TEDxAmRing is an event that seeks the local and global transfer of knowledge. It presents global ideas at a local level and offers local innovators and thinkers a chance to play a part in the global TED network.
TEDxAmRing focuses on sustainable change. Whether in the fashion industry, science and technology, or in everyday living, we must work together to create a solid foundation for lasting global change: to save lives, protect our environment, and create possibilities for conscientious living.
In their talks of maximum 18 minutes, our speakers will present their innovative ideas in the areas of technology, HIV/AIDS research, and fashion.
We cordially invite you to join us at the Vienna Hofburg to broaden the discussion of change and sustainability.
Vivienne Westwood began designing in 1971 along with her partner
Malcolm McLaren when London was at the forefront of cultural trends.
In 1984 she launched her own fashion line and in 2004 the V&A hosted a Vivienne
Westwood retrospective exhibition to celebrate her 34 years in fashion - the largest
exhibition ever devoted to a living British fashion designer.
As well as being a World renowned fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is also an activist for environmental, political and human rights campaigns, and uses the medium of her shows to talk about culture and politics, more specifically about the urgent need to act against climate change. She is a Trustee of human rights organization Liberty and, more recently, Patron of Reprieve. She is also an important campaigner for Amnesty International. Photo: Andy Gotts
They are a team just working in sync. Although they have never met before - they are constantly missing each other in the mirror.
The private person Tom Neuwirth and the art figure Conchita Wurst respect each other from the bottom of their hearts.
They are two individual characters with their own individual stories, but with one essential message for tolerance and against discrimination.
Because of the discrimination against Tom in his teenage-years, he created Conchita, The Bearded Lady, as a statement. A statement for tolerance and acceptance - as it's not about appearances; it's about the human being. 'Everybody should live their lives the way they want, as long as nobody else gets hurt or is restricted in their own way of life.'
Photo: Paz Stammler Photography
The president and CEO of ORIGAMI Healthcare Products, Inc., a public benefits corporation
located in Los Angeles, Danny Resnic is the inventor of the ORIGAMI condoms – the first condom
innovations that create sensation exclusively from inside rather than from outside. Resnic observed that
rolled latex condoms had not made any significant design innovation since they were first developed in 1902.
As a result, he developed a new, engineered approach that could provide a wide range of structural design options
that had previously not been considered.
Resnic holds several international patents, has served as the Principal Investigator for several NIH-funded clinical trials to develop and commercialize the ORIGAMI condoms, and continues to innovate the condom industry. A product launch is planned in 2015, following regulatory reviews.
Bill Roedy is the former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his
team built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands (including MTV,
Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of 2 billion people.
Roedy currently serves as Chairman of the Staying Alive Foundation, which provides young people with resources to fight the epidemic at the grass roots level, in combination with MTV’s award winning HIV/AIDS programming.
He has received numerous awards - including Individual Business Leadership Award presented by US President Bill Clinton, the International Emmy Founder’s Award, amfAR’s Award of Courage, Doctors of the World Leadership Award and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award presented by UN Secretary General Ban–Ki-Moon in 2009.
Saijai Liangpunsakul grew up in a small town in the south of Thailand, believing that technology
with empathy can change lives. Her passion to empower lives using mobile technology led her to improve
communal health and connect villagers with health services, all while using open source applications that
could be shared easily and freely within a community.
As Dimagi Field Manager she has worked with Community Health Workers in Thailand, Zambia, Laos, Nepal and India to design open source mobile solutions to help patients struggling with HIV, birth control issues, local widespread diseases, and to improve healthcare access. Liangpunsakul was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the USAID Bangkok Mobile Solutions Forum for her proposal on using mobile application to tackle dengue outbreak in Thailand.
Mark Dybul is the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria. Dybul has worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years as a clinician,
scientist, teacher and administrator. He has written extensively in scientific and policy literature,
and has received several Honorary Degrees.
Dybul became a founding architect and driving force in the formation of the U.S. President George W. Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving as Chief Medical Officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting director, in 2006 he was appointed as its leader, becoming U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State.
Regan Hofmann is an award-winning journalist, media expert and published author who was formerly
the editor-in-chief of POZ and poz.com. At UNAIDS, Hofmann works to build stronger, more strategic
collaborations with the Executive Branch of the U.S. government and the U.S. Congress.
She works with civil society and advocacy groups to build support for key UNAIDS priorities.
Prior to joining UNAIDS, Hofmann worked as a consultant to organizations defending domestic and global funding for HIV/AIDS and those focused on securing the health, dignity and human rights of people living with HIV. An openly positive woman whose memoir "I Have Something To Tell You" was published in 2009, Hofmann serves on the amfAR board and as an ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Adrain Chesser is a self-taught photographer who refined his craft and practice through a personal mentor/protégé relationship with photographer Rosalind Solomon, and later with photographer Debbie Fleming Caffery. His first critical success came with “I have something to tell you” a personal exploration of what it meant to disclose life-altering news.
Chesser will introduce and exhibit two of his series at the conference.
Albert Frantz began piano studies at the unusual age of seventeen—years after a childhood teacher proclaimed
he would never be able to play piano. Under the tutelage of Steven H. Smith at Penn State University,
he won local, state and national piano competitions. As a Fulbright Fellow in Vienna, he studied with
Roland Batik at Konservatorium Wien. In Vienna, he studied most intensively with Paul Badura-Skoda,
as well as with Carlo Grante and Sally Sargent. Albert records for the Gramola label and is a Bösendorfer Artist.
He is also a popular speaker and the president of Vienna Toastmasters.
Albert is also an avid amateur athlete whose passions include running marathons and racing cars, and he is currently training for his first Ironman triathlon.
|12:00 - 12:45||Check-in|
|13:00||Introduction Session 1
Exploring the WHAT
"A social movement to fight AIDS, malaria and tb and end the epidemics"
"Condoms: Consumer Protection or Consumer Deception? The Marketing Myth is Exposed"
"My m-Health Journey: How technology and empathy can change lives"
Video: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian
|14:20||Exhibitor Adrain Chesser
"I have something to tell you"
|15:20||Introduction Session 2
Exploring the HOW
|15:30||Kristina Tsvetanova, Slavi Slavev (Green Vision)
"Tablets to grasp for blind people"
"The Unstoppable Future of Love, Respect and Tolerance"
"Sex and Secrets"
|16:25||Piano performance by Albert Frantz
Franz Liszt: Études d'exécution transcendante (selection)
"MTV vs HIV—how media can save lives"
"Who are our Rulers - and what can we do?"
Conclusion & Credits
Address of venue entrance: In der Burg, 1010 Vienna
Wheelchair access is on Heldenplatz left of the National Library.