tedxvienna

Rethinking NYC – the BMW Guggenheim Lab

The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory which will travel to nine major cities worldwide over the next six years. The project has already started in New York and addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse – a great thing considering the fact that people living in a city can bring their own ideas, experience and create forward-thinking solutions for city life. Let’s see what the founders of this project say about it in this following TEDxVienna article :)

Say Something Nice

Have you ever noticed people look so caught up in their own problems when walking down the street? Sometimes they tend to be so absent and don’t even realize what a beautiful time it is outside. If you would have the chance to “make the day” of the ones surrounding you, what would you do? This is an idea that Improv Everywhere came up with and you can find by reading this TEDxVienna article: click here ;)

Google SketchUp – turning your ideas into objects

Ever wanted to have the chance of working with a cool and easy 3D modeling program? SketchUp might be the right one for you, since it is designed to satisfy the needs of architects, engineers, game developers, filmmakers and generally all of those who are working a lot with visuals. A really interesting aspect of this program is that you can place your created model within Google Earth.

So let’s see what the concept looks like by reading the following article on TEDxVienna ;)

Inspiring you to start new roads: travel blogs

There are million different feelings we experience when visiting a new place. Thoughts come up about what we should see or what we should skip and as we reach for our guide book, we discover that it can’t always help us make a decision. That is because they are usually built the same way, focusing on the more popular sights of a city and using an impersonal tone. Here’s where travel blogs come in handy.

So what are the differences between a guide book and a travel blog? Find out more on this week’s TEDxVienna article :)

 

Social Cooking 2.0

Have you tried looking up a recipe on Google or a cooking video on Youtube this year and found yourself amazed with all the good tips you’ve received? Internet can sometimes prove itself as a salvation in times of need (or hunger!) and – if you’re a student like me and still haven’t mastered the art of cooking from your mother, grandmother  or other cooking expert relative – you’ll probably be fascinated by what you can do with some plain ingredients.

So why not take this whole online experience and bring it offline?

Read more on TEDxVienna Blog

 

Making it through TEDxVienna 2011

There are days when you wake up, see the sun from your window and just know something is about to hit you so hard in the face, that you’ll make a turn in your path. This day didn’t seem like one of those, cause I had to go to university and felt a little tired after the previous night. On my way from the metro to campus I always bump into people who give me flyers and small treats, but today I just didn’t feel in the mood for them. Still, I grasped a black and red sheet of paper from this handsome guy and saw the magic words in front of my eyes: “TEDxVienna”. Holy patcholy!

So, after only one month in Vienna, I could get this amazing chance! TEDx is right here, in my new-found city, about 30 minutes away by metro! Read the backside of the sheet and saw: 100 euro. Damn.

After some magic voodoo that I do (and a contribution from a very nice person whom I’ll always be thankful), I got inside and could blog about the whole event. I tweeted to my friends from Romania (didn’t know many people on twitter from Austria back then) and was soooo excited to meet someone who had actually heard about my blog before although he had no previous connection with me whatsoever, only because we were both following the twitter account of TEDxVienna. All this happened at the end of 2010, back when I thought economics was my future and business suits are the coolest ever.

Lucky me, things have evolved both for TEDxVienna and for me. I’ve come to see that writing brings me a lot more happiness than Macroeconomics and TEDx thought of giving bloggers in Austria this great deal: becoming an official blogger of the event! :)

So this is my way of saying that I want to be one of the chosen 5. Cause it’s an opportunity way too amazing to miss!

P.S. When I woke up today, I knew something very special was about to happen.

LATER EDIT: I got the job! :D link here

TEDxVienna 2010

TEDxVienna is the first conference I attended ever since moving to Vienna (about two months ago). It was a mindblowing experience that made me realize (over and over again) how much people need other people in order to fill up their lives with joy. But I’ll get to that later on.

Let’s start with the description of the event: have you ever heard of TED? This is a website that gathers inspiring speeches from all around the world and puts them online for everyone to see and share. They call it “ideas worth spreading” and it involves your own sense of perception towards the different aspects of life. Well, the big TED organizes its own events (unfortunately in the States) but it also allows independent events (by the name of TEDx events) to be held all around the world. Vlad Gozman, one of the wonderful people who helped TEDxVienna 2010 take place, didn’t have the time to tell me how he got the idea of making this happen, but I’ll be sure to get the story from him and return with details :) .

Now, let’s pass on to the parts of TEDxVienna 2010 that appealed to me the most: the speeches. I constantly tweeted during the presentations (more about that here) and, among other information, I found out that “The only way to get ahead is to become a compliant robot”, but didn’t want to listen to that, so I decided to “unlock deeper values and accept diversity in creativity” (Jessica White-Creativity unlocks). A presentation about the future of the “bionic eye” and the fact that the main cause of blindness is cataract in most underdeveloped countries made me shiver. And thank the lord for living in Europe and solving my sight problems on time (Gregoire Cosendai-Hopes of restoring vision to the blind).

Speaking about Europe, “do you know who is the winner at every Oscar premiere? European fashion” (said Sabine Seymour during her presentation about functional aestetics – the combo between FASHION and TECHNOLOGY). Selma Prodanovic was…amazing. Absolutely amazing. She made us even stand up from our chairs and promise ourselves to change the world and make it a better place!

Sean Bonner and Johannes Grenzfurthner were so funny and great, that I can’t even put the experience I lived during their presentation into words. Just follow them on twitter, search for videos of them, try to meet them at events in Vienna and…enjoy. Entertainment meets technology meets art meets…me. :) ) More insights on all the speakers here.

The highlights of the evening were the networking sessions that took place during the breaks and after the presentations, where I got to know so many beautiful people, that I can’t wait to here from them (or discover a way of writing them an interesting email).

TEDxVienna 2010 was a success! Thanks for letting me be a part of it :)

[p.s. I'll put some videos up here once I get hold of them]

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