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; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; 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.
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.)
The Executive MBA Digital Leadership course at the HWZ Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration contains a module in which the students organize a TEDx (university) event. As digital leaders, we aim to present ideas worth spreading to our audience. Our event consists of a series of talks and performances in the well-known TED(x) format. Of course, the attendees of our live event can mix and mingle with our speakers at the end of the event at a typical Swiss “Apéro”.
Needless to say that the TEDxHWZ event is live-streamed, since our MBA is about digital leadership.
The TEDxHWZ 2022 Team
Lukas Arnet | Raphael Calvi | Simone Gross | Andrea Marco Hebeisen | Reto Jossi | Martin Koch | Ruedi Meier | Martina Meyer | Jonathan Moritz | Stefan Rickenmann | Yvonne Samaritani | Jörg Steinhäuser | Pascal Theiler | Patricia Thenisch | Delia Töpfer
About the Executive MBA Digital Leadership
If you want to successfully digitalize your company as an executive, you must be able to inspire people for the digital transformation. This requires an innovative vision, a strong understanding of technology and excellent communication skills. To this end, the HWZ has created the Executive MBA – Digital Leadership under the direction of Sunnie J. Groeneveld and Manuel P. Nappo. The curriculum of the course, which is based on the three pillars “Digital Business and Technology”, “Digital Culture and Leadership” and “Digital Vision”, also includes the organization and realization of a TEDx event.