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Theme: Future to go?

This event occurred on
October 12, 2019
5:00pm - 10:30pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen

We are always on the go. Flexibility, mobility and digitalization are highly cherished values. This can make us restless and impulsive. ‘Future to Go’ is in itself a contradiction, a reminder of the plastic cups on our German ‘Coffee to go’. How do we change?

Theater Münster
Neubrückenstraße 63
Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, 48143
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Alessandro Crimi

Alessandro Crimi is a researcher split between Switzerland and Ghana. He is alternating research about clinical neuroscience and biomedical projects in Ghana and other countries. He has conducted several projects using novel technologies for low income countries, pushed by the love for those countries and not only the desire of co-operating in biomedical projects. Moreover, his research on clinical neuroscience has been mostly focused on neuroimaging for Alzheimer, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases and disorders. He believes that science should not be kept in a sterile space but communicated to everybody and even integrated with art. Studying the brain helps us understanding who we are and it gives also incredible insights on shapes and colors which are artistic

Bridget Fonkeu

Teaching and Research Assistant
Bridget Fonkeu was born in Cameroon & is married with 4 children. In 1986, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English & theatre arts & got a Master’s degree in the science of education. She worked as a high school teacher in Cameroon, where she taught English literature to Anglophone students and English as a 2nd language to Francophone students. As Cameroon became politically unstable, she fled to Germany as an asylum seeker in 199I. Her 2 degrees were not recognized. She worked as cleaner and a restaurant dish washer. In 2007, she decided to go back to university but was required to do a DSH Germany proficiency test. At the age of 45, she started a master’s degree at the university of Bochum. She had to keep her job as a dishwasher. In 2011, she got a Master’s degree in English linguistics from the University of Bochum. 3 years later, she moved on to the Technical University of Dortmund where she is rounding up her PhD project. She will talk about her personal experience.

Carla Reemtsma

Environmental Activist
Carla is a 21 year old student in Politics and Economics student in Münster. When she is not active for climate change, she is in the gymnasium either training the school children or doing gymnastics herself. Last winter, when she saw in her Facebook feed how Greta’s speech at the climate conference in Kattowitz went viral, she co-organized the first strikes in Münster It was silent, drizzly and there were only 10 people. A few weeks later, tens of thousands of people joined the strike against the coal commission. Because there was no political engagement on climate, hundreds of groups were formed in Germany. Children were labelled as kids bunking off school without a clue but nevertheless strikes with thousands of people were organised. On Friday 20 September, as adults were called to join the action1,4 million people took to the streets in Germany. She will give a talk about her passion for climate activism.

David Middelbeck

Chairman of TechLabs
David Middelbeck stands up for a world without digital illiterates as the Chairman of the European nonprofit organization TechLabs. He co-founded the organization 2 years ago in Münster, and now helps hundreds of students every year to learn coding skills at its three locations in Münster, Barcelona & Copenhagen. Furthermore, David is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of the startup edyoucated, a digital education platform that helps companies to upskill their workforce to digital roles. He is a passionate social entrepreneur with 8 years of nonprofit leadership experience & former Head of Product at an early-stage data analytics startup from Münster. Before, he studied Information Systems, Data Science, Philosophy, and Entrepreneurship at Harvard University, MIT, WWU Münster, and QUT Brisbane. David will talk about his vision for the future of digital education – so called "learning accelerators" that combine the best of powerful online resources & engaging offline communities.

Johann Butting

Head of EMEA
Johann Butting is Head of EMEA at Slack, a Workplace Collaboration Hub, and has worked in the technology sector in the US and Europe for almost 20 years. Being an engineer at heart, he is interested in finding solutions to the challenges the world faces today. He believes that, in the era of digital transformation, we as a society and a global economy, have to switch from an “individual first” to a “team first” mentality. This is not to say that we should lose our individuality. But if we focus on sharing and collaboration, if we define team spirit and meaningful interactions as the new, legit and most important measurements of success, this new mindset will have a deep and lasting positive effect on our economy and society.

