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Toa15 Live Stream


15-16 July

Alte Teppichfabrik, Berlin

Connect and learn with top-tier entrepreneurs, artists and scientists at a beautiful location.
Experience inspirational storytelling, interactive panels, knowshops, pillowtalks, art installations, live music and so much more…

TOA15 Contributors

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    Assaf Biderman

    Founder and CEO, Superpedestrian (Copenhagen Wheel)

    Assaf Biderman is a technology inventor, author, and entrepreneur. He teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is the associate director of the SENSEable City Laboratory – a research group that explores the “real-time city” by studying the increasing deployment of sensors and networked miniaturized electronics, as well as their relationship to the built environment.

    In December 2012, Assaf founded Superpedestrian, a technology company that focuses on the future of personal urban mobility. He teamed up with a group of veteran roboticists to develop their first product: The Copenhagen Wheel – Senseable City Lab’s award winning bicycle project. Superpedestrian has received multiple awards including the 2014 Red Dot: Luminary – the highest Red Dot distinction, and Time Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014, and the 2014 Deutscher Werkbund award.

    Assaf’s holds multiple patents and has co-authored dozens of publications and book chapters. His work on urban technologies has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museums in Boston and in London, and the Venice Biennale., and featured in over 1000 media publications including the BBC, New York Times, the Economist, WIRED,CNN, Discovery Channel, and CNBC.

    Assaf Biderman

    Founder and CEO

    Superpedestrian (Copenhagen Wheel)

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    Ayoub Qanir

    Writer/Director, Transient Films

    Ayoub Qanir is an American film director, writer and designer best known for his award winning experimental film series Human After All, featuring French music duo Daft Punk. As a follow up to his debut feature-project, Koyakatsi, Ayoub has recently completed work on his latest film, Artificio Conceal, filmed in London and starring leading actors David Bailie and Simon Armstrong.

    Ayoub, who recently served as a jury of the 2015 edition of the Miami International Film Festival, has also made the cover of Version Homme Magazine’s 2015 Man Of The Year issue. Qanir is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the United Nations Association of the United States of America.

    Ayoub Qanir


    Transient Films

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    Chris Barton

    Founder, Shazam

    Chris Barton is the co-founder of Shazam which started as an idea he conceived in late 1999. With three other co-founders, Chris led the creation of Shazam from concept through inventing a new pattern recognition technology to building and launching the world’s first mobile music recognition service.

    Today Shazam has more than 100 million monthly active users and drives more than $300 million in digital downloads. Chris currently works at Dropbox where is responsible for business development with mobile operators/carriers. He also serves on the board of Shazam Entertainment.

    Prior to Dropbox, Chris spent nearly eight years at Google focused on mobile with his last two years on the Android business development team. He has also worked at Microsoft (MSN), News Corp, San Francisco Consulting Group, and LEK Consulting. Chris holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.

    Chris Barton



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    Christian Hardenberg

    Global CTO, Rocket Internet SE

    Before joining Rocket Internet as CTO in Berlin, Christian was CTO of Metaversum, where he developed massively distributed virtual worlds in Python, Rails and Erlang. He also built a 3D game engine in C++, conducted research on computer vision, worked as a business consultant for BCG and McKinsey, and crossed the Alps on foot. Christian holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and business administration from Technical University Berlin.

    Christian Hardenberg

    Global CTO

    Rocket Internet SE

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    Daniel Haver

    CEO, Native Instruments

    As the CEO of Native Instruments, Daniel Haver is the driving force behind all strategic decisions and a pursuer of a systematic expansion course on all fronts. A passionate entrepreneur who had previously owned a media design studio, he joined the founding team of Native Instruments as a shareholder in 1997.

    Being an avid fan of electronic music culture, he was immediately fascinated with the creative potential and the market opportunities of music software. His marketing background allowed Daniel Haver to create a brand that quickly achieved a unique standing in its industry, and his passion for design has shaped the distinctive look and feel of the company’s products.

