TEDxHelvetia: Imagining Our Future

TEDxHelvetia is about spreading ideas that can truly make a difference, from some of the world’s renowned experts as well as the great minds of tomorrow. Join us for a livestream of TEDxHelvetia at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 13, 2012 from 6:30 am to 9:30 am America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)


$10 advance purchase, $15 at door, free for students under 25 w/ ID

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxHelvetia, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxHelvetia event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

TEDxHelvetia is about spreading ideas that can truly make a difference, from some of the world’s renowned experts as well as the great minds of tomorrow. Our future holds many challenges, from financial crises, social inequalities and demographic shifts to climate change, dwindling natural resources and pollution.

Join us at swissnex San Francisco for a livestream of TEDxHelvetia to discover possible solutions, find inspiration in new ideas from the worlds of finance, science and technology and, above all, imagine our future.


7:15 am  doors open
7:30 am  livestream starts
10:30 am  end of livestream
10:45 am  doors close


Jonas Eliasson

His research interests include transport modeling, appraisal and cost-benefit analysis, valuation of non-market goods (e.g. travel time and intrusion effects), transport policy, transport planning and road pricing. He has been heavily involved in the design, planning and evaluation of the Stockholm congestion charges, and is frequently engaged as an advisor to other cities considering congestion pricing systems. He has been responsible for the modeling and appraisal of several major Swedish infrastructure investments, and is currently chairing the committee for transport modeling and cost-benefit analysis of the National Transport Investment Plan.


Sarah Harper

Sarah Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. She works on global population ageing, widespread falls in fertility and growth in extreme longevity with particular interest in the Asia–Pacific Region.


Patrick Haggard

Professor Patrick Haggard is a neuroscientist at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Department of Psychology, University College London whose research group works on the relation between brain activity and conscious experience in sensorimotor systems.


Yves Daccord

Yves Daccord is the Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which he joined in 1992. He has worked in Israel and the occupied and autonomous territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya and Georgia. He returned to ICRC headquarters in 1997 to take up the post of deputy head of the Division for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law. In 1998 he was appointed head of the Communication Division and then Director of Communication in 2002, a post he held until his appointment as Director-General in 2010. Mr Daccord was previously a journalist. He holds a BA in political science.


Virginie Raisson

Virginie Raisson runs Lépac, an independent research lab specialised in geopolitics, international relations, and foresight. She has a degree in history, international relations, and geopolitics. In addition to serving international organisations and relief agencies, Virginie Raisson is the author of several books. Her latest work is a foresight atlas entitled “2033 Atlas des Futurs du Mond” published in November 2010 by Robert Laffont.


Dwayne Spradlin

Dwayne Spradlin is the President & CEO of InnoCentive and co-author of the The Open Innovation Marketplace, published in 2011 by FT Press. Dwayne holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Jason Clay

Jason Clay is WWF’s Senior Vice President of Market Transformation. He also manages the WWF Network’s private sector advisory board and is the architect of WWF’s private sector engagement strategy identifying global trends and issues as well as supply chain management.


Yaron Herman

Israeli-born, Paris-based Yaron Herman started out on a promising career as a basketball player on the Israeli national junior team before a serious knee injury quashed his sporting ambitions. He only decided to take up playing the piano, at the age of 16 and his unique and modern take on Jazz brings together improvisation and covers of modern classics from Britney Spears to Björk. Think you’ve seen everything Jazz has to offer… think again! Be prepared for some big surprises as Herman plays the piano like you’ve never seen it played before.


Stéphanie P. Lacour

Since January 2011, she leads the Laboratory for Soft Bioelectronics Interfaces; she is a pioneer in designing and fabricating stretchable electronics. She was named as one of the “Top 35 Innovators under the age of 35” by MIT Technology Review and her awards include a Royal Society Research Fellowship, an ERC Starting Grant and the 2011 Zonta Award for her research achievement as a young female academic.


Martin Vetterli

Martin Vetterli is the newly elected President of the Swiss National Science Foundation, steering the direction and priorities of Swiss scientific research. His ten years in the USA, at Columbia and Berkeley, coupled with his extensive teaching experience, give him a unique perspective on the revolution of open on-line courses spreading from across the Atlantic. His current research is focused on audiovisual communications and he occasionally finds time to spin off a start-up or two and to indulge in his passion for the guitar.


Jamie Paik

With an artist and scientist for parents, and with a passion for sculpture herself, Professor Paik brings a unique view to the world of micro-engineering. She developed her flexible robotic research in Paris and Harvard before moving to EPFL to set up the Reconfigurable Robotics Lab in 2012. Jamie is also a member of the Swiss National Center for Competence in Robotics Research.


Andreas Raptopoulos

Andreas Raptopoulos is a designer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Matternet, launching a new paradigm for transportation using a network of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Andreas believes in technology as a force for immensely positive, widespread change.



Photo: Myleen Hollero