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Theme: Stop.Start!

This event occurred on
October 17, 2014
8:30am - 5:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Zürich, ZH

Our era is often said to be a time of rapid technological change, but at the same time we are facing changes that are equally dramatic. Our communities, both locally and globally face many challenges today when it comes to social matters, politics, health, sustainable consumption, global warming or sustainable agriculture to name just a few. Solving these issues requires taking risks on new ideas, approaches and initiatives.

What does this mean? We may need to stop doing x before we start doing y, think differently or upside down, get rid of an obstacle or get out of our comfort zone. With this theme we want to inspire the TEDx Zurich community to stop waiting and start doing, to stop doubting and start believing, to stop wasting and start saving or to simply start listening to the exciting ideas and perspectives of others!

SRF studios / tpc
Fernsehstrasse 1 - 4
Zürich, ZH, 8052
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Omid Aschari

Omid Aschari is a Professor of Strategic Management and Managing Director of the globally top-ranked SIM-HSG Master’s program at the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) since its inception in 2003. He is Founder and Chairman of ASG Strategy Group AG.

Anya Cherneff

Anya Cherneff is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering women to control their own destinies and create a cleaner, healthier future. Anya originates from New York and is currently living in Amsterdam, running Empower Generation — a non-profit social enterprise that empowers women to own and operate clean energy distribution businesses in Nepal.

Thomas Rippel

Thomas is a globetrotter who has settled down in Switzerland to live his life as an organic farmer. Sustainable agriculture is central to his life’s philosophy and combines his passions for cutting edge science, healthy nutrition, animal welfare and combatting global climate change.

Xavier Vilalta

Xavier Vilalta is the founder and director of Vilalta Arquitectura. Despite his youth, he is already a distinguished international architect specializing in sustainability. His work combines innovative technology with local resources and culture to create contemporary designs that suit their environment.

Mich Gerber – music act

Mich Gerber, who is currently living in Berne, plays not only the double bass, he was also a pioneer in working with the Live Sampling Looping System. Most of his pieces are instrumental. Until today he has released six studio albums and written numerous compositions for theatre and film. Furthermore, he plays on big festival stages with his band and solo in smaller clubs.

Georg Polzer

Georg Polzer is co-founder of Teralytics, a fast-growing data analytics company with offices in Zurich, Singapore and New York. He holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from ETH Zurich. Teralytics is on a mission to unlock the full potential of the world’s data to make human life more fulfilling.

Stefan Wess

Stefan Wess is a Researcher and Entrepreneur. He holds his PhD in Computer Science and is a highly recognized technology industry veteran with multinational front-line technology and scientific leadership experience. Stefan has written and published numerous books and articles on Artificial Intelligence.

Richard Olsen

Richard Olsen has combined academic research with hands on experience in financial markets. He founded Olsen & Associates in 1985, which developed and marketed a real time information system with forecasts and trading recommendations for financial markets, co-founder of OANDA, a successful internet market maker, and Olsen Ltd, a hedge fund.

Sergei Lupashin

Sergei Lupashin created the Fotokite, an easy to use, accessible tethered flying camera. Recently presented at TED2014, the Fotokite allows anyone from archaeologists to fire fighters to snowboarders to access birds-eye perspectives and record events and memories without the complexities of traditional UAVs.

Natasha Arora

Natasha Arora is an anthropologist fascinated by what genetics can tell us about human evolution and the pathogens that affect us. She moved from Madrid to London to Berlin to complete her studies and work, before landing in Zurich to immerse herself in a project on orangutan genetics. Following her Ph.D in this area, she went on to do a two year project examining the re-emergence of syphilis in Switzerland.

Andreea Diaconescu

Andreea Diaconescu (born in 1982 in Craiova, Romania) is a researcher at the Translational Neuromodeling Unit (TNU) of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Zurich & ETH Zurich. Andreea obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Toronto and led projects at world-renown research institutes, such as Rotman Research Institute and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Danielle Mersch

Danielle Mersch is a biologist amazed by the beauty of life and eager to understand it. She loves challenges, diversity and interdisciplinary approaches. Luxembourgian by citizenship, born in Germany, she moved to Paris to study and experience real city life. After summers studying lizards, vultures and voles in France and Norway, she moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to work on the most intriguing and diverse creatures, ants.

Black Barons – music act

“The Black Barons” is a Zurich-based authentic as well as progressive country and rockabillyband. Initially starting out as a studio project launched by singer-songwriter Florian C. Roth and his former schoolmate Kathleen Litzenberger, the musical aggregation was later on completed by Julian “Jules” Szenogrady (drums), Mateo Chacon-Pino (bass) and eventually Max Kämmerling (guitar).

Emily Costello

At age 22, Emily Costello graduated with a Physics Bachelor’s degree and hopes to continue on to obtain a Ph.D. However, her path did not always appear to lead to a life in physics. Aged 9, she wrote her first 4-part music piece, which was performed by her school orchestra. At 11, she produced and directed a youth theater production and enjoyed quoting Shakespeare.

Kristen Vermilyea

Kristen Vermilyea is an American filmmaker, writer, performance artist, installation artist, actor, storyteller, listener and provocateur currently living in Zurich, Switzerland. She writes essays and plays, makes films and creates art around the topics of feminism, body image, aging, identity, objectification and transgressing ‘normal’.

Rolf Winters

Rolf (50) was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he studied business economics. He enjoyed an international corporate career up till the age of 30. Having experienced the extremes of the corporate spectrum, from a thriving culture to self-destructive one, were elementary in finding his true passion in life: Uncovering our true human potential.

Martin Inderbitzin

Martin Inderbitzin studied biology at the ETH Zurich and did his PhD in Neuroscience at UPF Barcelona with a special focus on artificial emotions and human computer interaction. After his studies in Spain he moved back to his home town Zurich and started to work as an interaction designer. In 2012 his dreams of a successful career were destroyed by a cancer diagnosis.

Honey Thaljieh

Even while confined by a physical wall, Honey Thaljieh has broken through the barriers of political oppression, social and cultural challenges to become a poignant voice for empowerment and equality through sport. As the co-founder of women’s football in Palestine, the first captain of the Palestinian national football team, the first woman in the Middle East to obtain a FIFA Master and to be employed by FIFA (Fédération International de Football Association), Honey is a role model to women and girls throughout the Arab world and an inspiration to all who dream to live life abundantly.

Organizing team


Zurich, Switzerland
  • Nicolas Blanchard
  • Brian Clampet
  • Pia Eggimann
    Location & Catering
  • Karin Friedli
  • Dania Gerhardt
  • Melanie Kovacs
  • Daniela Luzanin
  • Oliver Mulle
    Finance & Legal
  • David Nydegger
    Head of Committee