The first speakers and live acts for the 4GAMECHANGERS Festival from April 18 – 20,2018 are confirmed.
And that’s just the beginning, from now on new gamechangers, speakers, live acts, top athletes and influencers are regularly communicated.
Businessman, Pilot and Lead Singer of Iron Maiden
Bruce Dickinson is the lead singer of Iron Maiden, a commercial pilot, brewmaster, entrepreneur and creative business thinker. Bruce was a pilot and Marketing Director for Astraeus Airlines, a company which leased aircraft to other carriers, and is the chairman and founder of Cardiff Aviation which specialises in heavy maintenance of Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft.
Chancellor of Austria
From 2014 to 2017 he was Austria‘s minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. Following the 2017 legislative elections, Kurz became the youngest head of government in the world, at the age of 31. Sebastian Kurz is therefore the current Chancellor of Austria and chairman of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) since 15 May 2017.
Designer Sagmeister & Walsh, 2 times Grammy Award winner
Stefan has designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. He’s a two time Grammies winner and also earned practically every important international design award. Stefan talks about the large subjects of our lives like happiness or beauty, how they connect to design and what that actually means to our everyday lives.
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder of Vbites - heathermills.org // vbites.com
1993 Heather was hit by a police motorcycle, suffering the loss of her left leg below the knee. To save her leg from constant infection Heather had to go on a plant based diet. Because of this Heather created the PIONEERING plant based multi-award winning ethical INTERNATIONAL Vegan food company, VBites, now in 24 countries. As well as being an entrepreneur, Heather is a world record holder in 4 winter sports, including being the fastest disabled female speed skier in the world at 166.84km/ph
President Turner International
He is responsible for more than 180 TV channels in more than 200 countries, as well as national & regional media in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Global brands in Turner’s portfolio include CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Zeiler is also a director on the board of the media and entertainment company Central European Media Enterprises.
Founder & CEO Kreisel Electrics
As CEO of Kreisel Electric, he is responsible for sales, finance and marketing. Kreisel Electric is a worldwide pioneer in the field of development of advanced technologies and batteries for e-mobility. 2017 the company was awarded the Climate Protection Award and was awarded by Frost & Sullivan, among others for the world’s best battery technology.
Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs
Margarete Schramböck is well known as the former CEO of A1 Telekom Austria and the current Federal Minister for Economic Affiars and Digitisation of the Republic of Austria. She started her career at Alcatel and was Managing Director of NextiraOne and Dimension Data Austria.
CEO KTM Industries AG
In 1987 Stefan Pierer founded CROSS (now KTM Industries Group), in which he is shareholder and member of the board of directors. In his role as CEO of KTM Industries AG, he is responsible for corporate and product strategy, research and development, motorsport and quality management. KTM AG is an Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacture and is known for it´s off-road motorcycles.
CTO & CEO A1
Marcus Grausam took over the position of the CTO at A1 in 2012, where he made important progresses for the technological future of Austria, including the extension of the fiber network, as well as introducing new technologies such as 4G, 5G or vectoring. Marcus studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Vienna.
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer, A1 Telekom Austria Group
Alejandro Plater began his professional career at Sud America Seguros before starting an international career at Ericsson, which led him to Europe in 2004. Since 2015 he has held the position of CEO & COO of the A1 Telekom Austria Group. He studied economics in Buenos Aires and completed several postgraduate courses at Columbia University, Wharton School and London Business School.
CEO of A1 Digital International GmbH
Before joining A1 Digital in 2017 Elisabetta served as CEO of Siemens Global Media Business, where she grew a successful global business area. At MCI she launched innovative data solutions for the business market and was responsible for network expansion projects. She studied business administration at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and obtained a Phd from Munich Technical University.
Chief Retail Officer Erste Bank Oesterreich
Started his career at GiroCredit in 1993. He has worked in various management positions at Erste Bank since 1997 in the area of retail sales for the group and domestic savings banks. In addition to being responsible for the group-wide securities business, he also served as Managing Director of Erste Asset Management. In February 2016, he was appointed to the Management Board of Erste Bank Oesterreich.
Managing Board Member, Erste Group
Peter is leading the digital transformation at Erste Group in his role as the managing board member responsible for retail banking. He is a driving force behind Erste’s widely-admired digital banking platform George, which already has over 2 million users in three countries and will continue to grow in the group’s home markets in Central Europe and possibly beyond.
CEO Erste Bank Oesterreich
Stefan Dörfler was appointed as CEO of Erste Bank Oesterreich in October 2016. He obtained a master’s degree in technical mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology and has held various managerial positions at Erste Bank & Erste Group over the past two decades. As a member of Erste Bank Oesterreich’s managing board, he is responsible for corporate business, commercial real estate, social banking and the public sector.
Co-founder & Chief Visionary Officer at TenX
After his successful career as a professional kitesurfer (ranking among top 10 in the world) and later as a trauma surgeon, Julian became a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author and keynote-speaker. He co-founded the Singapore based FinTech company TenX, which has developed a technology that makes cryptocurrencies spendable anytime anywhere and has raised USD $80 million in its initial token sale in June 2017.
CEO and managing director of ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4
Markus Breitenecker, CEO and managing director of ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4 – the Austrian based subsidiary of ProSeibenSat.1 Media SE – led this company since its establishment in 1998 to the No. 1 private TV broadcaster in Austria. He is also founder of the 4GAMECHENGERS Festival. In 2013, and again in 2017, he was announced as ‘Media Manager of the year’. In 2016, Mr. Breitenecker, was honoured with the “Communicator of the year” and 2017 he was elected as “Marketer of the Year”.
CFO/COO ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4
Bernhard Albrecht is CFO/COO ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4. In this function, he is responsible for finance, HR, production and technology. He strongly styled, developed and participated the growth of the group to become Austria’s largest private broadcaster. ProSiebenSat.1PULS 4 runs three national TV channels (PULS 4, ATV and ATVII) and is the leading marketer for audiovisual media in the country. Bernhard acts as CFO for several entities of the group, such as SevenVentures, the venture investment unit, Sat.1 Österreich and more recently ATV group.
CCO ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4
Dr. Michael Stix is member of the management of the ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4 Group in Austria and therefore responsible for the entire sales and revenues. The doctor of law has been working for the TV group since 2004. After completing his law studies, Dr. Michael Stix additionally graduated two postgraduate studies. He completed the Master of Business Law (MBL) at the SMBS in Salzburg. This was followed by studies at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and the University of Berkeley (USA), where he graduated with the title "Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA)".
President of the Austrian Nationalbank
Claus J. Raidl has been President of the Austrian Nationalbank since September 1st, 2008. He was Chairman of the Management Board of Böhler-Uddeholm AG and Member of the Management Board of voestalpine AG. Furthermore,he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the I.S.T. Austria, Vice President of the European Forum Alpbach and member of the Board of Trustees of the Vienna Technical Museum.
CEO & Co-Founder Bitpanda
Paul has been fascinated by the blockchain technology’s implications on the financial sector and other industries ever since. Together with Eric Demuth and Christian Trummer he co-founded Bitpanda in 2014.Paul is well established within the global crypto community and was as an advisor for popular digital currency projects like NXT, Waves, Lisk, Komodo, and more.
Founder and CEO of Investmentpunk Academy
Successful Investment Banking entrepreneur and real estate investor with significant personal real estate portfolio in Germany. Non executive board member of several medium sized businesses and real estate companies including C&P Aktiengesellschaft. Investment banker in the M&A Department of JP Morgan, New York and the corporate finance department of Mc Kinsey, Frankfurt.
Founder and CEO of 42.cx
Following the establishment of two successful internet start-ups in Silicon Valley, Daniel Mattes has now dedicated himself to artificial intelligence. With the foundation of the Competence Center for Artificial Intelligence, 42. cx AG with headquarters in Vienna, Linz and Monaco, he is driving the development of international AI projects forward.
Founder of BlockchainHub
Shermin is the director of the Research Institute for Crypto Economics at the Vienna University of Economics, and the founder of BlockchainHub - an international network of autonomous Hubs that promote the idea of blockchain, crypto economics and the decentralized web. She is also advisor of Jolocom, a blockchain based self sovereign identity protocol.
Blockchain Expert Erste Group
Clemens is driving innovation and digitalization projects within the Corporate Banking & Markets division of Erste Group, which includes Blockchain related business projects like Batavia. He started his professional career at Erste Group as part of the Corporate Finance/M&A team.
Investor & Business Angel
Hansi Hansmann is an active investor and business angel and co-founder of the "Austrian Angels Investors Association". With more than 40 participations in great start-ups, he is one of the most active and successful business angels in Europe. In 2016 he was awarded the title of "Best European Early Stage Investor".
Head of Product Management BMW i.
