This month, TEDx’ers from events all over the globe gathered together in Vienna for three days of talks, workshops, activities and tours. This was the very first TEDxWeekend — worldwide gatherings bringing TEDx’ers together for knowledge sharing, cultural activities and fun.
Niki Ernst of TEDxSalzburg hosted the event — partnered with TEDxAmRing in Vienna and TEDxVilnius in Lithuania.
The weekend kicked off with a salon at the historic Sofiensäle theater in the Marxergasse-Quarter of the city. TEDxAmRing hosted the salon, presenting two sessions of speakers, including TEDSalon Berlin speaker Simon Anholt, as well as updates from the TEDx team. After the salon, attendees adjourned to the Café Leopold, located above the city’s famed Leopold Museum in Vienna’s Museumsquartier.
Saturday consisted of an optional morning run, and a full day of workshops and city tours. Attendees discussed the ins-and-outs of organizing a TEDx Salon, getting talks translated through the Open Translation Project and – with TED’s European Director, Bruno Giussani — best practices for curating speakers. TEDx’ers learned to make Apfelstrudel, took bike rides by the Danube and got to know local landmarks.
The day concluded with a traditional Austrian Heurigenabend — an evening of socializing, food and local wines celebrating the summer season. “Our community caught up after spending the day learning and exchanging ideas over traditional, local dishes and a live band,” says TEDx Community Development and Engagement Manager Amanda Ellis. “There was even some waltzing!”
To end the weekend, TEDxVilnius organized a day of celebration outdoors at an organic farm a 25-minute ride outside of the city. “We played lawn games, sipped wine from a local vineyard and dined on dishes grown on the property,” says Ellis. “A water balloon fight was included, as well as a great community photo taken by a drone.”
Below, the weekend in photos: