TEDxToronto is the official TEDx conference for Toronto, Canada. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, it brings together the city’s foremost thought leade…
Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to …
There’s a place in France where the robots do a dance. And that place is TEDxConcorde, where Bruno Maisonnier of Aldebaran Robotics choreographs a troupe of tiny humanoid Nao robots through a surprisingly emotive performance.
As she rides her electric motorcycle onto the stage, Eva Hakansson assures us she isnt just looking for ways to save the planet—shes looking for environmentally friendly ways to fulfill her need for speed. Eva is aiming for the land speed record with the KillaJoule, a motorcycle she is building in her garage.
How Innovators Get Funded by francis Pisani, preparing his TEDxGeneva talk for April 17th
“Entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers are crucial for turning ideas into innovations. The same goes for investors, people prepared to invest in risky projects.”
Après concert dans jacuzzi sur lac, concert avec feuille d’arbre par Alexandre Cellier
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Pour les participants à TEDxGeneva : un exemplaire gratuit du livre “citoyens du net” sera offert.
How come ?
In 2009, Yves Benmain, co-founder of Fairward association, pioneered with the first TEDxGeneva.
He then reedited it in 2010. The amazing talks can be found here : 2009 / 2010.
Besides, various organizers are developing great TEDx initiatives in Geneva area such as TEDxParcdesbastions, TEDxPlainpalais, TEDxCERN, TEDxUNIGE
In 2011, Yves Benmain announced he would not organize the TEDx anymore, see his post on the TEDxGENEVA blog.
Here, we honor his pionneering attitude as door opener of the TEDx culture in Switzerland, with the support of TEDxGlobal for Europe, Mr Bruno Giussani.
Since 2004, Ynternet.org is organizing in Switzerland a forum with talks on societal innovation, called Forum eCulture. It is promoting cross-disciplinary societal changes induced by digital culture in all its forms, and it’s link to common good. The eCulture forum has received over 3’000 participants in 10 editions (2004-2011), mixing leaders from universities, private sector, public administration, researchers and social entrepreneurs (NGO sector).
The curation had been made with support of Ynternet.org scientific council, gathering some of the world leaders on common good in information society, such as Richard Stallam, founder of Free licences for a free society (GNU project, GFDL, inspiring CreativeCommon and Wikipedia) and Florence Devouard, former chairwoman of Wikimedia foundation (operating Wikipedia), as well as Antoine Moreau (free Art licence / Copyleft Attitude)…
Meanwhile, the Ynternet.org executive team, composed of director of Universities, social entrepreneurs of non-profit start-up and media visionaires, has been searching for a third societal dynamic, thus having some of its member taking part in both Social forums (Porto Alegre) and Economical Forum (Davos). After analyzing in details the structure of TED and TEDx independantly organized events, we considered that the method deployed was corresponding to very high quality criteria, although not publicizing it that much: 100% open shared knowledge, a clear cross-disciplinary approach, an very efficient format, a merit oriented dynamic for common good in our information society.
This is why we called Yves Benmain to ask him if he was ok with the idea of having a new team relaunching the TEDxGeneva talks, and then we applied to TED services for reactivation of the TEDxGeneva licence.
TED sent us confirmation in beginning of January 2013, and we launched the TEDxGeneva Edition 2013 as a kick off for a new step in TEDxGENEVA.
Thanks to our previous experiences in forum eCuture, we are proud to announce that 2013 edition is realized in partnerships with both University (HEG-GE, a branch of HES-SO), private sector, European Union (innovative lifelong learning Agency EACEA supporting the WikiSkills network) and social enterprises (CARITAS-Geneva, APTES, Smala incubator…). See details on partners page.
It’s a difficult update I am posting today, bringing (temporary) bad news for TEDxGeneva fans, as I am writing to announce that this edition of TEDxGeneva is cancelled.
When I first applied for the TEDx license 3 years ago, it was a simple yet ambitious task to organize a 100% free all-day event for more than 200 people, and promote a brand still relatively unknown in this region. After 3 years, this fun and somewhat informal project has evolved into a more serious endeavor, which raised more questions and caused us to really ask ourselves what our goals are, and where we want this event to go.
As it is to be expected, the TEDx program has evolved and matured year after year. While the original spirit is the same, our directions have grown differently in some aspects, and what we were preparing for TEDxGeneva also evolved with its own direction and momentum, growing into something quite different from the two previous editions, and from other recent TEDx events.
So, rather than bringing you a “hybrid” half-cooked event, we finally took the decision to postpone the original event, and explore where our new project would lead us. Eventually, the plan is to organize both these events, which have become quite different from one another, and hopefully satisfy twice as much your craving for interesting conferences and inspiring conversations.