Dr. Alexander Kotouc is Head of Product Management BMW i at the BMW Group. BMW i is a comprehensive and ground-breaking concept for sustainable mobility. It thrills with its innovative vehicles: the all-electric BMW i3, a locally emission-free car for city driving that is sustainably designed throughout, and the BMW i8 as the most progressive sports car.
Founder Women without Borders
She founded Women without Borders in 2002, an organization for empowering women in dialogue, alternative diplomacy and security. At the heart of her work are the MotherSchools: Parenting for Peace!, a globally recognized prevention project that sensitizes mothers to their role in proactively countering extremism and becoming part of a new security architecture all around the world.
Author and privacy activist
Max Schrems has been able to put an end to the transnational safe-harbor agreement between the EU and the US with his complaint to the European Court of Justice, which is seen as a strong signal for the protection of fundamental rights in Europe. He is chairman of the noyb initiative, which is dedicated to enforcing data protection rights.
Founder Celebrity Sports
Detlef Soost has been present on the TV as a juror, choreographer, moderator and fitness expert for more than 25 years. No coach or juror in Europe has ever been featured as often as Detlef Soost in conjunction with casting shows. He has not only released various DVDs & books on health topics, but also offers an online program, which helps you achieve your personal bodygoals.
Luca // ConCrafter
Luca aka ConCrafter is one of the most successful YouTubers in Germany with more than 3 million subscribers. Already in summer 2011 he started recording Minecraft videos, quickly became one of the best-known German YouTubers and now focuses mainly on lifestyle topics and Vlogs. But Luca is also successful off YouTube, he is a Spiegel & Amazon bestselling author and has already launched his own pizza all over Germany.
CEO & Director The Blue Minds Company
In 2014 she founded The Blue Minds Company GmbH, which deals with the issues of global energy transformation, developing new business models and investing in start-ups. In addition to startin her own start-ups, she has also been involved in participations since 2014 and advises start-ups in the regions of D/A/CH/CEE, Israel and the USA on their market entry.
Founder Crypto Valley
Johann is the founder of Crypto Valley, the world’s leading cryptofinance ecosystem in Switzerland. He is founder of Monetas, an award-winning transaction platform. He is founder of the Tezos Foundation, the Digital Finance Compliance Association and the Bitcoin Association Switzerland. Johann has been rated as a Top 100 finance leader in Switzerland.
CEO of Porsche Austria, Porsche Konstruktionen, Allmobil, Chief Digital Officer
His career started at Porsche Austria in April 1998 when he took over the position of the market
researcher.In 2003, he became the head of sales of VW, in 2005, he got the position of the CEO at Porsche Slovenija and in 2009, he returned to Austria as the CEO of sales and marketing of Porsche Austria. Since 2014, he has also been the CEO of after sales as well as Porsche Konstruktionen. In 2017 he became the company’s Chief Digital Officer and CEO of Allmobil.
A three-time entrepreneur, Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as Senior Vice President, Startup Ecosystem & Accelerator at Oracle. In his current role, he is focused on driving and expanding Oracle’s startup and innovation initiatives worldwide. Prior to joining Oracle, Bradford was the founder and CEO of Vitrue, which was acquired by Oracle in May 2012.
Managing Director aws Fondsmanagement | Gründerfonds
Ralf Kunzmann has been Managing Director of aws Fondsmanagement GmbH and aws Gründerfonds since 2013. Previously, he was responsible for the international private equity activities of the UniCredit Bank Austria Group. He is a lecturer and author of numerous specialist publications in the field of corporate acquisitions.
Chief Strategy & Talent Officer, Deloitte Germany
The digital tranformation requires a rethinking in companies and in society. As head of strategy and talent lead of the EMEA region, Elisabeth Denison, born in Austria, works for Deloitte to break up traditional structures, develop new services and supporting courageous lateral thinkers. Prior to joining Deloitte in Germany, she spent many years abroad, including Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.
Futurologist, Digital Philosopher
Aric Dromi is the Chief Futurologist for one of the world’s most well-known and respected vehicle manufacturers and a leading developer of premium, autonomous and electric vehicles. He looks into new ways of thinking about how things work. He is a master of lateral thinking and a non-conformist when it comes to problem solving and innovation.
CEO & Co-Founder Bitpanda
Eric is an entrepreneur with an eSports background. Whilst being active in the financial industry in London and Vienna since 2009, he also founded his first company. Frustrated by how hard it was to buy and sell digital currencies like Bitcoin, he co-founded Bitpanda in 2014 together with Paul Klanschek and Christian Trummer.
Political scientist and journalist PULS 4
The Austrian political scientist and journalist Corinna Milborn is the head of PULS 4’s Info section and host of the PULS 4 News Talk "Pro & Contra". Corinna Milborn deals intensively with the topics of migration, integration, globalisation and human rights. In 2017 Milborn was elected Journalist of the Year.
Founder & CEO whatchado
The founder and CEO of whatchado wants to use video interviews to tell stories of his life. As an EU youth ambassador, he and his team are trying to break down existing structures of the working world on a daily basis. In 2017, he won the Erasmus Award for his merit in European education.
Founder & CEO RINGANA
Andreas Wilfinger‘s vision was to bring cosmetics onto the market without compromise. The result: RINGANA’s fresh cosmetics, which focus unconditionally on freshness and highly antioxidative active ingredients from nature. The entrepreneur has received several awards for his ideas, including the European Business Award and the Austrian Climate Protection Award.
Joerg spent close to a decade consulting companies on “eBusiness”. After having accumulated enough frequent traveler miles, he went on to set up a new “Trust & Safety” unit at eBay, served as T-Mobile’s Senior Vice President for B2B. In 2014, he co-founded Finnest.com, the premier digital corporate finance platform in D-A-CH. Finnest has arranged € 20m in corporate loans in just 24 months.
Antonio Garcia Martinez
Author and tech-entrepreneur
Antonio García Martínez has been an advisor to Twitter, a product manager for Facebook, the CEO/founder of AdGrok (a venture-backed startup acquired by Twitter), and a strategist for Goldman Sachs. Garcia Martinez’s first book, an instant New York Times bestseller, Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley (Harper) debuted.
Founder & Director of Digital Empowerment Foundation
Osama is a global leader on the mission of eradicating information poverty from India and global south using digital tools. He is a social entrepreneur, author, columnist, speaker, angel investor and sits on several government and policy committees in India and on international organisations working in the areas of Internet, access and digital inclusion.
Christoph Richter is a longtime Startup-Professional and an all-round serial entrepreneur. He was able to provide important input for the Austrian startup scene. He proved this with the construction of meanwhile 4 own startups (iJoule, zoomsquare, intellyo, uugotit) his newest startup, uugotit optimizes the language learning with television media.
Founder and CEO wikifolio.com
Andreas Kern wanted to make the financial market more transparent and democratic. His idea for wikifolio quickly became a success story: In just a few years, a Fintech start-up became Europe’s leading social trading platform. Prior to founding wikifolio. com, Andreas Kern was the managing director of payboxAustria GmbH and co-founder of payolution GmbH.
Founder & CEO of JobRocker
Günther Strenn is CEO and founder of JobRocker, the digital headhunter and fastest-growing HR tech start-up in Europe. After 10 years of operative headhunting at international HR companies, Günther Strenn founded "JobRocker" in order to successfully launch the digitization of personnel consulting.
Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
Robin is an entrepreneur & angel investor working on companies in cutting edge tech poised to impact 100M people. She is an Investor and business development at Invicta Medical, a medical tech company for sleep apnea, & Dance Biopharm, inhaled insulin with a smart, connected device; VP of Actavalon, curing cancer; and Strategic Relations Advisor to MindMaze.
Founder & CEO Speedinvest
Oliver founded one of the first European start-ups as a student in 1997. Following two successful mergers, the newly formed 3united AG was sold to US Internet giant VeriSign for 55 million euros. Back in Austria he founded Speedinvest. With a volume of 120 million euros and portfolio companies such as bitmovin, wefox and Fraugster, Speedinvest is today one of the leading venture capital funds.
Managing Partner at SURPLUS Invest
Jannis is Managing Partner at SURPLUS Invest GmbH - a new venture capital company from Munich, focusing on B2B SaaS and Property Tech. Prior to joining Surplus, Jannis was a founder in e-commerce and consulting. During this time, he has actively accompanied several exits. Jannis gained group experience at various companies in the FMCG sector.
Professor for Medical Genetics
Markus Hengstschläger studied genetics at the University of Vienna and then worked at the Yale University. Today, he is the head of the Institute of Medical Genetics at the Medical University of Vienna. He published reports in international top journals and is also author of three Bestseller books. He is member of a variety of international advisory boards, he won several scientific prices.
