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  • Nell Watson

    Futurist, AI & Robotics Faculty at Singularity University

    US

    Nell Watson FBCS, FIAP, FRSA is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. She has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of technology, and how extensions of human capacity drive emerging social trends.
    Nell founded Poikos (now QuantaCorp), a machine learning-driven ‘AI for body measurement’. Nell’s patented technology ‘dematerialises’ the 3D body scanner, by providing accurate 3D scans of the body with only 2D camera hardware, for mass customisation, and health. She is also Co-Founder of OpenEth.org, an ‘ethical explication engine’ that aims to crowdsource ethical heuristics for autonomous systems.
    She lectures globally on Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society, serving on the Faculty of AI & Robotics at Singularity University.

  • Taylor Freeman

    CEO, Upload, Inc.

    US

    Taylor Freeman is the co-founder and CEO of Upload, Inc., a VR organization focused on advancing the growth of the consumer VR industry. He is dedicated to disrupting traditional education by moving toward immersive technology and AI to create personalized education experiences, and helping civilization live in harmony with technology.

    Prior to founding Upload, Inc., Freeman was the founder and CEO of Magnus Labs, a creative advertising firm focused on helping brands reach their audience online. Before Magnus, Freeman was a production manager for a 150-person team during his time at Universal Studios.

  • Scott Amyx

    Global IoT Influencer, Singularity University Mentor

    US

    Scott Amyx is well-known in the IoT world and considered a leading specialist in disruptive business transformations. He is a futurist, speaker, and author that focuses on the Internet of Things. Scott currently acts as managing partner at Amyx Ventures and CEO of Amyx+, a company specializing in the strategy and development of wearable technologies. He is also an active managing partner at Future of Fashion and acts as a mentor and startup board member at Singularity University Smart City Accelerator. Scott has over 20 years of large-scale strategy and implementation experience, managing projects worth tens of millions of dollars across multiple areas. Scott has also launched numerous startups as well as successfully selling a company.

  • Kenny Hawk

    CEO, Mojio

    US

    Kenny is an experienced entrepreneur and the former CEO of tech companies such as iGo (IPO on Nasdaq), NemeriX (which was acquired by Qualcomm in 2009), and Ubidyne (Acquired by Kathrein). His business activities and interests range from internet-based social networking and multimedia entertainment, to SaaS, consumer electronics, and mobile networks. He now leads Mojio, which connects cars to the internet through cellular and GPS devices, adding it to the Internet of Things.
    Kenny holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Stanford University where he enjoys guest lecturing at the engineering school’s entrepreneur program. He is passionate about next generation technology, early stage ventures, and fast-growth companies needing active board level leadership.

  • Thomas Hartung

    Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    DE

    Professor Hartung is an expert in clinical and experimental pharmacology and toxicology with more than 500 publications. Thomas strives for a paradigm shift in toxicity testing with the goal of improving public health. As a former head of the European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, he was dedicated to topics such as toxicity testing, evidence-based toxicology, and the development of new approaches based on annotated pathways of toxicity.
    After relocating to the United States, he became director for the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing and a laboratory for developmental neurotoxicity research.

  • Rodolfo Miranda Soriano

    Director, IMDEA Nanociencia

    ES

    Prof. Rodolfo Miranda has been the director of the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Nanoscience (IMDEA Nanociencia) since 2006 and a full professor of condensed matter physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). He has also worked with various universities in Spain and Germany during his career as a scientist.
    In 2007, Prof. Miranda was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. His present research interests are in nanoscale science, quantum materials, and magnetism of nanostructures and their application in nanomedicine.

  • Jurgen Laudus

    Director, AMS at Materialise

    BE

    After graduating with a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2001, Jurgen began his career in Additive Manufacturing (AM) at Materialise. Over the years, he has held several production and sales management positions within the company, playing an active role in the creation of one of the largest and most complete 3D printing production facilities in the world. In his current role as Materialise director, Jurgen is passionate about sharing his 3D printing expertise and his views on how 3D printing will transform many industries.

