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TEDxMünster – what happened next

The first TEDxMünster took place in May 2013 in a hall which was due to close the next day. It was the last event to take place at that location – and at the same time the beginning of something new. Since then, there have been five TEDxMünster events.  Many of the ideas that could be seen on stage at TEDxMünster have developed further. In general, a lot has happened since then.

Abdul and Allaa, for example, have become internet stars. Remember them? The two refugees who gave their TEDx talk two years ago about how they manage to overcome cultural differences with humour in their Youtube channel GermanLifeStyle GLS. They now have 50,000 fans on Youtube. A few months after the TEDxMünster, Angela Merkel awarded them with the Federal Government’s medal for integration.  The two have also written a book – about the strange history of their integration. These days, you can find them at public readings from time to time. There may even be one close to you.

A few weeks after Nicholas Müller talked to us on the TEDx stage about his anxiety disorder, his book “Ich bin mal eben wieder tot – wie ich lernte, mit Angst zu leben” shot onto the bestseller lists.  Nicholas then went on a reading tour, giving interviews and thus contributing to making the condition better known – and promoting a better understanding. Over the past few months, Nicholas has started with music again. He has a new song, officially released on September 25th. You can listen to it.

The game developers Amelie Künzler and Sandro Engel have a new project which helps people who find it hard to move. Two years ago, Amelie and Sandro introduced StreetPong at TEDxMünster, a video game that you can play at traffic lights with people across the street to bridge the waiting time. Their idea won them an innovation prize worth 50,000 euros. Their new game “Sisyfox is all about – the name says it all – pushing boulders, not real boulders, but you still need your whole body to play the game.  Through the activity, certain muscles are trained. Potential customers are, for example, rehabilitation centres or fitness studios.

Maria Conlan wrote in the Westfälische Nachrichten about what happened to Guido Ritter after TEDxMünster. As a reminder: Guido Ritter spoke last year about how insects can contribute to the growing nutrition problem that we are facing, not enough protein. To illustrate his point, Ritter distributed chocolate with mealworms to the audience during his TEDx talk. Very tasty by the way, once you have overcome the thought of eating worms. Guido Ritter says he got a lot of feedback afterwards. And how did he find it at TEDxMünster? “Exciting, interesting, surprising” he says.

Timo Betz, a biophysicist investigating the causes of cancer, became a professor at the University of Münster two years ago shortly after his TEDx talk. On October 5th, he will give a lecture that does not have much to do with his TEDx topic, but which also sounds very exciting. In the Kinder-Uni series of events, he will explain what Star Wars and his laboratory have to do with each other. And to tell you the truth: It’s about the laser. Admission is free.

Other ideas have triggered new projects. For example, that of Abbas Adel. Four years ago he presented the MorsiMeter at TEDxMünster, a software that post the Egyptian revolution in 2012, tracks which and how many of new president Mohammad Morsi’s election promises he has actually kept. Meanwhile, the project is also available in Iran and London.

Another case is Julian Baehr whose idea has taken off since he gave his talk at TEDxMünster. Four years ago, he explained at TEDxMünster how it could be possible to replace conventional plastic in many products with biodegradable plastic. He was inspired by Bojan Slat’s TEDx-Talk, in which he spoke about a collection system designed to remove plastic waste from the oceans. The model has been put into practice. Since the beginning of September, a large waste collection campaign has been running between California and Hawaii.

Julian Baehr continues to work on his project to produce products from degradable bioplastics. On 6th November in Osnabrück he will talk about opportunities and problems of bioplastics at the Dialog am Tellerrand.

These are just some of the more than 50 ideas that have come out of TEDxMünster in the past five years.

And if you rediscover ideas you saw at TEDxMünster or elsewhere, perhaps in a completely different context, then let us know. We love to spread good ideas.