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Abigail Edgecliffe-Johnson is the Founder of RaceYa, an educational technology company that uses programmable radio-controlled cars to excite kids about the power of iteration, experimentation and persistence to achieve their goals. Starting with a race-able science kit and expanding out into an immersive universe of customization, STEM education and collaboration, RaceYa is building a community of fearless kids.
Abigail has a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University where her work centered on pregnancy, drug use and prisons. An expert in communication and human behavior, with more than 10 years of commercial and academic experience of large-scale research projects, she founded RaceYa to teach kids how to turn failure into productive, creative problem-solving. In her spare time, she is a confectionery roboticist making moving, blinking and occasionally exploding cakes.
Adam is the co-founder and principal artist of Prezi. He created the very first prezis in early 2000 for his personal projects and he is still a pioneer in visual storytelling and conversational presenting.
He always loved presenting ideas visually and believes that our future will require us to be more creative, more conversational and to be faster, better communicators. Adam believes sharing ideas visually to help people make better decisions is the way forward.
Adina Popescu is a creator of mixed reality simulations that integrate viral, mobile, and interactive elements into storytelling, and is leading the way for creating the entertainment of tomorrow, working closely with Brett Leonard and Scott Ross (ILM/Digital Domain) at Virtuosity Entertainment.
She worked as a creative advisor to Conservation International (CI) on new forms of engagement via immersive & viral storytelling and has been an advisor to Peter Seligmann (CEO of CI) directly – which led to Conservation International’s VR experience Valens Reef @ Chris Milks company WITHIN.
She has been working with the team of CI on the ‘Nature is Speaking’ campaign, working alongside Media Arts Lab and Lee Clow and has advised Media Arts Lab on storytelling in VR/AR and social Media.
She has a deeply rooted interest in Nature Conservation and was curator of a conference format called ‘Parley for the Oceans’ – organized on behalf of Pharrell Williams and Bionic Yarn, aiming to find biomimicry solutions in industrial production.
Alessio studied Business/Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen and San Diego State University. After studying in the US, he dropped out of university to start tellM, an app that provided an anonymous newsfeed for friends. With two fellow students and one lecturer they founded a company and launched the app at various Universities in California. After tellM failed to gain sustainable traction and a following split of the founding team, Alessio eventually hired a new team and iterated tellM into the now known Jodel.
Alessio, now as a single-founder, was responsible for product/tech, marketing, community, financing, and HR in the early days of the company. Being a product guy, he nowadays keeps his focus on product, strategy&vision and HR.
Alex Caccia is an entrepreneur with start-up experience in media, technology, manufacturing and a background in finance and investment banking. After a career as a fund manager, and subsequently in investment banking, Alex founded successful sports equipment business WaterRower Ltd. In 1999 Alex joined Sportal, a European dotcom startup, where he was head of advanced technology development. In 2003 Alex was involved in The Cloud (wifi Aggregator, sold to Sky in 2010). From 2005-2010 Alex was CEO of Marmalade Technology Ltd, a leading mobile applications cross platform software SDK. In 2012, Alex founded an exercise technology business called Muoverti Ltd., and in 2015 co-founded Animal Dynamics, a spin-out form Oxford University.
Alex Jaimes is a scientist and innovator and the current head of R&D at cloud infrastructure service DigitalOcean. He’s been a startup CTO, advisor, and has held leadership positions at Yahoo, Telefonica, IDIAP, FujiXerox, and IBM TJ Watson, among others. Within years of its launch, DigitalOcean managed to establish itself in a market crowded by the likes of Amazon, Linode and Rackspace. So far, it has raised more than $120 million towards its goal of becoming the de facto hosting service for discerning developers.
Alex John Beck is a Dutch-American photographer, raised in London, England, now based in New York City. Working across genres, his interest lies in the impact and adaptation of people within their environment. Alex’s projects focus on the tight feedback loop between technology and its users.
We are over the moon to welcome Alex to the TOA Festival stage this year. As the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at SoundCloud, Alex is an integral part of the Berlin startup ecosystem, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join us this year. With the recent launch of SoundCloud’s mid-priced subscription plan, SoundCloud Go, and with his finger on the pulse of the music streaming category, Alex is sure to share some serious insights into the startup scene plus give the lowdown on the future of the industry. Welcome to TOA, Alex!
After studying civil engineering at the University of Karlsruhe Alexander Zosel was Vice President of Innovation at the Swiss corporation Biometry.Com AG, among other things. He is now applying his profound expertise as a successful serial entrepreneur on behalf of the Volocopter. He conceived the VC200 and developed its design. As a paraglider and gyrocopter pilot he lives out his passion for flying that constantly motivates him to consider new developments.
Alvin has spent the last decade campaigning on issues of social justice, human rights, and public policy. Earlier this year he was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 EMEA for his work. In 2016 he founded The Fourth Group, a global community creating a new politics for the fourth industrial revolution. In a year, the group now has over 1,500 members and hubs in London, Paris, Bogota, Barcelona, Bucharest, and Berlin. The community works together to develop solutions to the challenges and opportunities of the digital age. They have developed fact-checkers, chatbots, and an online School of Politics. The Fourth Group is also developing the world’s first politician AI.
Angel Adelaja is founder and CEO of Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services, an urban farming and Ag-tech company in Nigeria. She studied Epidemiology at Michigan State University and Biology at Temple University but found interest in agriculture and entrepreneurship, which led her to start her own businesses. Through Fresh Direct, she is creating jobs for unemployed urban youth and women by lowering the bar of entry into agriculture through the use of her container farm technology, a cost effective solution to help young Africans compete with the import market rather than competing with rural farmers. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a mentor to aspiring young entrepreneurs.
Angel supports individuals, groups and organizations to connect with their true purpose and visions and supporting them to get the right tools and strategy for their growth. As an entrepreneur, he understands the world as a field of possibilities and he strongly believes that the future is in the hands of entrepreneurs, who take responsibility for their society and next generation.
He is an international expert for co-creative project development, therefore he trains people around the world and gives impulses as speaker. His goal is to create a new way of leadership and doing business – driven by a joint purpose: connected, peaceful, inclusive, mindful, respectful and caring.
Ankit Shah is a behavioral design expert who leads strategy and consulting at Dopamine Agency. With a strong academic/research background and a wide portfolio ranging from Fortune 50 clients to leading venture-Backed startups; he has helped capture attention and engagement at scale.
Anne Boden is CEO and founder of Starling Bank. Prior to Starling, she was Chief Operating Officer of Allied Irish Banks Plc and Head of EMEA, Global Transaction Banking across 34 countries for RBS and ABN AMRO.
Anna has more than 30 years experience in banking, having begun her career at Lloyds Bank, before moving on to Standard Chartered Bank and then UBS in Zurich and was recently recognised as one of the Global Power Women in FinTech. She holds a BSc in Computer Science and Chemistry, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of IT.
Anne Kjær Riechert is CEO and co-founder ReDI School of Digital Integration. She is a 2006 graduate from KaosPilot in Denmark, a hybrid of a business and a design school. From 2006-2009, she worked as a corporate social responsibility consultant. In that capacity, she developed and implemented Samsung Electronics’ award-winning corporate social responsibility strategy for Scandinavia. In July 2010, Anne moved to Japan, where she spent 2 years researching open social innovation and received the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowship. In 2012, she moved to Berlin to set up the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, which is associated with Stanford University. The lab focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social change toward global peace. In 2015, in response to the refugee crises, Anne co-founded ReDI School of Digital Integration, a vocational training program teaching programming and tech skills to asylum seekers and refugees. In 2016, Anne was recognized by Capital Magazine as “Young Elite – Top 40 under 40” in Germany.
ReDI School of Digital Integration was founded in 2015 by a team convinced that technology can break down barriers and bring people together to build new solutions to old problems. The idea of ReDI was sparked by the insight that amongst the refugee population there are incredible talents eager to learn and eager to contribute, who could help fill the 51.000 open IT jobs in Germany.
Annina Roescheisen is a multimedia artist, humanist and philanthropist. Her creative practice acts as a visual language that breaks down elitist thinking, illuminating empathy and human connections. Literature, music, and poetry serve as inspiration in her practice, namely through religious iconography, Medieval Art, German Romanticism, Gothic Architecture, and fairytales. Through various mediums, such as video and sculpture, it is her belief that Art can advocate for social change. (Photo credits : Patrick Desbrosses)
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the types of self-inflicted cellular and molecular damage that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations.
Avi brings more than 20 years of accomplished entrepreneurship and leadership to Sixgill. He has vast experience in the network security industry. Avi holds a Bsc. in Computer Engineering and an MBA of High Tech firms from Technion – Israel Institure of Technology.
Barry Lunn, the Founder and CEO of Arralis takes a design led approach to tech entrepreneurship. Barry’s approach to solving difficult technology problems is as much artistic as it is actual physics.
Arralis is a hardware start-up bringing millimetre-wave technology to the masses for the first time. It is the future of autonomous vision and wireless communications. Arralis customers include the biggest aerospace companies in the world and they have raised €50million to bring this technology to mass market applications including self-driving cars.
Brad Folkens is the co-founder and CEO of CloudSight, where he leads the effort to build the world’s first visual cognition platform to power the future of AI. He earned his Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics degrees with honors and immediately went to work building profitable companies, first with the award winning PublicSalary.com HR Tool, and later with his co-founder, Dominik, grossing over $1m/year in revenue.
Branden Spikes served as the technology right hand of Elon Musk for over 15 years at Zip2, PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX, where he helped pioneer, architect and build some extraordinary technology. He then founded Spikes Security in 2012, with a mission to solve the most pressing cybersecurity challenge, browser malware. He now serves as a startup investor, advisor, and technology evangelist for web browser isolation.
Bryant is a serial entrepreneur and technologist, having built several successful businesses in the mobile advertising and web design & digital publishing space. His current company, Webflow, is transforming the way people build for the web by marrying design with a codeless interface. Webflow has over 600,000 users and powering websites for the Fortune 500, to thousands of small businesses.
Bryony is a sex futurist who speaks globally about the impact technology is having on intimacy. Her podcast Future of Sex reaches thousands every month to explore the merging worlds of sex and tech. Mashable has called it “the podcast helping women to build the future of sextech”, and it has been featured in global media such as TechCrunch, Vice, Thrillist, The Humanist and HuffPo.
Since launching in Oct 2016, the podcast has toured visiting various cities in the US and Australia, and in the summer of ‘17 will be coming to Europe for the Future of Sex – Summer Series.
As a leader in sextech, Bryony also co-ran North America’s first sextech hackathon, encouraging more women to enter the industry and innovate around the often overlooked components of sexuality: education, assault reporting and women’s health.
Cathy Twigg began her career at MTV Films where she was responsible for discovering new talent and adding projects to the development slate. Over her industry tenure, Cathy has served at Dreamworks Television Animation, Sony Pictures Television, Bandeira Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation working on several live-action television series and notable projects including Toonsylvania, Invasion America, KUNG FU PANDA, MONSTERS VS ALIENS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, SHREK THE HALLS, MADAGASCAR, MADAGASCAR 2, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, TIGERLAND, SLAP HER, SHE’S FRENCH and THE LOVE LETTER.
Using her well-rounded film, animation, television and worldwide product distribution experience, she has produced, directed and written several short films and web series and is currently developing the company’s IP for VR, interactive, feature and television projects.