  • Libor Witassek

    Cyberneticist

    CZ

    Libor Witassek specializes in second-order cybernetics, focusing on managing an enterprise as a living organism. He advised the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania about programs on doing business in Central Europe. He also served as managing partners chairman at Allied Consultants Europe e.V. Libor is an expert at building corporate management systems, using the Lean Six Sigma method to help firms like Siemens, Foxconn, Johnson & Controls, and GCE. He has written several works on Lean Leadership, which is a topic of his lectures at the University of Economics, Prague. Libor is a Chairman of the Board Of Directors and Director of Vítkovice Machinery Group.

  • Pavel Kysilka

    Economist, Founder 6D Academy

    CZ

    Pavel Kysilka is a giant of Czech business, standing at the very foundations of the domestic banking sector. He served as a board member and Vice Governor of the Czech National Bank where he helped birth the Czech koruna after the breakup of Czechoslovakia. Pavel led Česká spořitelna for 5 years and was one of the members of Board of Directors for 17 years. He also served on the Government’s economic council, and worked as an International Monetary Fund expert.
    He founded the 6D Academy that associates domestic monetary policy and macroeconomic experts with those from IT, banking, digital marketing, education, auditing, and consulting. The 6D Academy motivates firms to undertake transformations that will allow them to maintain their competitiveness in the face of the digital revolution. Pavel Kysilka is also president of the world-renowned Smetana’s Litomyšl music festival.

  • Otto Fabri

    Former Lead Design Engineer, Tesla & Faraday Future

    CZ

    Otto is an experienced design engineer with a strong working history in the automotive industry. Among other, he has worked in leading design engineering positions at Tesla on Model S & X and later at Faraday Future on the FF91. He has an extensive experience in autonomous mobility, EV design, and development, and the transition to renewable energy technologies. Otto is also a consulting professional with a Master’s Degree in Engineering focused on Mechanical Engineering and production process management.

  • Michal Pěchouček

    Professor of Computer Sciences, Czech Technical University

    CZ

    Michal co-founded Cognitive Security, which Cisco acquired and folded into its R&D department along with its founders in 2013. He is also a professor at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) where he initiated the creation of a cyber security department. Michal is an expert at using artificial intelligence in secure computer systems. By effectively merging the academic world with a leading multinational corporation, he is helping to train the next generation of cyber security experts. He’s also led scientific projects financed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 2105, Michal was listed on the New Europe 100’s exceptional innovators.

  • Jiří Kůs

    Co-founder, nanoSPACE

    CZ

    Jiří Kůs’s path has led him to become a proud evangelist for new materials and industrial revolution. Inspired by Jeremy Rifkin, he began his studies into industrial energy, which he followed with degrees in psychology and sociology.
    Jiří claims that nanotechnologies are the alchemy of the 21st century. He co-founded nanoSPACE, which which produces anti-allergy bedding with nanofibres. He also chairs the Czech Nanotechnology Industries Association. Jiří claims the Czech Republic is a nano superpower under the initiative Czech is Nano.

  • Martin Hausenblas

    Co-Founder Adler Czech & Liftago

    CZ

    Martin is dedicated to innovative projects with broad societal implications. That’s why he entered politics and founded the Podnikáme bez korupce anti-corruption group and a fund to finance internships for students abroad. His long-term focus on the sharing economy, autonomous mobility, and exponential technologies led to launching the Liftago application. Martin believes in a philosophy of sustainable business, which can be seen in his work in the Ústí region where he’d like to create conditions that would attract a global autonomous mobility player. He supports car and bike sharing projects and is also involved in startup New Mobility Project that optimizes city transportation.

Festival speakers

  • Opher Brayer

    Talent Development Expert

    IL

    Opher is a founder of Stages, an R&D and education project for highly talented social contributors and smart techies of the next generation. He is also a corporate consultant and business mentor. With cornerstones in both firm structure and free-form creativity, Opher has created dozens of original methodologies that lead to the development and reward of talent.

    Opher Brayer is the head of numerous brands: Swing Management, Brayer Group, the Talent Academy, the TakeOff Institute, and the Human DotCom Worldwide Project. Today, Opher assists leading CEOs and industrialists with dedicated management strategies, supports processes in mergers and acquisitions, shares expertise in establishing the large class, and supports startups.

