MindMeister at TEDxVienna: The Value of Live Mind Mapping

TEDx events are simply awesome. Based on the simple premise of “Ideas worth spreading,” TEDx events embody all that is great about the global TED events, and break them down to a community focused implementation. At the numerous TEDx events I’ve had the pleasure of attending, I often leave them with the question in mind, “Which was better – the speakers I heard today, or the people I met during the breaks and social activities?” The way I see it, these events are a win/win situation.

TEDx Vienna Mind Map

I’ve seen TEDx events range from intimate settings of less than 100 people in the audience, all the way through to major exhibition halls and theaters playing host to TEDx events, most often selling out weeks before the event takes place. The ability to pack venues like these speaks to the power of the concept itself. However, there are inevitably those that would like to attend, but either can’t make the event or simply didn’t get a ticket in time.

To solve this quandary, for the past two years MindMeister has been live mind mapping local TEDx events, as well as working with our Dutch partners World of Minds on covering TEDx events in The Netherlands. Live mind mapping events provide two key values:

    1. Allowing participants that couldn’t gain entry a structured, easy to follow visualization of key points of a TEDx speakers’ talk.
    2. Providing a living archive of the event, accessible as a reference for years to come after the final talk has been given.

To date, our live mind mapping event maps have received over a quarter million views, and continue to rank high in our analytics, proving that users from around the world are not only tuning in on the day of the event but coming back to draw references from these mind maps.

To this end, we’re very proud to be a supporter of the TEDxVienna 2011 event and will be providing live mind mapping all day. You can find our collection of TEDxVienna 2011 live mind maps here.

The schedule of confirmed speakers includes:

      • Robert Trappl – Head of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Professor Emeritus of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence at the Center for Brain Research at the Medical University of Vienna.
      • Alexander Oswald – Head of Marketing at Nokia, covering several countries, including Switzerland, Cyprus, Israel and of course Austria.
      • Klaus Stadlmann: In 2008 Klaus majored in industrial engineering at the TU Vienna. His degree thesis: “the development of an orthosis used in the supporting and measuring of a torque path of the ankle during rehabilitation” received special honors. He’s also part of the team that’s developed the world’s smallest 3D printer.
      • Corinna Milborn: An Austrian political scientist and journalist. In her early career, she acted as an expert in globalisation issues and spokesperson for the WWF. Former Editor in Chief at the human rights magazine Liga and political editor at the news magazineFormat, Corinna is since 2010 Deputy Editor in Chief at News and host of the TV-talkshow “Club2” on the Austrian Public Television Network.
      • Florian Brody: Florian Brody has extensive experience in marketing for start-ups and currently serves as head of marketing for Cimbal Inc. a company developing a mobile payment solution. He actively promotes to collaboration between Austria and the Silicon Valley and has initiated an incubator for Austrian companies.

Making their very first public appearance, the Table Connect Team will be on hand to do a live demonstration of their larger-than-life Table Connect for iPhone project. Think I can get them to demo MindMeister on this huge device? 😉

I also live mind mapped last year’s TEDxVienna event, and will be located up in the tech booth high above the audience with a direct audio line, and multiple television monitors. It’s not the most “in the moment” seat in the house, but it sure is the most sensory. If you’re at the event, swing by and say hi. If you’re following from afar, you can always reach me directly @MountainDan or @MindMeister.

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