Charlotte Slingsby is the founder of Moya Power: London based wind energy harvesting startup, developing a flexible building textile to scavenge from existing infrastructure. Our future relies on farming green energy, therefore their mission is to capture abundant ambient wind energy from wasted urban space; creating energy generating hubs. Working together with CrossRail they have tested the potential in underground train tunnels, and have been recognised by Forbes 30u30 and Shell LiveWIRE.
Christian Raters is the founder and CEO of Lyrebird Game + Audio GmbH, a game audio and game development company based in Berlin that specializes in sound design, recording and mixing, adaptive game sound implementation, 3D audio, restoration, game design and development
Before building his own startup Christian graduated as Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production) and worked as a freelance audio engineer for many years.
Today, in addition to his work as a company manager, he is lecturing at several educational institutions such as SAE Institute Berlin, Riverside Studios, Music Pool Berlin and Gangway Street College.
Christoph Gerber, a native Berliner, is the founder of Lieferando.de, which he merged with TakeAway and took public in 2016. He is now the founder and CEO of Talon.One – a promotion API/ back-end company, which lets you create any kind of promotion without being limited by your development or product team. He has a dog, loves a cooking and being offline.
Corinne is co-founder of TomTom and Managing Director of its consumer business, such that she’s not just changing the world: she’s also helping people navigate it. She helped grow TomTom into a global player across multiple categories that last year made $1.1 billion in annual revenue. To top it all off, she is a staunch women in leadership advocate and, 2 years running, has been voted one of the top 50 most inspirational woman in European tech.
Cornelius is Co-Founder and CEO of Opinary, which seeks to burst the filter bubble and enable meaningful interaction online. Opinary’s technology visualizes opinions and lets over 40 million monthly users share their views, building on the notion that if you really want someone’s attention, you’re best off starting with a question. Opinary thus helps leading publishers and global brands engage and understand their audiences at scale. Prior to that, Cornelius helped start up McKinsey’s office in Lagos, Nigeria and graduated with an MBA from Harvard.
Cortney Harding is a professor, author, and consultant working at the intersection of music and virtual reality. Harding works with technology companies to partner with music artists and labels to create immersive, groundbreaking virtual reality content. Her knowledge of both the music and technology industries position her to uniquely create experiences that move both industries forward.
Harding is the author of , “How We Listen Now: Essays and Conversations About Music and Technology”, published in January 2016. She is a professor at the Clive Davis School of Music at NYU, and has been a frequent speaker at conferences like SXSW, Further Future, Canadian Music Week, SF Music Tech, and the Right Tech Summit. Harding received an MPA from New York University, and her BA from Wellesley College. She lives in New York City, and is at thirty-two time marathoner and ultra-marathoner!
Damian Bradfield is the President and CMO of WeTransfer, based in Los Angeles. His background combines experience with the some of the world’s leading creative companies (Stella McCartney, J Walter Thompson) with launching and mentoring a range of design and tech start-ups (Kuvva, Present Plus). He brings together the ambitious, international strategic thinking of the former with the quicker, nimbler energy of the start-up world. He first joined WeTransfer as Chief Strategic Officer in 2010 and played a pivotal part in building it into the leading, much-loved creative brand it is today. Nowadays the site has 40 million active users who transfer one billion files every month. In 2015, WeTransfer took its first round of investment (series-A of $25million by HCPE) and Damian moved to LA the following year to spearhead the company’s US operations.
In his dual role heading the American office and leading the brand’s marketing, growth and content departments, Damian personifies WeTransfer’s commitment to supporting and showcasing the best creative talent. To this end he has brought in Gilles Peterson and Troy Carter to work with the company and set up content partnerships with the likes of FKA twigs, Rankin, Sampha and Nelly Ben Hayoun, among many others.
Damian’s professional and cultural interests include moving beyond buzzwords to create genuinely human companies, the role of doubt as part of the creative and commercial processes, and how the ambivert personality type works in a collaborative professional world. He regularly blogs on these topics as well as consulting for a range of businesses, awards schemes and non-profit organizations. Damian has been interviewed and profiled by titles including Fast Company, Designweek, Mr Porter, 33Voices and LA Weekly.
Dan Zakai is Founder and CEO of Mindspace, a rapidly growing global provider of beautiful and inspiring coworking spaces for teams of all sizes. Since starting Mindspace in 2014, the company has opened multiple locations in Israel, established its leadership as an upscale co-working provider in Germany with buildings on Friedrichstraße, Berlin and Rödingsmarkt, Hamburg, and raised over $15M to expand further, with at least 3 new spaces and communities opening up at prime locations in Berlin and Munich this year. Dan is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to Mindspace, he founded in 2008 a solar energy company, which was later acquired. Earlier, Dan worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and HSBC. Dan holds a BA in Law & Business Administration from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Dan is married and a proud father of four children.
Dana is the co-founder and CMO of Inception, a leading 360 & VR destination of choice for premium content for millennials. Launched in 2016, Inception is available across all leading VR platforms and works with some of the biggest entertainment names in the world, including DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Time Out, and Playboy. Prior to Inception, Dana led Business Strategy, Marketing and Planning for the Microsoft Israel Research & Development Center. Before this, she was Head of Amdocs Global Marketing. Dana has a B.Sc. Industrial Engineering from Ben Gurion University and an MBA from NYU.
Daniel Nathrath is the co-founder and CEO of Ada, an AI health companion that helps people assess their health and provides doctors with diagnosis decision support. Grounded in six years of research and development, Ada’s personal health companion app was launched in 2016 with the mission to give everyone access to high quality, personalised health information and care. Since the company’ worldwide launch, Ada’s users have generated over a million health assessments, and its diagnosis support technology is being piloted by NHS practices in London and medical research institutions in Germany.
Daniel has lived and worked in Germany, Denmark, the UK and the USA as Founder, Managing Director and General Counsel at several internet startups. He also spent some years as a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He trained as a lawyer in Germany and the USA, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago.
Daniel is an Organization Designer. Through his company, Conductal, Daniel uses Social System Design to create incentives and processes that spark creativity and enable business agility at scale in startups and established organisations.
Beyond Conductal, Daniel is a visiting lecturer on System Design at Oxford University, a Co-founder of Crossmodalism, an Associate Fellow of London University, and a Fellow of the RSA.
Daniel Pinchbeck is the best-selling author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. His latest book, How Soon is Now?: From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation, looks at the ecological crisis as a rite of passage or initiation for humanity and defines a new post capitalist “operating system” for civilization.
Daniel has written for the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, Esquire, and other publications. He is a founder of evolver.net and the web magazine Reality Sandwich and was featured in the 2010 documentary 2012: Time for Change. He also directs the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture (www.planetaryculture.com).
David is the founder of Unity Technologies, which creates high-performance end-to-end platforms for the development of rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Since its founding in 2004, the company has raised nearly $700 million and currently has more than 5 million registered developers across the world. David served as Unity’s CEO between 2004 and 2014. In addition to being a restless entrepreneur, David is a partner at Nordic Makers, a group of ten Nordic-based angel investors who work closely together to help people build great and enduring companies.
David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994 as a creative outgrowth of his wide-ranging interests in a variety of subjects (particularly folklore) and his professional expertise in the computer industry. Handling everything from researching and writing articles about urban legends to managing the site’s technical infrastructure, David saw snopes.com (which antedated the development of automated search engines) quickly become the go-to place for Internet users to query about anything questionable they encountered online, establishing it as the oldest and best known online fact-checking outlet operating today.
In additional to his 20+ years experience researching and writing about the facts behind a multitude of topics, David’s educational background includes a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas (San Antonio) and about a zillion course hours of post-graduate classes at California State University, Northridge taken with no particular degree program in mind. His previous employment encompassed stints with the News-Chronicle (newspaper), Teledyne Electronics, the U.S. Postal Service, JPL, Digital Equipment Corporation, Rocketdyne, and Health Net (HMO).
David Okuniev is Co-founder and joint CEO of Typeform, a platform that helps you collect data in a conversational way. He’s also a designer working to make the web a little more human. When he’s not playing his ukulele, he’s hanging out with his family and eating lots of hummus.
David is the Chief Operations Officer of Stuart, a delivery platform that aims to transform the way goods are shuttled between delivery depots and their final destination, known as last-mile logistics. It uses a simple API to allow businesses of any size to build its super fast and convenient delivery platform into their existing offerings. After raising more than $25 million in two rounds, it was acquired by GeoPost, the international subsidiary of the French Groupe La Poste, in March. Prior to Stuart, David co-founded Uncover, a mobile platform for restaurant reservations and payments. Uncover was acquired by hospitality company Velocity in November 2015.
Didier Rappaport is the CEO and co-founder of Happn, the 100% mobile app which is revolutionising dating and allows users to meet people they have crossed paths with in real life, using a unique combination of real time and hyperlocation. Today the application has 30 million users worldwide and operates in about 40 cities. Didier began his career in setting up an international trading company. In the 90’s he discovered the digital world and created the first platform for B2B services devoted to the textile trade on an international scale. He then set up another platform, SourcesIT, this time devoted to IT professionals.
In 2005, Didier co-founded Dailymotion, where he served as chief operating officer.
Diva is Founder and CEO of Solenica, a hardware startup that brings sunlight into homes with a portable solar-powered robot called Caia. Solenica went through the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Diva has a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge and she attended Singularity University in 2010. Diva was nominated “Top 50 Influential Women in European Entrepreneurship” by EU-Startups and in 2017 has given her first TEDx talk in Rome on Italian vs US startups.
Dominik is a young entrepreneur and Blockchain expert from Italy. He has been in the Blockchain space for more than 5 years now, with several Blockchain startups in Switzerland and the UK. For the past 2 years has been focused on realizing the “Machine Economy” through IOTA. He firmly believes in the potential of Blockchain, especially in mobility, but generally has a pragmatic view and is focused on applications with clear business models behind them. In IOTA he leads the non-profit foundation and oversees partnerships and the overall realization of the project’s vision.
Dr. Andy Yen is the Founder and CEO of ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted email provider. Today, ProtonMail is used by millions of people and organizations around the world, including journalists and activists. He is a long time advocate of privacy rights and has spoken at TED, SXSW, and the Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.
Dr. Yen was previously a researcher at CERN. A physicist by training, he holds a PhD in Particle Physics from Harvard University, and prior to that studied Physics and Economics at Caltech.
Originally a particle physicist who pursued research at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland for 6 years, Elina was one of the leading researchers that discovered the Higgs boson, which lead to a Nobel Prize in physics 2013. After discovering the Higgs, Elina quit her science job to focus on women’s reproductive health. She then developed the algorithm behind Natural Cycles an effective and user friendly natural birth control method. Through analysing women’s body temperature the Natural Cycles mobile app identifies women’s fertile days for the purpose of both preventing and planning a pregnancy. Additionally, pregnant women monitor their temperature in the app to early detect sinking hormonal levels to be able to prevent a possible miscarriage. Elina continues to pursue research through Natural Cycles, and has now published two clinical studies concerning women’s reproductive health in a peer review journal. In January 2017 Natural Cycles became the first approved contraceptive app.
Former OIympic swimmer Dr. Elvira Fischer started her academic career at UCLA, where she received a BSc in Psychobiology and then continued pursuing a MSc. and a PhD in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences at the Max-Planck Institute in Tübingen. Continuing as a neuroscientist and researcher she worked at various world leading facilities such as the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) in Tübingen and the Danish Centre for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DRCMR) in Copenhagen. With more than 15 years experience in neuroscience and human behavior research, Elvira joined iMotions in September 2016, where she works as a neuroscientist and product specialist to support clients like Harvard, Stanford, Unilever or BMW in their endeavour to utilize insights into human behavior and emotional responses. Working with iMotions’ state-of-the-art technology, she enables clients all over the world to drive innovative ideas and technological advances.s
Noah is the Chief Operating Officer & “Futurist-in-Chief” for the Dubai Future Foundation, a policy & innovation think tank created by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He is part of a team that identifies emerging opportunities, develops strategic partnerships, and prototypes future initiatives, ranging from Blockchain to 3D printing to the Museum of the Future and more.
