Sep 6, 10 am – 7:30 pm | Sep 7, 9 am – 6 pm
A selection of top innovative exhibitors working today on tomorrow’s technologies. 100+ companies, from startups to innovation & research labs to global giants. All ready to let you touch the future.
Main Festival Stage
Two days of inspiring, eye-opening, jaw-dropping talks, interviews, and live demos by 40+ international speakers.
Thu – 6.9.2018
10:30 - 13:00
Gene editing, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, neuroscience, geoengineering: How will we maximize the benefits of emerging technologies while minimizing risk and undesirable societal impacts? Can we shape the development of emerging technologies so as to create a meaningful future, or are we all the pawns of technological possibilities? Presuming we can shape human destiny, what future should we be creating?
Come to see real examples of chatbots, image analysis, machine learning, and analytics models that help customers with their daily business. The future is here. Come and see.
Virtual and augmented reality are still looking for a killer app, and we believe that we have one: A platform for the remote presence that in future will allow us to share a physical environment with distant users, allowing remote collaboration in the real world. Teleport yourself anywhere and anytime.
An overview of the investment and development of VR & AR (MR) in the out-of-home entertainment sector, including observations on key developments and future trends.
The aim of the talk is to show new perspectives of smart autonomous flying robots with onboard artificial intelligence. Recent progress in drone technology and swarm intelligence opens new opportunities for deployment of micro aerial vehicles in our everyday lives. As examples, cooperating groups of drones scanning hidden parts of historical buildings interiors and the eagle. One flying robot hunting for unauthorized drones will be presented. Help us to dream up new breathtaking drone applications and we will turn your visions into reality.
Interview with David Pavik by the festival moderator.
Using breakthrough Artificial Intelligence technology, OrCam has developed a unique device the size of a finger that is improving the lives of people who are blind, visually impaired, or have reading difficulties. It has the potential to help a billion people around the world! This incredible innovation is the world’s most advanced wearable assistive technology.
14:00 - 19:30
The well-known “Czech ice hockey school” has developed a unique, virtual reality-based training platform for the 21st century. There was an idea in the head of a “hockey-dad” at the beginning. Forming a team of the best Czech professionals – coaches, players, professors and IT engineers – brought it as far as reaching the level of professional hockey in North America.
Introducing XTAL, the world’s most advanced VR headset designed by VRgineers, a Czech company that sets out to transform business with virtual reality for professionals.
In this session, we’re going to review some of the key ideas in Charlie’s book, why AR is so hot, and why VR is not. While VR is helping enterprises with training and simulations, it is still searching for an easily apprehensible consumer value proposition. AR, on the other hand, has many modes, and it is slowly seeping into our smartphones, improving the apps we use every day. This is only the beginning. Man’s quest for augmentation, to be better, faster, smarter, continues unabated.
ispace is a private lunar exploration company that raised $95M in order to develop a low-cost spacecraft that will transport payloads to the Moon. With the first mission scheduled for 2020, ispace hopes to use its innovative technology, including 4kg rovers, to explore the Moon, locate important resources, and eventually use those resources to kick-start the cis-lunar economy.
René will present the URBAN study and introduce RegoLight and LAVAHIVE, two space-related technology development projects as examples for 3D printing in space.
Minecraft represents unlimited opportunity for virtual creativity and tech skills. You will see what the kids like about Minecraft and what they’ve done in this virtual world in the Future Factory competition. Can we go even further? The Future Factory challenges kids to connect the virtual world of Minecraft with the physical world of littleBits electronics. We will unleash your imagination and show you how to think outside of the box.
3D nano-printing in combination with synthetic holography will bring a revolution to medicine, transportation, construction, energy, and many other industries. It will allow for the mass production of new ultralight materials for the aircraft industry, build scaffolds for cell growth to create new organs, fabricate chips for chemical micro-factories, functional units of printed electronics, and many more.
An on-demand autonomous electric taxi for urban areas. A revolution for mobility in cities.
Capitalism has been subdued but in a smart enough manner that socialism is still pushed to the backseat. It’s about time for new free markets with rational players, minimal regulations, and better efficiency. I will talk about how to leverage the power of the decentralized free market model that comes with ownership and decision making at an individual level, thus helping those who are exploited by other platforms.