  • Bibop G. Gresta

    Chairman, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

    IT

    Bibop G. Gresta is a leader in finance, transportation, media and startups. As a chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, currently manages a team of over 800 professionals in 40 countries. HTT was the first to begin development of the Hyperloop™, and is the largest company ever built upon a collaborative business ecosystem.

    He’s been featured at international conferences and events that include the World Economic Forum, the United Nations and TED Talks, just to name a few. He co-founded Digital Magic S.p.A, an influential incubator that was responsible for the start-up of over 70 companies back in 2004. He was a producer and host on several hit TV programs on national Italian networks including MTV and started his own network Bibop S.p.A.

  • Alexandre Cadain

    Founder & CEO, Anima.ai

    FR

    Alexandre is starting ANIMA, an AI lab that tackles global challenges by designing new human-machine collaboration processes. Alexandre co-leads the postdigital seminar at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) Paris, which explores AI possible futures and their socioeconomic impacts. This year, the program focuses on Artificial Imagination. He also joined the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE as the European Ambassador to gather and mentor exceptional teams that are committed to positively impacting a billion lives by 2020 using AI. At the United Nations, he is the rapporteur for the Future of Work workgroup at the AI FOR GOOD commission. Alexandre is passionate about taking human life to other planets and contributes to a design mission to Mars, focusing on the red planet’s first cities.

  • Neil Harbisson

    Cyborg

    UK

    Neil Harbisson is a contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognised as a cyborg by a government.

    The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves. The antenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colours from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satellites.

    Harbisson identifies himself as a cyborg, he feels both his mind and body are united to cybernetics. His artworks investigate the relationship between colour and sound, experiment the boundaries of human perception and explore the use of artistic expression via sensory extensions.

    In 2010 he co­-founded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organisation that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.

  • Liliana Berezkinová

    CEO, Nanopharma

    CZ

    Liliana is CEO of Nanopharma – a Czech SME that’s pioneering the use of biomimetic nanofibers across healthcare. Her passion lies in innovation in both science and entrepreneurship. Apart from her own business activities, she also developed and led Young Business – a project from the Czech Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises  (AMSP ČR) that supports young entrepreneurs and encourages them and their peers to transform their ideas and visions into new businesses. Liliana also lectures on innovation and business models at the University of Finance and Administration in Prague.

  • Matan Berkowitz

    Co-founder, Shift

    IL

    Matan (Ma Tan) has dedicated his life to music and technology. In 2015, he co-produced a hackathon focused on music technology for individuals with special needs; developing devices that enable the paralyzed, the blind, amputees, and autistic musicians to express themselves in new ways.
    Berkowitz also co-founded Shift, a company that works with start-ups, municipalities, hospitals, and organizations on creating positive impacts through innovation. Matan also founded DisCoTech – a framework dedicated to music technology for people with special needs. His prototypes utilize everything from EEG brainwaves to heartbeat sensors.

  • Liviu Babitz

    Co-Founder, Cyborg Nest

    UK

    Liviu co-founded Cyborg Nest, the world’s first company to sell intelligently designed senses. The firm realized decided to embark on a path to discover more about our world, focusing on what humans cannot perceive with just their senses. Where artificial intelligence is usually crafted to make phones, cars, and homes smarter, Cyborn Nest decided to focus on making people smarter instead.

    In his previous role, Liviu was the COO of Videre est Credere. He lived undercover and built covert networks technology users that documented human rights violations in places that lack access to the wider world.

  • Radka Dohnalová

    Founder, Atairu

    CZ

    Radka founded and leads ATAIRU, an international education organization that focuses on forming leaders and strategic transformations and she developed the concept of authentic leadership as part of her MBA studies at Harvard Business School. Radka has worked with more than 1,000 leaders and 50 organizations in Europe and Japan. She worked at McKinsey & Company and with the U.N. World Food Programme. Education is Radka’s passion and she has worked in the field both domestically and abroad. She’s taken an active role in debates about the future of education and the effects of the rise of exponential technologies, such as at Peter Diamandis’s Abundance 360 or TEDxPrague. Radka currently lives in Prague with her husband and three children.