Former German Vice-Chancellor Philipp Rösler commands an impressive CV. His career in politics has seen him serve as Minister for Economics and Technology, Minister of Health, and as Federal Chairman of the Free Democratic Party. He currently serves as a Member of the Managing Board, and Head of Regional and Government Engagement at the World Economic Forum.
Thomas Fritz is leader of the work group “Music Evoked Brain Plasticity” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and visiting professor for Empirical Music Research at the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM) at the University of Gent. His research interest is the psychology of music, and includes the neuroanatomy of how music is processed in the auditory pathway, musical immersion with novel typs of musical interfaces, and how music relates to human evolution.
Edda advocates for sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. She’s the founder and CEO of Undress; an online marketplace to list, discover and borrow quality clothing. It’s the share economy for fashion, welcome to the future.
Edda is also the founder of Australia’s largest sustainable fashion runway show, Undress Runways. Exhibiting since 2011, the event engages 50,000+ people each year to celebrate sustainable designers. Edda is a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Eddie Miller is the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of greenRush, the world’s largest online marketplace in Cannabis. Eddie is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first business at 16 years old and developed it into the largest New Year’s Eve ticketing marketplace. His expertise in creating marketplaces expanded to other high profile ticketing and experiential businesses, with his most successful efforts in: newyearseve.com, balldrop.com, and pubcrawls.com.
Miller entered the Cannabis industry in 2013 to start greenRush. Using his expertise in marketing and building marketplaces, greenRush has grown to be the largest online marketplace in Cannabis. The greenRush platform includes tens of thousands of consumers, hundreds of retailers, and over 20,000 products. greenRush operates across hundreds of cities in California, Nevada, and Colorado.
Miller is considered a Cannabis industry expert and recently started his own cannabis investor series. He has also contributed to several national media outlets including but not limited to Forbes, USA Today, and ABC.
Croatian refugee and school dropout turned entrepreneur with background in architecture and electric mobility and strong interest in sustainable technologies. Winners of the AgTech FoodTech Summit 2016, Finalists of the Internorga Leaders Club Gastro Start Up 2017.
Born in 1977 in Sweden, Erika Lust is a filmmaker, mother, writer and entrepreneur; plus the owner and founder of Erika Lust Films, where she offers an alternative to the mainstream porn industry.
She is the creator of award-winning crowdsourced erotic project XConfessions.com where people share their sexual stories and fantasies. Each month Erika chooses two and turns them into captivating, arousing, cinematic explicit short films driven by sexually intelligent and sex-positive narratives, that reflect her views on sex as a healthy and a natural part of life that we should celebrate.
She has recently launched the online cinema www.EroticFilms.com to keep campaigning for a more ethical porn consumption. Erika and her team license films from a growing movement of directors that is trying to change the industry from within. Films that are done under the same ethical production values Erika has at Erika Lust Films.
Fabian Siegel is a passionate entrepreneur who, prior to launching Marley Spoon in 2014, built a global leader in online food ordering at Delivery Hero, co-founded Europe’s largest online payments brand ClickandBuy International, Germany’s first online auction business Kikin, and a financial services startup Strateer. He is now investing in startups and building Marley Spoon, a global company available in six countries worldwide.
As a Berlin native, Felix has been building things online since 1996. He is a serial entrepreneur and investor widely credited as a driving force in Berlin's startup ecosystem since its humble beginnings. He has founded and operated several successful startups including Plazes, the pioneering Geo-spacial company, acquired by Nokia in 2008 and Amen, an opinion sharing app, acquired by Tape.TV in 2011.
He is an active angel investor and advisor to well-known companies including Soundcloud and DataMiner. Passionate about all things frontier tech, Felix is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and has shared his views in publications such as WIRED and the New York Times.
Since 2004 Florian Richter and his media production service Sound & More are serving the needs of well-known artists and corporations by fabricating high-quality content in the audio department. Furthermore his excellent qualification results from his 10-year working experience at the legendary Studios 301 Cologne. A shortlist of clients includes names like: Robbie Williams, One Republic, Kettler GmbH, Wilson Sporting Goods and many more. Currently he is producing media content as the copartner of High Tide Studios in Hennef near Cologne. During the last three years a close cooperation with Fraunhofer IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany was established. Main topic of the joint efforts and research is to develop new technologies by seeing through the eyes of the user and identifying his needs.
Florian Schweitzer was one of the co-founders of btov in the year 2000. Since then he has worked on btov’s private investor network and investment business. Florian has graduated with a degree in management from the University of St. Gallen, where he developed START, an entrepreneurs’ organization with friends. Jointly with Dr. Jochen Gutbrod and Luca Martinelli, he is responsible for the Digital Tech Fund of btov. Florian has represented the interests of Business Angels in Switzerland in the Board of the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA), Chapter Seed Money & Venture Capital, from 2007 to 2015.
Gadi Amit is a San Francisco based technology designer behind some of the most innovative and lasting products created over the last two decades. Founder of the award-winning NewDealDesign, Gadi leads a multidisciplinary team matchmaking people, culture and technology to build joyful experiences for the world’s top brands and disruptors like Intel, Microsoft, Google, Fitbit, Herman Miller, Deutsche Telekom and Verizon.
With the motto ‘we mix brains, bravery and magic to make people smile,’ Gadi and his team have won over 100 design awards, including the United States National Design Award for an unrelenting commitment to crafting delightful and workable solutions for real people. Gadi was selected by Surface Magazine as one of their ‘Power 100’ in 2016, listed by Fast Company on their ‘1000 Most Creative People’ list, and selected by Fast Company Magazine as the Most Innovative Design firm of 2016.
Gavin is founder and current director of Parity Technologies Ltd. He has pushed the state-of-the-art in analysis tools and programming languages, as well as co-founded several technology startups, including Grid Singularity and Ethereum. He is the co-designer of the Ethereum Protocol and author of its formal specification, he created and wrote the first functional Ethereum implementation, designed and stewarded the Solidity language, was the project chief of the IDE, and designed and implemented the Whisper protocol.
Gian Casanova is the managing director of Futurice Germany in Berlin. Gian has over 15 years of relevant industry experience from different management positions at professional IT services and consultancy companies. He has managed large, international software development and consultancy projects for major companies, mainly in the automotive sector. Gian holds both a Master Degree in Computer Science and BA. His passion is to help customers to succeed in the Digital Transformation.
Hayat Sindi is a leading biotechnologist and a champion of science and technology in the Middle East. At a young age, inspired by great scientists and thinkers, Hayat convinced her family to allow her to travel alone to England to pursue her higher education, a rare permission for a young Saudi woman. She went on to earn a degree in pharmacology with honors from King’s College London in 1995 and five years later became the first woman from the Gulf to obtain a PhD in biotechnology from Cambridge. Driven by her desire to more closely link science and social impact she co-founded a non-profit organization with a team at Harvard called Diagnostics For All which creates innovative, inexpensive, point-of-care diagnostic devices for people in impoverished regions. These devices require no power, water or trained doctors and have the ability to provide potentially life-saving medical results in minutes. She has invented a machine combining the effects of light and ultra-sound for use in biotechnology. Along with her scientific activities, she participated in numerous events aimed at raising the awareness of science amongst women, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the Muslim World. She is also interested in the problem of brain drain.Further, at the heart of Sindi’s innovations was a passion to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Middle East that would transcend existing gaps between education and opportunity. In 2011 she launched i2, the Institute for imagination and Ingenuity, to encourage innovation among young people specifically male and female scientists, technologists and engineers.
In 2013 Sindi was one of the first 30 women to be appointed to the Saudi Arabia’s highest consultative body, the Shura Council, and is one of 25 global experts selected by United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to be a member of the newly constituted UN Scientific Advisory Board which will provide advice to the UN’s leadership on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development. Sindi is also a Goodwill Ambassador for Sciences at UNESCO. In 2012, she was chosen by National Geographic as Explorer. Also she was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World”. Hayat was named by Forbes number 2 the most powerful Arab women in kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Sept 2014 Hayat Sindi received Clinton Global Citizen Awards “leadership in Civil Society” for her work to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among young people in the Middle East. 2015 Sindi was invited by UN Environment programme to be an Honorary Advisor for the Eye on Earth Summit.
She was selected for 2014 and 2015 by educational institution in cooperation with national geographic to portray her life story and present it in five courses for all the world to stimulate children to science.
Early last year 2016 she was appointed by the UN secretary Ban Ki-moon in the Ten Members group to support the technological facilitation mechanism (TFM) for Sustainable Development Goals.
Recently, Dr Sindi was asked by Prime Minister of Malaysia to join his Science and Innovation advisory council to support the country vision 2020″.
Hector was born in Mexico City, and has always been fascinated by the tension between technology, art, and design. His major focus is attempting to harness that tension to create products and experiences that make our lives more productive, enjoyable, and inspiring. Uncertain of his direction he graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the UDLAP, and a MA in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute of Ivrea in Italy.
Between obtaining his degrees he took on real jobs doing interface design for HP, among others. Next, he joined the MIT Mobile Experience Lab and later found his way to Google, where he’s worked on multiple products (Android, Android TV, Sky Map, Docs, Maps, etc) and led teams on multiple continents. Presently he leads Design for all Google Search and Assist related products. He now resides in California with his wife and daughter, bikes to work every day, and is still trying to answer that fundamental question: How can we make tech + art + design = happiness?
(Picture credits to Toby Peet.)
Henrik Zillmer is CEO of AirHelp, a leading global airline claims management company. Since 2013, AirHelp has assisted more than 1.5 million passengers receive their rightful compensation from the airlines as the result of delayed, canceled or otherwise disrupted flights. Prior to AirHelp, Henrik was Director of Product Management at Rocket Internet. He started more than 10 companies in Europe, Asia and USA within insurance/SaaS, travel and e-commerce.
His Highness Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud is a technology evangelist, philanthropist and entrepreneur. A graduate of Stanford University, Prince Fahad’s passion and dedication to technology has contributed to dedicated works and investments in education, job creation and social empowerment. An active entrepreneur, Prince Fahad is co-founder of the recently sold Popover Games, a multi-player, multi-platform, heritage games company. He is co-founder of popular app developer Appiphany Inc., that launched its debut app #PicFeed in 2013. He is Founder & CEO of Na3m (New Arabic Media), a tech-led, games-orientated creative incubator dedicated to building, shaping and supporting Arabic entertainment online. Demonstrating his commitment to entrepreneurs and start-up companies, Prince Fahad also consulted on Saudi Arabia’s first Start-up weekend. In 2008 Prince Fahad became Facebook’s Head of User Operations‐Arabic, playing a significant role in the launch of the social media website’s Arabic version.
Prince Fahad Al Saud of Saudi Arabia is committed to both local and global social change; backing initiatives to see women, youth and new business prosper across the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
He has made pioneering contributions in education, job creation and social empowerment and is the Founder & CEO of NA3AM (New Arab Media).
