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About TEDxTUM

We are an organization devoted to ideas worth spreading stemming from the Technical University of Munich. Our aim is to share people’s passions, set spark to the curious mind and encourage our community to flourish upon each other’s ideas.

Our program and activities create a playground for the creative mind, through which we connect and engage leading thinkers and doers in the community in and around Munich, both during and in-between events.

TEDxTUM was founded in 2014 by a then small group of students. We have put on one main event per year and have also organized several smaller Salons as well as other types of events and activities. Our team has grown substantially, as has our community. We continue to take on new challenges every year and can’t wait what the future will hold!

 

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.)

About TED

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.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

Organizing Team

All of our team members work on a voluntary basis, driven only by our passion for spreading ideas and bringing people together. We see TEDxTUM as our playground for creativity, playfulness, and dedicated work. If you’d like to join the team, subscribe to the newsletter in the top menu – we usually recruit in the first quarter of the year.

Curation

Our job is to find incredible ideas in and around our community, and to help speakers’ ideas develop into their best versions. We work tirelessly to ensure our speakers do well and have a great experience on stage! We complement the talks with performances and assemble all the TEDxTUM content into sessions. 

Sami Afifi

Sami Afifi

Curation Lead

Julian Dlugosch

Julian Dlugosch

Curation Lead

Dora Dzvonyar

Dora Dzvonyar

Curation, License Owner

Lukas Kompatscher

Lukas Kompatscher

Curation

Thuna Dinh

Thuna Dinh

Curation

Emiliano Ordonez

Emiliano Ordonez

Curation

Monika Wirthl

Monika Wirthl

Curation

Agnese Barazza

Agnese Barazza

Curation

Sanika Joshi

Sanika Joshi

Curation

Annina Mitterreiter

Annina Mitterreiter

Curation

Nergis Birlikseven

Nergis Birlikseven

Curation

Mahmoud Yassin

Mahmoud Yassin

Curation

Britta Muzyk-Tikowsky

Britta Muzyk-Tikowsky

Curation Support

Brand & Creative

We represent the TEDxTUM brand to the outside. Our main job is to generate awareness of the TEDxTUM events throughout the year. We want to grow our community and create a positive image for TEDxTUM connected to interesting and important ideas.

Maria Littmann

Maria Littmann

Brand & Creative Lead

Sarah Pierce

Sarah Pierce

Co-Lead, Copywriter

Jenny Cheng

Jenny Cheng

Happiness Lead, Brand Promoter

Richard Littmann

Richard Littmann

Brand Operations

Avi Putri Pertiwi

Avi Putri Pertiwi

Brand Promoter

Lisa Kropivianska

Lisa Kropivianska

Brand Promoter

Albert Bozesan

Albert Bozesan

Trailer Producer

Robert Sladeczek

Robert Sladeczek

Trailer Producer

Sonja Geracsek

Sonja Geracsek

Animation Designer

Chrisna Lungala

Chrisna Lungala

Sound Designer

Johann Förster

Johann Förster

Programmer

Txaila Meyer

Txaila Meyer

Graphic Designer

Florian Bodlée

Florian Bodlée

Photographer

Experience & Stage Design

Half the value of a TEDx event comes from the talks, the other half comes from the interaction with people during the event. We design these experiences for our guests so they have a good time outside of the auditorium. We also build the stage design and everything else we need around the event.

Susanne Sölch

Susanne Sölch

Experience & Stage Design Lead

Oliver Czeizner

Oliver Czeizner

Experience & Stage Design Lead

Joscha Hüttel

Joscha Hüttel

Experience & Stage Design

Weni Cui

Weni Cui

Experience & Stage Design

Stefan Speich

Stefan Speich

Experience & Stage Design

Lea Strobel

Lea Strobel

Experience & Stage Design

Tiffany Allen

Tiffany Allen

Experience & Stage Design

Partnerships & Finance

We bring the money in to make it all possible! We love to talk about what we do and find organizations that are equally excited about spreading ideas. Instead of plain sponsoring, we create partnerships, in which both sides add value to TEDxTUM.

Kristina Keil

Kristina Keil

Partnerships Lead

Christoph Höllig

Christoph Höllig

Finance & Accounting

Marc Sommer

Marc Sommer

Partnerships Coordinator

Katharina Ehrlicher

Katharina Ehrlicher

Partnerships Coordinator

Operations

We are the team that runs the show! We work closely with all other teams in order to have a clear overview of what is needed where and when during the event, to make sure everyone has a memorable and enjoyable time!

Michael Schwarz

Michael Schwarz

Operations Lead

Christoph Berger

Christoph Berger

Operations

Johann Ioannou-Nikolaides

Johann Ioannou-Nikolaides

Operations

Angelika Gierok

Angelika Gierok

Operations

Annika Schott

Annika Schott

Operations

Luisa Zelder

Luisa Zelder

Operations

Jan Schönwandt

Jan Schönwandt

Operations

Marvin Pfaff

Marvin Pfaff

Operations

Dorottya Laczik

Dorottya Laczik

Operations

Ali Shabahang

Ali Shabahang

Operations

Rebekka Karrer

Rebekka Karrer

Operations

Former Teams

2019 Team

Curation: Dora Dzvonyar (Lead & Licensee), Julian Dlugosch (Curation Board, Performances), Sami Afifi (Curation Board), Veronika Zhiteneva (Curation Board), Thomas Schönberger (Curation Board), Thuna Dinh, Christiana Bukalo, Lukas Kompatscher, Monika Wirthl, Britta Muzyk-Tikowsky, Maria Khomich, Emiliano Ordonez