Teacher, columnist and book author
He currently runs a school in Vienna and writes a weekly column entitled "School and the rest of life" for the daily newspaper "KURIER". The non-fiction books "The Dedicated Teacher and His Enemies" and "The PISA Lie" are only two of his bestsellers. Alongside with the books mentioned above, his latest publication is also on the top ten list.
Olympic champion, Speaker, Mentor, Coach and best-selling author
With three Olympic gold-, one silver- and three bronze medals Felix Gottwald is the most successful athlete in Austrian Olympic history. Nowadays the former Nordic combined athlete works as a speaker, mentor, coach and best-selling author. Since closing his career in 2011, he inspired over a 100.000 people only with his speeches, seminars, workshops and publications. He also shows an exemplary social commitment, both at home and abroad. Among other engagements he is an active ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Author and therapist
The therapist, pedagogue, philosopher and book author Dr. Ernst Fritz-Schubert introduced the school-subject “luck” in 2007 and assumes that the personality development in school must be strengthened. As a voluntary director, he leads the Fritz Schubert Institute in Heidelberg, which is named after him and researches and develops methods for strengthening one’s personality.
Thomas-Gabriel is a criminologist and as such works at the Institute for Police Science of the University of Applied Sciences of the Police of Brandenburg. His research interests focus in particular on digital criminal offences and the risks of interaction in social media, digital police work and the understanding of the development and control of standards in digital space.
From Big Data, Darknet to social networks - Tobias brings you closer to the world of hackers and takes a look at the poison cabinet of IT. In an entertaining way, it uncovers vulnerabilities in computers and mobile phones that affect us all. Here, there are not only "aha" -experiences, but also "ahahaha" -moments.
Founder and CEO Teach For Austria
With Teach For Austria, Walter Emberger has brought a concept to Austria that brings committed top academics to challenging schools as career changers. He is committed to ensuring that all children have equal opportunities for education. In 2017, he was named Austrian of the Year in the field of Humnitarian commitment by the daily newspaper Die Presse.
Co-founder and managing Partner of V_labs
Lukas Meusburger is co-founder and managing Partner of V_labs, a company builder and room for business model innovation. V_labs helps established corporates to test new business models lean and efficiently. By launching ideas as separate startups, V_labs bypasses the often rigid and slow structures of the host company and thus enables faster market feedback.
Founder & CEO Cellbricks
Lutz Kloke is the founder of Cellbricks. The biotech startup is focused on the printing of biological material. Ever since his first printed mini-organs were used for pharmaceutical development , his work on bioprinters hasn’t left him. Cellbricks’ vision is to help improving human health by bringing synthetic organs to reality.
Influencer & author
Michael Buchinger is a YouTuber and writes for Vice, Miss and DIE WELT. He studied English language and literature and received the German Web Video Award in 2015 in the Lifestyle category for his format "Michaels Hass-Liste". His first book,"Der Letzte macht den Mund zu", was ranked 11th in the SPIEGEL bestseller list. He reached 100,000 YouTube subscribers in November 2015.
Executive, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder
Her experience includes International Managing Director roles in DACH, CE & North America with Sony & Sony Ericsson. In 2008 she received the ‘Business Woman of the Year Award’ by the Austrian Ministry of Innovation & Infrastructure in the field of Technology & Telecom. Her current research interest is ‘Trust in the Digital Age’ & ‘Profiling in the Big Data Context’.
Co-Founder & CEO MediaShop
The teleshopping company MediaShop revolutionized the international market of Direct Response Television (DRTV). Today MediaShop develops and sells its innovations not only via TV, but also online, on social media and in the stationary trade and in over 40 countries. Katharina Schneider supports the start-ups from "2 Minuten 2 Millionen - Die PULS 4 Start-Up Show".
Android Hanson Robotics
Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ latest and most advanced robot to date and a cultural icon. She has become a media darling, appearing on major media outlets around the world, igniting the interest of people regardless of age, gender, and culture, even gracing the cover of one of the top fashion magazines. Her press coverage has a potential reach of over ten billion readers in 2017.
"Blockchain Revolution" - bestselling author
Alex is a globally recognised thought-leader, speaker and writer focussed on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government. He is founding member of the IMF´s special advisory council on fintech and blockchain. For eight years in the markets, Alex has worked tirelessly to help entrepreneurs realize their goals.
Alric A. Ofenheimer
Partner at Eisenberger & Herzog
Alric Ofenheimer is senior partner of the law firm Eisenberger & Herzog and head of the practice groups Corporate Law and M&A as well as Real Estate Law. He is also responsible for IT and the introduction of new IT systems including AI. More recently, he has also been advising increasingly on privatisations and capital market law.
Head of Innovation AUSSENWIRTSCHFT AUSTRIA
For many years Michael Scherz was the Austrian trade delegate for the Austrian companies working actively in Munich, Sarajevo, New York, Paris and Johannesburg. Since October he is responsible for the innovation initiative of AUSSENWIRTSCHFT AUSTRIA.
Business Angel & Impact Investor
After the founding of paysafecard and payolution and the successful exit to the English company Skrill, he is now a business angel and impact investor. He currently holds stakes in over 25 companies in Germany and Austria. He prefers to invest in highly scalable startups in the ICT sector. He also enjoys investing in companies with high potential that have a lasting influence on our society.
Managing Director of Clever Clover’s investment fund
Clever Clover specializes in investments in early stage companies in traditional sectors. away from the world of apps and digital business. Clever Clover not only acts as a sponsor but also supports the respective startups during the investment period with know-how, network and expertise in the core fields of the respective company in order to lead it to success together with the founders.
Founder and editor-in-chief of Youth Ki Awaaz
Youth Ki Awaaz is India’s largest social justice media platform for young people to speak up on critical issues. Anshul has worked across new media and online journalism as a media entrepreneur and serves as a Trustee on the Board of Jhatkaa, a campaigning organisation committed to building grassroots citizen power across India. Hewas named a Young Innovator by the United Nations ITU in 2012.
Founder and chairman NEOS
Matthias Strolz is a founding member and the chairman of the Austrian party NEOS and since 2013 a member of the Austrian National Council. The born “Vorarlberger” is club leader of the opposition party. Education is one of his central concerns.
Oliver started his career as head of the Information & Telecommunication department of the Austrian consultancy agency. In 1999 he started working for Alcatel-Lucent and the latest being Vice-President of the vertical markets services division located in Paris. In January 2011 he was appointed CEO of the Austrian Automobile Motorcycle and Touring Club, ÖAMTC.
Chief Product Officer Trinity Mirror Digital
Steve has recently joined Trinity Mirror Digital as Chief Product Officer where he is responsible for the Product Management and UX of all T.M.G. Digital products. Trinity Mirror is one of the largest British newspaper, magazine and digital publishers, with over 250 national and regional titles. Prior to this Steve was at Google for 9 years where he led global teams.
Managing the LEGO Education International B2B channel for Central and Eastern Europe, Benelux and Ireland. Working closely with most of the leading Educational supplier and various other educational bodies in a diverse educational landscape. Committed to bringing government, industry and education together to equip children with the tools they need to flourish in tomorrow’s society.
Partner at Speedinvest x
He is a Partner at Speedinvest x, an early stage focus fund under the Speedinvest umbrella investing into network effects. Prior to launching Speedinvest x, he was a General Manager for the German market at Uniplaces, a marketplace for student housing. Before that, Mathias was a Principal at Point Nine Capital, a Berlin-based early stage fund focused on SaaS and marketplaces.
Chief Financial Officer of Emarsys
As CFO of Emarsys since 2014 Itamar’s’ main focus is assisting the fast and responsible business growth and scale - Leading an international back office organization in 15 countries. Emarsys is revolutionizing the role of the marketer by enabling brands around the world to deliver truly personal customer interactions across email, mobile, social, SMS, and web – at scale.
JANAklar is an Austrian influencer from Vienna. She has been active on the social media channels YouTube and Instagram since 2014 and has more than 650 k followers in summer. Furthermore, she is the winner of the 4GAMECHANGERS Award in the category" Charity" and the Austria Video Award in the category "Fashion & Lifestyle".
Bernhard‘s mission is to put across complex scientific topics as engaging and understandable as possible. As a physicist he teaches science communication at Vienna University of Technology and writes popular science books. He performs science shows and organizes „Science Slam“-contests all over Austria, motivating young scientists to present their research projects on stage.
Deputy Federal Manager, Gründerservice Österreich, WKO
The Gründerservice/Business Start-up Service of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber offers individual consultations, a wide range of services to perspective entrepreneurs and acts as the first service partner. After several years of experience in direct support of young entrepreneurs, Andrea knows about legal requirements and challenges of start-ups. In exchange with various stakeholders, it is her ambition to spread the entrepreneurial spirit in Austria.