Koen Schobbers

Koen Schobbers (1992) works in the gaming industry for 13 years. He was the first professional gamer to receive a special topsportstatus in the Netherlands to combine his career with his medical study. He nowadays is a known international public speaker and has his own company which is focussed on education, consulting and speaking. He helps parents to repair, retain or reinforce the relationship with gaming children using his specially developed Parents of Play Program. He also very much enjoys educating children, providing them with all information and necessary tools to make sure they stay in balance. Koen has worked with companies such as Vodafone, KIA Motors and Spinnin’ Records and is the host of a TV show on FOX-Sports.

Laura Gatti

Agronomist & Landscape Designer
Dott.Agr Laura Gatti is an agronomist, landscape consultant and landscape designer. She founded her firm in 1992, specialized in horticultural advisory, tree care, tree management plans, soil consultancy, with special skills and experiences in restoration of historical sites and greening integrated to buildings (green roofs, green walls, hanging gardens). She is a winner of many competitions together with different international architecture and engineering firms. She is a founder and first president of the Italian Society of Arboriculture. Adjunct professor in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan since 2005 and awarded with the Targa Fabio Rizzi as Professional of the Year in 2008. Awarded as ‘Great Tree of the Italian Landscape’ in 2017 and granted as ‘One of the 50 most impactful green leaders – Global Listing’ in 2018. She will talk about her work at TEDxMünster.

Max Kops

Max Kops is a best-selling author, public speaker and disruptor, who helps start-ups and established companies to be grow with innovation. For several years, he has been working with Blockchain Technologies and ‘Security Token Offerings’ (STO) to help financing of start-ups and big companies. He shares his experience at conferences world wide. Max studied at the University of Münster and came back to share what he has learnt about innovation and people, particularly with examples of how tokenization and security tokes can improve start-up investments and personal finance, giving people freedom and power over their own finances.

Max-Fabian Volhard

Chemical Engineer
Max is 32 years old, was born in Detmold and has been living in Münsterland for 8 years. He studied Chemistry and has a combined degree from the FH Münster/WWU Münster. He is a chemical engineer with a specialisation in materials and is working on the photochemical decomposition of plastics. For the last ten years, he has been a volunteer at the ‘Technischen Hilfswerk’, where he is the group leader for a water damage/pump squad. The group has helped with the flooding across Germany. He likes to play badmington and ride his bicycle. For TEDxMünster, he will talk about his groundbreaking work on plastic and how this could solve our environmental problem with plastic in the ocean.

Sara Espinoza

Scientific Researcher
Sara was born in Quito Ecuador in 1988 and went to a German school there. In Flensburg, she studied biotechnology and got a masters degree in Biomedical Engineering, Since 2016, she has been working on her doctorate in chemistry at the University of Osnabrück and the FH Münster. She is researching nanotechnology in the treatment of cancer and is excited to be working on a technology which will reduce cost of treatment and the quality of life of many patients. She will talk about her research.

Thomas Bartoschek

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Thomas is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), University of Münster (WWU), where he lead the GI@School lab. He is associated to the spatial intelligence lab (SIL) and was member of the semantic interoperability lab (MUSIL) at ifgi. His research, work and projects were awarded with several prizes, most recently with the CeBIT Innovation Award 2017 and the ACM Eugene Lawler Award 2013. Currently, I am mostly involved in SeseBox, a do-it-yourself kit for stationary and mobile sensor stations – the Citizen Science toolkit. His research interests are in Digital Education, Citizen Science, Spatial Learning, Mobile Learning, Volunteered Geographic Information, Human Computer Interaction, User Interface Design and Geoinformation in Education. Further he is interested in science communication and motivating kids to code, to think spatially and to engage in science.

Tobias Sudhoff

Tobias is a chef (previously chef in the Michelin star Westfäliche Stube), food activist as well as a cabaret artist and musician. For TEDxMünster, he will talk about his idea: ‘We top chefs will save the world through gratification’. He is often on the road to take his message to the best restaurants and on stage in Germany. He is just as much on the road in the best restaurant as on the stages around the country to make his message come true - and he is no less concerned with saving the planet. Whoever looks at this theory on ecology and sustainability in the kitchen quickly notices - what Sudhoff has developed there is not a crazy utopia but a scientifically founded idea that can have a great influence on the way we humans feed ourselves in the future.

Organizing team


Münster, Germany


Muenster, Germany
  • Jin Rhee
  • Wiebke Borgers