotes and individual trainings.

Wiebke Borgers

Wiebke supports the speaker management at TEDx Münster. She is a passionate networker with a strong belief in the power and ingenuity of heterogeneous teams, and loves to think outside the box. After 12 years of press and public relations work for the city of Münster, she’s been working on a self-employed basis since 2010. Dr. Wiebke Borgers – Kommunikation & Beratung consults enterprises and organisations on all communication matters. She is an experienced facilitator and great fan of design thinking.

Ralf Heimann

Ralf is the Chief Storyteller of TEDx Münster. He works as a freelance journalist and he is co-author of the bestseller „Lepra-Gruppe hat sich aufgelöst – Perlen des Lokaljournalismus“. In 2015 the Medium Magazin has chosen him among the ten best german entertainment journalists.

Jin Rhee

Jin supports the speaker and event management at TEDx Münster. She has a vivid personality with a high interest in TEDx talks. After high school she traveled through Australia, attending the TEDx Youth Sydney in the Opera House and the TEDx Maquarie University event, which has further developed her interest and passion in the TEDx model. She loves the inspiring and educating part of TEDx and strongly believes that every individual can make the earth a better place. She´s been studying economics at the University of Münster since 2015.

Julian Baehr

Born and raised in Hamburg, 22-year old Julian moved to Münster a couple of years ago to start his pharmaceutical studies. Inspired by travels to South-Easy Asia, New Zealand and Alaska’s last frontiers Julians developed great fascination for biological diversity and oceanographic science. Fascination but also confrontation with some of the worlds largest ecological disasters led Julian to an idea that he presented at TEDxMünster in 2015. To realize his idea Julian now works on launching his start-up company The Plastic Revolution.

As a huge TED and TEDxMünster fan, Julian got part of the team and helps wherever he is needed. He is TEDxMünster’s co-production manager as well as contact person for social media enquiries.

Ramathulaschi Srimurugan

Rama supports the speaker and event management at TedxMünster. During high school she participated in an exchange program in Australia, where she first got introduced to TED and TEDx talks. Due to the inspiring speeches and the devotion of spreading ideas she started to contribute within the Organisation. She has a high interest in traveling and strongly believes that you can reach any goal when you work hard.

Wolfgang Bruns

Wolfgang is the event manager of TEDx Münster and managing director of conzept3, a Münster based event and public relations agency. He is business administrator for trade fairs, conferences and congresses and control of events for industrial companies, political parties and the entertainment industry since 25 years. „The success of my work is reflected in happy smiling faces.“




































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