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.
Grammy winning Artist and Designer
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.
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 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.
Austrian manager and politician
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.
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.
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 of 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”.
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
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.
Member of the Board for Retail Banking
Since June 2013 Peter Bosek is steering the group-wide Retail Business in Erste Group Bank AG and has been functioning as management Board member of Erste Group Bank AG since January 2015. In this role Bosek is responsible for Erste HUB, Digital Sales, Group Private Banking, Group Brands Communication, Group Customer Experience, Group Retail Steering and Projects as well as Group Retail Strategy.
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.
Chief Digital Officer VEON
Christopher is a European technology executive and entrepreneur. He is Chief Digital Officer as well as member of the Global Executive Committee of VEON (NASDAQ: VEON; serving 240 million customers) and founder of yetu and NYOUM. Together with Andy Rubin, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Peter Chou and Cole Brodman he unveiled the world’s first mobile phone based on Android, T-Mobile G1.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Founder The Blue Minds Company GmbH
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 & 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.
Co-Founder & CEO Runtastic
Florian Gschwandtner is an Austrian entrepreneur and investor. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Runtastic, which was acquired by the adidas Group in August 2015. Since October 2017, Gschwandtner has been working as an expert in the government team and is giving his input on the subject of "Digitisation & Innovation" in Austria.
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.
Managing Director aws Fondsmanagement GmbH | 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 industry provocateur
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.
CEO and Founder 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.
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.
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 GmbH
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.
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.
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.
Speaker and author
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.
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.
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 Cellbricks GmbH
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.
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.
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 a 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".
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.
Tanmay Bakshi, 14 years old, is a Software Developer, Author, Keynote Speaker, Algorithm-ist, Honorary IBM Cloud Advisor, IBM Champion for Cloud and YouTuber. He lives just outside of Toronto, in Brampton, Canada.
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.
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.
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.
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.