Ian Forrester is a well known and likable character on the digital scene in the UK. Living in Manchester, UK where he works for the BBC’s R&D north lab. He specialises in open innovation and new disruptive opportunities; by creating value via open engagement and collaborations with startups, universities, early adopters and hackers.
His current research is into the area of future narrative and storytelling, with a technology he calls Perceptive Media. Its a new approach to broadcasting; which pairs the best of broadcast with the best of internet technology; creating a experiences like sitting around a camp fire telling stories.
Dr. Ijad Madisch is co-founder and CEO of ResearchGate, a professional network that connects the world of science and opens up research to all. Following his own frustrations as a researcher isolated in his lab, Ijad founded ResearchGate in 2008 together with his friends, fellow physician Sören Hofmayer and computer scientist Horst Fickenscher. ResearchGate has since grown to more than 12 million scientists around the world. Ijad spent several years working as a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, focusing on tissue engineering and radiology. Under Ijad’s leadership, ResearchGate has attracted a group of renowned investors, including Bill Gates, Benchmark, Founders Fund, Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and Wellcome Trust.
Jacey Bingler is Chief Communications Officer at Ecosia.org. She is in charge of Ecosia’s general outreach, business development and PR. In short: Attracting new users that will help Ecosia plant as many trees as possible. She recently traveled to one of the company’s planting sites in Indonesia and now knows: leeches falling from trees are nothing for the faint-hearted. Having visited Orang-Utan rehabilitation centers, a Tengkawang nut factory and a sugar palm forest, she is also more convinced than ever that success should be measured in trees, not in profits. Jacey believes that when made accessible to a global community, Tech for Good can have a huge impact on the most pressing issues of our time.
Best known for creating Vimeo, Jake is a serial entrepreneur who’s helped establish companies like CollegeHumor, Tumblr, Bleacher Report, and MakerBot. In 2014 he cofounded Keezy, which makes fun & easy music apps.
James is CEO at Emoticast where we are on a mission to bring the universe of popular culture (music, sounds, interactive content, you name it) into your chat stream making the communication more engaging and emotive. Formerly James was the Founder of IdeaPlane and served as its CEO. Prior to founding IdeaPlane, he was one of four founders of MySpace International and played an integral part in its global expansion, which included launching MySpace sites in 17 languages across 30 countries. He qualified as a corporate finance and private equity attorney at leading international law firm Linklaters which included a secondment at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Fabricant holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Law from Cambridge University.
itse founded Takeaway.com in 2000. Not only did he turn the concept of ordering takeaway on its head in most of continental Europe, but he led the company to its September IPO, raising $368 million. Inspired at a family gathering in a remote area of Holland, he came up with the idea for the online food delivery marketplace of the future. Today, Jitse leads a company that has a market cap of around $1.8 billion and serves around 7 million customers.
If you haven’t heard directly of John Acquaviva’s works, the chances are -whatever your involvement with electronic music is – that you will be aware of his work and influence within the electronic music community. The Italian-Canadian artist may be best known for his involvement with the techno titan Richie Hawtin, and the forming of the highly influential labels Plus 8 Recordings and Definitive recordings, however his influence and reach extends in swathes beyond these considered pillars of dance music culture.
John is Co-Founder of Plus Eight, which partners with innovative music technology companies to support growth expansion and provide strategic and operational guidance. He is a world-class DJ with over 30 years of experience and one of the largest networks in the electronic music community. He co-founded Beatport LLC where he was an active board member until its acquisition by NASDAQ-listed SFX Entertainment, Inc. He was also instrumental in bringing to market Final Scratch, a revolutionary technology for DJs. He currently serves on the Board of Pacemaker DJ, Livid Instruments and the Technology & Innovation Committee of the Association for Electronic Music. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. John R. Smith is an IBM Fellow and Manager of Multimedia and Vision at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He leads IBM’s Research & Development on Visual Comprehension including IBM Watson Developer Cloud Visual Recognition, Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA), IBM Multimedia Analysis and Retrieval System (IMARS), Dermatology Image Analysis, and Video Understanding for Augmented Creativity. Dr. Smith served as co-General Chair of ACM Intl. Conf. on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR-2016) in New York City. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Multimedia from 2010 – 2014, Associate Editor-in-Chief from 2006 – 2010 and Standards Editor from 2003 – 2006. Dr. Smith led IBM’s participation in MPEG-7 / MPEG-21 standards and served as a Chair of the MPEG Multimedia Description Schemes Sub-Group and co-project Editor of MPEG-7 Standard. Dr. Smith is a Member at Large for the ACM SIGMM Executive Committee and Fellow of IEEE.
Jon Darrall-Rew is European Director of the Global Purpose Movement, and is co-founder of Synergy Forum. He is a leadership consultant and works as a coach with individuals and organisations. He teaches both traditional Tibetan Buddhism and a global approach to the spiritual path. He lives in Berlin, Germany.
Jon von Tetzchner is co-founder and CEO of Vivaldi Technologies, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser and other services for the web’s most demanding and savviest users. He co-founded Opera Software where he served as CEO for 15 years. Jon steered Opera from a small basement nook shared into a global company with more than 900 employees in 13 countries. Under his leadership, Opera was an early pioneer in mobile web browsing and more than 350 million people used Opera to enjoy the web on their terms.
Jon is now steering Vivaldi which was came out with its final version in April 2016. He and his team are making a personal and a feature – rich browser that takes into consideration the needs of every user. Vivaldi is self-funded and aims to be this way where the employees hold equity.
Julian is the co-founder and managing director of 99chairs. Together with Frank Stegert he has founded 99chairs in 2014 which has grown to the leading interior design platform in Europe. They have both met during university at TU Munich, where they nailed their entrepreneurial roadmap with a Manage & More Scholarship and furthermore Julian became part of the leading team at Tirendo. In January 2017 Julian was voted to the Forbes List of the ‘30 under 30’ Founders in Europe’s in Retail and E-commerce, which has shown even more that the company has dropped a product on the market that the zeitgeist was longing for.
Juraj Vaculik is co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company founded in 2010 that is commercializing a sophisticated flying car, combining a sports car and a aircraft in a single vehicle. AeroMobil aims to make personal transportation vastly more efficient and environmentally friendly by allowing significantly faster door-to-door travel for medium distances or in areas with limited road infrastructure. Vaculik has over twenty years’ experience of working as a leader with very broad experiences from political revolution to advertising industry. During the Velvet Revolution in 1989 which ended a communist era in former Czechoslovakia, he was one of the key persons in theStudent Movement that have started the process of democratization. In 1992 he started his career as a creative director for major global advertising agencies. In 1996 he founded MADE BY VACULIK – one of the leading independent ad agencies in the CEE region. Vaculik acts as an angel investor in numerous projects in Europe and the US.
Founder and CEO of Funderbeam, the global startup stock exchange built on blockchain. Funderbeam combines three stages of investor journey into one: startup analytics, investing, and trading on the secondary market. Powered by blockchain technology, the marketplace delivers capital to growth companies and on-demand liquidity to investors worldwide. Member of Startup Europe Advisory Board at European Commission. Kaidi is a former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. Co-Founder of Estonian Service Industry Association. A lawyer by training, she co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000 — landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and, in turn, the country’s booming electronic economy.
Karsten is a Senior Editor with WIRED Germany in Berlin. He moved back to his native Germany in 2014 after 16 years in San Francisco. As a business and technology correspondent for a variety of publications, Karsten got to meet Google while still in beta, Jeff Bezos when Amazon was predicted to be a dot.bomb, and the Tesla roadster when there were only two of them. More at www.kalemm.com
Kathleen Breitman is the CEO of Tezos, a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. You can follow Tezos through their website at www.tezos.com, or on Twitter using the handle @tez0s.
Prior to Tezos, Kathleen was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a degree from Cornell University. You can follow Kathleen on Twitter @breitwoman.
Khalid Meniri is a serial entrepreneur and an award winning creative director and founder of SixAgency. A thought leader and advocate for unobtrusive and honest design, focused on user-centered architecture and subtle visual human interface. Khalid specializes in creating interactive digital applications and seamless mobile commerce experiences.
Khalid began his career as a mobile network architect for Siemens, soon becoming a user experience architect and interface designer, working on digital initiatives for some of the most respected professional beauty brands in the world. He then founded SixAgency, an interactive studio to design and develop native apps partnering with forward thinking brands that include Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Moda Operandi, L’Oréal, Unilever, Tommy Hilfiger, Elizabeth Arden, Taylor Swift, Shu Uemura and TIGI.
Lindsay Gellman is a freelance reporter currently based in Berlin on a Fulbright fellowship, where she covers technology startups. Previously, she was a reporter with The Wall Street Journal in New York, where she covered business schools and millennial workers.
Liviu is the CEO and co-founder of Cyborg Nest, a company aiming to help people expand their perception of reality by adding artificial senses to their life. Cyborg Nest launched their first artificial sense, the North Sense, a miniature piece of technology connecting the owner to the earth’s magnetic field. In his previous roles, Liviu spent his time leading projects driven to impact social and fiscal layers of the society. Liviu was the COO of Videre est Credere, and spent time in managing undercover networks of people capturing human rights violations in the most remote places on the planet.
Magnus Olsson is the Chief Xperience Officer and Co-Founder of Careem Networks. Magnus looks after product and technology. A geek at heart, Magnus started his first company at the age of fifteen. After moving to the Middle East in 2006, Magnus couldn’t wait to ditch his suit and tie and roll his sleeves up. You will often find him picking up a customer phone call, or chatting to a Captain about his day. Careem is his passion and he loves to hear customer feedback at every opportunity.
Marcel is a German Engineer turned actor. Having co-founded and joined multiple startusp in his past he is now focusing on producing and starring in movies that shape the way we see our environment. Currently he is building a production company for social impact interactive fiction VR movies.
Mark Reeder grew up in Manchester, England. During the mid 70s he worked for Virgin Records. In 1978, he left the UK to live in Germany, where he became Factory Records man in Berlin. He helped to bring Joy Division over to play their one and only concert in Berlin in Jan 1980. During the 80s, he played in bands Die Unbekannten and Shark Vegas, and co-managed all girl avant-garde band Malaria! He was also the live sound engineer for German punk band Die Toten Hosen. Shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall, he produced what would become the last album of communist East Germany, for their state-run record label AMIGA. After which, he formed his own record label in East Berlin, called Masterminded For Success (MFS) which helped launch the careers of artists such as Cosmic Baby, Mijk van Dijk, Ellen Allien, Dr Motte Johnny Klimek, Corvin Dalek or Paul van Dyk. In 2007, Reeder put MFS on ice and returned to music production and remixing (Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, John Foxx, Yello, or New Order, as well as many new and young artists such as The KVB) specializing in 5.1 surround sound mixes. In 2011 producer Joerg Hoppe (DEF-Media) asked Reeder to score the soundtrack to a documentary film he was putting together about West-Berlin. This documentary idea eventually became 2015’s highly acclaimed film ‘B-Movie (Lust & Sound in West Berlin 79-89)’ a biopic depicting Reeder’s life in 80s West-Berlin, using original super8 and vhs footage from the era. The film has taken him around the globe. Reeder has recently returned from a two month tour of China, where he showed B-Movie, produced two Chinese bands, gave talks, DJ’d and presented his new album ‘Mauerstadt’.
As founder and CEO Markus has grown Babbel to the world’s most successful language learning app. Babbel employs a team of 450 in Berlin and New York and currently has more than 1 million paying subscribers. Babbel was named the world’s most innovative company in education by Fast Company Magazine.