Evaluator of Teacher Education Estonia, Hungary
Matti Meri is the headmaster of the Primary School at the German School of Helsinki and lecturer of Didactics at the Helsinki University. His approaches are revolutionary and give new impetus to the slightly dusty school system we have in Europe. He is visiting professor in Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Switzerlanda and member of the school board in NS Wolfburg, as well as an Evaluator of Teacher Education Estonia in Hungary.
Physician and cognitive scientist
The physician and cognitive scientist Katharina Turecek has made a name for herself in Austria as a memory & learning specialist through numerous book publications and media appearances. She is the developer of the learning profile and the brainwalk as well as the author of the bestseller "Mentally fit - for a lifetime".
Founder & CEO 10.000 Chancen
Bernhard Ehrlich was managing director of the business journal ‘medianet’ until April 2016. At the beginning of May 2016, he founded the non-profit initiative "10.000 Chancen". Since January 2017, the focus of the initiative is on open apprenticeship placement - primarily - for young people with disabilities! The target group-specific events are the largest in the German-speaking world.
Journalist and blogger
Yavi Hameister spent years working as a freelance journalist before becoming a mother and then a full-time blogger, personal trainer and nutritionist. Recently, her biography, "Bis es wehtut" in which she finally drops her hitherto flawless facade, warns of the dangers of extreme diet and exercise, while pleading for a life beyond perfection and the craving for admiration.
IBM Watson Software Developer
Tanmay Bakshi, 13, is a software developer tech author and a strong supporter of "Everyone Can Code" and STEM Education. Being the youngest IBM Watson programmer, and having spoken at a number of international conferences and events, he loves to talk about and work with Cognitive Computing, AI, and Machine Learning. He advocates, contributes to and enjoys talking about Open Source development. His passion for sharing his knowledge comes through his motivational and inspirational talks.
Board, Institute for Strategic Management, Wiener Strategieforum
In addition to his career as a university professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, he acts as a successful consultant and entrepreneur. Today he is considered one of the leading strategy experts, especially when it comes to building a bridge between science and business practice.
Founder & CEO myClubs
Tobias Homberger is the founder and managing director of the sports aggregator myClubs. After his Master´s Degree, Tobias worked as a strategy consultant for a Viennese management consultancy. The idea for the digital membership model of myClubs, founded in 2014, was born out of a need for more flexibility and variety in his own sports program.
Banking & Finance Partner Wolf Theiss
Andrea Gritsch is a legal expert in the financial industry. She handles large-scale mandates spanning multiple jurisdictions and covers key legal areas including M&A, banking & financial services, finance, regulatory compliance and corporate. Andrea is active in the fast evolving area of financial technology, assisting regulated and non-regulated businesses in digital transformation.
Board member of lab10 collective
Thomas Zeinzinger studied in Leoben, worked in the automotive and energy industry for 13 years as a manager in various executive positions and decided to rather work self-employed in 2013. Born in Lower Austria, he runs a coworking space, has founded the BlockchainHub Graz and, as the board member of the lab10 collective eG, is responsible for the development of the ARTIS Blockchain.
Neurologist, CEO The Tree Consulting
The neurologist and book author Wolfgang Lalouschek helps companies, teams and managers to develop their potential through brain-friendly and effective leadership and work. His credo: Success and health are not a contradiction in terms, but are interdependent. Vertical thinking brings the decisive advantage in a horizontal environment.
Managing Director of Rhomberg Holding
Rhomberg is Managing Director of Rhomberg Holding GmbH and - now in the fourth generation - in charge of the internationally active Rhomberg Group, which has its headquarters in Bregenz, Austria. The three divisions Construction, Railway Technology and Resources have not only established sustainability as a principle but continue to set standards.
Head of Communications & Marketing at GEA in Waldviertel
He is head of communications & marketing at GEA in Waldviertel. Before that, he worked for almost 6 years for the Viennese digital agency Virtual Identity as Community Manager, Content Creator and Digital Consultant. Shortly before the age of thirty, "Piefke" is an enthusiastic storyteller and hobby actor. He takes the company principles of his employer GEA seriously: " „Scheiß di ned au“, „Bitte sei ned so deppad“ and „Orientier dich an der Liebe“.
CEO & Partner 123sonography
The former Google manager joined 123sonography in 2015 as shareholder and CEO and bootstrapped the Viennese company from 5 to 25 employees. The now globally leading online portal for advanced medical training in the field of "diagnostic ultrasound" has more than 240,000 registered doctors and sonographers in over 200 countries. A subsidiary was established in Boston in March 2018.
Founder & CEO of Bit-Trust Store
As the managing partner of Bit-Trust Services GmbH, Magdalena has founded the world‘s first Bitcoin store The House of Nakamoto in Vienna. The store’s goal is to offer a point of contact where Bitcoin beginners can be informed and advised in a personal conversation and Bitcoin experts can network and exchange with like-minded people.
Founder & CEO Blue Code International
Christian Pirkner is a serial startup entrepreneur and currently CEO of Blue Code International AG. Blue Code is a highly disruptive, award winning mobile payment network connecting European banks and merchants. Christian’s previous startups in Silicon Valley were responsible for path breaking innovations such as digital media recognition, music playlisting and video distribution serving clients such as Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Shazam, and Netflix.
Chair of Humanity+ & transhumanist philosopher
Currently a professor at the University of Advancing Technology, she has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Virginia Commonwealth, Aalto (Finland), and Polytechnic (Hong Kong) universities. She is Executive Director of Humanity+, a Fellow of the Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and on the Board of the TNC. She is co-editor and author of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, is published by Wiley-Blackwell.
CMO of Trade.io
Christopher Obereder is a 26-year-old serial entrepreneur, who lived in Silicon Valley over the last years. Christopher is leading the marketing efforts at Trade.io and is helping Naga Group and Savedroid with their marketing. Combined they raised over $120 million in their ICOs.
Author and gynaecologist
She is a general practitioner, gynaecologist and psychosomatic physician. As a psychotherapist, she holds the European Certificate of Psychotherapy. She heads the "ARGE Erziehungsberatung und Fortbildung GmbH", a training, counselling and research institute with a socio-psychological focus on youth and family. She is the author of numerous scientific articles.
Managing director APA Group
Until 2002 Karin Thiller had been employed at Reuters Austria for eleven years, holding various management positions there. She has been employed at the Austrian news agency APA since 2003 and in charge of the subsidiary APA-OTS Originaltext-Service GmbH since 2005. In 2016 Thiller was appointed managing director of APA Group.
Founder & CEO Sonnentor
From accountants, beer sellers and tour guides to the marketing of special agricultural crops. When his employment contract expired, he had no choice but to start his own business and so he founded SONNENTOR in 1988. In the meantime, the company has developed into an organic specialist with approx. 330 employees.
Co-Founder of CognitionX
Tabitha is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of CognitionX, a Market Intelligence Platform which brings clarity to the complex and faced-paced world of AI. An optimistic voice in the industry, Tabitha is a strong advocate for a responsible transition to an AI society. He was ranked in Media Week’s 30 Under 30 and The Evening Standard’s Silicon 60.
WU Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics
Alfred Taudes is Professor at WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business and head of WU´s Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics. He coordinated large scale research projects such as WWTF-project "Integrated Demand and Supply Chain Management" and SFB “Adaptive Models in Economics and Management Science”. Now he heads the newly founded Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics.
Scientist for Brain Research and University lecturer for Physiology
As Neurobiologist, Executive Coach, Managementtrainer and Consultant he is exploring the correlation between health and the world of employment. Bernd Hufnagl, author of „Brain Traps“ is in great demand as keynotespeaker and is known for his fascinating and amusing way of explaining neuroscientific and ethologic empirical cognition for „brain-healthy“ working to the audience.
Family Counsellor, CEO familylab Österreich
After a number of years working for high profile international service organizations Katharina joined familylab International in 2009, with the firm believe that there are better ways to raise and educate children than using authoritarian force or democtratic tricks. Instead we shall embrace relationships based on equal dignity, authenticity, integrity and self-responsibility.
Head of Communications and Customer Service Austrian Patent Office
Christoph Mandl held several positions in the field of communications in large international groups including ÖBB and Erste Group. Since 2016 he is Head of Communications and Customer Service at the Austrian Patent Office. In this role, he introduced Albert Patent Bot, the first virtual brand consultant and chatbot in the austrian federal service. - Check your Brand!
Co-Founder & CSO hokify
Daniel co-founded hokify in 2015 and grew it as Head of Sales to the biggest mobile job platform for blue-collar jobs in Austria. He is thriven by his mission to continuously improve how jobseekers and companies are connected.