    Together with CTO Mate Galic, Daniel Haver also defined a long-term vision for Native Instruments early on, which let the engineering-centric software start-up evolve into an international technology leader, and continues to provide direction for the company’s success.

    Daniel Haver


    Native Instruments

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    Dirk Ahlborn

    CEO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

    Dirk Ahlborn started his career in 1993 as an investment specialist in Germany. After moving to Italy in 1997 he founded several companies in the alternative energy and interior design space. Since 2009 he is a part of the Girvan Institute of Technology a non-profit business incubator for start-up tech companies funded by NASA.

    He co-founded and become CEO of Jumpstarter in 2013, a company which provide crowdsourcing tecchnology. He is also the CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc, a project initiated by Elon Musk and incubated using JumpstartFund’s crowd collaboration process, which is developing a high speed, intercity transporter using a low pressure tube train which would reach a top speed of 760 miles per hour (1,220 km/h) with a yearly capacity of 15 million passengers.!/

    Dirk Ahlborn


    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

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    Elaine Warburton

    Co-Founder and CEO, QuantuMDx

    Elaine is an entrepreneur with over 25 years’ healthcare and biotechnology experience. With an eclectic background in nursing, genetics, accounting and running hospitals, she currently heads up pioneering British biotech QuantuMDx Group. QuantuMDx is developing a low cost handheld molecular lab with inbuilt DNA sequencing to address humanitarian health challenges and detect & track emerging pandemics in real-time across developing and developed nations through the Internet of Life™.

    The first assays to be commercialised later in 2015 are sub-20 minute infectious disease/drug resistance testing and companion diagnostics. Elaine was awarded an OBE in the 2014 Queen’s New Year Honours for services to Innovation in Healthcare.

    Elaine Warburton

    Co-Founder and CEO


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    Eric Wahlforss

    Founder and CTO, SoundCloud

    Eric Wahlforss is founder and CTO of SoundCloud, the world’s leading audio platform that enables anyone, anywhere to create and share their originally created sounds across the web.

    Since its inception in 2008, Eric has been responsible for overseeing product strategy, engineering and design. The company has experienced exponential user growth, with creators on SoundCloud now posting 12 hours of music and audio every minute. SoundCloud reaches more than 350 million people every month, 175 million of whom are unique listeners.

    Eric has been working with the web since 1995 and, among other positions, was Interaction Designer for Gate5 (acquired by Nokia in 2007). He holds a M.Sc degree in Industrial Economics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and has studied three years at the Stockholm School of Economics. Under the artist name Forss he has released electronic music on Berlin based label Sonar Kollektiv and toured across the world.

    Eric Wahlforss

    Founder and CTO


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    Erik Spiekermann

    Founder, Edenspiekermann

    Erik Spiekermann is an art historian, printer, typedesigner (with Meta, Officina, Unit, Info, Fira et al) information architect, author. Founder MetaDesign ’79, FontShop ’89. Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Britain 2007. TDC Medal & National German Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, etc.

    Now Edenspiekermann Berlin, San Francisco, Amsterdam. Lives in Berlin, London & San Francisco.
    A book about his life and work “Hello I am Erik” was published by Gestalten Verlag in 2014.

    Erik Spiekermann



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    Greg Dybec

    Managing Editor, Elite Daily

    Greg Dybec is the Managing Editor of Elite Daily, a millennial-focused digital publication generating 73 million unique monthly visitors. At Elite Daily, Greg is responsible for a team of talented writers, daily publishing across verticals, and long-term content strategy.

    Prior to joining Elite Daily in 2013, he managed Editorial Operations for a NYC-based content company where he spearheaded a major international project for Google, developing content for the Google Play app and website across 10+ countries while leading a team of 30+ global writers.

    Greg Dybec

    Managing Editor

    Elite Daily

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    Greg Koch

    Co-Founder and CEO, Stone Brewing Co.

    Greg Koch is CEO and co-founder of Stone Brewing Co., the 9th largest craft brewing company in the United States. Koch passionately believes that environmental and social sustainability go hand in hand with brewing amazing beer, and has instilled those principles into the company’s business practices.