Before Babbel, Markus worked at Native Instruments. He began his career as a lecturer at New York University, following two years as a lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin. His special interest is communication development and the future of learning. He started programming computers in 1984.
Father of four teenagers, founder of HowStuffWorks.com, Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at NCSU, author of more than a dozen books and the book “Manna, Two Views of Humanity’s future”, host of the National Geographic show “Factory Floor”, entrepreneur, futurist, speaker, teacher, consultant, mentor.
Martin Michaelis is a licensed Mediator, Leadership Coach and Lawyer who works and lives in Berlin, Germany. He creates and facilitates programs for cultural change and leadership in organizations and post-conflict societies. He is co-founder of artofteal, an initiative supporting holistic workplaces. He graduated in Law at the University of Freiburg and in Political Science at the University of Mainz. Martin has worked as a mediator and lecturer in post-conflict societies including the Middle East, Caucasus and Western Balkans.
Martin Sinner is the Founder of idealo (biggest price comparison site in Germany) and an angel investor.
Martin is the CFO of INFARM. Previously, he has been running the EuropeanPioneers Accelerator Program of the European Commission as well as Startupbootcamp Accelerator Programs in Tel Aviv and London. Before that he worked in Banking and Consulting. Martin holds a Masters in Management from ESCP Europe, where he studied in London, Paris and Madrid.
Martin has been loving and living design and innovation my whole career. He moved across a broad range of design disciplines from visual, interaction, usability, service to system design and to be leading design as a strategic endeavor. Right now,he is on the mission to map, build and inspire a future we want to live in. As Chief Designer and futurist for SAP’s Innovation Center Network & Chief Innovation Office. He crafts future outlooks, strategies and products, define and run innovation frameworks to find out what’s next for SAP and the future of work. Martin was named 1 of 100 most innovative minds in Germany by the biggest financial newspaper Handelsblatt in March 2017.
Originally a sound engineer, Matt Aimonetti became an internationally known software developer, technical writer and open source contributor. As CTO and Co-Founder of Splice, he found a way to mix his passions: software, music and entrepreneurship. Splice streamlines the fragmented process of creating and sharing music, freeing musicians to spend their time and energy on the creative process. Splice simplifies music creation by bringing all of the steps into one, frictionless digital home. Matt is based in Santa Monica, CA where he likes building robots with his daughter, playing with sound gear with his son and enjoying a good meal with his wife.
Matthias Kröner is the board chairman, CEO and founder of the multi-award winning company Fidor Bank AG, launched in 2006. Celebrated by City AM as one of ‘the most influential leaders in fintech’, Matthias is a passionate and knowledgeable entrepreneur who has developed many innovative concepts into successful business models.
He studied business management in Munich and at Cornell University in New York. In 1993 to 2002 he built the DAB Bank, the first continental European online broker and in 1997, at the age of 32, he became the youngest director of a German bank at Direkt Anlage Bank AG. In 1999, Matthias IPO’ed DAB Bank at a value of 500 million EUR.
Matthias is also an acclaimed speaker and presenter at international banking-, web- and social media-events. With his vast experience of creating new media, Matthias is an expert in marketplace positioning. His written works on money management have made Matthias an accredited international bestseller.
Matty Mo is a Stanford educated 3x ad tech founder and investor turned data-driven conceptual artist working under the title, The Most Famous Artist.
As TMFA, Matty has incubated a group of fine artists, launched a creative agency offering “instagramable” experiences as-a-service for brand partners worldwide, provided on-demand art studio spaces to a global network of artists, and most recently, he programmed an artificial intelligence to paint his masterpieces.
A curiosity-driven dreamer and always a keen observer, Maurizio, a father of four, likes to discover and understand differences of people’s lifestyles and their cultures. He’s fascinated about how technologies impact our day life and what about their influence in the society and cultures. He gained his early experience at the Rossi Group family business and worked in the 90s on growing the business.
In 2005, Maurizio, along with his partner Riccardo, co-founded H-FARM, an innovative platform that supports the creation of new business models and the digital transformation and training of large international corporations toward the open innovation. Structured as a campus where a young community of over 600 people work and about 300 study, H-FARM is considered a one-of-a-kind company.
H-FARM is the first company in the world to choose a model formed of both incubation and acceleration activities for young businesses and digital transformation services for traditional enterprises. Thanks to the major network of partners and investors established in its first 10 years, every year H-FARM analyses and evaluates over 1000 projects and selects the best ones to enter different programs every season. An academic study program from pre-school to graduate-level studies are part of H-FARM.
Max Viessmann is Co-CEO and Member of the Board of the ‘Viessmann Group’ as well as CEO of VC/O.
As the Co-CEO he continues to drive the Group’s digital evolution.
Through VC/O the Group is making people’s life easier particularly in private and commercial housing aka the prop tech space. Through the Munich-based venture capital fund ‘Vito Ventures’ and Berlin-based company builder ‘WATTx’ the team is providing a node for highly passionate entrepreneurs in the deep tech space.
Prior to joining the family business, Max has been an early-stage investor and a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in the Munich and Shanghai offices.
He has spent a lot of time living abroad particularly in the US, China and Japan.
Melissa Eddy has been the Berlin Correspondent for The New York Times, since January 2012. She began covering Germany for The Associated Press in 2000.
Over the years, she has watched Helmut Kohl resign and Angela Merkel rise; she’s delved into the Energiewende and the COP21, migration and integration; the controversies surrounding the “fake news” and Germany’s struggle with digitization.
Melissa is a graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School. She was a 1996-7 Fulbright Fellow for Young Journalists in Germany. Since 2016 she has been a member of the RIAS Berlin Commission.
Michael Buckwald is CEO and Co-founder of Leap Motion, a software and hardware company developing 3D motion-control technology for VR/AR/MR. Prior to Leap Motion, Michael was CEO of Zazuba.com, a business appointment service acquired by a major national yellow pages company. He also ran the first deployment of computers to Madagascar with the One Laptop per Child program. Michael earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and political science from George Washington University.
While moving positions from London to Berlin, Michael Cassau found the process of acquiring new furniture, like most, wildly inconvenient. Noting that he was able to order a car without owning a car, stream an album without owning a record, and eat a meal of any cuisine without cooking, he began shifting his focus toward items most frequently cycled out of use: electronics. Fascinated by the intersection of ownership and experience, Cassau had an actionable strategy in mind: offer a pay-as- you-go on-demand system that promotes a logical, and more environmentally-friendly approach toward gadget ownership.
Michael Shmilov has been a key member of the Viber Management team working alongside with the founding team since the launch of the company in December 2010. As Chief Operating Officer, Michael is responsible for the operational running of the fast-moving business. Viber has gained more than 800 million users since its launch. In his previous role as Viber’s Head of Product, Michael was responsible for the long-term vision of the Viber platform, product planning, design and UX.
Prior to Viber, Michael was Product Manager for iMesh, one of the world’s first peer-to-peer file sharing services. Michael’s love to product design and user experience drove him to establish a design and development studio and ‘UX Storytelling’, a hub designed for the UX and product management community to share stories and ideas.
Moon Ribas is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her arm that allows her to perceive earthquakes through vibrations in real time. Since 2007 Moon has been experimenting with the union between technology and her body to explore the boundaries of perception and to experience movement in a deeper way. Some of her previous research includes transdental communication, 360º perception and the Speedborg. In 2010 she co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as an artistic and social movement.
Mounira is the founder of Connected Business a company that focusses on creating community and supporting business people to bring compassion and mindfulness into their work life. Her vision is to find a way to work with each other that includes the diversity and passion of the whole person, that aims to find solutions for the greater good as a community and is fun at the same time. She also wants to bring love & compassion into this environment because she believes that change in the inside inspires change outside and will contribute to world peace.
Before launching Connected Business, Mounira headed the YouTube Space Berlin and YouTube PR, while dedicating 20% of her working time to spreading Mindfulness at Google. Mounira has 15+ years management experience leading international brands like YouTube, Red Bull & BMW. She is also a business coach, Forrest Yoga teacher, Search Inside Yourself teacher and facilitates mindful leadership trainings across the world. More: connected-b.com.
Naftali is a multi-instrumentalist and hypnotherapist whose passion for creating trance-formative states of connection bridges the worlds of music and healing. After abandoning a career in Theology in his hometown of Jerusalem, Naftali moved to the U.S. and attended Columbia University, where he gained degrees in Philosophy and Comparative Literature. While living in New York, he went on to study method acting as well as movement and somatic practices. Inspired by the deep potential for change and healing that he experienced in the world of acting and movement, Naftali continued to explore alternative modalities for increasing awareness and psycho-spiritual insight –including Core Shamanism, Tibetan Buddhism, Hypnotherapy and Generative Coaching.
In addition to organizing musical concerts & trance dance events in Berlin, Naftali offers therapeutic workshops and individual sessions in Hypnotherapy, Music Therapy, Meditation and Authentic Self-Expression.
One of his main instruments – the Handpan – is a recent Swiss invention which combines the unique sound of the Steel Drum with the percussive qualities of the Ghatam. Through the tender, otherworldly resonance of this instrument, Naftali weaves atmospheres of sound at once meditative and playful, inviting the listener into a deeper state of awareness.
Nelli Lähteenmäki is a serial entrepreneur passionate about building useful, impactful and scalable businesses.
Nelli is the CEO & Co-Founder of YOU-app, a wellbeing app that helps people succeed in sustainable, positive behavior change, through micro-actions and semi-anonymous peer group communities. The app has been widely featured in the app stores, also #1 in the main page of the US App Store in the fall 2016.
Nelli is an engineer by background, an avid road cyclist and a lead singer of a rock band. She is the co-author of the Book of YOU (published by Penguin Books in 2015).
Nick Seneca Jankel is the author of best-selling book Switch On: Unleash Your Creativity With the New Science & Spirit of Breakthrough (Watkins, 2015) and a Cambridge-educated scientist, philosopher, purpose-driven entrepreneur and wisdom teacher. He has advised No.10 Downing Street; lectured at many of the world’s most prestigious universities; spoken on his work at Talks At Google, TEDx, The Economist Summit, and the leading academic conferences.
Nick is the chief architect of the Bio-Breakthrough Way, he has been a transformational coach on BBC TV and MTV. He is founder of Switch On Worldwide, a leadership and personal development company that brings the Bio-Breakthrough Way to the world within innovative leadership programs and products to unleash conscious breakthrough creativity.
Nico is the founder of Dalia, a Berlin-based tech and data startup that harnesses the app economy to distribute millions of micro surveys to gather and analyze real time data on consumer attitudes, public opinion and market trends across the world. Before launching Dalia, Nico headed the consulting arm of a leading German opinion and market research institute. He has studied economics, statistics and public policy at Columbia University and Sciences Po, and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.
Nicole Shanahan is an attorney in California and a research fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center of Legal Informatics, a joint center between Stanford Law School and Computer Science. She is the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP an integrated patent management technology, and a legal technologist who specializes in the utilization of structured databases, APIs, UI/UX, automation and SaaS.
Her research at Stanford is entitled “Smart Prosecution,” an ongoing, multi-disciplinary project applying data science to the prosecutorial process and involving partnerships with district attorneys and police departments. Apart from the practical applications of legal technology, she is formulating an economic theory, entitled “Coasean Mapping” to predict the pace and nature of society’s adoption of legal artificial intelligence.