So, this edition of TEDxGeneva is cancelled, but, will we organize another one in December or next spring? Unfortunately, I can’t answer this question yet, as it will depend on whether or not TED organizers will renew our license or not. But I will of course let you know as soon as I get the answer.
Lastly, I remind you that if you want to be kept informed of our news and activities, you can subscribe to our mailing list at http://fairward.org/subscribe (it is powered by Google Groups, and you can unsubscribe at any time), and/or follow our Twitter @Fairward.
Thanking you again for your support, and looking forward to sending you good news very soon.
P.S.: Since TEDxGeneva is leaving some free time this month, and since Human Rights is definitely an idea worth spreading, I would like to personally plug another event (to which I am not related, and I am not organizing, but I thought it deserved some support) which is taking place tomorrow Tuesday, March 13, from 9am to 17:30, at the Geneva International Conference Center. For more details, visit http://www.genevasummit.org
Just a short update on TEDxGeneva ’11.
But first, if you haven’t filled the little post-event survey yet, could you please spend a minute to do so? It does help us a lot to get your feedback, and this will allow us to make a better event next time.
Click here to send us your feedback. Thank you.
For this year’s TEDxGeneva, we wanted to remind you to save the date of December 5th, and to let you know that the invitation request form is now open. You can register for an invite here starting from today, and we also simplified the questionnaire a little for those who already attended the 2010 event. (Please remember that invitations are not sent on a first-come first-served basis, and this form does not guarantee you will receive one. Thanks for your understanding.)
By the way, we currently welcome speakers recommendations for TEDxGeneva ’11, if you would like to suggest someone to come share their inspiring ideas and experience.
Thanks again for your support and your feedback.
The application form to attend this year’s TEDxGeneva event is now available:
Click here: http://➪.ws/TEDxGeneva10
Please note that invitations are not sent on a first-come first-served basis, and this form does not guarantee you will receive one.
Just like the original TED conference, we try to create the best experience possible for TEDxGeneva’s speakers and attendees. Speakers at TEDxGeneva aren’t paid, and they come because of the audience. To attract amazing speakers, we need to create an amazing audience, within the limited size of the venue.
We understand this can be frustrating for some, but remember that all talks will be recorded on video and available for free online after the conference, so you will be able to see talks even if you don’t attend.
What are you doing that evening?
The new videos page is now at: http://www.tedxgeneva.com/category/videos/
As usual, you’re more than welcome to comment, and forward/share with your friends.
More videos coming soon…
Dear TEDxGeneva friend,
It’s been a few days since TEDxGeneva 2009, and I wanted to let you know about what is happening now, and what is going to happen next.
a) Please give us your feedback
We got many emails telling us about the good and the not-so-good of the event, and I wanted to thank you for spontaneously sharing your thought, and ask all of you participants to fill in our little post-event online survey, to help us make the best 2010 TEDxGeneva possible.
It’s really, REALLY important that you give us your feedback, because TED needs to know what is working and what isn’t (for the TEDx program in general), and we at TEDxGeneva need to know too. So please take a few minutes and help us build the best experience for you next time.
Note: if you couldn’t come to the event but wish to give feedback anyway, please mention it clearly in the survey.
b) Ask direct questions to speakers (and discuss with other attendees)
You wanted to ask a question to a speaker or share your opinion with them, but didn’t get a chance? Find their page on the speakers page and post your comment below their bio. They will then be able to answer you directly from the website, and other visitors will also be able to read, reply, and comment, thus continuing and extending online the conversation which started at the conference.
c) Watch and share photos
There has been over 900 photos taken during the event. Of course, not all of them will be published, but the pretty ones are going to be tagged with “TEDxGeneva” and “TEDx” and will be visible at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/tedxgeneva/
If you want to share the photos you took, please tag them “TEDxGeneva” and “TEDx” on Flickr. If they are on another hosting service, please let us know so we can link to them too.
Update: The TEDxGeneva account on Flickr is now at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxgeneva/
d) Videos of the talks are being edited
As you know from having seen the cameras and cables, every talks have been filmed and will be available for free online very soon. Please subscribe to our news feeds (on Twitter/via RSS) for more details very soon.
e) Don’t miss anything: simply subscribe now
f) More Frequently Asked Questions
Many people asked us questions, before, during, and after the event, so we thought we’d set up an FAQ page on the site. So check it out in a couple of days, if you want to know why we showed TED videos, where money came from and where it went, who we are, etc.
Yes, TEDxGeneva 2010 is definitely happening. More soon. And if you have speakers you’d like to suggest, feel free to email us.
That’s all for now. Thanks in advance for sending us your feedback from the survey, and see you in 2010.
A very happy holiday season to you,