2019 – So long, and thanks for all the fish


There are less than 12 hours left of 2019.
How has this year been for you?
Have you reached the goals that you set for yourself a year ago?

For TEDxVienna, 2019 was a big year. The conference “About Time” marked our 10 year anniversary, which we celebrated together with over 1.300 live and 3.000 online viewers. It was a great day! If you missed it, or want to relive it, you should know that all the talks were recorded and have been uploaded to the TEDx Talks channel on youtube. So far, the three most watched talks from “About Time” are:

“What I Learned from Spending a Week in Virtual Reality” by Jak Wilmot

“The surprising link between women’s brains and the birth control pill” by Sarah E. Hill

“Why we shouldn’t need a Fridays for Future Movement” by Franziska Marhold


And, if you are curious to learn more about some of our inspiring speakers, you can read our interviews with wildlife biologist Wes Larson, journalist Abdi Latif Dahir, actress and Pop Culture Hero Coalition founder Chase Masterson and research psychologist Sarah E. Hill.

The 10 year anniversary of TEDxVienna also inspired us to reflect on our journey and revisit past conferences in our “Recapping the recap” series on the blog. Here, we summarized the past 10 years of salons and conferences and we took a walk down the memory lane to 2018’s “Simplexity”, 2017’s “On The Edge” and 2016’s “Out There”.

(By the way, while looking back and remembering so many fascinating talks and inspiring speakers, I was curious which of all the TEDxVienna talks has been viewed the most on youtube so far. So I checked the TEDx talks channel and the answer is… “What if you could trade a paperclip for a house” by Kyle MacDonald, which has over 9,4 million views.)


However, 2019 was much more than just our anniversary. In terms of other events, we live streamed talks from the TED2019 “Bigger than us” conference and recapped the YouthSpeak Forum Vienna event. At the MIT Europe Conference in Vienna, we met with Ethan Zuckerberg, the director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT and an Associate Professor of the Practice at the MIT Media Lab to discuss questions to answer by 2029. Around the World Refugee Day, we published an interview with a refugee teenager about his journey to, and first year in, Austria.

This year, we also took a deeper look at some often neglected topics in the blog series “Conversations”. These posts are based on first hand insights that shine some light on important topics such as depression, eating disorders and the impostor syndrome.

Welcome 2020

After looking back, it is time to look forward. What are your hopes and wishes for 2020?

If you plan to set some resolutions for 2020 and are looking for inspiration about how to follow through, then this TEDx talk explaining the science of motivation is something for you.


Happy New Year!
May 2020 be an amazing and inspiring year, full of new ideas worth spreading!

– Your TEDxVienna team


Header photo by cottonbro from Pexels


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About Monika Abramczuk

Monika studied biotechnology and molecular biology. When not engaged in research, she likes to read spy thrillers, drink tea, bake and travel.

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