CEO & Co-Founder GoStudent
Together with his brother Moritz he founded one of the leading student-powered peer-to-peer digital education platforms GoStudent. The companies purpose is to provide students with the best learning experience possible. Pior to GoStudent he studied Mathematical Finance in Cambridge and ETH Zurich and worked as a Consultant for BCG
Head of Research and Development at mySugr
Fredirk, a student of medical computer science at the University of Technology of Vienna, is co-founder and head of Research and Development at mySugr. With mySugr he has been part of turning an idea from a few scribbles into a life changing company, affecting millions who live with diabetes. mySugar was acquired by market leading diabetes technology company Roche in 2017.
Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl from Vienna surprises his listeners with his independent interpretations, in which there is always plenty of space for the moment, for spontaneity, so that his music emerges every moment at every concert - always new, always different. Away from the mainstream, the cellist is open to new compositions, loves to combine the unfamiliar with the old.
Founder of B.LA - Birgit Lauda Art Foundation Vienna
B.LA Birgit Lauda Art Foundation was founded as a non-profit foundation with the aim of donating its entire proceeds to the women without boarders project of Dr. Edit Schlaffer. B.LA functions as a gallery for Contemporary Art in Vienna. The aim of the gallery is to regularly exhibit young and well-known contemporary Austrian artists with contemporary artists from other countries.
Co-Founder & CMO hokify
Karl is co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at hokify. By using data-driven performance marketing he managed to successfully place more than 20.000 jobseekers in their new job via hokify in only 2 years.
CEO & Founder of Playbrush
Paul has scaled Playbrush to 7-digit revenues and 20+ employees within only 2 ½ years, won several international awards and was recognised by the media globally. He is also a Co-Founder of Hug A Brit, an independent movement around the Brexit referendum in 2016. Paul is teaching Consumer Entrepreneurship in Cambridge.
CEO Your Family Entertainment
Your Family Entertainment AG located in Munich, is producer and license distributor for high-quality programmes for children and the whole family and owner of one of the largest broadcaster-independent programme libraries in Europe.Since 2007 the company operates the award-winning Pay TV children’s channel named "Fix&Foxi", since 2012 the free TV channel "RiC“.
EMEA Leader Data and AI, Microsoft
Ramshanker has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He’s joined Microsoft in 2000 as a Support Manager for the Corporate Security team in Redmond, USA. In his current role, Ram is the regional Leader for Data and AI in EMEA, and he is responsible for the domain delivery of all the Big data, IoT, Analytics, Business Intelligence and AI projects across the time zone.
Richard David Precht
Philosopher, publicist and author
He is a philosopher, publicist and author and one of the most distinguished intellectuals in the German-speaking world. He is honorary professor of philosophy at Leuphana University Lüneburg and honorary professor of philosophy and aesthetics at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. His books are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than 40 languages.
Head of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence
He is head of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), a not-for-profit independent research institute, which cooperates with research institutes as well as with companies at home and abroad, often start-ups, in projects concerning artificial intelligence issues.
CEO & Founder Amabrush
Marvin Musialek is the founder and CEO of Amabrush - the world’s first fully automatic toothbrush, that brushes teeth in just 10 seconds by just pressing a single button. Amabrush is the 27th most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time, raised several millions in funding and operates worldwide.
Member of the Executive Board, Financial Market Authority
Klaus Kumpfmüller is the board director of the Financial Market Authority (FMA) since 2013. In that capacity, he is also a member of the board of supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), as well as, since 2015, a member of the Single Resolution Board. Before working for the FMA, he held leading positions in banks and in the Austrian Federal Financing Agency.
Eva Maria Klein
Project management kick mit Österreich
When she was young, Eva Maria loved playing football. She started off practicing with boys of her age. However, later on she played in the Austrian National League (Bundesliga) for women. In 1999 she got awarded the second place of the Soccer Player of the Year. She is now managing kick mit Österreich, an empowering football project for girls and young women that is operating in Vienna, Salzburg and Vorarlberg.
Head of Mobilium Global Group
Ralph Simon is one of the founders of the global mobile entertainment & social media industry, a visionary & innovator, known as "the father of the ring tone”. He is expert in mobile platforms, smartphone lifestyles & multi-screen creativity. He founded the world’s first international commercial ring tone service.
Thomas Olbrich is Chief Culture Officer at karriere.at and Psychotherapist. He is constantly focussed on topics as authenticity, unconditional positive regard and effectivity concerning the organisation. As a member of the management board he sees his position in encouraging successful relationships. Thomas is convinced that in a successful organisation lucidity always has to come before harmony.
Lukas was 14 when he started his YouTube channel "puuki", creating Let‘s Play videos on Clash of Clans. Today, at the age of 17, he has a total of 500,000 subscribers and followers across his social media accounts. Whether it’s Clash Royale, Pokémon GO or Fortnite. Lukas has a great sense for what will be the next big thing in gaming and social media.
Konstantin Klingler is a high school student, who founded the local book delivery startup “Lobu” together with his classmate Moritz Stephan. Lobu questions why products should be delivered from the other side of the world, when the same product is available within the city. Further he started the facebook chatbot “Maturameister” helping students prepare for the final national math exam.
Moritz Stephan is 17 years old and heavily engaged in several projects such as Lobu and Team Tumbleweed (a marsrover he built in the school’s cellar). At Lobu, he is responsible for creating timelines and planning the realization of ideas as well as playing the rational and objective part when bouncing off ideas with his co-founder Konstantin and IT specialist Julian.
General Manager of Microsoft in Austria
Before joining Microsoft in Austria, she led the Microsoft International Business Strategy for the president of Microsoft International, she had been part of the German leadership team as a General Manager for Consumer & Online as well as Advertising & Online. In her role wants to actively shape the digital transformation process in Austria.
Student and inventor
Maanasa Mendu, a 15-year-old, created HARVEST, a bio-inspired energy device that harvests wind, sunlight, and precipitation, to integrate renewable energy into the urban landscape and provide power to developing countries. She has been named “America’s Top Young Scientist 2016”, Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and received honors from the Ohio EPA and House of Representatives.
Managing Director & Co-Founder kreait
Maks was in charge of internationalization and one of the first mobile AD servers worldwide and was nominated ‚Entrepreneur of the Year‘ in 2006. After exiting the company to WPP in 2007, he became the Head of Innovation, Games & Mobile and Member of the MGMT Board at ProSieben Sat.1 Digital and co-founded kreait in 2011.
HR blogger, author, speaker
In the past, he worked internationally for Deutsche Bahn and Voith GmbH, among others, and was repeatedly awarded the HR Marketing Innovator Prize and the HR Excellence Award for his work, the blogger and book author most recently received the German Prize for Online Communication. Today he blogs at www.hrinmind.de, is editor of the first German HR trend magazine hr|tomorrow.
Professor of Medicine, Founder House of Social Innovation
His main interest lies in defining and improving health determinants and creating a global movement in reducing the growing health inequities across Europe . CAPE 10 , The House of Social Innovation , is the ambitious concrete first time project and landmark building with an emphasis on children and women.
Sports and lifestyle influencer
His philosophy is to combine sport & pleasure! Simon Mathis is Austria’s most successful sports and lifestyle influencer with over half a million followers and about 2 million video views per month on YouTube. This year he also won the Austrian Video Award in the Sports category.
2005 Maurizio co-founded H-FARM to pioneer the startup industry over Europe, with the role of Co-CEO of the listed holding company & focused on international relations. He is an executive member of the Vatican Art & Technology Council and member of KIN the Kellogg Innovation Network a worldwide innovators community related to the Northwestern Kellogg School of Chicago.
Founder & Designer at Marina Hörmanseder
Upon completing her MA in International Business Administration, the Viennese fashion designer furthered her studies at Berlin’s ESMOD Fashion School and completed further vocational training at London’s Central St. Martins College. After a internship at Alexander McQueen & having shown at various fashion weeks, she debuted her first collection in Berlin and the Fashion Scout in London.
Managing Director of AustrianStartups
Markus Raunig is the managing director of AustrianStartups. Empowered by more than 30.000 supporters, the AustrianStartups team is working towards a future where entrepreneurship will be as common as skiing in Austria. Before taking over at AustrianStartups, Markus founded his own startup and organized Europe’s largest student startup event series Entrepreneurship Avenue.
Political journalist and News-Anchor PULS 4
Werner is a passionate News-host with a sports background and from day to day he’s the very first to inform Austria on TV. Starting from 5.30 am on he hosts the PULS 4 News in the most popular morningshow „Café Puls“. Above that he conducts talks and podium discussions dealing with current topics of digitalization, start ups and disruptive change.
Director at Laureus Sport for Good
Paul is driving innovative social businesses in the sports sector. As Director at Laureus Sport for Good he is responsible for funding, development and scaling of non-profit sports organizations in Germany and Austria. Prior to that, Paul worked for an international consulting company for several years and has co-founded a company in South Africa to help reduce social inequality in the country.
Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research.
Since January 2018 Mr. Fassmann is Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research. Previously he was active as a professor and vice rector for research and international affairs at the University of Vienna. On top of that he is a member of the Migration Commission for Austria since 2014 and was frequently active as an expert for the Federal Government.
Journalist and News anchor PULS 4
The Austrian-Mexican TV journalist Alexandra Wachter is anchor of the PULS 4 News and she also works as a reporter in the political department of the News. According to the magazine "der Österreichische Journalist" Alexandra Wachter is one of the best under 30 year old journalists in Austria. In 2017 she was honored for a 20-minute documentary about an Austrian minority.
Founder Wider der Gewalt
Besides being an actress, singer and music-manager, Marika is also well known do to the fact, that she is a wearer of the golden merit award of Vienna. Marika Lichter has been part of very many austrian on-air and off-air productions. On top of that, Marika is also founder of the charity association Wider die Gewalt and CEO of the agency glanzlichter.at.
CTO StreamUnlimited Engineering
Markus Rutz is a co-founder and the CTO of StreamUnlimited Engineering, which he started in 2005 with a team of the former Philips A/V Inovation Center Vienna. StreamUnlimited is a consumer electronics software power house and has become the leading supplier of solutions for voice assistants and connected audio products with offices in Vienna, Bratislava, Shenzhen and Mountain View.
Political Journalist and Café Puls Anchor
Florian is co-anchor of PULS 4’s morning show Café Puls and serves as special correspondent in major news situations like the last four U.S. presidential elections, the migration movement across Europe, the Afghan war, the last conclave in Rome, the financial upheaval in Greece, etc. He studied International Relations at the University of Leicester and is father of two boys.
CEO Destination Wattens Regionalentwicklung GmbH
After heading the Global Corporate Communications Department at Swarovski, he found this new challenge in a company that produces advanced ceramics & took over responsibility for building a new consumer products division. At present, Matthias is CEO of a regional development company that designs & implements projects in fields such as economy, education, applied research & mobility.
After attending a drama school in Hamburg Silvia finished her law studies in Austria while already working for a TV network as a host. Since then her heart hasn´t stopped beating for her work as a TV personality. Her oeuvre contains a talent show for kids as well as talkshows, cooking-, society-, comedy-, news- or music shows. Last year she started her own fashion brand which resembles the vesture of the Golden Age Hollywood. Silvia runs her own TV-production company which focuses on TV- and online advertising as well as the development and implementation of TV shows.
Driven by a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, Martin and his team develop 20 High-tech start-ups per year. Furthermore, his company, Science Park Graz, runs the European Space Agency’s start-up activities in Austria.
Co-Founder & CEO of Datum
Haenni is known as a Tech Wizard & Serial Entrepreneur. He has collected 17 years of experience in big data systems. Roger Heanni is Co-Founder of StockX, SwissInvest, PCP.ch and Kosi. On top of that he is Co-Founder & CEO of Datum, a distributed database governing safe exchange and trade of data.
Max und Emil Weller
Child prodigies (piano)
The brothers Emil (10) and Max (13) were born into a hungarian-german piano family and both started playing piano at the age of 4. At the beginning they were taught by their parents in the meantime they both study piano at the university of art in Graz. Recently they won international competitions in Brno, Oberschützen and St. Petersburg.
Chief Commentator Sports PULS 4
Michael is the voice of sports at PULS 4, especially football. Since PULS 4 is an offical UEFA-right holder Michael was the commentator of three UEFA Champions League finals und two UEFA Europa League Finals. Besides football Michael was host of ""Voices for refugees 2015"", which was live boradcasted at PULS 4. At 4Gamechangers Michael is this year again host of the start up day.
The 16-year-old Noah - better known as Gusi - manages to entertain his fans with his charming, cheeky manner. With his funny and unusual videos and vlogs of all kinds he is very popular with the YouTube community and has expanded his number of subscribers within a very short time.
Author and Blogger
Nunu Kaller worked for Die Presse two years at the online department for ploitics, after which she moved to the NGO world. 2013 she published the book „Ich kauf nix. Wie ich durch Shopping-¬Diät glücklich wurde“ and in 2018 „Fuck Beauty! Warum uns der Wunsch nach makelloser Schönheit unglücklich macht und was wir dagegen tun können“.
Professor and Head of Institute at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Jivka Ovtcharova is Professor and Head of Institute at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She draws a line between the liberation of the human spirit during the Renaissance and the “Internet of Things”, which in her view should be understood as an “Internet of the Senses". Jivka is one of 25 Women for the Digital Future in Germany with over 100 key notes and TEDx speeches.
Professor for Robopsychology, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Martina is the world’s first Professor of Robopsychology and a member of the Austrian Council for Robotics. Her lab at the Johannes Kepler University Linz explores how robots should look like, behave, and communicate in order to establish comfortable interaction experiences for varying target groups. She regularly speaks at international conferences and writes about social impacts of emerging technologies in her weekly tech column.
Author and scientist
Julia Krüger (Diplom Politikwissenschaft, University of Potsdam) works as an independent scientist at the interface of politics, law and technology. She is the author of netzpolitik.org and a fellow at the Center for Internet & Human Rights (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/ Oder).
Christine Antlanger-Winter is CEO of Mindshare, one of Austria’s largest media agencies, a leader in digital marketing.. Since 2005, the media technician, media designer and graduate of Hagenberg University of Applied Sciences has been building up and expanding the "Invention" digital marketing unit.
Social Entrepreneur, Co-Founder Career Moves and myAbility
He co-founded the job platform Career Moves for people with disabilities: a multi-award-winning company that has now advertised over 20,000 jobs in Austria. Demblin was named an Ashoka Fellow for his solutions for an equal opportunity society. In 2014, he founded the management consultancy "myAbility" and developed a new, business-oriented approach to the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Director Buying & AMORELIE Labels
He is part of the management team of AMORELIE, where he serves as Director Buying & AMORELIE Labels, sourcing and developing the product portfolio that the company is selling online - and since last year also offline in shops. Since its foundation in 2013, AMORELIE has aimed to change the image of the sextoy market and has grown into one of the leading European lifestyle shops for love and relationship.
Computer scientist & author
Alexander Markowetz is a computer scientist, thinker and author. From 2009 to 2016 he was Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. There he conceived and supervised the Menthal project, which to this day analyses the smartphone behaviour of 300,000 users. Markowetz summarized the findings in his highly regarded book "Digital Burnout".
Author and journalist
Ingrid Brodnig is a journalist and author ("Lügen im Netz." and "Hass im Netz."). She writes the weekly IT column #brodnig of the news magazine Profil and gives lectures and workshops on digital self-defense in times of hate comments and false reports.
Founder and CEO of DaVinciLab
DaVinciLab’s vision is to support schools to become the place for innovation and learning based on real-life challenges. Before that, Anna has been working for 20 years in different management positions across Europe in international companies. Her last projects were focused on machine learning in the financial industry and innovation of business models.
Manager of „Die Fantastischen Vier“
Since 1989 he is the manager of Germanys most successful and most constant hip-hop group „Die Fantastischen Vier“. He is a passionated professional photographer and one of the most influential vegans in Germany. In 2015 he published his autobiographic cook- and guide book „No Need For Meat. Currently he builds up Germanys first vegan fast-food-chain „XOND“.
CEO & Co-Founder of HEROcoin & herosphere.gg
Paul founded herosphere.gg with a current user base of more than 250k registered users and successfully performed the first ICO of Austria in 2017 with HEROcoin. During his time at PwC he worked on one of the largest deals in Austria at this time and projects like the asset quality review for the European Central Bank’s stress tests.
Director of the Victim Suoport Organisation WEISSER RING AUSTRIA
Dina Nachbaur is director of the Victim Support Organisation WEISSER RING AUSTRIA. Together with the University Vienna she works on a project against HateSpeech in social media. Dina Nachbaur holds knowledge as a lawyer and sociologist about victim support and is internationally active as a trainer for victim’s rights. WEISSER RING AUSTRIA is a victim support organisation with experience in supporting victims of crime of 40 years.
President at the Austrian Software Industry Association
Peter Lieber is the founder & owner of a number of software and related companies, and since 2014 he has held the position of President at the Austrian Software Industry Association. He enjoys sharing his business knowledge with entrepreneurs, managers & students, and with an underlying commitment to promoting the further evolution and global integration of Austria’s software sector.
Arabella Kiesbauer presentes the ATV-Show "Bauer sucht Frau", the most successful and long-lasting format on Austrian private television. As a host, she led her talk show Arabella at Pro Sieben for 10 years and also presented the Eurovision Song Contest.
