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Theme: Urban Connectors

This event occurred on
April 1, 2014
10:00am - 6:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Hamburg, HH

According to the dictionary definition, to connect means „to join or fasten together usually by something intervening“, whereas that something refers to the connector, or the object doing the connecting. Connectors can range from molecules in chemistry, over electronic devices in technology to a person fostering connection through their social activity.

At TEDxHamburg “Urban Connectors” we want to highlight these connectors that act as the driving forces, whether they come in the form of tangible objects, inspirational ideas or innovative inventions. We have invited the people behind these connecting forces and will provide a platform to share innovative ideas and connect with other likeminded connectors that are shaping our urban society - and beyond.

Hamburg, HH, 20355
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Anja Fiedler

Anja Fiedler detects food treasures in the city and shows how easy it is to do something good for yourself and for the future through food. For her projects - "Stadt macht satt - ernte die Stadt" (engl.: "Food for the City - Harvest the City") and "Apfelschätze" ("Appletreasures") she works a lot with children - who make for the perfect actors and visionaries when it comes to a sustainable future. Anja Fiedler is an artist, a cultural manager and a social entrepreneur. She positions her work at the interface of art, society and economy.

Katina Sostmann

Katina Sostmann has been working as a product-, process- and interaction designer in an academic and commercial context for more than seven years. Since the completion of her studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Katina works as a freelance designer in the areas of user-centered product and interaction design for international clients from different sectors.

Jennifer Wood

Jennifer’s commitment to Holocaust history and human rights was sparked when she was fourteen years old, and the son of a Holocaust survivor spoke to her class about his mother’s survival. She followed her interests to Dachau where she worked for three years in the former concentration camp (also called a memorial site) as an educator and public historian.

Katherine Zeserson

Since 2002 Katherine Zeserson has been Director of „Learning and Participation“ for Sage Gateshead, responsible for the strategic design, direction and implementation of its ambitious, internationally acclaimed "Learning and Participation" program. She has a national reputation as a trainer, music animateur and educator, having led programs in a notably wide range of community, educational and social contexts; from pre-school settings to post-graduate and professional development training programs.

Van Bo Le-Mentzel

Van Bo Le-Mentzel has a thesis: People would work more efficiently, more creatively and more innovatively if you free them from any constraints. What would people do with their lifetime if they don’t need to go to work anymore for money reasons? In this talk Le-Mentzel will introduce the D-Scholarship, a new form of scholarship based on crowdfunding.

Paul Hilder

Paul Hilder is the Vice-President of Global Campaigns at, the world's fastest-growing platform for social action that allows anyone, anywhere to start, join and win campaigns. He led its global growth to more than 30 million users and 18 countries over the last two years. Born in Silicon Valley, has become one of the most successful social businesses in the world.

Erine Gray

Erine Gray founded Aunt Bertha - a search engine that makes it easy for people to find food, health, housing and education programs in the United States. Aunt Bertha’s mission is to make human service program information more accessible to both people and programs. Erine is a 2014 TED Fellow and a 2012 Unreasonable Institute Fellow.

Kilian Kleinschmidt

Kilian Kleinschmidt has more than 25 years hands-on experience in international development, emergency response, resource mobilization as well as political and regional cooperation in a wide range of organizations such as the UN and numerous NGOs. He also has 7 years of private sector experience in the construction sect

Jörg Reckhenrich

Jörg Reckhenrich is an artist and adjunct professor for Innovation Management at the Antwerp Management School. He has a passion to bring the creative principles of art to the organizational world. He believes that we can unfold our creative potential better and become artists, working with other people, if we sense and shape relationships very much as a space.

Sascha Haselmayer

Sascha Haselmayer is the the CEO of He trained at the Architectural Association and in 2003 co-founded (previously Living Labs Global), a non-profit association working with 82 leading global cities; leading global research institutes; and 1,200 innovative companies with a commitment to innovation and advancements in digital services in cities.

Tanga Elektra

Tanga Elektra is connecting extremes: Streets and clubs, ecstasy and serenity, dalliance and seriousness, complex melodies and hard rhythms, acoustic instruments and a loop station. Two Brothers. One Soul.

Giacomo Pirazzoli

Giacomo "Piraz" Pirazzoli is an architect PhD. He graduated with honours at the School of Architecture, University of Florence and then carried on research activity at the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris, while at the same time practicing at Christian De Portzamparc's Pritzker Prize office. Based in Florence and Milan, he designed several buildings, museums and exhibitions (some awarded and published) in Italy and abroad, often in collaboration with other firms. He chairs CrossingLab.com_Crossing Research On Site Specific, Innovation, Globalisation, the think-tank which recently produced "GreenUP - a Smart City" cross-media research.

Geraldine de Bastion

Geraldine de Bastion is a freelance international consultant with a multicultural background based in Berlin, Germany. She is an expert oninformation and communication technology and new media for development and advises organizations such as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on digital media and communication strategies. She also works with activists and bloggers around the world.

Jennifer Aksu

Jennifer Aksu has a background in Theatre Science and Communication. Coming from the humanities but enjoying tough and creative accountings she works as a production manager for the arts in Berlin. Though she never really played computer games, she is part of the Berlin based artist collective Invisible Playground since 2010. Invisible Playground designs playful systems that remix the connections between people, the environments they inhabit, and the technology they use.

Dekel Bor

Dekel Bor, composer, guitarist and bandleader, is a 34 year-old phenomenon who has taken the jazz world by storm for his highly original and captivating musical vision and performances.

Christian Berkel

With his distinctive demeanor and his characteristic appearance, Berlin actor Christian Berkel easily leaves an imprint on his audience, whether through his multiple roles in cinema productions or through his role as “The Criminalist” in the TV series with the same name. Christian Berkel is also patron of the foundation “A place for children”. At TEDxHamburg, Christian Berkel will collaborate with Dekel Bor

Organizing team


Berlin, Germany
  • Jens Bley
  • Rebecca Krum
  • Judith Woellenstein
    Social Media
  • Caren Brockmann
  • Pamela Minuta
  • Stephanie Igunbor
    Project Management
  • Stephan Balzer
    Curator & Host