  • Michal Pěchouček

    Professor of Computer Sciences, Czech Technical University

    CZ

    Michal co-founded Cognitive Security, which Cisco acquired and folded into its R&D department along with its founders in 2013. He is also a professor at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) where he initiated the creation of a cyber security department. Michal is an expert at using artificial intelligence in secure computer systems. By effectively merging the academic world with a leading multinational corporation, he is helping to train the next generation of cyber security experts. He’s also led scientific projects financed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 2105, Michal was listed on the New Europe 100’s exceptional innovators.

  • Juraj Vaculík

    Co-founder & CEO, Aeromobil

    SK

    Juraj has over 20 years leadership experience ranging from political revolution to international media and the advertising industry. During the Velvet Revolution in 1989, he was one of the key figures of the student movement that led the process of democratization in Slovakia. In the early 90’s, Juraj launched his career as a creative director in the nascent advertising industry. In 1996, he founded his own independent agency MADE BY VACULIK.
    Juraj is also a co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil, an engineering company that combines a luxury sports car and light plane into a single vehicle. In 2014, AeroMobil became a global sensation with its AeroMobil 3.0 experimental prototype. Juraj directed its development, leading a a team of 12 people and he presented the flying car at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. In addition, Juraj acts as an angel investor for various IT, media, and alternative mobility startups.
  • Tomáš Hajzler

    Founder, Peoplecomm

    CZ

    As he himself claims, Tomáš tried to “make it big” by his 30th birthday. He spent another 10 years as an executive at various companies (Douwe Egberts, Vitana, GE). He also founded three businesses: a travel agent, a snail farm, and an African art dealership. After burning out, Tomáš founded PeopleComm where he examines companies, leadership, and other aspects of working life. He works to spread ideas about freedom at work and methods of managing and organizing firms. You can find his writing at peoplecomm and Freedom@Work. Tomáš has also spent several years as an evangelist for cohousing.

  • Matěj Adam

    Watson Health Executive, IBM

    CZ

    Matej Adam is a health IT professional with over 15 years of experience in the field. He led the design and development of several national healthcare projects and provided consulting services to regional and national governments on e-health and IT strategies to improve healthcare outcomes. Matej led patient safety improvement projects and upgraded hospital processes using new technologies and helped define IBM’s global healthcare solution strategy and portfolio. He currently leads IBM’s Watson Health for both public and private healthcare markets in Europe.

    Matej’s earned a master’s degree in finance and information technology and an MBA from the Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the UK.

  • Jan Mühlfeit

    Strategist, Mentor

    CZ

    Jan spent 22 years at Microsoft where he served in different leadership positions, eventually serving as the head of Microsoft Corporation in Europe during 2007-2014. He has created a unique methodology and series of seminars for individuals and groups that help them find their own personal uniqueness and then use it as a competitive advantage.

    Jan coaches top executives, Olympic champions, and artists from different countries. He currently hosts the “Premier League Thinking” talk show on radio station ZET, and “Your Talent is Unique” and “Unlock Your Child’s Potential” at Flowee.cz. Jan also serves as senior strategic adviser at Atlantic Bridge Venture. He has served on different advisory boards to several European governments in the fields of ICT, national competitiveness, and education.

    Jan earned a computer science degree from the Czech Technical University and later completed executive development programs at the Wharton Business School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard University.

  • Rachael Gan

    CFO & COO, ImpactVision

    UK

    Rachael is a social entrepreneur. She studied Economics and International Relations at Cornell University. After graduating, she served as an advisor at Agora for Good, Finance and Business Strategy Consultant in Project Provenance, and co-founded DayOld. She now acts as CFO and COO at ImpactVision, an early stage technology company building a more transparent and effective food system, using hyperspectral technology.

  • Kristian Costa-Zahn

    Head of Creation & Executive Producer, UFA LAB

    DE

    Kristian is head of creation and executive producer at UFA’s digital studio UFA LAB, which he-cofounded. UFA is Germany’s leading TV production company and part of Fremantle, RTL Group, and Bertelsmann. Kristian has worked on digital film projects since 2001 and was the leading creative on more than 50 projects, among them the inter-media crime project “Wer rettet Dina Foxx”; the award-winning motion comedy “Ewig Mein”; the urban culture YouTube Original Channel “eNtR berlin”; the “Munchies”  food channel; a joint venture with VICE; and “Virtual Testdrive” virtual reality experience for smart. Kristian currently works on various online video projects like the Facebook channel “Jäger & Sammler” and several fictional webseries. His projects have taken home various national and international awards, such as the “New York Festivals Gold World Medal“ (2x); and “Best Cross-Platform Fiction” and “Best Interactive Project” at the Banff World Media Festival. His most renowned success so far was winning an International Digital Emmy for the “Dina Foxx – Deadly Contact“ sequel project.  

