BMW group26 Apr 2017

BMW i has partnered up with TED, the non-profit organisation dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading, to launch a global search for ideas titled “NextVisionaries”. Pioneers, strategists and creatives from around the world are invited to outline their ideas and visions for the future of mobility. During a multi-phase selection process over the next four months, a panel of experts will shortlist the most impressive, most promising and most groundbreaking proposals.

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 mobility.

BMW i8 © Marla Aufmuth / TED

The “NextVisionaries” ideas competition is aimed at a creative community engaged with various aspects of future mobility. The competition theme of “Visionary Mobility” has been formulated to attract the broadest possible spread of pioneering ideas and concepts. Entrants are asked to propose vehicle and technological concepts, hardware and software solutions, as well as ideas for products and services that have the potential to shape the face of personal mobility in tomorrow’s world. Visions can likewise be based around environment-friendly mobility-related processes that conserve resources, or strategies for creating a society geared towards personal mobility requirements.

The six short-listed visionaries will then refine their concepts and ideas with help from BMW i and TED experts, with the best being presented to the public for the first time at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. The winning vision – selected by a panel of experts – will be presented at a TED event in New York in November 2017. Before then, the winner will undergo comprehensive public speaking coaching.

TED Conference 2017 © Bret Hartman / TED

“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,” explained Hildegard Wortmann, Senior Vice President Brand BMW.

Lisa Choi Owens, Head of Global Partnerships at TED, 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.”

Applications can be submitted now at, where participation conditions can also be found.

Find out more about BMW i here.

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