News Anchor PULS 4 News
Thomas Mohr is an Austrian TV journalist at PULS 4 and anchor of the daily news broadcast “PULS 4 News” at 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. He is also TV host to the political talk format “Pro & Contra”, on Wednesday at 10:45 p.m. At the 4Gamechanger festival, Thomas Mohr is hosting a panel discussing internet addiction in our society. "There is nothing to be obsessed about online: Teaching a solid sense for the digital you.
Founder and partner of Herbst Kinsky, Attorneys at Law
Since 15 years Philipp advises global players of the venture capital and start-up scene. He has founded Herbst Kinsky´s own legal incubator HK Incube and is an active business angel, mentor and investor. Philipp has been a member of the Austrian Angel Investors Association from the very beginning and is an active supporter of several start-up initiatives in Austria
Executive Chairman, Webit.Foundation; Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Blockchain advisor, Philanthropist
Founder and Executive Chairman of Webit.Foundation and the Global Webit Series with 10000+ attendees events in Sofia, Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore, New Delhi. He is Founder and Executive Chairman of Blockchain Governance Forum and Board Member, Advisor, investor in companies in the e-health, cybersecurity, esports and blockchain domains.
CEO Avatar Bitbyte AG Schweiz
After his training as a qualified fitness and health trainer as well as an insurance businessman, he successfully entered the crypto currency business. Albert Hinterdorfer’s personality is characterized by his tendency to pioneering and global thinking as well as acting and doing. A name you will hear a lot about and which you have to remember in the business world.
„ATV Meine Wahl“-, „ATV Aktuell“-Anchorwoman
The ATV-journalist Sylvia Saringer is anchorwoman of "ATV Aktuell" and leads the major political discussions in "ATV Meine Wahl". Her talk show "Am Punkt" was 2009 the first on Austrian television, which integrated viewers interactively through social media.
Head of Company Builder Up to Eleven
He is head of Up to Eleven. The powerhouse for startups takes care of ongoing administrative tasks and provides seed stage funding for internationalization. Ruhri was Vice President of Business Development for Runtastic and is a member of the Business Angels Network startup300. As serial entrepreneur, he founded Workout Deals, 2befit.at and Bodycult Linz.
The graduate of media studies Jenny Laimer is an anchorwoman at "ATV Aktuell", the most successful newscast on Austrian private television.
Director of the Insula-Rehabilitation-Centre
Wolfgang Siegfried has been the clinical director of the Insula-Rehabilitation-Centre for Morbidly Obese Adolescents since 1996. He founded the first German Obesity Foundation and co-authored the German Obesity Prevention Movie for public schools, which focuses on discrimination of obese adolescents and school avoidance, as an aggravating factor.
CEO & Co-Founder Conda
Daniel completed his Bachelor‘s and Master’s degree in business informatics & business management in Vienna. Before CONDA, he gained experience in the field of founding and managing a company with his first start-up Spoken Language System, founded in 2007. As the co-founder and CEO of CONDA, Daniel is the driving force behind Marketing & Sales.
Teacher, columnist and book author
Anita teaches Psychology, Education, Physical Education and Sport. On top of that, she has been teaching ethics at a Viennese school for over 20 years now. She is the author of ethics textbooks for AHS upper schools and currently fights for the establishment of the subject ethics in every school.
Verena gets up early every morning because she’s working at the most popular Morningshow Cafe Puls. She ist fighting for Bodypostivity being a Real Person in a more and more Fake world.
Her goal is, to encourage real women to love themselves and to think positively Everyone struggles with the same problems , our own Mind. Take the world a bit easier.
Director Research and Innovations, Ars Electronica Futurelab
His work focuses on collaborative R&D with the private sector & scientific institutions. Together with international partners, he develops prototypes and investigates the manifold potential of disruptive technologies such as AI, robotics and blockchain in social and corporate transformation processes. His clients and associates in recent years have included Audi, Honda Robotics, Mercedes-Benz.
Co-Founder and CEO 9Weine
Michael is an experienced expert in sales and marketing, working with companies like LVMH - Moët Hennessy or as Country Manager for Monster Energy he gained insights in some of the worlds most inspiring and interesting brands. Co-Founded 9Weine to change the way people buy wine online, teaches also at the University of applied science in Eisenstadt as a lecturer for digital marketing.
The former artistic director of the Vienna Konzerthaus founded LinkedIn for classical music with HELLO STAGE and brought it to California. His board experience at Kapsch and Swarco is highly valued by his clients in the innovation consultancy Logicx Digital Strategies, which he founded. He looks for exciting start-ups for them and accompanies their growth.
Study and project management T-Factory
Elisabeth Hornberger is currently writing her master thesis on attitudes and attitudes of the European population in sociology. Her main areas of research are social integration, political sociology and quantitative methods of empirical social research. Since 2017 she has supported the team of the Institute for Youth Culture Research as a research assistant.
Consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist
Kurosch Yazdi is the head of department, clinic for psychiatry - center for addiction medicine, Kepler university hospital Linz. He is also the vice chairman of pro mente Upper Austria and lecturer at the medical faculty of Johannes Kepler university Linz (since 2018)
CEO DIE KØJE
ONE WISH CHANGES NOTHING, ONE DECISION CHANGES EVERYTHING . . . under this motto Christian Leidinger ventured into family carpentry at the age of only 25 and fundamentally changed the company structure. He realized his vision of a company that combines traditional craftsmanship with high-quality design. With a view to the future, production is sustainable and conscious without wasting valuable resources.
He worked for Dexia Kommunalkredit Bank AG as Holdingsmanager for the network in SEE&CEE, as well as responsible AML & Compliance Officer of the Bank. Furthermore he is Member of the Board of Managing Directors of the Austrian Shareholder Association in Vienna (IVA) and Associate Professor at the IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems.
Florian Pauthner is CEO of SevenVentures. Before joining ProSiebenSat.1 Group in January 2014, Florian Pauthner worked as an M&A consultant for SEB, one of Northern Europe’s largest financial institutions, and the management consulting division of KPMG.
CCO at primeCROWD
Florian Übelacker is CCO at primeCROWD, advisory board member at Flemio, mentor at Impact Hub Vienna and shareholder & advisor Carployee. He is a former head of tech, media & telecoms EMEA at GLG. He was responsible for global due diligence projects for private equity & venture capital firms. He also headed research & consulting projects for funds, investors and corporates alike.
Head of Start-up Services, Vienna Business Agency
Gabriele Tatzberger is Head of Start-up Services at the Vienna Business Agency, Managing Director of Vienna Region and member of the Supervisory Board of INITS and since years passionate to support start-ups and the Vienna startup scene.
Dedicated entrepreneur and Chairwoman of the Junior Chamber Austria
Amelie is Chairperson of the Junior Chamber Austria, promoting the interests and needs of more than 120,000 young entrepreneurs all over Austria. Since heading the family business in 2012, she enjoys sharing her entrepreneurial spirit with others and loves to engage in discussions on present and future economic matters. Amelie holds a degree in law.
CEO VOI fesch
Helmuth is founder and managing director of VOI Association for Original Inclusion. Based on his experience as an honorary administrator for people with disabilities, he subsequently developed the project VOI fesch, the fashion label with social added value. The focus is on the art of people with disabilities. Helmuths goal for an inclusive society: breaking down barriers, showing talents and promoting diversity.
Austrian musician and song writer
Christof Straub is best known for his acoustic pop duo „Papermoon". In 2014 he founded Global Rockstar to support independent players of the music business. He connects Artists with the best Producers and Writers, helps to get their productions financed and distributes and promotes them worldwide. As a new service, he presents a worldwide innovation, allowing Fans to invest in a new Single of their favorite Artist.
The Vice-Miss Earth 2013 lives in Vienna and caused a huge media response due to her quite brash appearance against the work inspectorate, which had set numerous, very absurd specifications regarding the entrepreneurs beauty studio.
Rea is one of the big players in the german music scene. He rose to stardom in 2000 with his former band „Reamon“ and their international smash hit „Supergirl“. The „Irishman in Berlin“ worked as a Coach in the worldwide show-phenomenon „The Voice“ and is currently on tour through Europe to present his brand new album „Neon“.
Tagtraeumer found each other in 2014 and became one of the most successful acts in Austria within no time thanks to their hitsingle „Sinn“. They received an Amadeus Austrian Music Award in 2015 and are nominated for another one this year. Currently one of their songs is used for an Erste Bank campaign and from April onwards they are on tour until September 8th, where they will play a special „Tagtraeumer & Friends“ open air gig in Graz.