Nikolaus Röttger has been editor-in-chief of WIRED Germany since 2014. He and his team are based in Berlin, the epicenter of the German digital and start-up scene, covering technology, digital culture, science, business and design. Before Nikolaus joined WIRED Germany, he was editor-in-chief of the online magazine Gruenderszene.de and founding editor of the business lifestyle magazine Business Punk. His work experience includes the Financial Times Deutschland, Yahoo Germany, sueddeutsche.de and jetzt.de.
Oleg Gutsol is a Canadian software developer and entrepreneur, currently leading global growth at E-Residency, previously, a co-founder and CEO of 500px, a photography social network, and a content licensing marketplace for photographers. He has been writing software starting at age 9. His professional focus is on artificial intelligence and collective governance. Beside building businesses and writing software, Oleg is an advisor to Founder Institute, an angel investor and an Ironman triathlete. He also helps other companies start and grow through O2 Ventures.
Born in 1970 in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Pablo Dobner is the co-founder of Erika Lust Films, where Erika Lust offers an alternative to the mainstream porn industry. Before creating the production company with Erika in 2004, he worked
in the advertising and publishing business in Spain in companies like Editorial Planeta, Lorente Grupo de Comunicación and Tiempo BBDO.
In 2016 he launched together with his wife and partner Erika Lust the non-profit project The Porn Conversation http://thepornconversation.org/. A project offering tools for parents to teach the younger generations about online porn in order to campaign for more equipped and alert young beings, who are ready to make better choices; driven by knowledge, and not by fear.
Pablo is a Berlin based entrepreneur, Biodanza teacher, Yogui, coach and consultant. His life has been a journey of searching for his own path by integrating the practical world of business and the integral world of yoga and dance. His goal in life is to lead processes of enhancing human consciousness with gratitude and love to help create a better world. His main focus in Berlin is to expand and share with the world his visions and thrive by helping to create a world in which consciousness and mindfulness are the key to evolve as specie.
Paolo Di Trapani is a physicist, a Professor of Optics at Insubria University in Como, IT (publications in laser-nonlinear optics, and a dozen of patents), and the President/CEO of CoeLux. In addition to academic activities, in 2001 Paolo created Di Luce In Luce, a wide-audience- oriented theatrical performance, which proposes an indoor, true, physical reconstruction of spectacular optical atmospheric phenomena: clear skies and storms, fog and rainbows, the colours of sky/sun lights and shadows, the glimpse of the sun during an eclipse through a foliage, etc. are all staged indoors together with examples of paintings, architecture, literature, photography, music and cinema masterpieces. By witnessing this experience, a regained awareness of light occurs and people start noticing the beauty of the outdoors as they have never seen before, while art gets connected back to everyday life
Pascal de Lacaze from Berlin plays music at events around the globe. His focus on rhythm and dance has made him friends in many communities: Dancers dig how his innovative DJ style connects with his energetic, modern drumming. Bands and Kirtan artists appreciate his steady, rocking world percussion and transcendental grooves. Since 2010 Pascal organizes Ecstatic Dances in Berlin. He is the resident DJ, accompanies his DJ sets with live percussion and co-creates live dance journeys.
Pascal Kaufmann is a neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur who pushes the limits of the unknown. For years, Pascal has been obsessed with robots, cyborgs, artificial intelligence and brain research. As a neuroscience graduate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, he researched the interface between living brains and robots at Northwestern University. His vision – to think with the power of 1,000 brains – gave rise to the concept of “Corporate Brains” with self-learning algorithms, opening the new field of Brain Technology. Pascal is a certified pilot and has navigated his way through some of the most renowned research laboratories and investment banks.
Paul is committed to changing the cultural conversation about psychedelics through his platform, The Third Wave.
Part social entrepreneur, part psychedelic advocate, Paul pushes accepted norms to develop more effective systems in which we live. Considered an expert on the burgeoning topic of microdosing, he has hosted seminars for hundreds of people in places like Berlin, Amsterdam, Portland, and New York City.
For three years, Paul built and ran a remote online teaching business while living in Thailand, Portugal, and Mexico. He is currently in the process of establishing a Public Benefit Corporation focused on responsibly re-integrating psychedelics into Western society.
Paul Kurtz is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity and the co-founder and CEO of TruSTAR Technology. Paul began working on cybersecurity at the White House in the late 1990s. He served in senior positions relating to critical infrastructure and counterterrorism on the White House’s National Security and Homeland Security Councils under Presidents Clinton and Bush.
After leaving government, Paul has held numerous private sector cybersecurity positions including founding the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (Acquired by Tech America), Executive Director of SAFECode, Managing Partner of Good Harbor Consulting in Abu Dhabi, and CISO of CyberPoint International.
Paula Schwarz built prototypes for solutions to social challenges together with her team at Startupboat.
For her activities, she was awarded with the Impact Award of Ashoka in Greece, named among the 30 best social entrepreneurs under 30 in Europe and invited to join the economic council of Germany, as well as the creative council.
She has employed scouts in Afghanistan, Uganda, Jordan and Greece who coach and mentor entrepreneurs that are building solutions under extreme conditions. Paula is half Greek and half German, 26 years old and lives in the academy of Startupboat on the island of Samos – 1000meters from the Turkish border.
Already an established first-mover in VR, Pete Blumel is an award-winning veteran producer of real-time, story-driven immersive entertainment with over 22 years of experience in feature film, animation and AAA interactive production.
He served in a key producer role at Activision’s Infinity Ward game development studio where he became intimately involved in the creation and production of the CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE series and GHOSTS video games for over 8 years. Prior, Pete spent over 10 years at DREAMWORKS SKG where he held roles of increasing responsibility, first at Dreamworks Feature Animation and later at Amblin Entertainment.
Philipp has studied Film- and TV directing at FAMU Prague and editing at the Filmuniversity Potsdam Babelsberg. Directing his first narrative 180° panorama film „The Imagonaut“ (premiere: Berlinale Talents International Filmfestival 2014) he startet to think outside the rectangular frame. At INVR.SPACE he is responsible for developing narrative concepts for Virtual Reality and creative postproduction workflows
A bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering helped Prateep Beed to learn the basics of innovation & design. Soon he realised that machine design is far from humanised design since prototypes often lack the individualism required to cater to the needs of everyone yet at an individual level.
He then pursued further studies in Cognitive Psychology & Neurosciences to better understand and relate to the human mind. Prateep went on to complete his PhD in 2010 in Neurosciences. At present, he works as a senior research scientist at the Charité University Medicine, Berlin.
Given the interdisciplinary academic background, Prateep in 2016 founded Sensory.eu to consult individuals and businesses on how to leverage potential from the advances in neurosciences be it in decision making, analytical thinking or holistic systems solutions using both knowledge from fundamental neurosciences and cutting-edge neurotechnology.
Prof. Schildhauer is founder and director of the Institute of Electronic Business – the first affiliated institute of the University of Arts Berlin since April 1999. In October 2000 he started the ‘electronic business’ course of studies. This course was the first of its kind in Germany and Europe on a university level. In 2005 he developed a Master study program in partnership with the University of St. Gallen, which is called ‘Leadership in digital communication’. Beside the setup of the course of studies, the Institute of Electronic Business concerns with practically orientated research especially in the fields of e-business strategies, e-learning, knowledge-management, e-government and social media design in relation to electronic business. Since May 2007 he is appointed as executive director for the Berlin Career College at the Central Institute for Postgraduate Studies and further education at the University of Arts, Berlin.
Since 2012 Prof. Schildhauer is one of the executive directors of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society gGmbH, where he is responsible for the research topic ‘Internet based innovation’. Since 2000 Prof. Schildhauer works as university lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. Further international experience he got by visiting and working on research projects at the MIT in Boston, USA. Furthermore Prof. Schildhauer worked in 2003 and 2012 as visiting professor at the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. In the field of science Prof. Schildhauer realized many national and international publications, e.g. the ‘Lexikon of Electronic Business’ published by the Oldenbourg Verlag and the ‘Social Media Handbuch’ published by the Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.
As a member in many scientific boards of direction he gives advices to many start-ups, e.g. www.jovoto.com and international companies in relation to e-business, marketing and IT strategies. Furthermore he is a member of the jury of Innovationspreis Berlin-Brandenburg, a member of the Scientific Advisory Council ‘Industrie 4.0’ at the National Academy of Science and Engineering and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Rafael Laguna is the co-founder and CEO of Open-Xchange, a global leader of web-based communication, collaboration and office productivity software. From DNS, to secure data storage and end-to-end encrypted email, OX provides service providers unparalleled support, trusted services and an open source architecture that make it the only integrated stack developed for truly global scale.
Ramzi Rizk is a founder and CTO of EyeEm, a photography company building the world’s leading computer vision technology to connect its global creative community of 20 million photographers with iconic brands. At EyeEm, Ramzi leads a team developing EyeEm Vision, the company’s image recognition technology that keywords, captions and ranks photos based on aesthetics. Before founding EyeEm, Ramzi was a PhD candidate researching privacy in Social Media, and an engineering manager leading teams focused on mobile and web innovation. Ramzi is a passionate software architect, photographer and pianist. He loves product, scalable architecture, and the magical space where product, engineering and business meet.
Based in Washington D.C. Rebecca is a photographer, photo editor and social media specialist, currently working as the Image Coordinator and Social Media Specialist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Rebecca has worked at NASA for nearly 8 years and is charged with sharing images of our universe with the media and public through channels such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Prior to working at NASA, Rebecca worked as a photojournalist and photo editor for outlets including National Geographic Television & Film, Roll Call Newspaper, and USA Weekend Magazine.
Reza’s journey started while studying at the London School of Economics. Frustrated by the lack of high-quality yet affordable accommodation for young people in London, he decided to tackle this problem by creating his own lettings agency called Share in the City. Over time, this has evolved into The Collective, one of the most innovative and fastest-growing property companies in London.
Following a number of smaller scale schemes around London, The Collective launched the world’s largest co-living building, The Collective Old Oak, in May 2016, offering 550 rooms. It was fully let by the end of the year. The company currently has a total 2,000 beds in its portfolio and development pipeline, with two new co-living towers currently under development in Canary Wharf and Stratford. Additionally,
Reza was recently listed as one of the Evening Standard’s most influential people in London and as one of Property Week’s Top Forty under 40. The Collective Old Oak won the Creative Spaces Award in 2016 from Estates Gazette and British GQ listed it as the second best thing in the world in 2016, just behind Drake.
Richard Rabbat, Gfycat’s CEO, received his PhD from MIT before taking positions at Fujitsu, Google, Zynga, and Tango. At Google, Richard led the “Make the Web Faster” initiative, which led to the creation of new web standards including HTTP 2.0 and WebP, a new image format for the web.
During his stint at Zynga, he managed the client platform team that developed api.zynga.com. As VP of Platform and Advertising at Tango, he ran business operations for the gaming and ad verticals
Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman is an iconic DJ, recording artist and technology pioneer. He is regarded as one of the leading protagonists of future thinking in electronic music and continues to push the frontiers of music, art and technology forwards in 2017. Hawtin uses his passion and influence to introduce new audiences to wider cross-cultural experiences and has collaborated with a number of artistic visionaries including Anish Kapoor, Andreas Gursky and Raf Simons, and recently performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Guggenheim (New York), and the Grand Palais (Paris). In 2016, he launched his own technology company, PLAYdifferently, and the tech-fund Plus 8 Equities, investing into innovative companies who use technology to drive music forwards.