Linking digital with physical security is one of the most important trends nowadays. The security of physical items is entering a new era as digital transactional and identity apps become part of our day-to-day lives. At ONEPROVE, we are setting a new identity standard for connecting physical items to digital ledgers by using computer vision and machine learning.
We live in remarkable times and promising progress is happening every single day. But what drives advancements and why is this progress so difficult to spot? Does the statistical reality outshine our gloomy worldview and will humanity rise to solve the massive challenges before us? Through critical optimism, Denis Rivin is more hopeful than most.
Thanks to the recent technological advancements, Space, once a domain of governmental agencies, is opening up to everybody. Its opportunities, just like space itself, are endless and it is up to us to grab them. Together will discover what are the current state of the art space technologies and how we all can benefit from them.
Only very few new technologies are available and integrated into everyday life like nanotechnologies. With a new generation of small creative companies that focus on applying these invisible technologies rather than on manufacturing them, unexpected innovations of everyday products that no one ever considered to be high-tech are being created for customers. What will our lives look like when traditional technology connects with nano-materials? And is the Czech Republic going to be the country teaching the world to embrace nano-products?
A panel discussion about the future of work moderated by David Vrba.
Blockchain is classic high-risk, high-reward technology: it could, and some believe it certainly will change the world by enabling us to engage in all sorts of transactions by providing an agreed-upon, neutral medium of trust, removing the middleman. With no intermediary, we become co-owners of our networks, which is why blockchains have tokens. So what happens when we move Wikipedia to the blockchain? Something revolutionary. A co-founder of Wikipedia, Dr. Larry Sanger, explains.
What are the advantages of being a cyborg and what will this mean? Kevin Warwick describes his series of personal self-experiments. For the first time, he reveals just what motivated him, what he hoped to achieve and what this means for the future. Could it be that our brains will all be linked directly?
Fri – 7.9.2018
9:30 - 13:00
At present, there is no global independent food quality index anywhere in the world. By using up to 70 complex parameters, we create formulas providing rating for each particular food category along with ranking (order in the category) for each of the products. That empowers the consumer with an in-depth understanding of the food quality and, moreover, Foodgroot lets you compare products of the same category in real-time so you can decide based in independent rating rather than marketing or insufficient information on the label.
There’s something fundamentally wrong with modern buildings and it’s killing our ability to focus, learn, and thrive. The truth is simple – it’s not a good idea to close people in glass and concrete boxes. Yet during the last 100 years, we got very good at building airtight boxes for thousands of people just like that. This talk is about the nature of indoor environments and how can technology help people to live in modern building and cities.
Almost a year ago, the robot Sophia was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia a month after an AI bot Shibuya Mirai got permanent residency in Tokyo. This also took place in the same year as European Parliament began to consider introducing a special status of the electronic person for the most sophisticated robots. We are obviously near a breaking point in our perception of AI. However, what does this anthropomorphization of AI mean for lawyers and is it a step in the right direction?
An invasion of exoskeleton technology into many industrial fields has already started. We meet exosuits not only in hospitals and homes, but more often at workplaces, sports fields, and unfortunately on battlefields as well. Exoskeletons boost our strength, durability, and preclude our vulnerability. In my research, however, I focus on how they can fix us or bypass our disabilities rather than how they can make us superhuman. Starting from a simple affordable solution to more sophisticated ones, we are undeniably approaching an exciting future where robots will successfully teach the disabled how to walk again…
Have you asked yourself what mining actually is? What will happen with all the power that mining machines have if cryptocurrencies will drop to 0? How are asics involved? All answers are provided in a simple and practical way, including videos from a real blockchain mining farm and the possibility to see the future of mining in one presentation.
Buying cryptocurrencies is much easier nowadays compared with the early days. However, that is just the beginning. The more important task is about storing your assets. This talk will introduce you to the different methods based on security and convenience, leaving you with enough knowledge to decide on your own which approach to use.
