x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Pushing boundaries

This event occurred on
June 17, 2014
6:00pm - 10:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Munich, BY

This will be the first TEDx event at the Technische Universität München (TUM).

TUM Main campus
Arcisstraße 21
Munich, BY
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Shepherd Dean A.

Dean Shepherd is a member of the TUM community by virtue of his honorary doctorate awarded by President Herrmann in 2013. He is the David H. Jacobs Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA. Dean received his doctorate and MBA from Bond University, a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia), and an honorary doctorate from Jonkoping University (Sweden). Professor Shepherd is one of the leading researchers on the psychology of entrepreneurship.

Burkhard Rost

Prof. Burkhard Rost is Chair of Bioinformatics at the Technical University of Munich since 2009. Prior to that, he was a professor at Columbia University since 1998, and still holds an affiliation there today. He conducts research on bioinformatics, with a focus on predicting the functions and structures of proteins and genes. He also focuses on enabling earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment of illnesses. The specific niche of his research group links artificial intelligence and machine learning to evolution. He has authored 200 scientific publications with a Hirsch index of 50 (2010).

Philipp Reisinger

Dr. Philipp Reisinger studied in Rome, Austria and Munich. He is not only a Bachelor of Philosophy, but also a Doctor of Theology and a Licenciate of Canon Law. Not unlike his education, Dr. Reisinger's lifestyle is multifaceted as well. He lived 14 years as a Monk and 5 years as a Catholic Priest, worked as a tourist guide in the Vatican City, as a teacher in Liechtenstein, as a tutor and research associate at the LMU, and as a company advisor for a software company in Munich. Since 2013, Dr. Reisinger is working as a FutureAnalyst at the FutureManagementGroup AG in the Frankfurt Area. We are very much looking forward to his insights.

Benoit Jacob

Benoit Jacob is Head of Design for BMW i since 2010, the new subbrand of BMW. He follows a thoroughly sustainable design approach that goes far beyond the normal design of automobiles. Furthermore, the nonchalant creative stands out due to his exhaustless curiosity, a fascination for master pieces of engineering and a huge passion for his work. He was aged just ten when he made up his mind to be a car designer.

Rafael Hostettler

Being fascinated by the complexity and beauty of everything, Rafael Hostettler always had a hard time to choose. That’s why he has a MSc. in Computational Science from ETH Zurich, where he learnt to simulate just everything on computers, so he didn’t have to take a decision. Now he’s building robots that imitate the building principles of the human musculoskeletal system and travels the world with Roboy. The 3D printed robot boy that plays in a theatre, goes to school and fascinates the audience with his unique story. Rafael Hostettler is currently performing his PhD research on Myorobotics with Prof. Alois Knoll from TU Munich at the Department of Informatics.

James Mister

James Mister is currently completing a Master of Science in Sustainable Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He holds a B.A. in politics from Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey, USA), where he wrote his diploma thesis on the economic, political, and social outcomes of sustainable development investment in the East African and Latin American contexts. Prior to moving to Munich, James was a Transatlantic Fellow in economic policy assessment and international law at Ecologic Institute in Berlin and also worked as a research analyst at the Forum for Atlantic Climate & Energy Talks in Berlin and Washington, DC. Originally from Chicago (Illinois, USA), James is a native English speaker and is fluent in German, Dutch, Spanish, and French. He also speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Organizing team


Munich, Germany
  • Eric Zimmerling
  • Emmanuel el-Khoury
  • Nikita Vinogradov
  • Boyang Yin