Rishi Patel is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Plus Eight Equity Partners. He has 13 years of finance experience, 10 of which was spent working with corporations and the private equity community as an investment banker on Wall Street. He has worked at Morgan Stanley & Co., Perella Weinberg Partners LP and Jefferies LLC and has executed over $11 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. He received his undergraduate degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Planet, leading global strategic efforts for the company. Prior to Planet Labs, Robbie spent 9 years at NASA. He helped to formulate the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames Research Center and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie had two tours at NASA Headquarters. He served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House; and the White House recognized NASA as a model for openness in government. Robbie also served on the founding team as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA – where he incubated $650M Space Technology Program that focused on advanced technology. Robbie received a MBA from Georgetown University, a Masters of Science Space Studies from the International Space University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University and was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow.
Robert Hoffmann has been the CEO of United Internet’s business applications business, 1&1 Internet, since 2012 and a member of the management board of United Internet since 2013. Under his leadership the company successfully launched Europe’s most successful website builder, 1&1 MyWebsite, the innovative and market-leading cloud server line and successfully expanded the 1&1 portfolio to Online Marketing and productivity with partners like Open-Xchange, uberall and ePages. The company has also risen to be the European leader in new top level domains. Under his leadership the company acquired Arsys in Spain, home.pl in Poland and entered into a strategic partnership with Warburg Pincus, supporting a potential future IPO of 1&1 Internet SE.
Dr. Robin Berzin is the Founder and CEO of Parsley Health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin went to medical school at Columbia University -where she co-founded the physician communication app Cureatr – and later trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.
She is a certified yoga instructor and a meditation teacher, writes for a number of leading wellness sites, and speaks regularly for organizations including Stanford Medicine X, The Clinton Foundation, Health 2.0, Summit at Sea, and Further Future, on how we can reinvent health care.
Robin joined Smartrecruiters as Managing Director following the companies acquisition of Jobspotting in January of 2017, a company that Robin co-founded. SmartRecruiters, founded in 2010 out of San Francisco, makes it easier for employers to find the right people by providing them with a software that integrates with existing recruiting channels and centralizes the entire process from potential candidate to employee.
Jobspotting on that other hand, which was founded in 2013 out of Berlin, is a recommendations engine that suggests relevant jobs to users based on their skills and experience with the use of by Skills Graph and Semantic Analysis technology. Over the past 3 years Jobspotting has managed to expand to 10 countries and provide relevant jobs for five million users.
By combining Jobspotting’s matching algorithms with SmartRecruiters’ integrated recruitment software, together they have the potential to form a comprehensive marketplace that meets the demands of both employers and job seekers. Since being founded in 2010 out of San Francisco SmartRecruiters has raised $55 million dollars in funding.
Robin is also an investor for Haak & Compagnie with several seed investments. Prior to joining Jobspotting, Robin co-founded the Berlin-based Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator and invested in over 40 international companies. He managed investments from the follow-up fund, the portfolio and operations of the accelerator. Robin also worked in M&A in the Marketing & Classifieds Division and also in Digital Ventures at Axel Springer SE, Europe’s leading digital publisher.
Rolf Schrömgens is an innovative German entrepreneur, who is best known for his role as Founder and Managing Director for trivago GmbH. Pushing the boundaries of data-driven product development and rethinking the way that tech companies nurture and develop their talents are among his expertise. Parallel to spending his time at trivago, he is also President of the Entrepreneur’s Organization in Germany. Previously, Rolf was head of VP Product & Strategy at Ciao.com. Born and raised in Mönchengladbach, Rolf attended HHL (Leipzig Graduate School of Management).
Ryan has spent the past decade creating identities for companies such as Google, UNICEF, and Vevo. Working in the media space, he has helped communicate food, water, population, and resource issues via Food Inc., the G8 summit, and other organizations. In 2013, he entered the tech world with Avbl to help the freelance world connect in real time. In 2014, he created Isabel, a smart food system for the growth and transportation of deliciously efficient produce. After many years of research, he believes AI/AR to be one of the best solutions to feeding 10 billion. Plant Vision by Huxley augments operations for the scaling of efficient growth systems.
Ryan Walsh is a partner at Floodgate, a venture capital firm that looks to invest in companies that are going to change the world before the world has realised they’re going to do it. So far, they’ve raised $400 million for funds that invest in these kinds of startups. Not only were they an early investor in Twitter, but they were the ones who spotted a fledgling Refinery29 and saw Lyft’s potential to be the peer-to-peer transportation solution of the future. Before joining Floodgate, Ryan directed product management for Apple Music and the iTunes store at Apple, and was previously Vice President of Product at Beats by Dre.
Sabrina Hoffmann is editor-in-chief of Business Insider Deutschland. Previously, she was head of social media at The Huffington Post Germany. She did her journalistic training at Focus magazine.
Sam Mac Donnell is the CTO at HotelTonight and builder of technology and teams that deliver innovative mobile experiences since before mobile was cool. Sam was previously Director of Engineering for Core Technology at Autodesk and prior to that he managed and architected mobile services at Adobe and Macromedia. He earned his coding stripes at various startups and companies developing connected services in gaming, mobile, aerospace and telecom.
Sam is the founder and chairman of Fnatic. Since 2004, Fnatic’s pro-gamers have won 1000’s of tournaments, over 10m USD in prizes, in more than 20 games, the most out of any brand. Boasting over 8 million fans on social media, and millions more watching their games each month, they have a clear mission to lead the New World Sport into every household, through content, products and experiences. In 2015, they launched Fnatic Gear, an esports equipment brand on Indiegogo. Previously Sam has also founded NEVERBLAND, Conjure, and Slate App (sold to Extreme Reach).
Samuel Huber is an french entrepreneur, founder of Advir.co, first programmatic solution for brand placements in VR and AR. He previously created Kout.io (VC funded), sold one mobile app and failed a few. Before that, he was the youngest strategy engineer in Formula One.
With a passion for building and innovation, Sasha combined his deep knowledge of hardware and software with the worlds of industrial design and user experience. Over the years he has consulted for companies such as Juniper Networks, Cisco, Panasonic, Microsoft, Nike and LG, mastering the finest details of product development from conception to implementation. He was the first undergrad ever hired into the Supercomputing Systems Division at Silicon Graphics. Sasha found a friend in Mark Williams at Burning Men Festival and the two started tinkering in Mark’s garage to develop an elegant hand-held vaporizer.
Scott Heiferman is on a mission to spark real community everywhere. He is the co-founder and CEO of Meetup, helping 30 million members use the internet to get off the internet. He started Meetup after seeing the potential for community renewal around the terrorism of 9/11. Today, Meetups bring people together around technology, fitness, career, health, parenting, creative passions, and other self-organized topics in 100+ countries every day. Meetup employs over 180 people at its New York City headquarters
Sebastian Borek is an international founder with background in the German Mittelstand. After high-school, Sebastian was attracted by „the Big Apple“. In New York, he experienced the first big startup boom and even an IPO, just to found my own company right after.
Since then, Sebastian is passionate about big ideas and people that are working on changing the world. He is co-founder and the entrepreneurial mind behind the Founders Foundation. Prior to that, he started companies in the US, Europe, and Brasil. His most recent stop was at a company builder in Berlin.
Sebastian knows the culture of Mittelstand all too good. He led and restructured a family-owned business in the past. Based on this he knows that the pot doesn’t boil if you watch it. His profile is unique but ideal for his new task ahead: „I want to bring both worlds together, because only then we can build up a solid entrepreneurial environment in our region.“ – As innovativ as New York, as down-to-earth and action-oriented as OWL.
Shamash is founder of Teach Mindfulness and the world’s first Museum of Happiness. He’s author of the international bestseller Mindfulness for Dummies and 5 others books on Mindfulness. He’s been a mindfulness teacher for 20 years, speaking at both Fortune 500 organisations and startups around the world. He’s passionate about bringing kindness into the heart of mindfulness. He’s created a online 8 week program called Kindfulness, helping people combine mindfulness with kindness, relaxation and playfulness, both at work and home.
Shaul Olmert is Co-Founder and CEO of Playbuzz, an award-winning storytelling platform that empowers publishers, brands and agencies worldwide to create interactive content for editorial and commercial purposes. Native of Israel, Shaul spent most of his professional career in the United States where he held several executive positions in digital media ventures, with an emphasize on games and entertainment content products. His previous roles include Vice President of Digital Products at MTV Networks, President of SundaySky, Chief Marketing Officer at Conduit, Director of Business Development at I-play and investment professional at STI Ventures.In his free time, Shaul is a Director and Adviser to many digital media ventures. Shaul holds a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University.
Shermin is the founder of BlockchainHub. What originally started in Berlin has panned out internationally to a decentralized network of autonomous Hubs. Shermin was a curator of theDAO, a bold attempt to run a fully decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO), a company without managers on the Ethereum Blockchain.
Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. Among others, her films have screened in Cannes and at dOCUMENTA.
Siraj is a Partner at Atomico, based in Zurich and London, where he focuses on sourcing, evaluating and negotiating new investment opportunities, particularly those deeply-rooted in technology
He is also the co-founder and former CTO of The Climate Corporation, a San Francisco based technology company at the forefront of precision agriculture. Started in 2006, the company created a large-scale computational model for agronomy that formed the basis of an online service for analyzing and improving crop yields. Climate was acquired in 2013, at 150 employees, by Monsanto Company, and now operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary
Prior to this, Siraj was an early hire at Google, working in a variety of engineering leadership roles, including on the Google Books and Patent Search projects. He holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a BA Hons. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Sohini Chatterjee provides strategic advice to foundations, think tanks, and governments on global human rights and security issues. She served as an appointee in the Obama administration, working in the Policy Planning Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She led multiple White House and Department of State initiatives and directives on global development. Her work was focused on mass atrocities and conflict, transnational organized crime, and strengthening civil society and the rule of law. Prior to that, she worked for the World Bank’s Development Prospects Group on the economic and political effects of migration and long-term scenario planning. Previously, she was an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, worked on the first ever international trade case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and provided legal and strategic advice to various governments and companies on a wide array of international legal matters. She also served as a pro bono trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Washington, D.C., where she was lead counsel in numerous trials involving domestic violence and family law.
Digital Anthropologist & Psychologist, Tech Innovator and Researcher with a passion for studying and improving human behavior. Sonja mostly works on applied research with the goal to better understand human existence in its social context. For this, she innovates, tests and experiments with new technology. Her research is funded by DARPA, DHA and NASA. Examples of some of Sonja’s projects are: Gamification of storytelling to build a mobile game for behavioral change to improve sleep quality, use of VR and AR to improve psychological health, use of VR to study team cohesion for space missions, a mobile app for anger management, psychometrics development to help successful future Mars missions.
Sönke Kirchhof studied political science in Hamburg and Film- and TV Production at Filmuniversity Babelsberg. He has been working in the fields of VR, stereoscopic Filmmaking, VFX and CGI Postproduction as well as Research and Development for more than 15 years. He is CEO and Executive Producer at the Virtual Reality Full Service Studio INVR.SPACE GmbH. At INVR.SPACE GmbH he is in charge of all business related operations as well as deciding on creative and technological approaches. He is also founder and CEO of reallifefilm international GmbH, working as Producer and Stereographer for various projects.
Dr. Sophie Chung is the CEO and founder of Junomedical, a digital health platform that is providing patients worldwide access to high-quality affordable healthcare. After earning her MD degree from Medical University of Vienna, Sophie gained first-hand experience in treating patients as a doctor in Australia and provided access to healthcare whilst working at an NGO in Cambodia. Prior to founding Junomedical in 2015, Sophie worked at digital health startup Zocdoc in New York, and for McKinsey & Company in Berlin.
