TEDxVienna 2012 – thousands of impressions, but impossible to describe!
This year’s conference was ruled by the motto ‘INSTANITY’ starting from the preparations over the crazy event itself all to the closing in Pratersauna.
Once the topic was set, it was all about getting the ‘right’ speakers and the ‘right’ venue, to make TEDxVienna 2012 really instantly insane. After finding both ingredients very fast, we tried to design a technologic wonderland around our speakers’ sessions. We wanted to give our participants not only a mental ‘overload’, but wanted to make sure that they are physically challenged and prepared enough to go out and start changing the world. One of the most challenging tasks was to make this impressive place called ‘Odeon Theater’ fit a technological hub. We wanted to combine history with future, tradition with innovation, old with new – and in the end we managed. These impressive walls hosted over 400 participants, ranging from web designers, over CEOs to students and artists. The crowd was a lively mixture of all occupation and interest groups gathering to share a day of ideas and insights, while being instantly entertained. The speakers did a great job in transmitting their idea of INSTANITY and what it will mean for us in the future. Some used slides to do so, others showed videos and others blew a trumpet to get their point through. No matter how they did it, it sparked new ideas and thoughts, which were exchanged amongst the participants in the breaks. Minds were challenged when they had to write a message with their thoughts or see a 3D print. Some even shed tears when they had to leave little NAO-robot behind with no chance for adopting him. The participants enjoyed the networking while grabbing a coffee and some food. Even though it was a bit challenging to have the food ready, we managed to get enough for everybody to be able to have a mind-blowing experience. And food is for sure not the most important thing on an event like this, right? What was a lot more interesting was to find out ‘that robots will steal our jobs, but that’s ok’ at least that’s what Pistono told us. And in the end we are a lot smarter than credit rating agencies, so there is no need to worry, right Crede? And if we are all focused than Neumeister promises us, that our lives will become better or at least more efficient. So having these prosperous future insights, I think we can stop worrying about what will be tomorrow and start living. We got enough ideas to create an amazing future ourselves, so how about we start today.
We (the TEDxVienna) team are meeting today to plan TEDxVienna 2013 and give our contribution to a better world through creating a platform to share ideas and inspire people to do more. What are you doing today?
Written by Réka Artner – our new host & part of the core team of TEDxVienna, active in Youth UPF and AIESEC Vienna, studying psychology, teaching kids and many more.