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Niklas Meindl


Currently studying Business Administration at the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Niklas is a Freeride World Qualifier Snowboard Athlete. As the president of TEDxFHNW he is in charge of the Finance, Webdesign and Multimedia production.


Nafisa Umar

Vice president

Originally from London, Nafisa is a full-time Business Administration student who loves making ideas a reality. As the vice-president and secretary of TEDxFHNW she’s in charge of the Adminstrative Work, Finance and gets in touch with our Partners.


Our Story

How did TEDxFHNW start?

During our first week at university at FHNW, our professors gave us the interesting task of developing a marketing strategy for a startup. As we were grouped together, we quickly found our common interest in creating new ideas and putting them to use. A few days into the course the topic of our conversation was TED Talks and how inspiring they are to us. Next thing we know, we're planning our own TEDx Talk at FHNW (keep in mind we had known eachother for one week). To this day, we're still as motivated to plan the event as we were during that first week!


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


TEDxFHNW is a local, self-organized event that will bring the TED-like experience to Brugg, Switzerland. The event aims to create a unique gathering where new ideas are unleashed with brilliant speakers and thought-provoking videos. Various speakers will be provided with the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences with a crowd of 100 interested students, professors and members of faculty.