BMW i partners with TED to find mobility visionaries to help shape the future

Invites thinkers and doers to take part in “NextVisionaries” ideas competition. Winners to present at the Frankfurt Motor Show and TED’s New York theater.

BMW like every auto maker worth their salt, is searching for the future before it happens. Being early in an industry as large as the automtive industry can be the difference between success and failure and certainly be the difference between being an also ran and being perceived as an industry leader.

BMW’s i division which is responsible for the ultra sexy and still futuristic-looking i8 is teaming up with TED, the non-profit organization dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading. TED Talks give speakers under 20 minutes (usually closer to 10) to inspire the world by telling their experiences and sharing their knowledge across an array of industries. The alliance was announced yesterday during the annual TED Conference in the Canadian city of Vancouver.

BMW i is launching a unique, global search for ideas with TED entitled “NextVisionaries” and have created a dedicated site –, to find the best pioneers, strategists and creatives from around the world are invited to outline their ideas for mobility. Applications can be submitted now and will go through a multi-phase selection process over the next 4 months, which will then be chosen by a panel of mentors based on how impressive, promising and groundbreaking the proposals are.

Entrants are asked to propose vehicle and technological concepts, hardware and software solutions, and ideas for products and services that have the potential to shape the face of personal transport in tomorrow’s world. Visions can likewise be based around environment-friendly mobility-related processes that conserve resources, or on strategies for creating a society geared towards personal mobility requirements.

If you’re lucky enough to be chosen as the winner, you’ll be present that idea from the TED stage in New York in November 2017. If you’re more of an ideas person, rather than a, speak to millions kind of person, don’t stress, the prize includes comprehensive public speaking coaching.

BMW i sees the collaboration with TED as presenting a unique opportunity to help bring visionary ideas for personal mobility to the world’s attention. With BMW i Ventures, the brand already helps selected initiatives and start-ups to develop and implement trailblazing ideas in the organisation of personal transport. And now, “NextVisionaries” is providing a platform that is open to everyone and has been designed to enable free exchange of ideas.

Senior Vice President Brand BMW, Hildegard Wortmann said,

“Ever since the founding of project i ten years ago, BMW i has been a visionary pioneer. This spirit of visionary thinking and pioneering action unites BMW i and the TED community. For all pre- thinkers of inspiring and iconic visions around the mobility of tomorrow, we offer a great stage with this unique cooperation,”

Head of Global Partnerships at TED, Lisa Choi Owens added,

“TED Talks give the most creative minds and their most fascinating ideas a way to reach curious audiences around the world. The collaboration with BMW i gives us the chance to unearth some of the most exciting new thinking in the field of mobility.”



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