Marketing: Maria Littmann (Lead), Jenny Cheng, Richard Littmann, Sarah Pierce, Avi Putri Pertiwi, Fjoralba Golikja, Yu-Jou Lee (Design), Johann Förster (Tech), Albert Bozesan (Video), Robert Sladeczek (Video), Verena Braun (Photos), Anna Tenditnaya (Photos)

Stage & Experience: Susanne Sölch (Lead), Oliver Czeizner, Joscha Hüttel, Weni Cui, Sonja Geracsek, Anja Ries, Tarak Amouri

Partnerships: Kristina Keil (Lead), Christoph Höllig (Lead), Florian Rauch

Operations: Christoph Berger (Lead), Michael Schwarz, Angelika Gierok, Ahmed el Garem,Josephine Dransfeld, Annika Schott, Jan Schönwandt, Luisa Zelder, Johann Ioannou-Nikolaides, , Maximilian Schart, Nadia Massari

2018 Team

Curation: Dora Dzvonyar (Lead & Licensee), Veronika Zhiteneva (Lead), Thomas Schönberger, Julian Dlugosch, Sami Afifi, Maria Khomich, Laura Schroeder, Britta Muzyk-Tikowsky

Marketing: Maria Schelling (Lead), Jenny Cheng, Fjoralba Golikja, Yu-Jou Lee (Design), Johann Förster (Tech), Albert Bozesan (Video), Robert Sladeczek (Video)

Stage & Experience: Susanne Sölch (Lead), Oliver Czeizner, Richard Littmann, Stefan Speich, Rachele Sanfelici

Partnerships: Kristina Keil (Lead), Christoph Höllig (Lead), Florian Rauch

Operations: Nadia Massari (Lead), Shalaila Haas (Volunteers), Christoph Berger, Lukas Kompatscher, Julia Folz, Anastasia Myasnichenko, Johann Ioannou-Nikolaides, Josephine Dransfeld, Maximilian Schart, Wade Million

Supporters: Eric Zimmerling, Prof. Isabell Welpe

2017 Team

Curation: Dora Dzvonyar (Lead & Licensee), Thomas Schönberger (Lead), Veronika Zhiteneva, Sami Afifi, Anirban De, Fjoralba Golikja

Marketing: Maria Schelling (Lead), Jenny Cheng, Sandra Heinzen (Creative Director), Albert Bozesan (Video), Robert Sladeczek (Video)

Stage & Experience: Susanne Sölch (Lead), Oliver Czeiczner, Richard Littmann, Rachele Sanfelici, Lucia Kraus

Partnerships: Christoph Höllig (Lead), Florian Rauch, Lida Kostis

Operations: Nadia Massari (Lead), Shalaila Haas (Volunteers), Julia Folz, Maximilian Schart, Ana Elisa Cazaes Otero

Supporters: Eric Zimmerling, Prof. Isabell Welpe, Katharina Grötsch, Elsa Bakiu, Alba Xhani, Patrick Kastner

2016 Team

Organizers: Dora Dzvonyar (Licensee, Curation, Marketing), Eric Zimmerling (Partnerships)

Curation: Thomas Schönberger, Alba Xhani

Marketing: Jenny Cheng, Katharina Grötsch, Shalaila Haas, Sandra Heinzen (Design & Web Development), Albert Bozesan (Video), Robert Sladeczek (Video)

Stage & Experience: Elsa Bakiu, Carmen Breyer, Ecem Biyik, Ahmed el Garem, Regina Schröter, Asya Nur Orhan

Partnerships: Lida Kostis, David Jung

Operations: Patrick Kastner

Supporters: Prof. Isabell Welpe, Matthias Schmittmann, Dietrich Wins, Mohamed Ibrahim

2015 Team

Organizers: Dora Dzvonyar (Marketing), Eric Zimmerling (Partnerships), Mohamed Ibrahim (Curation), Matthias Schmittmann (Licensee)

Curation: Thomas Schönberger, Alba Xhani

Marketing: Jenny Cheng, Carmen Breyer, Roc Reguant (Website), Shpend Mahmuti (Website), Hunter Bliss (Design)

Stage & Experience: Elsa Bakiu, Pete Cholakov, Hussein Montasser

Partnerships: Andres Santamaria, Ecem Biyik

Operations: Daniel Schosser

Supporters: Prof. Isabell Welpe, Boyang Yin, Emmanuel El-Khoury, Niklas Barkmeyer, Simona Lackerbauer, Elise Lebossé

2014 Team

Organizers: Dietrich Wins (Licensee), Boyang Yin (Curation), Eric Zimmerling, Dora Dzvonyar

Partnerships: Johannes Schwelberger, Niklas Barkmeyer, Andreas Reiser

Operations: Alba Xhani, Jose Rivera, Josef Gustafsson, Daniel Plappert (Event Tech & Video), Simon Baumann (Video), Moritz Kramer (Photography)

Stage & Experience: Emmanuel El-Khoury, Mohamed Ibrahim, Sabrina Menke, Nicola Bötsch

Marketing: Tamás Borbáth (Design), Blanca Arrechea, Jim Liu, Roc Reguant (Web)

Supporters: Prof. Isabell Welpe