How a TEDx’er won tickets to every TEDx event in Austria

Simon Erker won tickets to every TEDx event in Austria (Photo: Axel Dietrich, TEDxVienna)

Simon Erker won tickets to every TEDx event in Austria (Photo: Axel Dietrich, TEDxVienna)

How to connect all of the TEDx communities in one country? By sharing ideas … and attendees, says TEDxVienna curator Réka Artner. At the 2014 TEDSalon in Berlin, Artner and other TEDx organizers took advantage of being in one place and brainstormed how to bring more awareness to the great ideas worth spreading coming out of their separate communities, Artner says.

To carry this out, a year after the Salon, the TEDxVienna team invited all of the TEDx teams in Austria to come up with the best way to drum up excitement about Austrian ideas worth spreading. The result? A country-wide social media campaign.

This May, the Austrian TEDx group led a contest offering free admission to all TEDx events in Austria in 2015, for one winner and their plus one. This grand prize was nicknamed the Golden TEDx Pass.

The Golden TEDx Pass to all TEDx events in Austria (Photo: TEDxVienna)

The Golden TEDx Pass to all TEDx events in Austria (Photo: Axel Dietrich, TEDxVienna)

Participants were asked to post their favorite TEDx Talk from an Austrian TEDx event on the competition’s Facebook event page. After receiving hundreds of entries, the organizers used a random number generator to pick a winner — 27-year-old physicist Simon Erker, from Graz, Austria.

Erker had never attended a TEDx event prior to entering the contest, but now has access to seven different TEDx events (and a plethora of ideas worth spreading) for free.

Winner Simon with team members Gaby and Olivia from TEDxVienna (Photo: TEDxVienna)

Erker with team members Gaby and Olivia from TEDxVienna (Photo: Axel Dietrich, TEDxVienna)

On the TEDxVienna website, team member Olivia List interviewed Erker, who explains why he entered the contest, how he got interested in TED and TEDx and what he’s looking forward to seeing at the seven events. Read the whole interview here.

For more information, you can read a blog post about the contest here.

If you are a TEDx organizer or volunteer, you can find a presentation about the campaign on the TEDx Hub.

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