Ståle Fredlund Husby is a Norwegian born, serial entrepreneur. He is currently co-founder and CEO at Relink. This Nordic, venture backed startup, uses machine learning and AI to match applicants to jobs and jobs to applicants. Ståle has spent the last 10 years on building and scaling media and technology startups. His latest company, plapre.com, was acquired in 2014.
After his martial arts career as 3 times, European champion in Vietnamese martial arts Qwan Ki Do Stephane started developing a deeper relationship to Asian healing crafts. His expertise lies in TCM, Qi Gong, Thai Yoga Massage – to deepen my knowledge he studied multiple years in China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. This fascinating journey of martial arts and healing work started in 1988.
“Heaven is in everything: follow the light, hide in the cloudiness and begin in what is.”— Zhuangzi
Stephen Brobst is the Chief Technology Officer for Teradata Corporation. Stephen performed his graduate work in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his Masters and PhD research focused on high-performance parallel processing. He also completed an MBA with joint course and thesis work at the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stephen is a TDWI Fellow and has been on the faculty of The Data Warehousing Institute since 1996. During Barack Obama’s first term he was also appointed to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in the working group on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD). In 2014 he was ranked by ExecRank as the #4 CTO in the United States (behind the CTOs from Amazon.com, Tesla Motors, and Intel) out of a pool of 10,000+ CTOs.
The 24-year old CEO of Social Chain, Steven Bartlett leads a team of over 100 creatives in the most ground-breaking agency to come out of the UK. With offices in five locations worldwide, Social Chain now works with some of the biggest brands in the world, including Apple, Coca-Cola and Warner. Steve is now an established speaker, investor and was named Digital Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.
Susan Danziger is the Founder/CEO of Ziggeo, an award-winning cloud-based video technology company. Named a Woman of Influence and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Susan is also a contributor to Forbes on entrepreneurship. She previously founded (and sold) DailyLit, a pioneer in digital serialization.
Serial entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of KiraKira, engineering educational company & mobile 3D modelling app. KiraKira is an Intel-Capital backed startup based in Silicon Valley, partnering with companies like HP and Autodesk to democratize access to 3D modelling and 3D printing. Studied art and engineering at Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design. Featured in Fast Company this year as 100 Most Creative People in Business.
After studying at Bonn University & UCLA, Sven graduated with a Master´s degree in Art History, English, and Political Science. He started his career as press officer for CIEE Germany. In 1998 he founded a pr & web design agency, before he worked for five years as senior consultant, project leader and coach in strategic management & reorganization projects for customers as Detecon Consulting, Tarkett or Deutsche Telekom. 2002 Krüger joined Deutsche Telekom, and took over responsibility for Telekom´s marketing strategy & planning for their business customers segment. Since June 2005 he held various management positions with T-Systems, Europe´s leading ICT-provider, where among other projects, he executed the sponsorings with Team Shosholoza in the 32nd America´s Cup, as well as the engagement with the BMW Sauber F1 Team in the Formula One series, and was responsible for global advertising/media, corporate events and trade shows, as well as the corporate image & design of the brand worldwide.
In February 2017, Sven took over as Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for all marketing activities of T-Systems International.
Sven supports selected clients as a systemic coach, and writes about marketing, technology & society in his blog svnkrgr.com
Szabi is the CEO of Turbine, a team of AI researchers, biologists and medical doctors simulating the inner workings of cancer cells.
Turbine’s goal is to transform the way drugs are tested and discovered. By digitalizing the trial and error part of research that takes years with biological experiments, the team is working to get better drugs to patients, faster.
Raisin GmbH, is a young and quickly growing FinTech company, which builds an online portal with transparent and fair banking products for customers in Europe. Since our foundation in 2013, we were able to raise €60 million from well-known investors. Tamaz graduated with honors in law from the University of Giessen and in International Economics from Tbilisi State University. He also holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Giessen.
Prior to building and scaling Raisin, Tamaz spent 10 years with McKinsey & Company, the last 3 years as Principal also leading the McKinsey Savings and Investment Products Service Line for EMEA countries. He served some of the largest retail, universal, and wholesale banks throughout Europe and in Asia.
Tebjan Halm has studied mathematics and computer science and is a vvvv core developer since 2004.
He also does contract work as software consultant and developer of large scale media projects for several agencies in europe.
Tim Schumacher is co-founder and chairman of Eyeo.com (makers of Adblock Plus), and active German angel investor. He cofounded and was the longtime CEO of the publicly traded company Sedo AG, which currently has revenues of 130m euros per year and maintains approximately 350 employees. Since 2012 he has dedicated his professional career to the German startup scene, acting both as a business angel and mentor for young companies with economic potential. His current startups, among many others, are Eyeo/Adblock Plus, Aklamio, Hitfox and Ecosia.
2011: B.Sc. Audio Production, Middlesex University, London, UK
2014: M.Sc. Media Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Ilmenau, GER
since 2014: Researcher at Fraunhofer-Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, Ilmenau, GER
Tom is a general partner at GV. Prior to GV, Tom was a design director at IDEO Europe. He founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform where 100,000 users from more than 170 countries solve challenges for social good. Tom also launched OIEngine, a SaaS platform with clients including Harvard Business School and the Knight Foundation.
Prior to IDEO, Tom was managing director of Marcos, a British sports car manufacturer and founded Magnom, a magnetic filter startup. Tom’s filter designs have been widely used in Formula One, superbikes, agricultural equipment, and central heating systems. He has also angel-invested in more than 20 companies, including as the founding investor in Mile IQ (sold to Microsoft).
Tom has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and has been featured in WIRED UK’s Top 100 Digital Power Brokers list every year since the list was established. He has also been included in the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 Most Influential People.
Tom Wheeler is a business, social and creative entrepreneur. In 2010 he launched IR Global, which has grown to become the largest professional services network of its type in the world. He formed Sinchi Collective in 2014, a popular electronic music blog and creative collective based out of Amsterdam. Then launched Sinchi Tribe, a non profit focusing on the preservation of indigenous culture and knowledge in 2016. Following an existential crisis in his twenties, his travels took him from working with plant medicines in the Amazon to trekking solo through Greenland to spending time with remote aboriginal communities in Australia. These experiences have had a profound influence, shaping his career and his definition of happiness and aspirations for the future.
Roy is a digital media leader with more than 20 years of experience as a founder, board member, legal counsel and advisor helping companies grow their business organically and through M&A.
In 2003, Roy founded the Digital Rights Agency, a digital music and TV content aggregation company that he merged with the Orchard. In addition, Roy has served as an adviser to SXSW On, 8tracks and MediaLink. He recently co-founded Fanzy, a digital platform that enabled 25,000 brands and top music artists to reward fans on social media platforms.
Earlier, Roy served as General Counsel of Echo Networks, a digital music company acquired in early 2003 by a consortium of music retailers, where he was responsible for music industry relations. Roy previously practiced corporate and intellectual property law at Perkins Coie LLP in Menlo Park, California, where he represented technology companies in licensing and corporate finance matters. Before practicing law, Roy wrote and produced top-charted records for major record labels.
Verena is co-founder of HERMANN’S. She firmly believes that business can be a realistic, longterm vehicle to effect positive change. She also believes that our food system will have to reinvent itself to feed the generations after us, that many such solutions already exist, and that industry’s task is not to invent, but to find and utilize them. Her great grandfather Hermann found gems in places where others wouldn’t think to look, and built a business out of them that endured beyond his generation.
Ukrainian born Vicki Rox is a mothership of human connection. She is part storyteller, writer, and maven of musing modern masculinity. Vicki feels most alive when emboldening humans to swim in the possibilities of everyday interactions.
After 7 years as a top Ad Exec in NYC, she left frustrated by the lack of meaning in the corporate machine. She’s dedicated the past 18 months solo backpacking the world capturing and sharing stories of humanity. Vicki’s writing has appeared on VICE and Aplus, and she has been featured in TIME magazine and the Dr.Oz show.
Vince Steckler is Chief Executive Officer and board member of Avast, a global leader in digital security products for consumers and businesses. Through Vince’s leadership, Avast has transformed into a dynamic, full service security provider that goes beyond traditional security solutions and detection methods to advance its mission of making the internet safe and accessible for everyone. Vince led Avast’s acquisition of AVG Technologies in 2016 and now oversees more than $700 million in revenue and all global operations for the combined company.
Prior to joining Avast in 2009, Vince was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Consumer Sales at Symantec Corporation. Vince joined Symantec in 2000 as Vice President of Public Sector Business and started Symantec’s business of serving U.S. local, state, and federal governments. He also held the position of Symantec’s Vice President for Asia/Pacific and Japan and was responsible for all enterprise and consumer business in that region. Prior to joining Symantec, Vince had 20 years experience in software development, systems analysis and engineering, project management, and business development.
Vince holds two B.S.’s from the University of California, Irvine, one in Mathematics and the other in Information and Computer Science.
The tree hugging capitalist who runs the business with kind brutality. Waldemar is a serial entrepreneur, having started businesses together with Berlin-based incubators Rocket Internet and Team Europe. At some point, growth, scale and money weren’t motivation enough: With the tools and skills he collected over the past years, he decided to use them for a better cause. Together with his co-founder Philip Siefer, he started Entrepreneurs Pledge, a movement that’s already gathered about 100 successful entrepreneurs to build a new kind of social companies – and make them grow and scale with a significant revenue stream of which at least 50 percent must be re-invested in social or environmental cause. Fairstainability is part of their DNA. Waldemar and Philip have also built one of the first fairstainable businesses coming out of the Entrepreneurs Pledge initiative; they are both founders of the fairstainable condom brand, einhorn. Waldemar joined the light side after years in the digital start up & venture capital business.
Yaël is a former CIA analyst, national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, diplomat, CSR strategist for a Fortune 5 company, and head of a global political risk firm. She speaks, writes and consults on topics at the intersection of security, political and humanitarian issues. She has been published in the New York Times, TIME and The Huffington Post and has appeared on CNN, CBS News and C-SPAN. She is the founder of Kilele Global, providing intelligence-based advice to help companies operating in emerging markets do so smartly and with purpose.
Yoni Bloch is an Israeli musician and the founder and CEO of Eko, a media and technology company pioneering a new medium in which stories are shaped by viewers as they unfold. Eko has partnered with media companies, independent creators and top brands to create experiences for highly-engaged, digitally native audiences, and has positioned itself as the leading tech platform for the creation and delivery of interactive entertainment.
Eko was founded by Bloch and his band in 2011 after they wanted to create a unique music video that fans would want to play over and over again. When they discovered that no technology existed that would support their vision of online seamless interactive play, the co-founders set out to develop such technology themselves.
Under Bloch’s leadership, Eko is creating interactive videos with Sony, MGM, CBS, Warner Music and many more. Eko Studio, which provides the company’s authoring tools free of charge, is also home to a large and growing community of creators. Eko investors include Sequoia Capital, Intel, NEA, WPP and Samsung.
Zoe Adamovicz is an entrepreneur and occasional angel investor.
Zoe is passionate about building technology businesses that are impactful, positive and at the same time profitable and powerful. Prior to Neufund, she founded Xyo, a company that re-imagines how people discover apps, Priori Data (app store intelligence), and ConciseSoftware which provides software development and engineering services.
She is also a mentor at the Gaza Sky Geeks, where she supports technology entrepreneurship in the challenging area of the Gaza Strip and helps introducing Blockchain. Zoe is an expert in technology entrepreneurship and venture capital.