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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.“











TEDxMünster News

  • (Re)Start – our theme 2016

    Beim nächsten Mal wird alles besser!? Der zweite Versuch hat in Deutschland einen schlechten Ruf. Wer ihn in Anspruch nehmen muss, ist oft schon gescheitert, und das ist kein gutes Zeichen. In... Weiterlesen...






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









Our next event is currently planned for September 30th 2016 in the Castle of Münster. More information coming soon…

The Castle of Münster

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

How to get there

Thank you all for being part of TEDxMünster „The Story of Growth“.
We had an amazing event and invite you to recall The Story of Growth through our YouTube playlist.

Stay tuned for TEDxMünster to be back in September 2016. For more information follow our TEDxMünster Blog.

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.

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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

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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.

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Djure Meinen

Djure Meinen is the Social Media Manager of TEDx Münster. He is a Blogger Relations Specialist  lives at the coast in Varel (Jadebusen) and works in Hamburg, Berlin, Münster and elsewhere. The economist made a career in the media monitoring business, started blogging in 2005 and built a substantial network in the blogosphere ever since. With his work he supports agencies and brands to built sustainable relationships with bloggers and influencers in social media.
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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.


Erik Pellemeier

Erik is responsible for partners & sponsors and cares about their involvement in this event. As a managemnt consultant and partner at VALCON group (http://valcon-group.eu) he has a background from telecoms and related industries. He works on topics focusing disruptive technologies, which enable new services and change entire branches. His passion is the automotive industry and the influence of mobility & connectivity on how we will drive and travel in 5 or 10 years.


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.

















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Organizing Partners 2015



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  • Postal address: TEDxMünster, c/o pr://ip, Neubrückenstraße 12-14, 48143 Münster
  • TEDxMünster is organized by: Kai Heddergott, Christoph Salzig and Carina Schmid
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