Der Nino aus Wien
Der Nino aus Wien is a young and very productive singer-songwriter and poet from Vienna. He started his carreer by putting his self penned songs online and gradually gained more and more listeners and admirers. He released more than 10 albums within less than ten years and collaborates with Austrian music legends such as Wolfgang Ambros or Ernst Molden. In 2012 he also released an audio book with stories by Arthur Schnitzler.
Camo & Krooked
Camo & Krooked are two electronic music producers born and based in Austria. The two joined forces as an artist duo in 2007 and became rapidly famous in the eletronic music scene by bringing together different styles and genres such as Dubstep, House or Drum and Bass. Since 2010 they released 4 albums, played numerous shows worldwide and kept on producing and releasing new music.
Julian le Play
Julian‘ s warm and sonorous voice easily turns small stories into great hymns with depth. His third album is dedicated to travelling and called „Zugvögel“. It‘ s full of large, epic pop arrangements and synthesizers which sound like a musical road trip full of surprises. Julian already got severall Amadeus Austrian Music Awards and is one of the most successful singers of Austria.
Singer-Songwriter Gregor Meyle is always close to his audience and full of energy and surprises on every stage. The entertainer, usually wearing one of his countless hats, is best known for his TV-show „Meylensteine“ and exchanging songs with other singers such as Sarah Connor, Xavier Naidoo or Sasha. In 2018 he is going on a huge Summer Festival Tour with his brillant band and lots of intimate and touching songs.
Ankathie Koi, a classically trained jazz singer with a three octave voacl range, is best known for her danceable pop with an obvious 80’s influence. The songs, as well as their singer, are simultaneously colorful, hyperactive, catchy, sexy and elegant. All these qualities were already apparent in Ankathie‘ s performances with her glam-pop duo „Fijuka“.
Like out of nowhere Simon Lewis dropped his debut single „ALL I AM“ and got played on multiple radio stations. The Song deals with the subject self-confidence & encourages everyone to stand up for themselves. It is a song about Love, hopes & dreams. The Message: Only If we begin to lay off our masks, only if we start to accept and love ourselves, only then we can find true happiness within our lives.
Born in Upper Austria, Ina drew people‘s attention on her huge talent by singing a duet with world-famous Austrian Eurovision Song Contest-winner Conchita, before releasing her debut single „Wie a Kind“. The intimate song became an instant hit in Austria and the videoclip gained more than 1.000.000 clicks. On top of that she also is nominated for two Amadeus Austrian Music Awards 2018.
Q feat. Eric Papilaya
"Q feat. Eric Papilaya" is Funk and Soul 2.0 if u like or Prince taking a ride with Alice in Wonderland on a Rollercoaster on LSD. The Band takes the Funk and Soul out of the 70ies, dusts off the old vinyls and presents fresh, innovative sound. Attention: People sitting still at Q concerts are in immediate need for medical support.
His debut album "Able" was highly successful, the hit song of the same name and also the following single "Sit On Top" are still regularly sold today. Thomas David captivates through the effortless merging of seemingly conflicting worlds. Large stages and intimate living room concerts. Mürztaler cardigans and English producers. It remains grounded, but sounds contemporary and large in size.
La Rochelle Band
The Austrian electro-soul trio La Rochelle Band was founded in 2011 by the producer Peter Cruseder aka. Mr. La Rochelle. La Rochelle Band is one of the hottest stocks in the domestic music market, with live
performances from London to Cyprus to the Black Sea. As usual their latest song "Brother" convinces with a powerful sound, which makes you want to hit the dance floor.
This guy is a one man institution and turns every club within no time into an absolute madhouse. His sets are mainly a hand picked mixture of Bass, Bass House and all sorts of electronic elements. Splash, Rock im Park, Southside or Taubertal Festival are only a few of many festivals where he rocked the stage. He runs shows in London and Amsterdam and hosts his very own Radio show. On top of that he is never too tired to spend the whole day in the studio working on new tracks for the people out there.
The frontwoman of the Band, „Savage“, was born in New York and is a classically trained singer. To complete her studies she moved to Vienna, and started to write songs for other Austrian artists such as Julian le Play and Thorsteinn Einarsson. After receiving various awards for her work she was ready to form her own band, the crazy troup called „Playing Savage“. With their mixture of funk and rock sounds they gave Austrian pop music a fresh & cool musical alternative thanks to the fantastic songwriting skills of Savage.
Better be ready for this young girl. Mathea from Salzburg is only 19 years old. After causing a sensation with her outstanding voice on the worldwide music show phenomenon „The Voice (of Germany)“, she decided to focus totally on making music and that‘ s exactly what she‘ s doing right now in Vienna. She already wrote a couple of songs and is constantly working on her solo carreer so her musical breakthrough is definitely only a question of time.
Heavy Rhythm and Roll – that‘ s how „The Weight“ describe their music themselves. It was important for the four of them to overcome musical boundaries and clichés and so they founded their own colourful universe. A universe where fans from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles or Deep Purple can feel as snug as a bug in a rug. Check out their groundbreaking and award winning music video of their fantastic song „Trouble“. Needless to mention that they are absolutely thrilling on stage.
Francesca Caforio Italian singer/songwriter, Prince Zeka Congolese singer/songwriter/ music-producer and Gorgy Walid singer from Iraq, Three voices in three different languages from different cultures, All now live in Vienna, brought together by their love for music and harmonized in one new-old music style of their own.
Immerse yourself in the world of entertainment and enjoy his interpretations of Elvis Presley -Joe Cocker-Tom Jones-Louis Armstrong -Sinatra-AC/DC and much more. Gregor has already performed in numerous concerts and TV shows, produced two successful CDs in Germany and is a welcome star guest at top events, e.g. for Prince Albert at the Monaco Yacht Club and in renowned hotels such as Hotel Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Music was always just passion with no pressure of reaching anything special. For years and years Wendja was writing, and making beats, without showing them to anybody. “It was magical – although nobody had ever shown me how to do it, sitting there and having fun making music ended up in songs.” However only after his civil service and his studies at the University of Economy he founded a band, and within 5 years was honoured with 1 platinum and 3 gold awards in Austria.
Beatboxerfii has found his creative expression – the voice as most diverse instrument. Each and every performance is unique – an amusig journey based on sounds, rap and singing amplified by a microphone and a loop station using no effects. The audience awaits the hilarious confusion of various music styles. His MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is acclaimed all over the world. His record shows NAMM Show, SXSW, World Loopstation Championship, Guinness Book of World Records, Los Angeles Music Award.
Three mates, Benedikt, Christoph and Mathias decided to form a trio and that‘ s exactly what they did. They specialized on covering great pop artists such as Adele, Amy Winehouse or Ed Sheeran. Midnight Taxi love to entertain and that‘ s what all visitors will get when they see them perform on all three days at the 4 Gamechangers Festival. What a hell of a (midnight) taxi ride.
Sara De Blue
Blue eyes, blue hair and a mystic voice are the features of the austrian jazz & electronic pop singer /songwritress Sara De Blue. She was one of the semi- finalists of „The Voice of Germany“ (Max Herre & Boss Hoss) and the first woman to sing the new national anthem at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympic Games. The ING DIBA tv spot singer was also nomiated for the Eurovision Songcontest Wild Card Austria and reached the 2nd place at the Eurovision Nation Pre Selection „1in360“ of San Marino with her song „Out of The Twilight“.
Bars & Melody
„Bars and Melody“ is a young, British pop & rap duo, consisting of Leondre Devries (17) and Charlie Lenehan (19). The band was founded 2014 and already landed 5 chart hits in the UK, a platinum record in Poland and a number 1 album in Japan. Still these boys are more than just musicians, besides hosting the BBC-Show „Friday Download“, they also have an youtube channel with 2 million followers.
The now 14-year-old Iggi was born in Krefeld in 2003 as part of the next generation of the world-famous Kelly Family and is now going his own way.He makes his first music cover video at the young age of 12 and opens his own YouTube channel at the same time. Through motivation, ambition and fun he gets better from video to video. So it’s no wonder that 2016 "The Voice Kids" attracts his attention and invites him to a casting. Countless other TV shows and media appointments follow.
This is the first acting school for disabled people. The students are trained to get national examination so that they are able to get real jobs instead of having to spend their lives in the usual facilites for disabled people. The acting school mainly offers dance and acting classes, music and theatre history but also office skills or communication. And the work pays off as currently already two T21BÜNE-students are starring in big TV productions.
Falco goes school - All Stars Choir
2016 the Falco Private Foundation started the competition „Falco goes school“ and invited school initiatives and the resulting talents to promote their music and vocal performances on talents page www.falcogoesschool.at. "Falco goes school" assumes that talents should be forwarded and supported as early as possible, best in infancy. Over the past 3 years Falco Private Foundation fostered more than 600 pupils and school initiatives and invested approx. € 300.000,- in different music projects.
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