Since their inception in 1984, with the mission “Ideas worth spreading”, TED conferences have gained a high number of followers – so much so that the website, launched in 2006, now brings together a community of close to 100,000 members, totalling over 500 million views. These events have attracted hundreds of thought leaders from a variety of fields of expertise to join in and share their ideas with the world. TED has become an inspiration for a whole generation of curious young men and women.
Johannes Bittel (Class of 2012) is one of them. Currently an ESCP Europe student on the Master in Management programme, he discovered TED.com while he was studying for a Bachelor in International Business at Fachhochschule Ludwigshafen in Germany. He watched Al Gore’s speech on climate change, Bill Clinton talking about his Foundation and his efforts to fight poverty in Africa as well as Steve Jobs sharing his views on life – speeches that left an impression on him. So naturally, he decided to join the TED community and became a TEDster in their online community.
Later on, Johannes Bittel enrolled at ESCP Europe in London, Madrid and Paris. While attending a strategy workshop with the Boston Consulting Group in Vienna, he met two other participants who both were TEDx organizers at their universities. The passion with which they described their experiences as TEDx organizers made him curious.
"I decided that this was for me," he explains. "However, I soon realised that it is not easy at all to become an organiser because if you want your event to be bigger than a hundred people you need a full licence and attend one of the two annual conferences." So Johannes Bittel applied for a license at TED writing about himself what he believes in and why he wanted to take on this responsibility.
Now, he is more determined than ever to organise his first TEDx conference at ESCP Europe’s Paris Campus. Johannes Bittel hopes this event will "unleash some of the vast knowledge and passion within the realm of the Grandes Écoles in Paris and create a community of curious young people." Mainly targeting Grandes Écoles students, the conference will be fully organised by ESCP Europe student volunteers looking to gain experience in organising a top-class conference and to meet inspirational personalities.
If you wish to support the project simply get in touch with Johannes Bittel, via email or visit and like TEDxESCP’s Facebook page!
ESCP Europe will hold its first TEDx conference. Organized entirely by students. More information on the event coming soon. Stay tuned, we'll keep you updated!