    His vision and enthusiasm for the art of brewing and dedication to supporting local, organic small farms has shaped the company’s two award-winning Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant experiences in San Diego County. This vision will spread nationally and internationally when the company opens production breweries and destination restaurants in Richmond, Virginia, and Berlin, Germany (the latter making Stone Brewing the first American craft brewer to own and operate a brewery in Europe).

    When time allows, Koch enjoys speaking at events on topics such as beer, business philosophy, food philosophy, sustainability, ethics and unconventional marketing. Koch is recognized as one of the world’s leading advocates and experts on craft beer and the brewing industry.

    Greg Koch

    Co-Founder and CEO

    Stone Brewing Co.

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    Robert Gentz

    Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Zalando

    Robert Gentz is Co-founder and member of the management board at Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online fashion platform. He’s responsible for the retailer’s tech business as well as strategy and management of new business.

    Robert founded Zalando together with his partner David Schneider in 2008 in Berlin. Before this, he studied Business Administration at the WHU – Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management, graduating in 2007.

    Robert Gentz

    Co-Founder and Co-CEO


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    Tim Exile


    Tim Exile is known as an audio maverick and technical genius, with a long career that unifies the disparate streams of his work as a musician, technologist, and educator. In addition to albums on the world-renowned Warp and Planet Mu record labels he has created commercially available sound tools The Finger and The Mouth in collaboration with Berlin music tech heavyweight Native Instruments. Both of these were derived from his self-made instrument the Flow Machine.

    Alongside this his experiments in electronic sound have led to him collaborating with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, improvising with sounds from the Large Hadron Collider at TedxCERN, touring with kindred spirit Imogen Heap and performing as Mostly Robot with Jamie Lidell. Exile is currently an Associate Artist at London’s famed Roundhouse, delivering music production workshops and advising young artists and is hard at work on new music and tech products to be announced soon.

    Tim Exile


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    Urška Sršen

    Co-Founder and CCO, Bellabeat

    Urska Srsen is the Co-Founder and Head of Product at Bellabeat, a Silicon Valley company that produces smart devices and wearables for women, helping them keep take care of their overall health.

    Urska is the main visionary behind Bellabeat’s products and overall branding strategy that has recently been recognised by Fast Company as one of the most innovative products of the year. Urska was one of the main speakers at Y Combinator Startup School, appeared on the ABC News, Fox News, WSJ, Forbes, Silicon Valley Business Journal and many others.

    After attending the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and having multiple standalone exhibitions around the world by the age of 22, Urska founded Bellabeat after having worked on a professional home monitoring system, helping pregnant women to learn how to lead a healthier pregnancy and keep track of their health.

    Urška Sršen

    Co-Founder and CCO


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    Yonatan Raz-Fridman

    Co-Founder and CEO, Kano

    Yonatan drives the overall direction, strategy and global growth at Kano, and was instrumental in helping the company design, manufacture and ship over 40,000 Kano computers to 86 countries in just 24 months. He has a strong desire to equip young people all over the world (“the rising generation”) with tools they need to create the innovation of the future by making what they play with.

    An Israeli-born entrepreneur, Yonatan started his first venture Funkkit while in university and has seen first-hand what a global trendsetter looks like while working with the President of Keter, an Israeli multinational, where he realized the capabilities needed to build and commercialise new products. Yonatan is the Founding Chairman of both the Zell Alumni Network and Young Israelis for UNICEF. He has spoken at Quartz Next Billion, TEDx, Oppi, Wired Next Gen and the Continuity Forum. He served at the IDF and is a graduate of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at the IDC in Israel.

    Yonatan Raz-Fridman

    Co-Founder and CEO


  • Satellite Events

    July 16-17

    This year more than 140+ satellite events transform Berlin’s creative community into an interactive hub for tech. Visit some of Berlin’s most unique social and startup spaces and network at memorable meet-ups, workshops and parties city-wide.





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