Rethink. Rewire. Regrow.
The 4th annual TEDxTUHH idea conference at the premises of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) was a resounding success. With the gates set to open on November 14, 2015 at 12.45 PM, it was amazing to see 500 eager TEDx fans already beginning to queue up an hour early; their excitement clearly filling the networking lounge. While some were seasoned TEDx enthusiasts, it was the first TEDx experience for many. When the gates did open, that excitement was carried into auditorium. And so unfolded that day’s events!
Benjamin Brich, the first speaker of the day, spoke about how logistics can be used to multiply humanitarian aid. He founded the non-profit Humanitarian Logistics Organization to help NPOs send humanitarian aid to disaster hit areas, while allowing these NPOs to concentrate their resources on the project at hand. The next speaker of the afternoon was Christoph Schuhmann, a teacher and a documentary film-maker, who believes a change in our educational system is due. He believes in the idea of ‘free schools’ where children learn what they are interested in rather than following a set curriculum. Our next speaker was Marc Hauser, a world record holder in speed tracking. Marc spoke about facing our fears and achieving our goals by naming them. His idea is that by naming our dreams, we breathe life into them. They suddenly seem more real. Otto Scharmer, Sr. Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, spoke next. He spoke about ‘learning from the future as it emerges’ and spoke about Theory U (U.Lab), a course he offers as a MOOC through edX and MIT. Following Otto was Kuoko, a Hamburg based artist who sang a few of her songs for the audience, leaving them enthralled with her mesmerizing vocals.
After an hour long break, in which the audience reflected upon talks and indulged in networking with speakers and fellow guests, the second session began with Tobias Boeing taking the stage to talk about the Hilldegarden project in Hamburg. The project aims to turn the outside of a World War II bunker into a garden of sorts with various activities for the community to take part in. Silke Luinstra spoke next about the assumptions made in the working environment of an organization. She talked about the ‘carrot’ that is dangled in front of employees in the form of bonuses and why it doesn’t work while calling on the audience to start making changes to the how their organizations function. Next on stage was Alexander Strauss, the President of Clowns without Borders, who recounted his experiences in spreading smiles amongst children suffering from diseases such as cancer and also children in war-torn areas and third world countries. He spoke about how these children taught them valuable lessons through their behavior and actions. The next speaker was Prof. Dr. Anna Förster, who leads the Sustainable Communication Networks group at the University of Bremen, and she spoke about the need and the concept for a robust communication system based on human interaction, that doesn’t fail. The last speaker of the day was David Cummins, co-founder of the Hacker School in Hamburg, a not-for-profit organization that aims to inspire children to code and unravel talents that might have otherwise been hidden. David told the audience about the four Ps they need to change the world – Purpose, Plan, People and Persistence. The final performers of the evening were Banda Ashe, specializing in Samba-Reggae, who raised the roof of the auditorium with their energetic performance.
In all, the event proved to be a great success and TEDxTUHH team would like to once again thank all the speakers, attendees and supporters for participating and making this event a truly memorable experience. We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed organizing it for you. Until next time!
Thank you!Dearest audience,
Thank you very much for coming to the TEDxTUHH conference on November 14. We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!
We would like to thank you once again for being such a respectful and interested audience. We’ll keep you posted about the post-production of the videos and their release date. That’ll take some weeks time but we’re sure they will just fly by. Take care,
TEDxTUHH 2015 Team