A soft moon-landing is a feat only accomplished a few times, only by superpower government space agencies with multi-billion dollar budgets (US, USSR and China). Israel, a small country, although having satellite design and manufacturing capabilities, has never adventured farther than low earth orbit. From a few sketches on a piece of paper, drawn by three naive geeks in a pub, to an endeavor having a whole country looking up to it; if (when) successful, SpaceIL’s will be the first commercial mission to ever achieve a soft-landing on another celestial body. The spacecraft will also accomplish several milestones such as being the cheapest, lightest and smallest one to ever reach the moon.
Ecocapsule is a medium-term housing unit that redefines the concept of living. The self-sustaining, egg-shaped home is powered solely by natural sources and offers great mobility, providing a whole new level of freedom. The Ecocapsule is not only versatile in its ability to be placed practically anywhere, but also in the multitude of functions it can provide – cottage, caravan, houseboat, research station, disaster relief hub, etc.. CEO, founder, and design director Tomáš Žáček together with co-CEO Katarína Čabáková will introduce the project and reveal its potential.
14:00 - 18:00
Recently, neural-based artistic style transfer became viral thanks to mobile apps such as Prisma or DeepArt. They can produce an impressive stylized version of an input photo that bears a resemblance to the real artwork. The question is how far along we are? Can we pass an artistic variant of the Turing test when even an artist has a hard time to recognize whether the painting was created by him or by a machine? What is the secret ingredient that makes the synthetically-created artwork look like the real thing?
Currently, the majority of interactions between a human and personal assistant is limited to only simple commands. Big players like Amazon are aware of that, and that is why they are supporting students to push the boundaries of conversational AI. What are the possibilities of the current technology? What roadblocks do students need to overcome in the Amazon Alexa Prize competition?
The challenges of transforming a small start-up into a big company with hundreds of employees; The future of FDM printing and how the Original Prusa i3 MK3 pushes the technology forward; and why staying open source matters.
A fire-side chat moderated by Patrik Juránek, Startup Grind.
Today, as drones are turning from a buzzword to a useful technological instrument bringing value across many industries and starting to disrupt old businesses and services, it seems like they are here to stay and are only taking their first steps in making our physical world move faster. As we are only in the initial stages of this exponential-technology economic impact, entrepreneurs worldwide are excited to take part in what seems like a real revolution in the way we see and record our world and move things physically over the surface of the planet.
uLékaře.cz is not only a telemedicine project, it’s a movement for change. An ambitious vision. One common goal. It´s time to show ten million Czechs the power of telemedicine. This is our mission.
Clothing changes according to taste, fashions, and unforeseen needs. We can´t predict future trends, but we can choose well our clothes here and now. According to future needs, they can be aesthetic, healthy, and planet-friendly. Nanotechnology gives us the possibility to have dresses that are extremely light that can treat our skin, avoid dirt, and be environmentally-friendly fashion. You can feel the future on your skin every day.
In 1927, a sound was added to movies, altering forever the way an audience could relate to cinematic characters. CAVE takes this to the next level, placing audience members inside the cinematic universe together, replacing the screen with an entire shared immersive world. Can mixed and virtual reality move beyond niche markets to be experienced by millions, or billions, of people? Why is mixed reality still so isolating, and how can it reach the mainstream the way cinema has in the past century? The NYU Future Reality Lab is tackling these questions, leading the charge in creating mixed reality entertainment experiences for dozens of audience members at a time, co-located in the same space.
Beat Saber is one of the hottest VR games on the market right now. 3 people made it over 18 months with almost 0 development and marketing budget. This talk will cover our journey from beginning to end, including our application architecture, details about our rendering pipeline, tools and plugins we use, tips for marketing VR games, the importance of mixed reality, LBE market introduction, and much more.
This presentation will take you on a journey to a 3D space. We will show today’s challenges in a 2D mobility world, followed by an overview of the main projects in the field of flying cars or so-called PAVs: personal air vehicles. In the 2nd part, we will introduce the Fusion-Drone project and its worldwide standalone innovative aerodynamic concept, allowing an airplane to shrink to the dimensions of a regular car without changing its configuration. Finally, we will talk about the need to change our way of thinking about mobility in order to change our world.
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