  • Ján Choma

    Consultant, AI for healthcare and banking

    SK

    Ján is a passionate activator of teams working on exceptional problems, helping shape their strategy so they succeed internationally. He also worked as a strategic consultant for large industrial companies before founding a consultancy concentrating on increasing effectiveness in the financial sector. At IBM, Ján seeks out and fosters innovative projects in healthcare – in vitro fertilization. He focuses on qualitative embryo evaluation using AI. He also recently took over the post of regional leader for banking where he will work to implement artificial intelligence.

  • Frédéric Sartou

    Head of CEE, NAVYA

    FR

    Frédéric started his career in various online projects. But his passion lies in innovating mobility and automotive industry. He now serves as the Head of Central and Eastern Europe at NAVYA, a French company founded in 2014 which develops driverless, automated electric vehicles. In 2016, NAVYA launched autonomous shuttles for 15 passengers, successfully trialled in London and Las Vegas.

  • Radek Janků

    Founder & CEO, BattSwap Inc.

    CZ

    Radek began his career as commercial manager at Skanska before becoming R&D director at REAL ECO TECHNIK. He worked on IP protection, technology transfers, and supporting start-ups while working at the SVTPark incubator.
    Radek Janků is a major supporter of electric vehicles. In 2015, he founded BattSwap, which aims to revolutionize EVs with a method of exchanging battery systems in only 30 seconds. This concept is now being developed at Menlo Park in Germany.

  • Jan Mittner

    CEO Rotorama; A Top Drone Racer

    CZ

    Jan Mittner is the founder or co-founder of several successful business, including career showroom Proudly.cz or Jizdomat.cz, which was acquired by BlaBlaCar, one of the world leaders in the ride-sharing industry. He enjoys flying, either in sport aircraft, gliding, and especially RC models, leading to his massive interest in first-person view (FPV) quadcopter flying and drone racing. Jan won the most prestigious FPV drone race last year and counts as one of the best racers in the world. He also founded Rotorama – a company that provides high-level drone racing equipment and services throughout the EU.

  • Marek Gutt-Mostowy

    CEO & Founder, euroLoop

    PL

    Marek studied industrial engineering and earned his degree in mechatronics, robotics, and automation engineering. He then honed and expanded his expertise at CERN as a student and fellow.
    Prior to founding euroLoop, a company working to build a full-scale cargo hyperloop, he led a team that designed control systems for the SpaceX Hyperloop competition. Marek also shares his knowledge with students at the Tadeusz Kosciuszko Cracow University of Technology.

  • Tamir Plachinsky

    CEO, Griiip

    IL

    Tamir gained his master degree in Mechanical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He initiated the first student race car project in Israel, Ben-Gurion Racing (BGR), in 2009 where a group of 30 students designed and built a formula race car for the international Formula SAE competition.
    In 2013 Tamir co-founded Griiip, the first race car manufacturer in Israel. The company designs and manufactures innovative race cars targeting entry-level categories. Griiip is currently working on the G1 model while developing Griiip Technologies. They utilize the G1 platform in a holistic approach that looks at the race car’s entire operating environment and its users to develop solutions to the biggest challenges motorsports face: the increasing costs of racing and the lack of fan engagement.

  • Tomáš Novotný

    CEO & Founder, 720 Degrees

    CZ

    Tomáš founded Finnish firm 720° with the goal of employing emerging technologies to improve health and productivity inside buildings and the company was recently named Best IoT Startup in Scandinavia. Its solution combines IoT, the Cloud, machine learning, chemistry, indoor environmental quality aspects, construction engineering, and other fields. Tomáš has been an entrepreneur all his all life and is always curious and excited about new technologies that will help humankind improve life and reach new horizons.

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